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As you may know I have been supporting Umbraco, a fantastic .net open source CMS and application framework.
After a few months of debate I have finally bitten the bullet. This weblog is now running with my own customised version of the Umbraco blog extension.
in case anyone
wishes to collaborate or provide any feedback.The document is intended to be a verbose specification of a
simple website to build in the CMS the functionality of which is
extremely common to most websites. The exercise itself should... of a CMS they'd never used
before and hack their way through by Googling and badgering
experienced users on the CMS support site.The feedback I'd like:Is there any *essential* website functionality that is
missing?Is there anything in the document that isn't really in WCM
scope?Any tips for structuring the document?How to get the developer to write up the steps performed so you
could browse their evaluations to support your CMS selection.
Here is the documentFeedback via comments or email
that there are a number of widespread cross
vendor issues that need to be fixed before we start moving
forwards.Each example is a real world example. Kudos points if you can
spot the various CMS systems in question (some points apply to
multiple CMS). If your CMS doesn't suffer from any of the following
leave a link to it in my comments, I'd love to evaluate it.So, in no particular order:I want to access your CMS with my browser but I can't because I
use Firefox and you only support IE.I want to roll out your CMS within my organisation, I have to
migrate all of my users to be stored in a database table in a
custom schema defined by your CMS.I'm trying to define the layout for a web page using your CMS
but your templating language is completely
This post is highly subjective.
My web CMS architecture separates into 3 circles, Content Management Deployment and Runtime.
The three should be able to operate entirely independently of one another though in an ideal world the Runtime and Content Management may co-exist, for preview of content in the CMS authoring environment.
Take the first circle – content management. It should perform the following roles.
Authentication and Authorisation (Login to the CMS...)
Obviously – I am simplifying here. Some CMS may also have some kind of workflow component that defines a process for publishing content.
So with the key point of this post being that the three circles should be able to operate
It seems like an age ago now, but in 2013 I wrote about mapping Umbraco content to POCO and presented on the state of Umbraco and Azure as I saw it at the time.
I also wrote an article called My three circles of Web CMS Nirvana (I was into diagrams... inspiration.
So this is quite a meaty post which I intend to break into parts. And if you have the willpower to read My three circles of Web CMS Nirvana you'll be astute enough to realise that part 1 is "to have your CMS output a bunch of files... is IUmbracoContentSerialiser to keep the separation between CMS and runtime as clean cut as possible.
What does the JSON look like?
It looks like this (bodyText removed):
"Name": "Create an Umbraco document with Perl and Web services",
In February Kas Thomas blogged
A reality checklist for (CMS) vendors which was picked up by
Michael Marth at day.com and turned into the
CMS Vendor Meme - I guess most of my readers are familiar with
the term meme. Over
time various ECM...
answered the meme drawing upon his experience as RedDot CMS
developer. I'm unable to work out from Adrian's site whether he has
any connections with RedDot or whether his point of view is an
independent one but the post inspired me to give some feedback... to their developer portal which is
missing a few very basic features.My Score: N/AIn conclusionI hope this made an interesting read an offered an alternative
viewpoint on Autonomy/Interwoven's meme response.Having stated that CMS vendors should "Violate
. Use the hashtag
#umbracouk.Non Umbracians are welcome there will be plenty of beginner
focused material. If you know any CMS professionals who may be
interested in Umbraco get them to come along.Come along prepared to participateWe don't want
I've created a
screencast of my
Workflow for Umbraco package. I've subtitled this blog
post drag and drop event programming as the package
allows you to do exactly that - this is probably more of a draw to
Umbraco developers out there.
By using workflow you can visualise what happens when events
fire, easily disable and enable event handlers and break up
eventing code into small, manageable and re-usable chunks.
Workflow for Umbraco allows you to author
custom workflows using a drag and drop UI. You can have users
manually push content, media etc to workflows - or you can setup
you workflows to instantiate upon API events.
Workflow attachments are CMS Nodes so workflows can run against
gatherings that the team at Microsoft are keen to help solve our
day today CMS tech problems.Finally: I've got some Swag to give away! Check the next blog
post for details.