Web content authoring environments



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An authoring environment is used to create and manage Web content. This is the environment used by your content creators and Web site designers.

Server type

Most Web Content Management sites will need to support a large number of content creators. A clustered server solution is the best solution for this scenario.

Standard authoring environment

A standard authoring environment consists of a single authoring cluster that syndicates directly to either a staging or delivery environment.

For example:

Authoring environment with testing

You can add a test environment to your authoring environment to enable you to perform user acceptance testing on your content management system and Web site.

For example:

Decentralized authoring environments

If your content creators are located at different locations, or you have different groups of content creators, you might consider deploying a set of decentralized authoring clusters. This scenario works best if the decentralized content creators work with separate content stored in different content libraries.

For example, if you have users located in different locations it may be more efficient to install a local authoring environment at each location. Two-way syndication is used between all authoring environments with a centralized authoring environment.

This allows changes made at all remote locations to be visible to all users.

Decentralized authoring creates the risk of conflicting updates between authoring environments. This may be managed by allocating different sites, or different sections of a site to each authoring environment. You could also use different authoring environments for different user roles.

For example, Content creators could use a different authoring environment than presentation template designers.

Access to each decentralized authoring environment is controlled using a combination of authoring portlet access controls and item security settings.

For example, Only users requiring access to the local authoring environment would be granted access to the local authoring portlet. Users would be given "Read" access to all items, but only "Edit" access to items they are required to update.

Parent topic:

Web Content Management environments

Related concepts

Dual-server configuration for Web Content Management

Related tasks

Set up a cluster