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CMS - Sitecore Training, Day 1

For those of you who don't know, Sitecore is a Web Content Management System software company that provides all the necessary tools to enterprises and developers to build proper content management systems (CMS).

During the passing of the last week, I had some spare time to sit and think about what my next blog post would be about… In that thinking, and while doing some work into a preparation of a training I was going to take during this week I thought, why not do my blog post about that? So here I am, not doing one, but four blog posts -one about each day- of the Sitecore training I'll be undergoing during these days.

For those of you who don't know, Sitecore is a Web Content Management System software company that provides all the necessary tools to enterprises and developers to build proper content management systems (CMS). They have even received industry recognition including a 2011 Forrester Wave WCM for Online Customer Experience and 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management, among other prizes. So for the following days, you should expect me to be writing about my experience in this training with the only purpose to give you a proper insight into the Content Management Systems, more particularly Web CMS and with that maybe a better look into what we do here at Inflection Point Systems.

Now, what is a CMS? Well it is a set of tools and processes that in a highly efficient way allows to organize, create and edit content (text, graphics, multimedia). This content can then be reused and repurposed for multichannel publishing with the aid of workflows. There are different types of content management, but what we care about here in these posts is about Web Content Management, which have shown a potential growth in the market during the recent years. A Web CMS is nothing more than a CMS that is focused to deliver (publish, store, deploy) the information to a web site… well, actually it is a lot more, but that's why I’m here, to tell you more about it.

Day 1

Having clarified what CMS and WCMS are I can now briefly tell you about the first day of training, which covered from installation and troubleshooting to publishing a basic site. Most of the session was about the setup and the fundamentals of a Sitecore website, but what I’d like to highlight the most from it is the different types of user interfaces that exist in Sitecore, particularly because this is way too similar in other WCMS.

The three user interfaces that exist in Sitecore are the Content Editor, the Page Editor and the Sitecore Desktop, each one of those with a different purpose and focused to different types of users. All which helps to understand how a CMS website works, and the power that it brings by integrating useful services for all types of users.

Business users, Marketers, Administrators, Designers and Developers, they all become involved at different levels of the website creation. The first two are the ones that, through the content editor interface will be responsible of word editing, managing workflows, assign profiles and some other tasks related to the content of the website with the ease of doing it in a very user friendly environment which does not require high level knowledge. The page editor users (Designers and Content Editors) get the possibility to add and remove presentation components, edit items, drag and drop media and the possibility to define most properties and parameters of the web layout -again- in a user friendly way. And finally, the Developers which are responsible of creating the templates, design the packages and all sorts of content editing tools in order to make the business users life easier. Developers then carry one of the most important tasks of the process because we are responsible of programming the necessary templates and items that will allow to create feasible to edit websites.

Of course, there’s much more to know about the Sitecore training and CMS, but time wouldn’t allow me to cover it all in one post. Stayed tuned to learn more about all these topics, but feel free to write any comments or questions you may have. 

Gustavo C.