A web content management system (webCMS or WCMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow non-technical users, with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages, to create and manage website content with relative ease. A robust webCMS provides the foundation for web site development, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation. Most systems use a separate database to store page content, metadata, and other information assets that might be needed presented within the website. Development and administration is typically done through browser-based interfaces, but some systems require the use of a "fat client" installed locally on the administrator's computer.
BO: PO: Som Seng TO: Phil Saulnier SM: Jennifer Hernandez
Our current Web Content Management System, Drupal, replaced our previous home-grown custom tool that was developed in 2001 (see QA LMS Login Pages) and has evolved over the past several months into: a webCMS, for developing and managing web pages within the umassonline.net domain; a basic CRM, capturing student lead information, and; a reporting tool providing web/user analytics. Drupal has been customized to meet the needs of UMassOnline's Marketing team, and has worked well for the past several months.
Currently the Web Content Management System is used in the following ways: