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Unfortunately WCM is still not getting the publicity that I really think it deserves. The fact that SharePoint will now be truly Internet scalable and you can host content-centric sites on this robust platform, as well as many other aspects, will eventually get enough visibility that this will be one feature that's quite talked about and as it becomes more well known. At any rate...

One thing that I haven't really seen discussed are the different roles people play in a Publishing site. Each role, and there are several, has specific responsibilities and tasks to perform. I'm not naive enough to think that everyone will have a different person(s) serving in each role, there will obviously be customers where someone will wear multiple hats (don't we all?). You'll have admins & site owners who will do things like manage permissions, cache & search settings, etc. Then there will be designers & developers who build the site to the required specs. Finally, you'll have the content owners & authors, the people who really run the site and add & manage the guts of the site: the content!

In an effort to help demonstrate the many aspects of a WCM, Publishing sites and the Publishing features as they pertain to these different roles, I've put together three webcasts that will be hosted by MSDN starting in early October. All are available for registration today. While I already have a plan for each webcast, if there's something specific you're looking for, please, feel free to leave a comment in this post on my blog and I'll try to work it in if it wasn't already planned (please make sure you specify which role/webcast).

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management for Content Owners & Authors (Level 200) October 3, 2006 @ 2p (Eastern time) The Web Content Management (WCM) technology in the upcoming 2007 version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) represents the first major release of Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) since 2002. This webcast looks at site content owner and author oriented tasks in WCM such as creating and editing content pages, working with page and document versions, and utilizing content SharePoint workflows. In addition, we'll look at some of the tools included in WCM that will help you with your role as a content author and owner such as the Reports List and setting up alerts when new content has been submitted and is awaiting your approval. Finally, we'll take a look at how you can author content in a WCM site from Microsoft Word and InfoPath 2007. » https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/Register.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032307695
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management for Site Administrators & Owners (Level 200) October 10, 2006 @ 2p (Eastern time) The Web Content Management (WCM) technology in the upcoming 2007 version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) represents the first major release of Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) since 2002. This webcast looks at site administrator and owner tasks in WCM such as managing the site topology including creating sites and managing the site navigation. We'll also take a look at managing security and permissions to delegate the content ownership and editing to appropriate groups within your organization and improving the performance of your site using SharePoint cache policies and settings as well as other site administrator and owner responsibilities. » https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/Register.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032307697
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management for Developers & Designers (Level 200) November 17, 2006 @ 2p (Eastern time) The Web Content Management (WCM) technology in the upcoming 2007 version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) represents the first major release of Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) since 2002. This webcast looks at developer and designer oriented tasks in WCM such as creating field controls, creating and customizing master pages and page layouts. In addition, we'll look at how you can customize the HTML Editor and Page Edit Toolbar and enforce rules on your authors such as allowing only certain styles within specific field controls. We'll also cover what tools you'll use and when to use them in developing your WCM sites, such as Visual Studio 2005 and SharePoint Designer 2007. » https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/Register.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032307699

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