New Features in eContent Release 2.0

eContent Release 2.0 shifts content control to line-of-business users with an improved web browser-based user interface that allows users and developers to develop and maintain web content from anywhere in the world. Other Release 2.0 features include enhanced workflow management, xml content management, Struts integration, template-based content deployment, enhanced meta-data handling and database publishing, and enhanced virtual team collaboration with integration to collaborative functions in the user interface such as resource context sensitive task lists, discussion forums, faqs and so on. We are the first company to offer these context sensitive functions. This latter feature is about: Information + Human Intelligence (collaboration) = Knowledge Management. With enhanced support for managing content stored in databases, XML repositories, and static files, eContent provides team-based enterprise-wide collaboration, reducing IT burden.

eContent v2.0 boasts multiple industry-first features and benefits that reduce the total cost of ownership of the solution including:

New Features in Release 2.0

  • eContent 2.0 is built on top of Expresso 4.0, the latest release of the open source Expresso Framework, bringing full integration with the Apache Jakarta Struts framework. This enables sophisticated template handling with JSP tag libraries, and the creation of portal pages as tempates in eContent, as well as many other new facilities.
  • Enhanced meta-data handling and resource "attributes" now allow complex content to be represented as a single unit, as well as enabling the creation of automatic forms for entry of content based on the definition of the content type. This permits non-technical content authors to simply fill in forms to update and publish content, while still allowing complete flexibility in formatting.
  • The administrative web user interface has been upgraded substantially. Multiple views of content structure can be selected, using eContent's own template functionality, making it possible to easily customize the interface to the product to specialized requirements.
  • Three types of templates are now supported in eContent: basic "text" style templates for HTML and WML output, Struts templates for complex logic-enabled templates with branching and iteration, and complete support for XSL stylesheets. Additional custom template types can easily be added, ensuring complete flexibility.
  • Content may now be stored both in an external filesystem repository, or within the relational database, as appropriate.
  • Content can now be created and edited directly, without the need for any external application - while at the same time client-side applications such as Dreamweaver, FrontPage, or other editing applications can still easily be used with eContent. This same editing capability also allows templates to be edited without having to access server-side files directly, and maintains system security for templates as well as resources.
  • Existing content can easily be imported into eContent, making getting started even easier. In fact, an entire structure of content can be imported from a directory tree, automatically creating categories and subcategories within eContent. Content can then be managed and manipulated, and if required can be re-exported while still preserving the ability to use templates (even JSP templates) for content presentation, and maintaining the structure established in the resulting static exported content. This makes eContent ideal for managing multiple static websites, or websites where some of the content is static and other content dynamic, all from within the one product..


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