When Web Content Management Systems Go Social

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Irina Guseva avatar


Despite the fear of being thrown rotten tomatoes at, here’s a new acronym: sCMS, which stands for social CMS.

According to KickApps (news, site), they released just that -- an sCMS -- with the new KickApps 5.0 version of the social software development suite.

New in KickApps 5.0

Can you instant message each other within the CMS? No. At least, not yet.

Butwhat you can do is manage both “regular” and social content from underthe same roof via connectivity to a good number of social platforms andother functionalities, including:

  • Video uploads, ingestion, encoding and publishing with Pro Video
  • Content curation
  • iDevice support (in beta)
  • Facebook support
  • Mobile (iPhone, iPad and Android)
  • Addition of a new role Admin

Oneother new feature of KickApps 5.0 is custom web pages that can containsocial collaboration tidbits like comments, tags, ratings, sharing.

Learning Opportunities


KickApps Custom Page Editor

Anything New Under the Social CMS Sun?

Alex Blum, CEO of KickApps, notes:

TraditionalCMS platforms were built for an outdated approach to deploying andmanaging editorial-centric content and lack meaningful socialintegration.

What we really see in the market is that many Web CMSvendors do attempt to be social media -friendly via developing their ownsocial modules and connectors.

Others, purposefully, chose to stay awayfrom delving too deep into the social media topic, leaving all thingssocial for vendors who specialize in social enterprise software. Andthen integrate their Web CMSes with their social products. Just likeKickApps can integrate with a number of content management systems.