Mediaspawn launches Content Management Service
October 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsTo provide more services and create a one stop solution for our valued clients, Mediaspawn has developed a Content Management System that's powerful, yet easy enough to manage in a user friendly environment. A content management system (CMS) is critical to the success of almost every website and intranet, and yet many organisations are not familiar with this technology.
In this article we will focus on web content management, and will only touch upon broader content issues at the end of the document.
The business problem
You have a website, or intranet. It has grown organically over time, and while it is very useful, it is far from perfect.
Much of the content is out-of-date or inaccurate, it's hard to find things, updating the site is complex, and the appearance is becoming dated.
Worse yet, you've lost track of all the pages on the site, and by having all the changes made by your skilled webmaster, the updates are piling up in their in-tray.
What was on the site last week, or last year? You couldn't say. In the back of your mind, you know that this could leave you in a difficult position if a customer sues, but there is little that you can do.
If this sounds grim, you are not alone. In fact, it's the natural by-product of maintaining a site using manual tools such as Dreamweaver or Frontpage.
Thankfully, these problems are what a content management system is specifically designed to solve, and Mediaspawn's CMS will do just that.
CMS: A working definition
A content management system (CMS) supports the creation, management, distribution, publishing, and discovery of corporate information.
It covers the complete lifecycle of the pages on your site, from providing simple tools to create the content, through to publishing, and finally to archiving.
It also provides the ability to manage the structure of the site, the appearance of the published pages, and the navigation provided to the users.
Note that we are focusing on the most common use of a CMS: to manage web content. In some circles, these systems are therefore called web management systems (WMS).
Content management systems can be much broader than this, but we won't touch upon these aspects until later.
There are a wide range of business benefits that can be obtained by implementing a CMS, including:
* streamlined authoring process
* faster turnaround time for new pages and changes
* greater consistency
* improved site navigation
* increased site flexibility
* support for decentralised authoring
* increased security
* reduced duplication of information
* greater capacity for growth
* reduced site maintenance costs
Beyond these, the greatest benefit the CMS can provide is to support your business goals and strategies.
Mediaspawn is an award winning website solutions firm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, providing web developemnt services that include search engine optimization, content management systems, and graphics design services (http://www.mediaspawn.com)