The Ultimate Web CMS Checklist of Requirements

If you're researching Web Content Management Systems, it can often be difficult to compare like-for-like. Taking inspiration from the excellent CMS Matrix website, we've created a contemporary checklist that you can use to quickly analyse the main differences between competing systems. Send this checklist to your shortlisted vendors to get a comprehensive overview of each product.

I know what you're thinking: a Web CMS checklist from a Web CMS vendor? Won't that be biased? We've been careful to ensure that the list was created without reference to the Amaxus Web CMS. For example, you'll notice items on the list that Amaxus doesn't support, such as Kerberos Authentication, and we haven't sneakily inserted features that are unique to Amaxus, such as the integrated SEO checker.

Let us know if you have any suggestions, using the comments below.

The Web CMS checklist is available as a downloadable PDF.

NOTE/WARNING: Do not complete the form below, as you won't be able to save it. Either print this page, or use the PDF above, which can be electronically completed and saved.

License

Web CMS Name
Pricing Structure
One-Off Price:
Annual Price:
Per-User Price:
Per-CPU Price:
Per-Site Price:
Free    
Other Specify:
Code License
Open Source    
Proprietary    
Commercial Open Source    
SAAS/Hosted    
Other Specify:
Maintenance
Optional Price:
Mandatory Price:
Not Available    

Support

 
Support Available
Commercial Price:
SLA Details:
Telephone Hours:
Email    
Web Ticketing    
Commercial Training
Authors Price:
Administrators Price:
Developers Price:
Certification    
Other Support
3rd Party Manuals 3rd Party Developers
Online Community User Conference
Integrated Help
Context Sensitive Tutorials
Searchable Help Raise Support in CMS
Editable Help Auto Problem-Notification
Documentation Included
Authors
Administrators
Developers

System Requirements

 
Operating System
Windows Versions:
Linux Versions:
Solaris Versions:
Other Specify:
Web Server
Apache Versions:
IIS Versions:
Other Specify:
Database
SQL Server Versions:
Oracle Versions:
MySQL Versions:
PostgreSQL Versions:
Other Specify:
Programming Language
.NET Versions:
Java Versions:
PHP Versions:
Python Versions:
Ruby Versions:
Other Specify:
Web Browser (For Administration)
IE Versions:
Firefox Versions:
Safari Versions:
Chrome Versions:
Opera Versions:
Other Specify:
Application Server
Tomcat JBoss
WebSphere .NET
WebLogic Zend Server
Zope    

Content Management

User Permissions
Roles-Based    
Granular Privileges Details:
Content Lifecycle
Audit History Check In/Out
Preview Scheduling
Staging Recycle Bin
Workflow Engine Versioning/Roll-Back
CMS Interface
Interface Localization Keyboard Shortcuts
Skinnable / Themes WYSIWYG Editor
Drag-n-Drop WAI Accessible
Inline Administration    
Flexibility
Definable Metadata Multiple Sites
Definable Classification Multiple Output Formats
Translation Management Mini/Sub-Sites
Editable, Friendly URLs Content Reuse
Tools
Spellchecker Asset Management
Thesaurus Advert Management
Automatic Thumbnails Document Management
Layout/Template Editor Batch Upload
Web Statistics Report Builder
Import MS Office Files Global Search & Replace
Accessibility Checker    

Development & Standards

Website Technologies
XHTML AJAX
HTML 5 SSL Pages
CSS 2 UTF-8
CSS 3 RSS / ATOM
Development Tools
Test Framework MVC Architecture
Sandbox Environment Template Language
Code Examples XSL Support
APIs
REST API Code-level API / SDK
SOAP API AJAX/JSON API
Content Upload
FTP WebDav

Performance

Publishing Model
Dynamic    
Static    
Other Specify:
Website Performance
Page Caching    
Static Export    
HTTP Caching    
HTTP Compression    
Caching Proxy Server    
Memcache    
Other Specify:
Platform Support
Load Balancing    
Database Clustering    
Other Specify:

Security

Authentication
SSL    
LDAP    
Active Directory    
Kerberos    
Pluggable/Modular    
Other Specify:
CMS Sessions
Login History Restrict by IP
Session Management    
Data Security
Data Encryption Support Backup Tools
Database Replication    

Website Features

Content Types
Blogs Links
Images Files
Audio & Video Wiki
Polls Forum
Surveys Events
Forms Contacts
Quizzes & Tests Newsletter
Social Media
User Registration Email Verification
Comments Editable Profiles
Rating Display RSS
Twitter Integration Friends
User File Uploads Messaging
Ecommerce
Product Management Payment Types
Product Variations Inventory
Shopping Cart Wish Lists
Editable Tax Affiliate Tracking
Editable Shipping POS Integration
Search
Integrated Search Boolean Searches
Pluggable Search Fuzzy Searches
Indexes Office Files Word Stemming
Wildcards Phonetic Search
Spelling Correction    
Misc
Captcha Support Google Maps
Site Maps Dynamic Graphs
Personalisation Engine Streaming Media
Custom 404 Page    

By Dan Zambonini

Posted on 12th January 2010

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