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Ask Tony: Future of Microsoft CMS  (link broken)

Microsoft has in no way abandoned the web content management market.

Byrne, Tony. CMSwatch (2005). Articles>Content Management>Software


A Better Approach: Requirements-Focused CMS Selection

Your organisation is unique, and as such, has a unique set of content management system (CMS) requirements. There is also no single 'perfect for everyone' content management system. Each product has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and distinctive design principles. Unfortunately, the selection process followed by many organisations doesn't recognise this, leading to the purchase of a CMS which does not match business needs. Selecting a CMS does not have to be a lottery. By following a requirements-focused methodology, instead of a features-driven approach, the right CMS can be identified, and the business risks minimised.

Robertson, James. Step Two (2003). Design>Content Management>Software


Blogs and One-Step CMSes are the Future of Web 2.0  (link broken)

Last year before I discovered Drupal and a host of other Content management systems I was building websites from scratch. I spent hours in PHP and Active Server Pages coding and designing. I was quite happy doing so. But then I came upon a flaw in the business plan of the company where I worked. It seemed we were doing the same thing over and over again only with slight differences in the end result. These differences were the reason I was busy all the time but could never catch up to the work load. What we needed was a finished product that allowed us to produce addons to satisfy the individual needs of each client.

Hiveminds (2006). Articles>Content Management>Software


Build, Buy, or Rent?

A triple-barreled question facing many enterprises today is whether to use an application-building tool or 'framework' to build a content management system (CMS); to buy one of the many out-of-the-box finished products in use by major Web sites; or to simply rent a CMS from an application service provider (ASP) and avoid the headache of running an application server in the enterprise's data center.

Doyle, Bob. EContent (2004). Articles>Content Management>Software


Buyer's Guide to Content-Management Tools

As your sites become more critical and complex, you need tools to automate management--and you need them now. Enter the new generation of Web site content-management products--a seasoned batch of tools and systems ready to help you meet the challenges of the brave new Web world. There's a wide range of products out there, and while they overlap somewhat in functionality, the phrase Web site content management means different things to different people. For some, content management is really asset management--that is, a system to keep track of media assets, such as graphic elements, text and video. More commonly, however, Web site content management refers to a set of integrated tools that helps manage some portion of the whole range of site development and deployment tasks. Although no single product can do everything, many offer deployment/publishing, versioning and rollback, site design and page authoring tools, link checking, access control, change routing and notification, and site-visualization tools among their features.

Hoffman, Richard. Network Computing (2000). Articles>Content Management>Software


Changing the Way We Work

The CMS market really took wing with the liftoff of the LAMP stack and the growth of a supportive development community. Suddenly it seemed everyone was producing LAMP-based CMSes under Open Source licenses.

Shreves, Ric. Water and Stone (2006). Articles>Content Management>Software>Open Source


CMS Matrix

This site is provided as a community service to everyone interested in looking for a means to manage web site content. Here you can discuss, rate, and compare the various systems available on the market today.

CMS Matrix. Resources>Content Management>Software>Assessment


Comparing Apples and Oranges to CMS Software

As ridiculous as that may sound many are getting away with doing it. There are many comparisons of open source CMS software that are popping up that are total garbage. The reviewers are comparing CMS systems that are in 5 to 8 different categories and have 4 different sets of requirements. No wonder they are confused and can't make a choice.

Hiveminds (2006). Articles>Content Management>Software


Comparing Open Source CMSes: Joomla, Drupal and Plone

Open source content management systems can make creating and managing your website a lot easier - and there's no licensing fee involved. But which should you use? We look carefully at Joomla, Drupal, and Plone to compare their strengths and weaknesses.

Bonfield, Brett and Laura Quinn. IdealWare (2007). Articles>Content Management>Software


Comparing Open Source CMSes: Joomla, Drupal, and Plone

Open source content management systems (CMS) are particularly attractive to the nonprofit community because of their cost-efficiency, but what do these systems actually do? And what are the differences between the most common CMSs? We’ll compare Joomla, Drupal, and Plone for typical nonprofit needs.

Quinn, Laura S., Ryan Ozimek, David Geilhufe and Patrick Shaw. NTEN (2007). Presentations>Content Management>Software>Open Source


Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Plone   (PDF)

In this report, we take a look at four different open source Content Management Systems—WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Plone—and rate them on a variety of criteria, including system flexibility, features, ease of use and the availability of support. We chose these systems because they’re the most popular four in the nonprofit sector today, according to our analysis (see Appendix C for more details on our market analysis). We also dig a little deeper into what open source is all about, and how a CMS can help streamline processes. We even take a look at some vendor-provided systems, along with a few other open source ones, in case you don’t find what you’re looking for among the four original choices.

Murrain, Michelle, Laura Quinn and Maggie Starvish. Idealware (2009). Articles>Content Management>Software>Open Source


Comparison of Home Page Loadability Scores for Major WCM and ECM Vendors

YSlow assigns letter grades (A thru F) for a page in each of 13 categories of best-practice. I decided to run YSlow against the home pages of 35 well-known web content management and/or enterprise content management vendors, then calculate a Grade Point Average. The scores are posted below.

Thomas, Kas. Lulu (2009). Articles>Content Management>Software>Assessment


Content Management Market Year in Review 2006  (link broken)

The Rockley Group takes a look back at the year 2006 in review. What happened in the CMS market? How is globalization changing the content management landscape? And, what about new communication vehicles like blogs, wikis, podcasts, and RSS feeds?

Rockley, Ann. Rockley Bulletin (2006). Articles>Content Management>Software


Content Management System Pocket Guide - A Guide to Evaluating, Implementing and Deploying Content Management Systems   (members only)

Once you've built the business case for purchasing a CMS, this guide can serve as a 'field guide' for the evaluation, implementation and deployment process. It begins by analyzing the anatomy of a CMS project, going through the decide and buy, implement and integrate, manage and maintain and upgrade and enhance phases. As part of the first phase, this guide provides a very useful sample of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to help you evaluate content management vendors. The guide also underlines the importance of viewing content management as a process, not a product, and suggests working with a content management vendor who will become a core part of your Web site management team.

CrownPeak (2009). Articles>Content Management>Software


Content Management Tools  (link broken)

Dit overzicht wil een neutraal overzicht geven van content management systemen. Er zijn geen commerciële belangen aan verbonden. De betreffende leveranciers dragen zelf zorg voor het actueel houden van hun productspecificaties. Hartman Communicatie BV is een onafhankelijk adviesbureau en heeft geen relaties met cms-leveranciers en/of implementatiepartijen

Hartman Communicatie (2002). Resources>Content Management>Software


Content Manangement Without A System

It is quite possible, in fact could be preferable, to manage content and distributed authorship without the use of a content management system (CMS). Regardless, it’s very important to have a process in place before you choose a CMS.

Robinson, D. Keith. Asterisk (2004). Articles>Content Management>Software


Content Repurposing with FrameMaker+SGML and XML  (link broken)   (PDF)

We see content repurposing as taking marked-up content and automatically transforming it for presentation in multiple applications. For example, one of our clients asked us to help them convert existing Word documentation into structured FrameMaker+SGML files, and then export it to a well-formed and valid XML instance. The structured FrameMaker+SGML documents would be used to create user manuals (both print and PDF), and the XML instance would be used for online documentation on PDAs or cell phones. Portions of the content would be applicable for only the printed documents, while other potions of the content would be used only for online display.

Idea Store, The (2001). Design>Content Management>Software>Adobe FrameMaker


Create XML Structure in an InCopy Document  (link broken)

Use XML in Adobe® InCopy 2.0, to apply tags to parts of a document, and then export the document as an XML file.

Adobe (2003). Articles>Content Management>Software>XML


Developers as Users of SharePoint

In SharePoint, we are likely to think of developers as people who work to customise SharePoint, but there are a lot of developers out there who are simply end users of SharePoint. How do they like the system?

Technical Writer (2007). Articles>Content Management>Software>Microsoft SharePoint


Do SharePoint Right Before SharePoint Does You Wrong

Microsoft markets SharePoint as an omnibus information-management platform, but like all software, it has meaningful strengths and weaknesses. People frequently label SharePoint a collaboration product, when in fact, it excels at some types of collaboration but virtually ignores other. SharePoint is useful for some Web Content Management scenarios, but poor at (many) others.

Byrne, Tony. CMSwatch (2009). Articles>Content Management>Software>Microsoft SharePoint


Don't Make These Mistakes When Buying Content Management Software

Most organizations don’t need content management software. Unless you have a very busy website with lots and lots of content being published, the return on investment is not there. The majority of those who do require such software need a very simple, streamlined solution.

McGovern, Gerry. New Thinking (2004). Articles>Content Management>Software


Drupal Dude: A Site For Drupal Enthusiasts

The mission of this site is to help web site developers who are considering or using Drupal. Drupal is a very powerful content management system using php and mysql. There are hundreds of modules and themes available, but instructions for most of these are sparse. My goal is to help you with Drupal, its modules, and its themes.

Drupal Dude. Resources>Content Management>Software>Drupal


Drupal Has Terrible Access Control

After a week of fighting with it I have come to the conclusion that Drupal access control modules are all inadequate and are based on some weak database design. Taxonomy access and node access are flawed from the start. This type of access control where the assets are assigning their own internal security is not scalable and suffers from very high database overhead.

Hiveminds (2005). Articles>Content Management>Software>Drupal


Five Reasons Why the Drupal CMS is Not Ready for the Enterprise  (link broken)

Many Open Source content management systems written in PHP want to be recognized by the business industry as being "enterprise" ready. This is not only a mark of prestige and status but places them in a position where large companies are ready to invest in the software as a platform for their projects. Drupal is now trying making its move to be enterprise ready but has a long way to go.

McDade, Carl. Hiveminds (2008). Articles>Content Management>Software>Drupal



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