PowerPoint Presentation - Content Management Systems

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Content Management Systems

What is Content Management?

 Content management is a process and/or software application used by groups to plan, create, manage, store and distribute content.  Content can include: web pages, images, documents, streaming media, news releases, etc.

 A CMS usually consists of a front-end editor for inputting content and a back end system for storing the content (usually a database).

 This content can then be formatted by a template and displayed in a variety of ways.

Content Providers Top News, School Communicators, Etc.

Data Entry Form Templates Editor Content Repository  Content authors go on line to create and update their own sections of a collaborative publication (in our case the web site). Accommodations are made for quality control by editorial staff and tools are provided for workflow management.

Sample CMS Interface

What a CMS Can Do

 Can facilitate sharing of content across multiple Web sites  Can make it easier for non-technical staff to update content  Forces a formal workflow management and publishing process  Can improve consistency of look and feel

What a CMS CAN’T Do

 Make editorial decisions for you.

 Decide or define what your workflow/approval process should be. You still need to set policy regarding who posts what and who needs approval from whom.

 Update many forms of media including pdfs, movies, flash, etc.

  Support all the bells and whistles many of us are used to.

Doesn’t necessarily make it easier to update content.

Questions For U.Va.

 How widespread is the need for or interest in a CMS?

 What challenges will U.Va. face?

 How should we proceed?

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