What makes a great CMS – User Interaction
I’ve been working on CMS’s for quite some time now. Content management systems are a great way to keep things organized while at the same time making sure that you’re able to get things done right, but sometimes there are caveats that create some challenges while working on sites. The most significant issue with CMS’s isn’t how the content is delivered but how the content is viable to the users of the website.
The most important thing to look at before deciding on a CMS is what will make a user stay on the site, making the site more viable. Overall there are a few focuses to deal with. One being the type of content on the pages.
Usually with most websites there is either a focus on media, user shared content, or intellectual reading for the average viewer. Organizing this information is key to making sure that your website stays informational and useful. The hard part is when there are dual media on the website. Lets say for instance Pintrest or thumblr. Both of these websites have the ability to post either photos to share or user written content. This is great if your user base knows exactly what they want to see, but what if your website is too general.
This is where categories come into play. Most CMS’s have a category field ability to place various items grouped together. This creates a great ability for users to keep things organized for you. There is one catch with user driven content, keeping content in the right areas. Usually it does not happen, but a CMS should be able to distinguish between a great user posted content, and a weak user content.
Rating systems is what is currently being used to have automated CMS systems in place. This way the users help the admins decide on what content is enjoyable and what content they can do without. This is key to a great CMS. I will go further into details with the actual layout on my second writeup.