Web content

IBM Lotus Web Content Management is used to create, manage and deliver content for your Web site. You can create content using the Web content authoring portlet, or create your own customized authoring interface. Web content stored in external content management systems can also be referenced within a Web Content Management system. You can deliver your Web content using Web Content Viewer portlets, the Web Content Management servlet or pre-render your site to HTML.

Design and content separation

In a Web Content Management system, the design and layout of your Web site is separated from the content of your Web site. This allows you to make updates to the look and feel of your Web site without having to revisit your content. Conversely, changes to your content do not require updates to your layout and design.

Web content libraries

The items that make up your Web Content Management system are stored in Web content libraries. Your Web content management system can contain multiple libraries. The number of libraries required is determined by the type of Web site you are creating, and the types of users who require access to each library. Separating your site into these libraries enables you to better control the access to each library, and also allows you to setup different syndication strategies for each library.

Web content authoring systems

One of the primary uses of Web Content Management is to build Web content authoring systems for different users:

Preinstalled Web content libraries

A set of preinstalled Web content libraries are supplied to allow you to add blog and wiki features to your Web sites. Use blogs, blog libraries, and wikis to tap into the power of the community and to change the way you work.

Accessing external content

The Web content used in a Web Content Management system can also be stored and managed in external content management systems.

The Web Content Integrator is used to import content into a Web Content Management system using the RSS feed format. Content from federated content systems can be linked directly into a Web Content Management system and inserted in element designs. You can use WebDAV to import content from a file system into a Web Content Management system. You can also use Web Content Management to create rules that can access content from external sources.

Content management features

A range of content management features are available within Web Content Management:

Web site delivery

Web content can be delivered to your Web site viewers using Web Content Viewer portlets, as pre-rendered HTML files, or as a standard Web site delivered using a servlet. The type of delivery method you use to delivery Web content you your viewers will depend on the type of content being delivered, and the type of viewers your Web site is intended for.

Extending Web Content Management

You can extend the standard features of Web Content Management using the Web Content Management API. You can use the API to develop:

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