Introducing a WCM specific link and resources list

Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:53 PM

Let’s face it, Web Content Management (WCM), the successor to MCMS and included in the next version of SharePoint (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)), hasn’t received much visibility since Microsoft came out and starting talking about MOSS. And now all the MCMS developers are going to become SharePoint developers (well, for those who migrate their MCMS sites to WCM). While WCM is baked into SharePoint now, and thus, is built on top of Windows SharePoint Services v3 (WSS) which itself is built on top of ASP.NET 2.0, it’s hard to filter through all the SharePoint and ASP.NET 2.0 resources out there and find the stuff that’s specifically related to WCM. There are some fantastic link-fests, like Heather Solomon’s SharePoint Resource Links, Joris’ Link Galore (v5), and Mike Walsh’s WSS FAQ.

Over the last few months, I’ve been keeping a running OneNote file of all the WCM pertinent links for my own use. During this time its become evident to me that these links would better serve the MCMS/WCM community if I shared them, which brings me to…

Web Content Management Links and ResourcesThis new page I’ve created contains 100+ links to WCM specific information broken down into 30+ categories and each link also has an icon indicating the content type (ie: PDF, DOC, documentation, article, blog post, download, utility, video/screencast/webcast, etc) of the resource. You’ll find things on migration, 3rd party products, how to’s, webcasts, screencasts, blog postings, articles, documentation, CMS to WCM migration, downloads… you name it!

I’ve also added a little rollover feature for each link that contains a description, the source of the link, URL, and cross-reference information (as shown in the animation below). Yes, cross-reference info! If there’s a how-to article on creating custom field controls, you’ll find it listed under the “how-to” category as well as the “field control” category… no more trying to think “now, what else would this be filed under?”.

While the primary focus of this list is for only WCM specific links, I have decided to add a few general SharePoint resources as well, but only when it comes to tasks specific to WCM. For example, you’ll find authentication, Web Parts, and workflow resources listed. These are core WSS v3 topics, but they will be quite common to the WCM developer as well. I’m basically trying to find things that will primarily be of interest to WCM people… not the broader SharePoint crowd. I’ll leave that up to people who are already doing a fantastic job, such as Heather and Joris (previously mentioned, and their link pages are listed under the “General SharePoint Information” category).

» Web Content Management Links and Resources

I’ll continuously update this page with new WCM links as I find them. Speaking of updates…

Change Log To help keep track of changes to this link-fest, I’ve also created a change log where I’ll post new additions & updates as they are added to the page. I won’t list all the details, but you’ll be able to quickly see what has recently been added.

» Web Content Management Links and Resources - Change Log

Submitting LinksIf you have a WCM link you think would be of interest to the community, please feel free to send it! Just use my contact form on my blog and make sure you give me as much info as you can about it. I’ll happily give you credit in the change log. Remember, the goal is to have a WCM link-fest for everyone in the community… and it’s best to have the community involved!

I’m aware the rollover is a little hokey and not very “tight”. I’ll admit, it works best in IE6 or IE7. It will work for you FireFox people, you just get some weird effect where the rollover is appearing a little too far from your mouse like the animation above demonstrates. I’m not trying to slight the non-IE crowd, I got the rollover script off a DHTML community site and tried tweaking it to work perfectly in FireFox and IE, but after too much tweaking, I decided to let it go the way it is. I’d like to find something that is easier to maintain and works the exact same in all mainstream browsers (IE, FireFox, Safari, Opera, etc). Got any suggestions?

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