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Can your CMS do this?

This is not going to be a list of features in Cloud CMS, that to be honest, you righfully expect in a CMS: API, versioning, workflow, Content model, Content entry forms,..

For a bit of fun, I started thinking “what really makes Cloud CMS better than your CMS” embracing my school boy mentality.

1. SaaS and/or On-Premise

Cloud CMS is avaible as a SaaS product and OnPremise. Docker containers have allowed us to distribute the Cloud CMS product easily for On-Premise/Private Cloud installation. Whilst SaaS may offer many benefits, On-Premise is still a desirable option for some companies

2. Branches

Cloud CMS stands apart from just about every other content management product on the market in that it offers a versioning model that is based around changesets. It is inspired by Git and Mercurial which are popular source-control products within the software development world. As such, Cloud CMS provides a changeset versioning system that captures every touch - every create, update or delete - that you make.

Branches can be used to create scheduled releases or simply to have branches for various content activities.

3. Deploy/Publish

Cloud CMS Deployment lets you publish content from a source Cloud CMS project branch to one or more destination Deployment Endpoints. These Deployment Endpoints may include Amazon S3 buckets, FTP servers, file system locations and Cloud CMS branches on the same cluster or running in a cluster located in another data center somewhere else in the world.

It is easy to configure a simple typical setup to manage the Content Life Cycle to publish content from an Authoring Projec to Live Project. Can even deploy out to multiple remote targets, and then have subsequent chained deployments.

4. Graphical view of content

This is interesting way to view a piece of content and relationships. It also can be very useful

5. Multifactor Authentication

With Multifactor Authentication enabled for a user, that user will be required to supply a verification code in addition to their username and password. The verification code is delivered to the user’s phone or mobile device via SMS, a phone call or an app.

6. Transfer service

Cloud CMS provides a universal import and export facility that lets you transfer your data in and out of Cloud CMS installations.This universal transfer service is very well suited for tasks such as:

  1. Export/import
  2. Migration (Bulk Upload)
  3. Backing up of content or projects

7. Awareness Service

Awareness service allows you to see who’s viewing/editing the same document with you in realtime, just like google docs.

8. Finally – we make the difference.

We care about the product, how you use it, and we are invested in your success.

UI feature - Folder Navigation Tree

Cloud CMS now provides a left-hand Folder Tree in the Folders view. Although a relatively simple feature, the left-hand Folder Tree makes navigation between folders much easier and is a familiar way to view and navigate content.

The left-hand Folder tree can be enabled or disabled from the Project Settings page (set to disabled by default).

After the left-hand Folder Tree is enabled, it can then be seen under Browse By Folder. If a folder contains one or more folders within it, then there is an arrow pointing towards the folder. If the arrow is clicked on then it turns to point down at the new subset of folders. This hierarchical structure of folders makes it easier to understand where you are and to jump around between locations.

Any questions?

I hope this article encourages you to further explore the many features of Cloud CMS. If you have a question, or cannot find a feature you are looking for, or have a suggestion - please Contact Us

Customizing the Cloud CMS User Interface

Cloud CMS is incredibly powerful and feature rich. This is great except that in exposing all the powerful features the UI can easily appear cluttered and difficult to use.

We recently added the ability to customize the UI to declutter, simplify, and make more familiar.

Navigation

The UI has been simplified to make navigation easier. The number of left-hand menu options has decreased because of the new “Manage Platform” and “Manage Project” sections. These two new sections have moved all of the administrative and developer links into a separate place. This has allowed for the UI navigation to become much simpler for editorial teams because the set of menu items is much smaller, making items easier to find.

Example:

Default Document View

Updated Document Menu Settings

Updated Document View

Dashboards

A new feature of Cloud CMS are the platform and project level dashboards. Through a drag-and-drop feature, administrators and users are able to configure their tools and views. Users have the ability to customize layouts and decide the particular dashlets wanted of their home page. Administrators decide the levels of customization users are allowed to have, with their ability to lock things down as necessary on a per-project basis.

Platform Dashboard layout

Any questions?

I hope this article encourages you to further explore the many features of Cloud CMS. If you have a question, or cannot find a feature you are looking for, or have a suggestion - please Contact Us.