Previously, we looked at several open source content management systems that are widely used. Those are great options unless you have a Microsoft server. If that is the case, what are your options?
Here are two options for you to look into:
Dot Net Nuke
Dot Net Nuke is an open source dot net content management system, and like the other content managements systems, has some nice add-ons. Dot Net Nuke has an easy-to-use interface, but it can be buggy when you try to implement your own custom design. Still, it is extremely popular and has lots of ability if you are constrained by or are sticking to the benefits of a dot net machine. The most current release of this freeware like many others is sometimes referred to as the “bleeding edge”. Tackling new releases is not for the unskilled or time constrained developer.
My limited personal knowledge of the technology that goes into master pages, server side includes and the like prevents me from going into further detail about how these technologies work in that respect. We can always engage the tech team here at TNI for that dialog. The point is that implementing master pages is an easy way to save yourself a headache in the future.
The overriding concept and purpose behind master pages is simple: Create one “master page” that controls the border of your web page and only fill-in the middle, content portion of the page individually. Content management systems allow you to do much of the same thing, but with master pages you have the ability to edit actual static page files. For any web site with more than a few pages, this is a great option.
The rate of change required for a website to be considered “current” continues to dictate a shorter and shorter refresh cycle. Because of the need for fresh content and in other ways, up-to-date site features, more and more businesses of all sizes are looking to web solutions like the two above in order to allow new information, graphics and even pages to be created by someone other than the IT team or Webmaster that will still reflect the same brand strategy and maintain the standards in place throughout the rest of the site. Making website updates with relatively the same ease as a blog post looks like a highly desired attribute that businesses will increasingly have on their checklist.
Significant contribution to this post by S Trachtman.