IBM Web Content Manager new features and improvements

Web Content Manager includes new features and various improvements to existing features.

The authoring home page

The new authoring home page provides a customized entry point for different types of users. It is a simplified, single-page user interface allowing:
  • Casual authors to easily create and submit content.
  • Frequent contributors to create and work with their items.
  • power users to easily see what is going on across the site and to quickly create or edit any of the items they're responsible for.

Navigating the authoring portlet

CMIS support for federated documents

The federated documents feature enables you to insert links to content that resides in a remote content repository. You can now insert links to documents from repositories that support Content Management Interoperability Services 1.0 (CMIS 1.0).

Setting up support for federated documents.

Content templating enhancements

The content templating features of Web Content Manager have been expanded to make creating and delivering web content faster and easier. Web content viewers, web content page templates, and content associations work together to provide a flexible framework that you can use to quickly assemble pages containing web content. To illustrate how these building blocks work together, Web Content Manager includes preinstalled web content libraries with sample web content.

The Web Content Manager REST service

The new Web Content Manager REST service makes information in the repository easily accessible, while retaining security. A simple URL interface allows developers to create queries and to utilize this information to easily extend the authoring user interface.

REST services for Web Content Manager

Site area templates

Site areas are now treated as content, allowing you to take advantage of services such as workflow, versioning and metadata profiling. Site administrators can restrict what type of items can be created within different site areas, providing more granular control. You can now map site areas to presentation templates, allowing you to directly render site areas. These enhancements provide authors with the ability to create "compound" documents, with site areas acting as a parent content item containing both child site areas and content items.

Creating authoring templates

New menu and navigator options

Enhancements to menu and navigator components provide new configuration options including scoping menu queries to a library, and defining the starting point for navigators based on the page context or via a query string. This enables the reuse of the same components within different parts of the site instead of saving the same component multiple times with different queries or staring points. Additionally, navigators now support hierarchical markup making it possible to follow modern web patterns and also produce accessible page navigation.

Managed pages

Version 8.0 introduces support for managed pages, which are portal pages that are stored in Web Content Manager. By managing portal pages from within Web Content Manager, you can apply web content features like workflow, version control, and syndication to portal pages. This support provides a robust and integrated method for performing site management by ensuring that changes are coordinated and published together.

Key benefits of managed pages:
  • Any changes you make to a page are made in a draft state, without affecting the live server.
  • Drafts are organized within projects in Web Content Manager. When you publish draft changes to the live server, a project coordinates the updates and ensures that all drafts are published at the same time.
  • A workflow process ensures that page changes are made available on the live server only when the changes are approved. You can create customized workflows to suit the requirements of your site and authoring environment.
  • A graphical toolbar integrates managed pages functions directly into your portal pages. The toolbar provides quick access to editing features, projects, and workflow actions that apply to the page. You can also easily change the scope of your changes so that you can manage the changes with projects or directly edit the published site.
  • Syndication provides a convenient and flexible method for transferring managed pages from a staging environment to a production environment. With syndication, all required page artifacts and content are transferred at the same time.
  • Scripting support is also available for automating managed pages tasks. The Portal Scripting Interface includes methods for working with projects and web content libraries, and the XML configuration interface includes similar support for projects.