TeamSite content management systemJune 15, 2009 at 11:36 am | Posted in waffle | 2 Comments
Tags: CMS, TeamSite
I spent a good deal of last week restructuring the LATEU website, which uses the TeamSite CMS from Interwoven. I have to say it has not been a happy experience and leaves me wondering exactly how it is helping me to ‘manage’ our content. The overall process has been:
- decide on new structure (tabs and navigation menus)
- create new folders based on tabs (easy and quick)
- move files from their existing location to appropriate new folder (easy, but not drag-and-drop easy)
- create new navigation menus for each tab (easy, but long-winded)
- apply new navigation menu to every page individually (slow, repetitive work)
- re-make every single #@%*! link to other web pages on the site (really slow, boring, repetitive work)
Re: step 6 – amazingly, TeamSite hard-codes all internal links rather than making them relative – so if I move a page plus a folder full of linked files to a new location, all those links need to be remade. This is incredibly dumb. In a few cases, I got the page’s HTML code, copied it to Wordpad, did a manual search-and-replace and then copied it back to TeamSite. This is like web-page editing in the early 90′s… and I hoped I’d left that behind for ever.
Re: step 5 – why can’t TeamSite apply new navigation to a group of selected files in a single operation?
Oh, and it transpires that TeamSite can’t do link checking to locate broken internal links (let alone external links) and can’t tell me if I have any orphaned files not linked to any page. Duh.
I think what really gets me is the cumbersome clicks of the process in step 6, though:
- click Edit link to open file – wait for edit window to appear
- make the changes needed to the page (new navigation, updated links etc.)
- click Finish
- dialogue appears asking me if I want to overwrite the existing file – click Yes
- click Finish AGAIN
- dialogue appears asking me if I want to regenerate the file – click Yes
- the preview appears in a new browser window – check it is OK and close window
- click to Save file – then click to Finish
- next page please! And of course being browser-based, every click takes a second or two to take effect…zzz.