The mission of CMS REVIEW is to give you the resources you need to choose the right content management system for your organization. We manage a network of content management related sites and community mailing lists and we link you to the top CM sites in the world.
We provide directories with descriptions of over 350 Proprietary CMS, Open-Source CMS, and Hosted CMS services at application service providers.
We separately list "CMS-Lite" products like Forums, News Portals, Weblogs, and Wikis, as well as WYSIWYG Editors and XML Editors for a CMS. We also list News Readers and Weblog Aggregators.
Above all, we want to try to help answer these basic questions.
- What are the defining features of a CMS?
- How can you compare different CMS?
- What are the 15 steps to select a CMS ?
- Should you build, buy, or rent your CMS?
We can not provide help with the much larger problem of analyzing the needs for a CMS in your organization, then implementing a Content Management Solution. For that you need a CMS Consultant and/or an Information Architect.
We are not a news or analysis site. There are several good ones. For your convenience, we publish those with RSS news feeds at CMS News, a CM community news aggregator.
A List of about 75 Content Management Systems now in the CMSML feature comparator database, plus listings of all CMS, sorted by hosted, proprietary, open source, and including news portals, weblogs, and wikis.
A database Search for CMS with specific features.
A Directory of CMS in a faceted classification scheme, which you can arrange into your own hierarchy and view in OPML format.
We prepared a Gilbane Report on this CMS classification effort (CMSML), a joint effort with OSCOM and U. Washington iSchool CMS Evaluation Lab.
A Feature Comparator, so you can compare two or more CMS products side by side, detail by detail. Try Compare in the banner above (first choose two CMS).
An online database of CMS features editable by vendors and developers themselves or by qualified CMS users. Otherwise, there is no hope of our covering hundreds of products with technical accuracy.
We also publish several "Information Feeds" (something like news feeds). These are snippets of code embeddable in any web page, single-source publishing so CMS-related sites can look more professional without reinventing the same wheels and entering duplicate data. They include:
The List, Search, Directory, and Comparator tools, with a choice of layouts and support for any website's CSS stylesheets.
A CMS Events Calendar feed, so that CM events entered in one database can show up many places on the web.
Several Resources pages (Books, Magazines, Newsletters, Directories, etc.), and feeds of our CMS Product Listings pages (hosted, proprietary, open source, etc.).
A Glossary of CMS terms, a work in progress at a CMS Wiki where you can see 350 more proposed terms needing definitions. You can access about 270 currently defined terms from the drop-down menu at the top right of this page and view definitions in a popup window, or use the GLOSSARY link in the left navigation, which opens definitions in this iframe.
Our Tools section has search engines, spell checkers, web services, Word to XML converters, and more.
We manage several mailing lists for the CMS community. See our Netiquette FAQ for rules of use and subscription information. And see www.cms-lists.org for more CMS-related mailing lists.
We attend many CMS-related trade shows and conferences, and when possible we record videos of the major players in content management. We edit and stream those videos for your use.
Recent projects included Memography and the Memetic Web. Here's a memelink for our address in Cambridge. (MEMOZIP-02138-6707).
Our 2007-2008 project was DITA Users, a site that gets you started with topic-based structured writing. We call it "DITA from A to B". DITA Users has six companion websites - DITA Blog, DITA Infocenter, DITA News, DITA Newsletter, DITA Tutor, DITA Wiki.
Our latest project is Information Philosopher, which explores the importance of information theory for problems of freedom, values, and knowledge. .
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