By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2005-01-31 Print this article Print

When choosing a Web content management system, there are several questions a companys IT workers should ask of themselves and of the software.
  • What are my platform requirements? Is this a heterogeneous shop? A Windows shop? Do you need the content management system to be able to integrate with other enterprise applications?
  • What are my developer expertise specifications? In any Web content management application, you will have to customize templates and other aspects of the software on a regular basis. Do you have mainly Java expertise or .Net skills? Do you have site developers who know or are willing to learn other scripting languages such as PHP or Python?
  • Who will be adding content to the site on a regular basis? Will only skilled Web authors be adding content directly to the site, meaning a rich-text editor is unnecessary? Will novices be regularly updating the site, making an intuitive and simple content editor a necessity?
  • Will there be a simple path to approving content for the site? Or will content need to go through several editing and approval levels, making a robust workflow system a requirement?
  • How vital are uptime and support? Is your site primarily informational, meaning it wont be a disaster if it goes down, or is it a main business center that requires 100 percent uptime?
  • Do our needs match what were paying for? Many corporate sites are well-served by open-source or inexpensive low-end and midtier content management products. Make sure you have six-figure needs before choosing a six-figure (or more) application. Source: eWEEK Labs

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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