I’ve been asked to write a few articles about content management systems. (What’s a CMS? Here’s a brief explanation. For that matter, weblog software is a kind of CMS.)
Anyway, I’m doing some initial research, gathering ideas for these articles. I know that many CONTENTIOUS readers use some kind of CMS. Frankly, there are already enough vendor- and consultant-authored articles and white papers out there touting the glories of CMS. And to be fair, a CMS can be wonderful.
However, I find that the most useful articles on technology topics tend to come from the real user experience, particularly frustrations about glitches and shortcomings…
For instance, the Web site of the Poynter Institute offers extremely rich and excellent content including many items about creative uses of RSS feeds. Ironically, Poynter.org’s CMS does not easily support RSS feeds to the dismay of many people who write for and read that site.
If you use any kind of CMS, what’s your pet peeve? Is there anything about the system that causes difficulty or confusion in communicating the way you’d like to via your Web site, blog, e-learning system, or intranet? Does it interfere with your internal editorial or content-production process?
Let me know! Just comment below or e-mail me. Be sure to include your name and e-mail address, since I may want to interview you. I’m particularly interested in what writers and editors (rather than programmers, designers, or IT people) have to say about their CMS experiences.