Channels - The Advanced Level Framework was created to address the limitations in the way traditional Content Management Systems work.
The key challenges that any CMS faces – organizing content and controlling access are generally tackled in one of two ways:
1. Group-based access control with no content categories. This approach is not flexible enough to meet the needs of even a moderately complex website.
2. Category-based content control mapped directly to individual users. This approach can handle more complexity in content, but access control becomes complicated, introducing potential security vulnerabilities, and making content creation more difficult to delegate.
The Advanced Level Framework takes a flexible approach to organizing websites and controlling content access and creation. The Advanced Level Framework’s strength is based on the concept of channels – structural divisions that apply to site structure and user access control. Channels can be set up to directly reflect the way any organization – large or small – is structured.
By mapping content categories directly to user groups, channels offer a solution that is more flexible, easier to maintain & more secure than previous approaches.
Channels give you exceptionally fine-grained access control. Because users are assigned to channels, it’s easy to give site visitors access to protected areas they need to see, while keeping them locked out where they don’t belong.
For example, you might want to allow all your accounting staff access to certain financial records, without allowing them to see the security project being developed in IT, and vice versa.
With traditional user/group access models and unrelated content category systems, this would be a complicated (and potentially vulnerable) process; but with channels it’s easy. Because user groups and content are arranged the same way, and that can be mapped directly to the organization’s structure, access control is intuitive – almost automatic.
Document Management - Because content is more than just web pages, the Advanced Level Framework offers secure document management of MS Office documents, PDF files, graphics… whatever files you need to distribute.
The Advanced Level Framework’s document management capabilities give you the power to turn a corporate website into a truly valuable information resource, by making the documents required by staff, investors and customers available to the people who need them – and only the people who need them.
Building on its logical approach to website structure and access control, the Advanced Level Framework makes it easy to organize documents and control who can view or edit them.
The Advanced Level Framework’s document management feature includes document check-in/check-out and version management, enabling staff to collaborate on document creation.
Listing Management - The Advanced Level Framework provides unique Listing features that open up new options for organizing related content. Listings are quick and easy to create. You can add a listing on any page of your website, and it can contain a wide range of content. Here are just some of the ways you can use listings:
• A directory of knowledge-base articles, ordered by date, popularity or rating.
• A thumbnail gallery, linking to images, audio or video files, pdf documents, etc.
• A playlist of videos, MP3s or images – or a combination of all three.
• A slideshow displaying a rotating series of images.
• A blog, using the Advanced Level Framework’s built-in comments, rating, calendar and RSS functionality.
• An e-commerce catalogue, linking to pages featuring downloadable or shippable products.
• A directory of links to other websites.
• A list of downloadable files, for example MS Office files, pdf documents, etc. – useful for giving your staff access to the documents they need.
Additionally, the Custom Listing feature enables you to create listings from any content in your CMS and re-use it anywhere on your website. For example, you could create a list of featured products and place it in a specified position (left or right column, top or bottom of body) on your homepage. The Custom Listing feature gives you flexibility not provided by many content management systems.
Calendar-based or General Listings - The Advanced Level Framework offers two types of listing: Calendar-based or general. Calendar-based listings are ordered by date and provide the basis for blogs, news and journal content. General listings are intended for galleries, directories, catalogues, etc. You can choose whether the entries in a general listing are included in the site navigation. General listings feature flexible ordering options: you can order a listing manually, or configure it to be automatically ordered by a number of properties, for example:
• Alphabetically by title or author;
• By rating or popularity;
• By date of publication or of last entry.
All listings feature flexible layout and content presentation. You can set the number of columns and the number of records per page; and you can choose a template to format the listing display. The Advanced Level Framework comes with several existing templates, or you can create listing templates to fit your own design.
The Power and Flexibility You Need
The Listing features in the Advanced Level Framework, combined with the system’s other features, make it easy to do things that would be difficult using other systems. For example:
Videos - You can create a collection of videos (FLV) which can be viewed on your site with the provided player – it’s like your company’s own private YouTube.
Downloadable product sales - You can offer digital products by secure download for your, while providing public access to evaluation versions.
MP3 playlists - You can create a playlist of your audio files and let your users play them using the built-in MP3 player.
You can have a gallery containing a few photos of team members can be ordered manually, while at the same time providing a large collection of product photos that your visitors can sort by date, popularity (most hits or most downloads), etc.
Document download lists:
You can create a list of files/documents for download, with a different access level on each document so your users/groups will only see documents relevant to them.
As with all other parts of your Advanced Level Framework website, Listings offer advanced users the advantages of check-in/check-out for collaborative authoring, versioning so that you can rollback your content to a previous revision, and flexible approval workflow.
For users with more basic requirements, the Advanced Level Framework provides a clean and easy-to-use interface for quick web page/listing creation.
Approval Workflow - Not all web content requires the same approval process. Need to get the go-ahead from management before publishing the marketing department’s product profiles, but want to let users post directly to a knowledge-base? Simple. Building on its channel-based model, the Advanced Level Framework makes it easy to tailor approval paths to suit different pages and users.
The Advanced Level Framework understands that different content requires different approval processes. Approval pathways can be set up within a channel; but where you want to allow your users more spontaneity, immediate publication is just a click away.