Requested features

Members of the CMS discovery group are encouraged to suggest and evaluate CMS services and products based on our scope and evaluation criteria.

Vendors (in alphabetical order) Features Available on or before 1/1/03. *=requires custom development. Evaluation Criteria Product/ Service 1 Product/ Service 2
Rank 1=Top Value 10=Top (Yes=10, Maybe=5, No=0)

User/Roles/Workflow

Can roles and users be easily managed? (i.e., vacation back-ups) ? 01 10 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can enough workflows can be defined? (goal: 25 per site) 05 6 Yes, infinite 10 Yes 10
Can workflows be assigned at the section *and* page level? 05 6 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can enough stages can be included in a workflow? (goal: 5 per workflow definition) 05 6 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can enough users can be activated? (goal: 25 per site) At what cost? (per seat cost?) 06 5 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can workflow roles be separated from users to facilitate changes in personnel? 06 5 Yes 10 No 0

Information Architecture

Can sections and pages be moved easily by novice users? 01 10 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can site structure outline be reordered, as opposed to alphabetical? 01 10 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can access be easily restricted (username/password or Kerberos) to sections? 01 10 Yes, But Kerberos Is Custom 5 Yes, But Kerberos Is Custom 5
Can multiple sites be managed? If so, how many? (goal: unlimited) 06 5 Yes for Subsites 10 Yes, Unlimited 10
Can site structure be imported or exported? As XML? 10 1 Yes, Full XML Import/Export 10 With CMS 300 Model (?) 10

Templating

Can multiple, nested templates be used? If so, how many? (goal: unlimited) 08 3 Yes, Unlimited 10 Yes 10
Can templates be uploaded by designers? 08 3 Yes, Also Local WebDAV 10 Yes 10
Can CSS files be uploaded by designers? 08 3 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can templates include automated navigation: left-side, bread crumbs, current section? 08 3 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can a site map or a-z index be generated automatically? 08 3 Yes, From Template 10 No 0
Can a previous/next page footer be generated automatically? 08 3 Yes 10 No 0
Can a print version (using a separate template with no navigation) be generated automatically? 08 3 Yes 10 Yes 10

Content Entry and Editing

Is WYSIWYG entry available? Cross-platform? Cross-browser? 01 10 Yes, Windows IE 5+ Only 10 No, Windows Only 5
Is light markup required? (No is preferred) What tags are supported? <b>, <I>, <a href> 01 10 No 10 No 10
Is full markup required? (No is preferred) 01 10 No 10 No 10
Can RTF or SYLK documents be automatically transformed to valid HTML? Can Word, Excel, or tab-delimited documents be imported and cleaned up? 01 10 Yes, Via Cut/Paste 10 Yes 10
Can the code be transferred to visual editing tool? Without breaking tags? 01 10 Yes, Standard html 10 Yes 10
Is there a wizard for uploading images? 01 10 Yes, Browse to Upload File 10 Yes 10
Is there a wizard for uploading pdfs? 01 10 Yes, Ditto 10 Yes 10
Is there a wizard for uploading other binary files (flash, audio, video)? 01 10 Yes, Ditto 10 Yes 10
Is there a wizard for creating image galleries? 01 10 No, By Admin 0 No 0
Is there a wizard for creating forms? 01 10 No, by Admin 0 Yes 10
Is template and user-entered code compliant to XHTML 1.0? 02 9 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can the markup be validated for standards compliance? 02 9 Yes, Errors for Bad Code 10 Yes 10
Can the markup be validated for universal design? 02 9 Maybe, Depends on Definition 5 Yes 10
Is there a wizard for <meta> generation? 02 9 Yes, Input Form 10 Yes 10
Can there be separate <meta> sets for home and inside pages? 02 9 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can internal links be checked? 02 9 Yes, With Atomz Search 10 Yes 10
Can external links be checked? 02 9 No 0 No 0
Is the Web-browser interface supported on Windows, Macintosh, Linux? 03 8 Yes, Win, Mac 10 Yes 10

Staging/Publishing

Can a page be embargoed until a release date and time? 05 6 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can a page be deleted and replaced with an appropriate redirect? 05 6 Yes, Syndication Supported 10 Yes 10
Is page-level versioning (undo) available? How many steps? 05 6 Yes, Infinite 10 Yes 10
Can a full site edition be archived? 05 6 No, Site Basis 0 Yes 10
Can stakeholders be notified by e-mail when page is published ? 05 6 Yes, Full Workflow With E-mail Notification 10 Yes 10

Infrastructure/Administration

Can additional modules be added by in-house developers?

  • Discussion group?
  • Calendar?
  • Web form to e-mail processing?
  • Bulletins/news updates/syndication/RSS?
3 2 10 Yes, Using PHP, ASP, or Cold Fusion 10 Yes*
Can system be adapted to support various authentication (basic authentication, Kerberos, certificates – PKI) and security (sftp, ssl WebDAV) options? 09 2 Web Site: Yes, Application: No 5 Yes, With ADSI Module (12/02) 10
Is application hosted on campus? 09 2 No 0 Yes 10
Is Web server hosted on campus? 09 2 Yes 10 Yes 10
Can content be exported via XML or XHTML? 10 1 Yes 10 Yes, With CMS 300 (?) 10
Can system be integrated with Blackboard 5? 10 1 Yes*, Via XML Import/ Export 10 Yes 10
Can legacy databases be integrated into content? 10 1 Yes*, Custom Project 10 Maybe, With Some Extra Code 5
Is content storage accessible by super-users? 10 1 Yes, by Admin 10 Yes 10
If system is hosted off-campus, can system be installed on local machines? 10 1 No 0 Yes 10
Total score Perfect: 3110 2615- Disqualified 86% 2685- Disqualified 86%

Document history: 10/2/02; 10/8/02; 10/10/02; 11/1/02; 11/5/02; 11/6/02; 11/8/02; 11/20/02; 3/6/03; edited 7/15/08

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