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Web content management

Updated: April 2, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-04-02

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 integrates Web content management capabilities that allow organizations to empower their business users to manage their own Web content. This section includes topics on administering publishing and content deployment as they relate to Web content management within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Publishing is the process by which content is created by authors on a Web site, and then made available, or published, for readers of the Web site. In some cases, content must be approved through an approval workflow before it gets published. While content creation and approval are tasks performed by information workers, site administrators are responsible for enabling the publishing features for a site collection, in addition to managing the permissions groups used to grant users the permissions necessary for them to perform publishing tasks. For information about planning for Web publishing sites, see the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Web Publishing and Planning Guide. For information about workflows, see Workflow administration.

Content deployment is the process by which content is copied from one farm or site collection to another through the use of the following:

  • Content deployment paths, which define the source and destination locations for content.

  • Content deployment jobs, which specify what content is to be copied along a specified path, and when that copy process takes place.

Farm administrators are responsible for the management of content deployment paths and jobs. For information about planning for content deployment, see Plan content deployment. You can also use the Plan content deployment worksheet to record your content deployment plans.

ImportantImportant:

It is important to note that content deployment is a one-way process: content is copied from a source site collection to a destination site collection. The content deployment feature does not support round-trip synchronization from source to destination and back again. Creating new content or changing existing content on the destination site collection can cause content deployment jobs to fail. Because of this, you should consider restricting permissions on the destination site collection so that users cannot make changes directly to content stored within that site collection.

This section also includes topics on cache settings and profiles, document conversion, and variations.

Caching helps maximize performance for your Web applications and sites. There are three types of caching options available: page output cache, object cache, and disk-based cache. By default, only the object cache is active. Site administrators must activate the other cache options, and configure the cache settings used by the various cache options. Cache profiles are used to store configuration settings for page output caching.

Variations are used to create multiple versions of sites or pages for languages or devices. Site administrators are responsible for configuring variation settings and for creating the variation labels that form the hierarchy of publishing sites and pages.

Office SharePoint Server 2007 includes functionality that enables users to convert documents from one file type to another. Farm administrators enable the document conversion functionality at the Web application level, and configure the document-to-page converters that are available to users.

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