IBM Web Content Manager

Web Content Manager is used to create, manage, and deliver content for your website. 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 Manager system. You can deliver your web content using Web content viewer portlets, the Web Content Manager servlet or pre-render your site to HTML.

Website creation

Before setting up your web content system, you should read the entire WebSphere® Portal Planning and Installing sections to determine the best overall configuration for your WebSphere Portal system.

You should also review the WebSphere Portal Family Wiki. This site covers a wide variety of topics that product experts have found critical to a successful implementation.

In a Web Content Manager solution, the layout and design elements of a website are managed separately from the content of a website. This allows you to change the layout and design of a web page without changing the content, and change the content without having to update the layout and design. Many design features of your website, such as navigation, are generated automatically by using predefined elements and components.

Web content authoring

One of the primary uses of Web Content Manager is to build a Web content authoring system for your web content creators. In a Web Content Manager system, the design and layout of your website are separated from the content displayed within a website. This allows web content authors to create the content for your site without having to understand how to build a website. The web content authoring systems you create are designed to deliver different web content authoring experiences to different types of users.

Accessing external content

The web content used in a Web Content Manager can also be stored and managed in external content management systems. The Web Content Integrator is used to import content into a Web Content Manager system using the RSS feed format. Content from federated content systems can be linked directly into a Web Content Manager system. You can also use WebDAV to import content from a file system into a Web Content Manager system.

Managing web content

Web Content Manager includes a set of features to help you maintain and manage your Web Content Manager system. This includes version control, change management and approval, multi-item projects and user-defined folders to group sets of web content items.

Preinstalled web content libraries

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

Delivering web content

Web content can be delivered to your website viewers using Web Content Viewer portlets, a servlet or as pre-rendered HTML files.

Planning your Web Content Manager system

This information center includes many topics designed to help you plan and manage your Web Content Manager system. Use these topics to ensure that your Web Content Manager system is designed for optimal performance and ease of use, and to ensure that your Web Content Manager system is sufficiently planned and resourced.

Configuring and administering Web Content Manager

When installing a Web Content Manager system, you configure the servers in your system differently depending on their role in your system. Once configured, there are also a set of administration functions that you use to manage web content libraries, syndication, and feeds.