A content management system (CMS) is computer software used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion. CMSs are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentation such as news articles, operators' manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures. The content managed may include computer files, image media, audio files, electronic documents, and Web content.

A CMS may support the following features:

  • identification of all key users and their content management roles;
  • the ability to assign roles and responsibilities to different content categories or types;
  • definition of workflow tasks for collaborative creation, often coupled with event messaging so that content managers are alerted to changes in content (For example, a content creator submits a story, which is published only after the copy editor revises it and the editor-in-chief approves it.);
  • the ability to track and manage multiple versions of a single instance of content;
  • the ability to publish the content to a repository to support access to the content (Increasingly, the repository is an inherent part of the system, and incorporates enterprise search and retrieval.);
  • separation of content's semantic layer from its layout (For example, the CMS may automatically set the colour, fonts, or emphasis of text.).

Over the years we've worked with several content management systems or CMS systems as they're known. Many of these systems are open source which means they cost nothing to buy but of of course they take effort to set-up and manage. This is where Geodetic can help. We know the best CMS systems to choose and how they work best. We can develop your CMS Intranet within a very short timeframe. We'll even help you manage the gathering of the materials for the site including assets such as documents and images.

Another way to deliver content managed intranets or extranets is to use SharePoint Services.