Archive for April, 2007

CMS, Web 2.0 and SEO

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

To what I understand till now about Web 2.0, it emphasize on Search Engine Optimization as one of the main area of concern. Let me try to list down few of the Search Engine Optimizations from CMS implementation point of view:

A utility to detect duplicate content detection at the time of content publish
I do not think that there is any WCM out in the market (commercial or Open source) that provides any utility for duplicate content detection

A spell-checker to ensure that the content submitted online doesn’t have any spelling mistakes
This has become and integral part of WISIWYG editors like FCKeditor. Most of the WCMS tools adopt to such content editor tool.

Content Structure which enforce Alt attribute for Image tag, title, meta descriptions, keyword tags and templates supporting picking up those information while rendering page
A more of a design consideration and rendering aspect. Lets leave this to individual design and implementation. It might be a good idea if in future, CMS provides something out-of-the-box for such considerations

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editors for providing facility to content editors to add formatting to text content
Most of the WCM provides WYSIWYG editors that provides basic formatting stuff like h1, h2, b etc. OpenCMS has its own inbuilt editor.

An editor that can clean up unwanted HTML tags and make it W3C compliant
Its again part of the WYSIWYG editors.

An editor that gets integrated with your CSS of the site
Most of the text editors provide this facility. FCKEditor is one such that support CSS for better integration with website. WCM’s are adopting these editors for their content editors frontend.

A utility to help detect duplicate page titles or a mechanism to generate unique page title
I can not re-collect that there is any CMS in the market that provides such utility. At present its taken more at individual implementation level rather than a CMS providing out-of-the-box.

A utility to determine broken links at the time of content publish to avoid broken links
OpenCMS is one that does provide this functionality of validating the links and reporting the broken links. but I do not know many other which does that. Fatwire do provide this in a little different way, if at the time of rendering content, it doesn’t find the link, it removes hyperlink and render content. But I think most of the CMS products doesn’t really provide this out-of-the-box.

Looking at my list above, I feel most of the Search Engine Optimization techniques are taken care at the text editor level which have become powerful over the period of time. From CMS perspective, providing few utilities like duplicate content detection, broken links etc. will sure make them Web 2.0 compliant. :)

What each Product Name Means?

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Just wondering how much a name of a product make sense? This strike me when I was reading about Search Engine Optimization and came across how domain name plays a vital role in optimization (will cover SEO in my next posts). Lets have a look at few products from each space and try to understand what they really mean.

Lets start with Portals space:

ATG:
Art Technology Group – A group who created art for Internet world by providing common face to all the applications within the organization/

BroadVision:
Broad-vision = enterprise wide vision? Nicely framed but their vision is really going hey-ward :(

Vignette:
A decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter. A decorative design for your information capturing from beginning to end, from all systems across the organization.

JBoss Portal:
Java Boss?

Liferay Portal:
Life – ray : a ray of life for all the vendors who can not afford commercial portal products.

Plone:
Anyone out there help me. I have no clue about it :(

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Web Applications to be available offline

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Off late there has been lot of web sites that I came across which are trying to provide offline access for their Web applications. The basic idea is that the application can be worked with in a browser offline and automatically sync up whenever you get online.

Scrybe is one such online/offline calender and organizer service that provides offline web application service.
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Fatwire Releases Content Server 7

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Fatwire announced much awaited release of Web Content Server 7. The newest release is built around the Web 2.0 jargon’s. It bring in the concept of “tagging” making it easy for everyone to navigate, organize and socially contribute web content. The theme for the new version, as Fatwire states “Content Management for Everyone”.

Another feature that impress is the multilingual support built directly into data model which help global market organisations to expand their presence at no extra cost.

Other thing that comes with CS 7 is three different interfaces for content contributors/editors.
1) Insite editor for people who manages content and page layout. This was already present with the previous versions of the Content Server. Whats new is markers and designers rearrange web pages using a simple drag-and-drop interface.
2) Dash board, a new interface with this version targeted for frequent business users. Much simpler UI with easy organization and quick access to content based on user-defined tags.
3) Advanced or the actual UI which help with Admin tasks along with defining content structure. This interface is the original one which is available though out product life name it is Futuretense or OpenMarket or divine or Fatwire.

Need to wait and see how it impact WCMS world?

Apoorv’s thought about Content Server 7