Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices
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Looking to select a web content management system (CMS), but confused about the promises, terminology, and buzzwords? Do you want to understand content management without having to dive into the underlying programming? This book provides a clear, unbiased overview of the entire CMS ecosystem—from platforms to implementations—in a language- and platform-agnostic manner for project managers, executives, and new developers alike.
Author Deane Barker, a CMS consultant with almost two decades of experience, helps you explore many different systems, technologies, and platforms. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge necessary to make decisions about features, architectures, and implementation methods to ensure that your project solves the right problems.
About the Author
Deane has been working in web content management since the mid-90s – before the discipline even had a name. Since then, Deane is the veteran of hundreds of implementations ranging from small marketing sites to massive publishing operations. Deane has worked on almost all programming architectures and dozens of different CMS platforms. Deane has been writing about content management for over a decade, and speaks frequently on the content management conference circuit.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
I like it.
The book is very informative...........I like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
A terrific overview for anyone charged with developing or managing a website that goes beyond the basics
By Jerry Saperstein
Deane Barker is a hero. He has tackled an area – Content Management Systems – that has long been the province of tool publishers, marketers, platform zealots and the well-meaning, but ignorant.
To the detriment of many, Content Management Systems is one of those areas where everyone has an opinion, but every opinion must be carefully scrutinized. Tool publishers boost their platform. Zealots laud their favorites and denigrate others because – well, just because is often the limit of their rationality. Those familiar with one CMS will slam others they know nothing about.
Barker moves from start to finish, subject by subject, topic by topic across 338 well-written, amply illustrated pages.
This is the book that may get me to venture beyond WordPress as my CMS of choice because I really didn’t understand why others would be a better fit for even my little league efforts.
Seriously, if you have anything to do with development of websites that go beyond the simplest needs, you want to add this book to your library.
Very well done, Mr. Barker.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Overview of Online Content Management (but not a technical guide)
This book is a well rounded overview of online (web) content management for the various stakeholders within a company who will be involved with it at different levels. This is not however a technical how-to type of a book. It focuses at a general level, not the Xs and Os. It only occasionally mentions actual systems by name, and that's by design.
For a technology book, it is quite readable, but it won't flow like a thriller or a page-turning book of fiction. There are various down to earth practical examples, and occasional goofiness with Mike Tyson and Rumsfeld's famous knowns and unknowns quote. It is mostly text but there are some diagrams and tables and screenshots, so consider this if you are deciding whether to read this on an e-ink e-reader (tablets should be fine).
There is also a 193 word glossary available online, referenced in the last page of the Afterword at the back of the book.
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