Content Management Systems (CMS)

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Content Management Systems (CMS) are a collection of processes and technologies that enable the compilation of data and media for easy management and uniform presentation. Gone are the days when a web site owner needed webmaster skills or had to employ a web designer. I fact today, most web designers have little to no HTML skills because they no longer need them, thanks to CMS like DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle and WordPress.

CMS is commonly used for all types of web sites - from home pages to corporate and blog sites. The main advantage of CMS over sites that are comprised of individually-made web pages is that once the system is installed onto a website, no html or web development experience is required to add new content and create new web pages. It will also help a site maintain a professional look and conform to a corporate or otherwise pre-ordained design policy.

CMS usually involves a database from which individual data and page content is drawn to fill templates to create the web pages on the fly (as and when required). For example the most basic CMS page would be comprised of a header, menu, main body and footer. The page would then be built on the fly according to a request sent to the database such as a topic name. The database response would be to provide the heading and main body of information and as the page loads, it would assemble the templates in their order and drop in the information where it is designated.

There is no limit to how sophisticated a CMS can be or the features that can be added or removed at any time from the administration pages. Any changes to the templates can affect every page on a website, enabling a CMS administrator to completely change the design theme of a site by altering a few settings.

CMS enables several sites to share a common theme regardless of the contributing authors. It also enables several different-looking sites to share a common database and resources. Restricting access to web-site content is easily managed within a CMS because it only needs a single insert on each page to enforce password protection and other security restrictions.

Content Management System (CMS) vs ArtistScope DRM

CMS and ArtistScope DRM are similar but different. CMS is a solution for providing easily managed web pages with access  controlled by membership and password. While ArtistScope DRM provides easily managed media with access controlled by DRM (computer identification) that cannot be shared.

ArtistScope has in the past provided a variety of DRM protected CMS for web pages and webmail, but today most web sites use the more popular CMS like DNN, Drupal, Joomla and WordPress, so CMS development by ArtistScope was a conflict of interest. Now, instead of trying to add DRM to a CMS, web site owners can use their favorite CMS and add CopySafe media by way of add-ons that ArtistScope provides, leaving access control to the membership system provided by the CMS.

Web developers can easily add DRM by customizing their CMS code to check for Computer ID and require that the ArtisBrowser be used which reports the Computer ID of each computer.

Adding copy protection to CMS is easy if you have a virtual server because you can purchase and install the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS). Otherwise, copy protection can be added to individual web pages on a hosted web site by using CopySafe Web.

To add copy protection for media displayed on your web pages you can use either CopySafe PDF, CopySafe Video or CopySafe Web. To manage DRM of PDF documents in-house, instead of using the free ArtistScope DRM portal, companies can purchase the DRM portal software and have it installed on their own web server.

Examples of CMS that use ArtistScope add-ons

The following web sites provides examples of CMS using ASPS, CopySafe PDF, CopySafe Video or CopySafe Web add-ons which enable site owners to add copy protection for media from the CMS online page editor.:

Drupal demo web site  Drupal - web site showcasing ASPS and all CopySafe solutions 
Joomla demo web site  Joomla - web site showcasing ASPS and all CopySafe solutions 
Moodle demo web site  Moodle - web site showcasing ASPS and all CopySafe solutions 
WordPress demo web site  WordPress - web site showcasing ASPS and all CopySafe solutions 

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