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What CMS means for this course

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As I am sure you would expect, throughout this course I'll be referring to content management systems, or CMS for short. Content management is a bit of a loaded term, and it's used in many systems and many processes all over the world. In fact, there are multiple types of content management systems, so to avoid causing any confusion over that term, I want to clarify what CMS will mean for this title. A content management system can refer to any process or system that allows an individual or an organization to manage content.

What CMS means for this course

As I am sure you would expect, throughout this course I'll be referring to content management systems, or CMS for short. Content management is a bit of a loaded term, and it's used in many systems and many processes all over the world. In fact, there are multiple types of content management systems, so to avoid causing any confusion over that term, I want to clarify what CMS will mean for this title. A content management system can refer to any process or system that allows an individual or an organization to manage content.

These systems can be online or offline, open source or proprietary, and focus on a single content type or manage a range of different types of content. It's not uncommon to encounter the term CMS across multiple industries or disciplines, even if they're referring to entirely different processes. That's why I think it's helpful to understand at the outset the narrow focus of this title. Many CMSs are proprietary and are very powerful enterprise-level systems that are designed to manage content for large organizations, across multiple media types and distribution channels.

Our focus will be on the smaller, often open-source CMSs that are primarily focused on managing web sites and their content. These are sometimes referred to as web content management or WCM systems. Although that term is probably more accurate, most web designers and developers simply refer to these solutions as a CMS. Because the term is so widely used across industry, it's the term I am going to use for this title. Just keep in mind that we're exploring a very specific segment of the CMS world.

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CMS Fundamentals

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. What CMS means for this course
      1m 44s
  2. 22m 52s
    1. What is a CMS?
      2m 47s
    2. The evolution of CMSs
      4m 4s
    3. CMS types
      6m 7s
    4. Basic CMS capabilities
      5m 4s
    5. When is a CMS right for you?
      4m 50s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Comparing CMSs
      4m 28s
    2. Core features to research
      4m 41s
    3. Commonly overlooked issues
      4m 12s
    4. Properly assessing needs
      4m 39s
    5. Knowing when to seek assistance
      4m 15s
    6. Choosing a CMS for designers
      4m 45s
    7. Choosing a CMS for organizations
      4m 12s
    8. The pros and cons of hosted solutions
      2m 58s
    9. Hosted solution examples
      5m 51s
    10. The pros and cons of open source solutions
      4m 36s
    11. Open source CMS examples
      7m 6s
    12. Proprietary CMSs
      7m 48s
    13. A closer look at Drupal
      5m 7s
    14. A closer look at Joomla!
      4m 0s
    15. A closer look at WordPress
      5m 33s
    16. Resources for comparing CMSs
      9m 2s
  4. 43m 58s
    1. What is an open source CMS?
      3m 4s
    2. What is a LAMP stack?
      2m 53s
    3. What are WebDAV and FTP?
      2m 39s
    4. What is MySQL?
      2m 24s
    5. WYSIWYG editors
      3m 56s
    6. Understanding users, groups, and permissions
      4m 12s
    7. What is metadata?
      5m 19s
    8. Understanding taxonomy
      3m 35s
    9. What is version control?
      4m 23s
    10. What are themes and templates?
      3m 30s
    11. What is SEO?
      4m 42s
    12. What are web analytics?
      3m 21s
  5. 36m 31s
    1. Content management as a process
      4m 38s
    2. Properly defining roles
      5m 3s
    3. Planning a content strategy
      4m 1s
    4. The importance of taxonomy
      5m 7s
    5. Controlling content lifecycle
      6m 22s
    6. Challenges for CMS migrations
      3m 45s
    7. Steps for migrating content
      4m 16s
    8. Avoiding distractions
      3m 19s
  6. 2m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 24s

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