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In computing, a content management system (CMS) is a document centric collaborative application for managing documents and other content. A CMS is often a web application and often it is used as a method of managing web sites and web content. The market for content management systems remains fragmented, with many open source and proprietary solutions available.

Contents

Features

Typical features include:

  • Online authoring / change approval
  • WYSIWYG editing
  • Workflow including a review and publishing process
  • Session and user management
  • Indexing and Searching
  • Object Storage
  • Templating
  • Image and URL management

Types of CMS

There are at least three types of CMS: traditional, ASP, and deployed.

  • A traditional CMS is usually provided on a Compact Disc or is downloadable from the web and must be installed and configured on a server. Most CMSs nowadays are available in this format. It is beneficial because it can 'plug in' to an existing system, but may be a hinderance because it requires a great amount of system administration.
  • An ASP CMS is provided via an Application Service Provider. This means you do not need to install it on a server. Most webmails are provisioned via ASP and the first CMS available via ASP was Yahoo! GeoCities. This example is fitting because historically most tools which use ASP are either ad-based or aimed at children. However companies have been provisioning enterprise Content Management Systems to the professional and enterprise markets for some years now.
  • A deployed CMS is simply an ASP solution which is installed within an intranet or a user's own enviroment.

See also

External Link

  • opensourceCMS (http://www.opensourcecms.com/) - web site to try out opensource content management systems
  • CMS Matrix (http://cmsmatrix.org/) - The Content Management comparison tool
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