Webnodes CMS is an ASP.NET CMS that combines a user friendly interface with a flexible semantic content engine.
Content management, not page management
The vast majority of the content management systems out there are geared towards managing web pages in a hierarchical structure. The problem is that the content you want to present on a page isn't naturally structured as pages. When the content is forced into the page mindset, the natural structure and meaning of the content is lost.
In Webnodes, you define your content model (ontology) according to the natural relationships between the content types. The content itself and how different content types relate to each other is the main focus, and not what pages you want to use the content on. This gives you several important benefits:
- It's easy to reuse the content, as the storage of the content isn't geared towards one specific channel
- You can create relational navigation based on the natural relationships between content. Since you use the natural relationships of the content as the base for the navigation, visitors find the navigation intuitive.
- The natural structure of the content is preserved, which also means that the inherent semantics of the content isn't lost.
The semantic content engine is the core technology in Webnodes that enables you to use complex data structures.
User friendly interface
The user interface is arguably the most important part of a CMS. An easy-to-use interface is crucial to ensure even editors with rudimentary web and computer skills are capable of updating the website. At the same time, the interface shouldn't be limiting for power users.
In Webnodes we have used a lot of energy in making the UI as clean and non-cluttered as possible. The result is an interface that requires minimal training for regular users.
The interface can also be stripped for features for users with limited needs. For example, a news editor doesn't need access to all the modules or content in the system. The control over the interface is so fine grained that you can give a user access to a single property in a single document if you want.
A Proven Solution
The current version of Webnodes CMS is the result of 11 years of web content management system development. The current architecture was created from scratch from 2005, building on the experiences we got from developing the previous version, and the feedback from customers.
Since the new version was launched in March 2007, hundreds of sites have been created using the system, from relatively small corporate sites to large multinational corporate web presences.
A CMS for the future
Buying a CMS is a decision that affects your company's ability to keep up with or stay ahead of your competition. We at Webnodes feel very confident that you can't find a CMS that's better suited for meeting the challenges of the future than Webnodes CMS.
The semantic web and semantic technologies are rapidly becoming more and more popular. With more and more data being moved to the web, there will be a need to use that data in new and smart ways. The semantic web is seen by many as the next big thing in that regard. With Webnodes CMS you'll get the benefits of semantic technologies today, and be well positioned to take advantage of future semantic technologies.
Another trend that has gotten more and more important is the use of the web for more than just publishing static information. Websites are becoming sophisticated web applications. More and more applications are moved to the web. The flexible data model and semantic content engine at the core of our CMS means that it can be used for managing content in web application that have traditionally been written from scratch.