Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What is Web CMS or WCM System? (Web Content Management System)

  1. Wikipedia defines a Content Management System as
    "A content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion so that it can be modified/delete/add.[1] CMSs are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentation such as news articles, operators' manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures. The content managed may include computer files, image media, audio files, video files, electronic documents, and Web content." - Wikipedia This is a fairly broad definition that does not really help that much as CMS seems to include all kinds of electronic files and a lot of different ways of dealing with documents, including functions which can be considered.
    A subsection of Content Management is Web Content Management or WCM. A WCMS is a program that helps in maintaining, controlling, changing and reassembling the content on a web-page. Content is mostly kept in a database and assembled using a flexible language like XML or .NET. The user interacts with the system at the front through a normal web browser. From there he can edit, control parts of the layout and maintain and add to the web-pages without any programming or HTML skills. For this it needs to then provide some or all the following functionalities.
    1. Automated templates that can be changed easily on one place and then move all through the system.
  2. Easily editable content .
  3. Extensible feature sets, usually through plug-ins or extensions.
  4. Regular updates and adherence to Web standards.
  5. Simple Workflow for processes like submittal, editing and authorization for release
    Lifecycle Management of content, from creation to final deletion .
  6. Version control of whole web pages
    And more…

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