Content management terminology changes with time. The times of the Micro CMS may soon be gone, as now it appears it is the era of the “simple CMS,” -- at least as positioned by Bizy, Inc. They have announced the distribution of their "simple CMS" product Bizyweb. Were they joking?The tool is available in single and multi-user versions powered by Adobe Dreamweaver extensions to aid the development of “content receptive” sites. Using Adobe Dreamweaver -- how groundbreaking! -- designers and developers can insert Bizyweb tags into a web page, making certain areas available for end-user manipulation.
Actually, Bizy, Inc. calls them “places” and not tags, with a patent pending for their “Place Management” trademark.
The Bizyweb application resides on a web server along with the rest of your web application. It is even simpler than it sounds. Judge for yourself: here is the Bizyweb’s product demo
. Don’t worry; it’s not even three minutes long; that’s how simple this “simple CMS” is
Supposedly, it’s a Web-based application with "no installation required." But the installation instructions are, however, conveniently provided.
In a nutshell this is what you can do with Bizyweb:
Using this module, users can access web folders. In the single-user version, the folder where the application resides is not accessible. Once in a folder, users can:
* Peruse images and determine their size
* View web pages, PDF and MS Word documents
* Upload new documents
* Perform folder management activities
Time for a quote: "Because content creation occurs asynchronously from content production, the Content Manager allows you to plan for future content deployment." Say that again?
This is a power-user interface, where developers and advanced users can edit entire pages vs page elements. This is also where the Bizyweb tags are modified.
This tool is designed to define editable areas to protect the “aesthetics of the page, as well as the navigation.” There are several content management options available for Bizyweb users: link, RTF, text and image, which are defined by Bizyweb “ places.” Wow, so much for flexibility. And, of course, rich multimedia seems to be out of the question. Who uses it in the days of Web 2.0 anyway?
This part of the application is only available in the multi-user version. It somewhat resembles your typical workflow with assigned rights and responsibilities – only a lot simpler -- in the best tradition of a “simple CMS.” We should really stop calling it a CMS. Really.
Bizy Inc.’s president Sheryl Hamlin highlights some of the most prominent features of this application (we’re quoting here):
* “The marketing user can edit and publish pages in marking folders, but cannot access the finance or systems folders”
* “An individual with a subdomain 'xyz' mapped to the folder 'xyz' can access only the web folder 'xyz'”
* “The IT department can map users in the corporate Intranet to Bizyweb users.”
Take a look at Hamlin’s Google video appearance
with an overview of Bizyweb. If this video doesn’t put you to sleep, you may even learn that Hamlin’s goal is for the product to go into the masses, so that “just real, you know, hum, people who have, basically, Windows kind of level skills” could try Bizyweb.