In the world of low-end content management, Ektron is king.
For years now, the company has offered a wide assortment of affordable content management products that are perfectly geared toward easing the creation and management of simple informational Web sites and intranets. But the companys reach often extends outside these areas, and its eWebEditPro rich-text editor is found in many competing Web content management products, including several high-end products.
One of the most obvious new features is a completely revamped user interface, which is clearly targeted at users most comfortable in Microsofts Office applications. We especially liked the new forms features, which made it simple to create basic forms to deploy to our Web sites. The ability to post events and scheduled content has also been improved in the calendar features in CMS300 . However, as CMS300 was designed with ease of use in mind, we were surprised not to find any context-sensitive help in the interface. Administration features for CMS300 are probably best described as basic but capable. Management tasks are always easy to figure out, and the product provides good permissions options for determining who can access what content. Rather than standard workflows, CMS300 uses approval chains, where content has to be approved by a chain of editors before it can be published. With this version, we had the option to force all approvers. Pricing for CMS300, which works with both IE and Netscape, is a big selling point for the product. A standard license with 10 named users starts at $6,600. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at http://enterpriseapps.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
With the release of CMS300 4.5 in June, Ektron has continued to build on its core strengthsnamely, ease of installation and simple user interfaces that wont intimidate nontechnical users.