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The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal
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The Perfect CMS: Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal

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This is my presentation for LavaCon 2011. We talk about evaluating Content Management Systems.

This is my presentation for LavaCon 2011. We talk about evaluating Content Management Systems.

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  • 1. The Perfect CMS Brass Ring, or Unattainable Goal Robert Rhyne Armstrong November 16, 2011
  • 2. The Intro.
  • 3. Hi! I’m Rhyne.
    • Or Robert…whatever.
    • Thanks for choosing this session.
  • 4. I screw up, so you don’t have to.
  • 5. We have a lot to talk about.
    • Starting the task
    • Identifying potential products
    • Choosing the right one for you
    • Putting the product to work
  • 6. I’m ready to begin.
  • 7.
  • 8. 1200 CMS listed on CMSMatrix.org
  • 9. 134 Wikis listed in Wikimatrix.org
  • 10.  
  • 11. Oh crap.
  • 12. Relax. You can do this.
    • Limit your options
    • Build your selection criteria
  • 13. Ask tactical questions that cut the list down.
  • 14. How are you going to use it?
  • 15. Who is going to host it?
  • 16. What platform will it live in?
  • 17. Where will your data be stored?
  • 18. Will you need to connect to other systems?
  • 19. What are people used to?
  • 20. Is there a CMS already in your organization?
  • 21. What can you do with legacy content?
  • 22. What is your budget? Do you have one?
  • 23. Hold on…
  • 24. Open Source vs. Commercial Products
  • 25. Open Source DOES NOT mean free
    • Necessarily…
  • 26. Pros
    • Usually less expensive
    • Large community
    • Open source code
    • More flexible
    • Usable API
    • Usually high quality and well thought out
  • 27. Cons
  • 28.
    • No ‘real’ support
    • Plug-ins can be slow to upgrade
    • Can get expensive with add-ons
    • Usually has poor documentation
    • The number of options in a space can lead to a fractured community
  • 29. Evaluate on their merits, not on their origins.
  • 30. Game on.
  • 31. Use your list to narrow the field.
  • 32. Identify 3 that you really like.
  • 33. Get started with your evaluation.
  • 34. Look at the product from three viewpoints.
  • 35. The consumer…
  • 36.  
  • 37.  
  • 38. The author…
  • 39.  
  • 40.  
  • 41. The administrator…
  • 42.  
  • 43.  
  • 44. Work in reality.
  • 45. It eventually comes down to one thing:
  • 46. Your preference.
  • 47. Now you have to live with it.
  • 48. Look beyond the ‘puppy period.’
  • 49.  
  • 50. Put the time to good use.
  • 51. Work through all use cases. Don’t take anything for granted.
  • 52. Don’t assume things work on your system the same way they work somewhere else.
  • 53. Work on core features first.
  • 54. You may never have to go beyond that step.
  • 55. If you do, try one thing at a time.
  • 56. Join the support community.
  • 57. Enlist your developers.
  • 58. Use the tool to plan the tool.
  • 59. Involve everyone who is going to work on it.
  • 60. Be careful with upgrades and 3 rd party plug-ins.
  • 61. A mini case study.
  • 62. 3 different CMS in use.
  • 63. Author-it for our documentation.
  • 64. Wordpress for our website and Customer Care portal.
  • 65. Confluence for our Intranet.
  • 66. Isn’t that overkill?
  • 67. It works for us.
  • 68. Can you please answer the question?
  • 69. Nothing is perfect…
  • 70. … but it could be perfect for you.
  • 71. Good luck!
    • Robert Rhyne Armstrong
    • @ninety7
    • facebook.com/rhyne
    • [email_address]

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