Content Management at High and Low Ends

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-06-09 Print this article Print

Upgrades from Ektron, Percussion are economical in different sectors.

Businesses looking at Web content management systems are probably getting a little confused by the way products are changing in this area. Many of the biggest vendors are busy merging with other companies or integrating their products with related systems such as portals and collaboration systems. Finding a pure Web content management system is harder than ever in many ways.

There are still a few software vendors out there, however, that focus mainly on content management and Web publishing, as well as on how to improve the functionality and usability of these platforms.

For businesses that want a low-cost, easily deployed, highly functional content management application that lacks many high-end features but meets the needs of a majority of corporate Web sites, Ektron Inc.s CMS300 Version 2.6 will be an attractive option. CMS300 is very easy for novice users to master, and it provides good extensibility and management options for administrators.

At the other end of the scale, Percussion Software Inc.s Rhythmyx 5 has made the transition to a high-end Web content management system, providing all the capabilities required by the most complex and dynamic sites on the Web. But although Rhythmyx 5 has high-end capabilities, it still has the great usability found in lower-end content management systems, making use of Ektrons excellent eWebEditPro for rich browser-based content editing.

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 Rapoza's 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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