Web-Site Wrangler

Software from Stellent makes it easier for users to update Web content
Content-management vendor Stellent Inc. has introduced a tool designed to make it easier for content contributors, editors, and Web-site designers to update Web content while providing strong, centralized control of site elements.

Site Studio replaces Stellent's Content Publisher tool, substituting a drag-and-drop template and the ability to edit directly from a live Web page for its predecessor's coding-dependent architecture. That lets Web-site managers ensure that all of a company's sites conform to a corporate look and feel, while the simplified user interface should make it easy for nontechnical users to update pages.

Seattle Public Utilities, a city department that supplies water, sewer, and solid-waste services to 1.3 million residents in the Seattle area, has been testing Site Studio and is sold on the software, says Web manager Lisa Perrin. The department now uses a highly manual process in which content contributors make changes to the native content files, then E-mail those changes to the IT staff for posting. "Right now, we're a big bottleneck," Perrin says.

The software will give contributors and editors three options for content management: using the somewhat complex interface of Stellent's underlying Content Server platform; dragging and dropping updated files into the appropriate Web-page folder using a conventional file structure; or navigating to the page in question and calling up indicators that will let users make changes directly to the live page.

In addition, administrators can easily control workflow by setting up automatic routing for approval where necessary.

Site Studio is priced between $25,000 and $100,000, depending on the size of the deployment. It must run on Stellent Content Server, which is priced between $50,000 and $200,000.