CMS Building Blocks

By Deane Barker on February 22, 2009

The Content Building Blocks of Web Content Management: I really liked this article from CMS Myth about how to break down the content of your CMS project into different parts. It’s a good way of looking at it.

Web Pages: While we’ve certainly moved to dynamic content delivery, most sites still require a traditional site map with individual pages defined.

[…] Templates & Layouts: Each page needs a defined template and layout. It’s important to standardize the templates and layouts and map them back to individual page types.

[…] Content Objects: […] A content object is best defined as a piece of content that has a set structure.

I guess I would argue that “Web pages” are content objects as well — they often have a defined structure besides just a title and body.

[…] Applications: Most sites have specific needs that require custom application development or third party integration.

I really have another post lurking around in my about “a CMS as a container for applications.” I’ll write that sometime soon.