GMP targets publishing industry with CMS Pro While the latest release from Georgia-based GMP Services has it eyes set firmly on the publishing industry -- perhaps recognizing current difficulties in the sector -- it is also targeting other professions that might be looking for an in-house Content Management System.

Available starting next month, the new version of Media Publishers Professional CMS, which in another life was known as GMP CMS, is an ASP.NET 2.0 Content Management System that has taken six years to develop.

Significantly reducing the need for coding, it includes application services and controls that can be reused across a given website, as well as role-based access to content for security purposes.

Building On ASP.NET 2.0

This is not the first time GMP, a privately-owned software development company, has jumped into the web content management fray. In summer of 2007 it announced that its CMS 2.0 was Web 2.0 ready.

That version had a number of new social media features such as blogging and video blogging capabilities, RSS feeds, social bookmark tools and share via e-mail.

This new version includes a number of other features that reflect its ASP.NET 2.0 functionality including developer productivity, administration and management, extensibility and performance.

Amongst the new features are:

  • A publishing and management tool for documents
  • Browser-based editing and content creation function
  • Site search function
  • HTML editor that allows for text and image manipulation
  • Blog feature
  • Tag Cloud function

Features For Novices

Like many of the new content management products, the user has no need to understand HTML as the editing tool permits manipulation of text, images and video through an easy-to-use interface similar to many word processors.

Combined with its page tracking technology, it has a page removal function that will automatically redirect users to a specified page in the event that the original target page has been renamed, or even removed.

Support for Membership Based Content

Again with the publishing industry in mind, and in particular paid-for content sites, it has also added an ability to turn websites into membership only sites that will either prevent non-members from downloading content entirely, or specify what content can be downloaded by who.

Support for External Content

It also includes the ability to ingest external content from other websites that will be automatically refreshed according to criteria established by site administrators. This content can also be cached for a limitless period of time.

Using CSS across the application, users can also be guaranteed content and page consistency across their website.

Coming Soon, Pricing TBA

While GMP has said it will release this version next month, it has not said when exactly. Neither has it given any indication of pricing.