Contensis is the CMS that powers websites for some of the UK's leading organisations.
It handles huge sites and publishes global content, naturally. But it is also easy to use, and simple to manage. Built on a scalable architecture, Contensis can deliver content through multiple channels formatted for any device.
People love Contensis. It provides them with an elegant user experience and an unrivalled sense of ownership over their content.
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Anyone who has used even simple word processing tools will find the editor to be easy to use and intuitive. You see a styled preview of your content when editing pages, then you can see exactly what will be published when you preview. Dual View allows you to see two versions of a page side-by-side; allowing you to quickly spot differences in content.
The Image Library is a dedicated navigation tool to speed up the process of picking the perfect photograph for a page. An image can have multiple editions which might have been cropped or resized using the tools in Contensis. All editions of an image are connected to the original so you don’t lose the source.
Persuasive and high availability video publishing can enhance your website visitor experience. You can choose to add your videos to Contensis or stream them from an external source. The Image Library supports video as well as images, so as you navigate to find either media.
Contensis boasts a simple but very powerful Forms Builder that enables non-technical users to create impressive online forms using straightforward techniques – principally drag and drop. The Forms Builder supports advanced features such as multi-page forms and contextual rules. The style of the editor makes it easy to create even complex forms.
Manage multilingual websites easily with the translation workflow in the CMS. When new content is created in the primary site it is automatically replicated in the secondary. The CMS alerts the secondary editors and flags the new content with an indicator to say that the content has not yet been translated. They can choose to translate and publish or to exclude the content from publication.
Contensis ensures content accessibility by alerting users when they make mistakes or omissions. The CMS also creates valid and clean HTML, even altering invalid content when it is imported from other sources. It prompts you to add alt tags and descriptions to non-text content so screen readers can describe them.
Permissions and Workflows ensure that organisations can manage large amounts of content and numerous editors efficiently. The Permissions in Contensis are easy to configure and can be entirely granular. The workflow ensures accountability with content needing to be approved by a user with publication rights.
Everything in Contensis has version control. User actions are documented allowing you to track who has done what and when they did it. This level of detail enables you to identify where a mistake may have been made or who to contact about a particular piece of content. Dual View allows you to compare two versions of the same content side-by-side to compare.
Metadata and taxonomy are essential components of a sucessful implementation, helping to index content and maintain order. We provide a range of options for making metadata entry and assignment more simple. Our Taxonomy Manager can be used to build and develop a taxonomy structure for your content and to monitor how many uses of a particular taxonomy node there are.
Poor spelling, broken links or low quality content can ruin the good impression of your site. Contensis wont let anyone create broken links to other parts of your website. When a page is moved or renamed all of the links are updated too. The Quality Assurance dashboard lets you check for issues with spelling, accessibility, page load speeds and broken links to external sites.
As sites become more and more interactive, fine control and registration facilities are becoming more important. Contensis has a complete framework for membership and user registration, integrating with many of our standard modules including Forums, Comments, Permissions, Search and Personalisation.
The synchronisation module enables folders and all their content to be duplicated then kept in sync when updates are made to the originals. This eliminates the need to rewrite multiple instances of the same content, for example when you might have duplication of content between a website and intranet.
You can use one instance of Contensis software to manage any number of sites. This means you can share content and templates across sites, editing once. You can also share user data and log-ins across sites, meaning users only have to learn one system and remember on set of log-in details.
Supporting a new language is no issue. You may want your editors in the Japan office to use the CMS in a different language. If this is the case, they can simply switch the language when users log on to use the relevant language. You may simply want to change one piece of text in the CMS user interface. This is possible using localisation.
The Contensis Desktop Tool keeps you in the loop; get notifications about new content, forum posts, content awaiting approval etc. If you're an engineer you'll be notified if there's an issue with the configuration. If you're a developer you'll use it to connect with Visual Studio. If you're an administrator you can keep an eye on what everyone is doing in the system - watch out the power might go to your head!
Content authors work on content with the page design in place, they aren’t expected to stare at form fields all day. Contensis allows you to build intelligent templates which work on every device and are easily updated to make site-wide changes.
Contensis templates can be built using a fluid grid concept and images styled with relative units. The CMS keeps content and design structure separate; if a site is built with responsive templates, it will not alter how content editors work.
Our Professional Services team have built a number of successful responsive websites and can help with implementation.
Device detection can identify the type of device attempting to gain access and can use that information to serve an alternative version of the content. This can be used for a number of implementation options including serving a separate mobile site, for serving alternative image sizes based on device or for personalisation.
By employing the Microsoft Razor engine we’ve provided a great way for web developers to use the Contensis webAPI. If you’re more comfortable with HTML/CSS than back-end development languages like C#, then you’ll find Razor views to be an excellent tool to create custom views of content on your site.
The whole system encourages good SEO practice. Readable URLs are created when a new page is made; the page title is inserted into the URL so that both humans and search engines can understand something about page just from the address.
Contensis is integrated with Interspire Email Marketing software. Automatically populate mailing lists from your website and run full email marketing campaigns from Interspire. Run A/B testing, preview in different email clients and receive full statistics on email performance.
Pull Google Analytics data into the Contensis dashboard to keep all content authors informed about the site performance. Contensis works seamlessly with Google Analytics; just drop the unique ID into the settings and the CMS does the rest.
With our Social Media Module organisations can govern social media output without holding back staff creativity. We aim to enable you to roll out engagement deeper into the organisation while allowing you to approve submitted posts. The social media module now support Twitter and Facebook, with more channels planned for the near future.
Personalisation can allow your site to assist the user in their journey by serving specific content relevant to the individual user's interests. Using personalisation has become more popular and more necessary as the amount of content on the web has rocketed and as users have come to expect their web searches and journeys to be quicker and more efficient.
As an addition to the Contensis Core API there is a more targeted WebAPI focused on the 95% of tasks you’ll want to achieve with Contensis. The new API is fully documented, read-only and fantastically intuitive to use.
Integrate Contensis with data from other systems. Create Bespoke Controls that content authors can use in their website and expose them in the Contensis editor.
Contensis Developer Tools help to minimise the time developers spend on their most common tasks; download website files with a single click, deploy bespoke controls, integrate with visual studio, debug razor views, upload with WebDAV and manage multiple development configurations.
Our WebAPI is an addition to the Contensis Core API; it's a lighter, more targeted API which is focused on the most common tasks you’ll want to achieve with Contensis.
The new API is fully documented, read-only and fantastically intuitive to use. We’ve lowered the bar for those wanting to get stuck in and develop exciting new experiences for their web audience.
It’s possible to support any hardware architecture with the CMS, a lot of complex and high-traffic sites use the system. Our Web Server Architecture makes it easy to implement load balancing on a site published by Contensis.
The architecture allows you to separate the CMS from the published website; if your CMS is offline for any reason then your web pages are still there for the world to read. We often joke in presentations that you could throw our CMS out of the office window and your website would still be fully functional. Perhaps an extreme example of the benefits of disconnected publishing, but it demonstrates the point.
If you run an Active Directory in your organisation, you can integrate this with Contensis. Users do not need to remember extra passwords, and if using Internet Explorer, the users will automatically log-in directly from a domain computer's user credentials without needing to re-type login details. There is also much less administration involved; Contensis can synchronise the existing users and groups that you have configured in the AD.
The Contensis WebDAV Module enables you to create a virtual drive on your PC directly into the Contensis repository.
Using this methodology, you can either drag files directly from your desktop into Contensis or directly from Contensis onto your desktop, or any other network drive for that matter. It also maintains your system permissions.
The Blogs module is easy to integrate into your site and creating posts couldn't be simpler. It supports multiple bloggers in your organisation, and can surface posts at multiple locations in your sites. Each blogger can have their own dedicated blog space.
The Contensis News module can be effortlessly integrated and styled to fit your site. The News Archive control displays stories which can be filtered to a particular section or filtered based upon certain metadata. You can also navigate to different months and years.
The Events module builds a calendar of events information and manages the publication of those events in the front-end of your website or intranet. Once you have planned events, you can use the controls in the Events Module to display these across your sites in a variety of formats including a calendar.
Harnessing the power of the Internet for recruitment can make a huge difference to the volume and motivation of applicants, with a consequent positive effect on all areas of business operation. The Contensis Job Vacancies module provides a comprehensive listing method for your job vacancies. These can be entered as structured content or can be integrated with an HR system.
The Case Management module handles Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, complaints and general feedback submitted via a website or intranet. It was developed in conjunction with advisors from UK Police and Crime Commissioners - this collaboration has allowed us to develop a solution which is fully compliant with the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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