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Updated Content Templates for IBM Web Content Management

I posted back in February about IBM’s Content Template Catalog for IBM Web Content Management.  That  post had over a thousand hits, so I know the Content Template Catalog was popular.  IBM has now released version 3.0 of the Content Template Catalog.

You can see a demostration of the template catalog on YouTube:  IBM Content Template Catalog v3.0.  Here is the link to the
documentation: be clear, the Content Template Catalog is more than just authoring templates.  It includes the following features:

  • Page Templates – these are pre-configured portal pages that include the web content viewer configured to show the templates in action.
  • Pre-configured Portlets – these portlets are already set to point to the right content.  To the right is a landing page portlet using the CTC.
  • Theme – there is a theme specific to the templates that uses specific layouts
  • Authoring Templates – these are the pre-built templates for creating content
  • Presentation Template – these present the contents entered in the authoring templates
  • Style sheets – these are styles used by the presentation templates
  • Libraries – multiple libraries contain the various templates, style sheets, etc.
There are four types of content included in the catalog:
  • “Post”: like News and Alerts, that are posted up at a point in time on the site and typically “fall off’ the site as they age.
  • “Scheduling”: like Events and Courses, that represent something that is happening in the future, and will be kept on the site until that event occurs
  • “Publications”: like general Topics and FAQs, etc. where information is published and then maintained over the long term
  • “Profiles”: like Biographies, that are about people or things; the life-cycle of these depends on the movement of people, the purchasing/release of plant, etc.
The catalog is a tremendous resource for companies in the early stages of implementing IBM WebSphere Portal and Web Content Management.  Even companies who have used Portal/WCM for a long time will find value in the new catalog.

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Mark Polly

Mark Polly is Perficient's Chief Strategist for Customer Experience Platforms. He works to create great customer, partner, and employee experiences. Mark specializes in web content management, portal, search, CRM, marketing automation, customer service, collaboration, social networks, and more.

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