Why Content Management?
If you are reading this page, you probably already know the headaches of
trying to manage large amounts of web based content while maintaining a uniform
look and feel, juggling the content demands of several content contributors,
and controlling an ever-growing navigational structure.
A content management solution is the perfect answer to the above situation. A
good content management server (CMS) solution will off-load content maintenance
from the web development staff and hand it over to the already active content
contributors. The web staff is then able to more readily concentrate on
developing a uniform look and feel for the site (usually using templates),
maintain a reasonable and controllable site structure, and take on more
code-intensive web projects. A good CMS solution also puts the power of content
management in the hands of the actual content authors, and removes the
unnecessary middle man.
The best part of a good CMS solution is the fact that content authoring and
management all happen via a standard web browser. There is no special software
that has to be installed on each content contributor's machine - and the
content contributors don't have to learn a new piece of software to become
effective managers of their content.
Microsoft CMS 2002 delivers all of the above mentioned features, while leaning
on the power of the Microsoft .NET platform. This opens up a world of control
to the web development staff, while empowering the content contributor to take
ownership of the web site content. Content management is the best solution
currently available that allows both the content contributors and the web
development staff to take control of ever-growing web sites without having to
increase web development head counts.
However, there are a few problems with traditional CMS solutions.