Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server

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  • The basic concepts of MCMS
  • Preparing, installing and configuring MCMS and its supporting technologies
  • Creating an MCMS website from scratch
  • Creating and debugging templates files and channel rendering scripts
  • Working with dynamic navigation
  • Establishing user roles and rights
  • Authoring with MCMS and improving the authoring experience
  • Understanding and customizing workflow
  • Working with the Publishing API
  • Site deployment techniques
  • Enhancing your site's performance with caching

Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 is a dynamic web publishing system with which you can build websites quickly and cost-efficiently. MCMS provides the administration, authoring, and data management functionality, and you provide the website interface, logic, and workflow. Once your website is up and running, your content contributors can add and edit content on their own, without the need to work with developers or the IT department.

First time developers of Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 face a relatively steep learning curve. Not only are they expected to be conversant in the Microsoft .NET Framework, they are also required to be familiar with the concepts of MCMS 2002.

Many beginners to MCMS start out by looking at the example site that ships with the product; tweaking it, dissecting it and turning it inside out using the obscure code comments as markers. However, when it comes to starting their own website from scratch, many are baffled - where do they begin?

This book exists to answer that question; teaching the essential concepts of MCMS 2002 in a clear, straightforward and practical manner.

Containing answers to some of the most asked questions in developer newsgroups, this book is a treasure trove of tricks and tips for solving the problems faced by MCMS developers.

This is a unique resource focused exclusively on the needs of developers using MCMS. It doesn?t waste time and pages on user or administrator level information that is well covered in other documentation. It's a distillation of practical experience that developers need to get results, fast. The authors carefully structured example project complements and extends the knowledge gained from an initial look at the examples that ship with MCMS.

  • Learn directly from recognized community experts
  • Rapid developer level tutorials build logically through out the book
  • Develops a feature rich custom site incrementally
  • Tips and Tricks from developer newsgroups and online communities
Page Count 660
Course Length 19 hours 48 minutes
ISBN 9781904811169
Date Of Publication 6 Jan 2005
Pre-Installation Checklist for the Developer
Installing Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 with SP1a
Installing from the Released To Manufacturing version of MCMS
What has been Installed on My Computer?
Frequently Asked Questions
The DCA Links MCMS Server to the Database
The DCA Toggles between Databases
Running the DCA for the First Time
Connecting to an Existing MCMS Database
DCA—Behind the Scenes
Starting the SCA
Launching SCA from a Remote Machine
About the MCMS Host, Version, and Database
General Settings
Cache Settings
Web Settings
Access Settings
License Settings
Laying the Foundations
Designing and Building the Channel Structure
Designing and Building the Template and Resource Gallery Structure
Something About Templates
Before We Begin
Creating the Plant Template File
Editing the Template File
Creating a Template Gallery Item
Creating the First Posting
The Difference between a Template File and a Regular ASP.NET Web Form
The Eight User Roles in MCMS
Rights Groups Organize Users
Rights Groups are Assigned to Containers
The Complete Publishing Workflow when a Posting is Created
Before We Begin
Creating Rights Groups
Assigning Users to Rights Groups
Assigning Rights Groups to Containers
An Authors-Only Workflow
An Author-Editor Workflow
An Author-Editor-Moderator Workflow
Deleting Postings
One Last Thing
How Users Edit Postings
The Default Web Author Console
Editing the Hibiscus Posting
Publishing the Changed Posting
Creating a New Plant Posting
Managing Workflow
Managing Resources
Setting Up the Work Area
The Namespaces
Accessing Objects
Using the Searches Class to Reference Any Object
Accessing Placeholder Content
Common Navigation Controls
Menus with JavaScript—Creating the Right Menu Web User Control
A BreadCrumb Control
Generating the Entire Site Map—A TreeView Control
Why Build Custom Placeholder Definitions?
Before We Begin
The HtmlStrippingPlaceholderDefinition / HtmlStrippingPlaceholder Pair
Making the Placeholder Definition Available to Template Designers
Adding the HtmlStrippingPlaceholderDefinition to the Template
The HtmlStrippingPlaceholderControl Class
Trying it Out
Before We Begin
Registering Event Handlers
Monitoring Workflow Events
E-mail Notification
Canceling an Operation
Generic Event Handlers
Before We Begin
Installing Authoring Connector
Building the Column Template
The OfficeHtmlPlaceholder and OfficeAttachmentPlaceholder Definitions
Publishing from Microsoft Word
Updating the Page
Replacing Any Page
Submitting Selected Text
Maintaining a Consistent Look and Feel
Changing the Server Name
Creating Publishing Tasks
About Forms Authentication
Configuring IIS to Allow Anonymous Access
Configure Settings in the Web.config File
Creating the Login Page
Logging on to the Site
The CmsFormsAuthentication Class
When Users Do Not Have Rights to View the Requested Page
When the Cookie is Deleted or No Longer Valid
Welcoming Guests to the Site
Visiting the Site as a Guest
Creating a Login/Logout Button for Authors
Creating a Login Channel for Authors
About Connected Templates and Postings
Before We Begin
Creating Connected Templates
Creating Connected Postings
Going to a Connected Page
Connected Postings Share Workflow Processes
Alternatives to Connected Postings
Create the Channel Rendering Script
Alternative Functionality
How MCMS Works with Caching
What MCMS Caches by Default
Improving Performance with ASP.NET Output Caching
Proving that Caching Enhances Site Performance
Using the Site Deployment Manager
Opening the Site Deployment Export Dialog
Importing Packages
Automating Deployment Using the Site Deployment API


Joel Ward

Joel Ward works as a web developer and technical manager. Once destined to be an architect, he switched tracks midway through college and instead graduated with a degree in Integrative Arts from the Pennsylvania State University. His professional career has taken him on a journey through design, programming, usability, and accessibility. Joel has worked with MCMS since its first release in 2001. Over the years, he has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work in the MCMS community. Joel lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Lim Mei Ying

Lim Mei Ying has extensive experience in designing, implementing and supporting Blue Prism processes as well as setting up a Robotic Operating Model for the enterprise. She has spent many hours figuring out the dos and don'ts of Blue Prism technologies and thrives on the challenge of finding new ways to solve automation problems. Mei Ying lives on the sunny island of Singapore.

Stefan Goßner

Stefan Goßner works for Microsoft as an Escalation Engineer in the Developer Support department. He provides customers with technical solutions to problems related to Microsoft Internet Server Products. Stefan has breadth and depth in all areas of MCMS.

His contributions to the newsgroup have helped many people to implement MCMS solutions in corporations around the globe to the point where it has been said that if you don't know Stefan, then you're probably new to MCMS.

Stefan maintains a huge MCMS 2002 FAQ on the Microsoft Website and provides MCMS tips and tricks on his personal blog:

He lives in Munich, Germany.