One of the most useful but less known trick in a fully managed Oracle UCM production site, for example ImageSource, Inc., is to prevent content editing on a web site. By default, a managed or dynamic site allows the content owners to enter the contributor mode by navigating to web pages and hit a standard hot key Ctrl + Shift + F5. This mode is all fine and useful in development and contribution servers, but it is a no no in a production environment.
Web Content Management (WCM) is the practice of creating, controlling and publishing web content using specialized tools. The specialized tools are collectively know as a Web Content Management System or WCMS. Most entities (business, municipalities, hospitals, etc) these days have some form of web presence, which is typically a dedicated website. Most people think of a website as a collection of static web pages. This was the case five or six years ago, but today most websites have functional requirements that go well beyond a simple What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) website. I have worked with several customers who still use technology that is focused on simply creating and publishing web pages. However, the customer’s needs always go well beyond simply pushing HTML pages onto the web. This post is intended to provide a checklist of features you should keep in mind, before deciding on a WCM solution.