Offline processing systems

This type of web content management system (WCMS) pre-processes content before it is published on the live server. It is considered to be a superior type of CMS as compared to the online and hybrid systems and works by the application of templates before publishing to create web pages.

Examples of offline systems include Bricolage, CityDesk, Vignette and Adobe Contribute.

There are fewer offline processing systems as compared to online and hybrid systems which are due to the fact that a CMS is based upon multiple content authors and editors.

Advantages of an offline processing system

But if a business requires a CMS which can be used by only a few people then an offline CMS is a good option. The advantages of choosing this type of system include:

  • The ability to work on the content even when disconnected from the internet.
  • A fast, responsive and productive CMS which is due to someone using this on their own computer.
  • A variety of options in regard to publishing content before it goes live.
  • No online database required to dispense content which means fully optimised pages (search engine friendly) which also load quickly and with the minimum of fuss.

The important issue here is that any piece of content uploaded to the CMS does not go live until the content author/editor agrees to its publication.

Plus only those content authors and editors who have access to the network can interact with the system.


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