Here are the collected posts about content management since the inception of Gadgetopia in 2003. Many of these posts served as the springboard for my book, Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices.
Note that you’ll also find quite a few information architecture and general development posts in here as well. If you work in the field of content management, most of these posts should be of interest to you.
Please note the dates on these posts: My thinking has evolved over the years, and it’s possible I changed my perspective about various subjects. If you are looking for a glossary of common web content management terms, check out my glossary on the flying squirrel book site.
The “page-based CMS” is not a bad thing. We try to pretend we don’t need to think about pages anymore, but most of the time, attempts to liberate ourselves from the notion of a page is just impractical idealism. Furthermore, the page-based model doesn’t really matter that much, in the big picture. The acknowledgement of […]
After a CMS migration, there’s often a problem of URL redirection. A lot of our work at Blend is CMS re-platforming, so we often have clients with tens of thousands of existing URLs. When they switch to a new CMS they often change URL schemes, they want to make sure all their old traffic gets […]
We implement content management as a practice. After 11 years of this, we see the same two patterns over and over again: Organizations not prepared to launch a new CMS because their content is mess Organizations who do not fully use the content management systems they’ve had implemented There are a lot of reasons for […]
For the last few months, I’ve been working on a book for O’Reilly: Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices. It’s a reasonable distillation of everything I’ve learned about web content management in almost two decades of success and failure (hopefully more of the former than the latter…) O’Reilly has an interesting system of […]
Since I don’t feel there’s a good, all-encompassing name out there for this, I’m going to attempt to invent one — Content Integration encompasses the philosophy, theories, practices, and tools around the re-use and adaption of content from our core repository into other uses and channels, or vice-versa: the creation and ingestion of content from […]
One of the problems with working in digital is that we tend to think we invented everything. We sit around and imagine we’re breaking amazing new ground, when we’re often just retreading ground that was broken long before. Consider the much-ballyhooed discipline of “content modeling” (a phrase which I admittedly use freely). This used to […]
When writing about the white paper I wrote for Movable Type, I suddenly realized that I failed to post this, which is the video of the talk I did for the Movable Type Idea Exchange in NYC last fall. This is a recap of the talk I have at Drupalcon in Portland in May 2013. […]
Late last year, I spoke at the Movable Type Idea Exchange. I was thrilled to do this because I have a long history with Movable Type – this blog ran on it for almost a decade, and I was huge in the MT community back in the early 2000s. After the conference, sitting around over […]
The development of a CMS tends to get bogged down in the wrong issues. We need to extend CMS along marketing lines, not technical lines. The lack of this painfully evident in the open-source CMS space.