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Web Content Management Systems – Getting Started

October 26, 2010 Comments off

A Web Content Management System (WCMS) is a software tool used for managing and publishing content (text, graphics, links, etc) in the web.  Systems of these kind are often used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentation such as news articles, operators’ manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures.

Benefits of WCMS:

A content management system supports the following features:

  1. Import and creation of documents and multimedia material.
  2. Identification of all key users and their content management roles.
  3. The ability to assign roles and responsibilities to different content categories or types.
  4. Definition of the content workflow tasks, often coupled with event messaging so that content managers are alerted to changes in content.
  5. The ability to track and manage multiple versions of a single instance of content.
  6. 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.
  7. Some content management systems allow the textual aspect of content to be separated to some extent from formatting. For example the CMS may automatically set default color, fonts, or layout

When one can choose WCMS:

  1. If you are publishing a lot of content from a number of authors, and yet the content are to be published in the single format (eg. Portal for a world wide reputed company) you should consider a Web Content management system (WCMS).  It can allow you to manage your content efficiently and cost-effectively.
  2. When you have resources who are non – technical editors (not strong HTML, programming), you can consider WCMS as it allows to create, edit and publish content on a website.
  3. When the published contents needs frequent edition or updation we can consider WCMS as this tool makes it easier to update a content and also to maintain the old version of the content.
  4. When you want to publish large volumes of data or web pages in a short span of time you can consider WCMS. This is an important issue for the modern organization. The quicker you get key content published, the more value it creates.

Hope this info is worthy for Newbies.

Will come out with  more points about WCMS in my next Post.

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Setting Up ExtJS

October 26, 2010 Comments off

Everything we will need can be downloaded from the Sencha website, at
http://www.sencha.com/products/js/.

Grab the Ext SDK (Software Development Kit),which contains a tons of useful examples and the API reference. Most importantly, it contains the resources that Ext needs to run properly.

Placing ExtJS:

Once you get the SDK file, unzip it onto your hard drive, preferably in its own folder. My approach to folder naming conventions is based on the standard Windows structure where all libraries go into a lib folder. So for the sake of the examples in this post , uncompress all of the files in the SDK into a folder named lib.

After extracting everything from the SDK download file, your directory tree should look like this:

Included in the SDK file are a specification of dependencies, documentation, example code, and more. The adapter and resources folders are required for ExtJS to work properly; everything else is just for development purposes.

1. adapter: Files that allow you to use other libraries along side ExtJS.

2. build: Files that can be used to custom-build an ext-all.js.

3. docs: The documentation center (this will only work when run on a web server)

4. examples: Plenty of amazing and insightful examples.

5. resources: Dependencies of the Ext library, such as CSS and images.

6. source: The complete source code for Ext.

When you’re ready to host your page on a web server, the adapter and resources folders will need to be uploaded to the server.

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