Alfresco (Share Form) as a WCM inline editing tool for portal ?

If you think about using Alfresco to easily manage Web Content, then this webinar is of interest:

Making Web Content Management Easy with Alfresco Share 3.2

Basically the partner Blue Fish has used the new Share form feature to build “inline editing” forms. (inline editing allow contributors to browse the web site, and edit content “in place” whithout being redirected to another tool or interface).

This is quite similar to what portal software (like IBM or Liferay) already propose for authoring….but here the big advantage (in term of infrastructure) is that you can use a remote Alfresco runtime (i.e not coupled with your Portal JVM) to manage WCM…That means you can do content authoring directly from your production portal layer, without impacting performance of your portal front-end layer.

The form that has been demonstrated was really user-friendly and easy to use…this is exactly what contributors need !!!

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4 Responses to Alfresco (Share Form) as a WCM inline editing tool for portal ?

  1. Olivier BOISSIN says:

    Sympa mais ça pose de sacrés challenges en termes :
    – d’indexation du contenu
    – de respect de la sécurité
    – d’autonomie des utilisateurs finaux (création d’un espace share par site/communauté ? par qui ? redondance du modèle de sécurité ? …).
    – multilinguisme

    Pour info on gère ainsi le WCM de cette manière depuis des années, avec des applis Lotus Domino derrière.

  2. Enguerrand SPINDLER says:

    Hi Olivier,

    I’m not 100% sure but I think that only the authoring is done through Share, but the rendering (HTML output) is managed by Alfresco DM (so I assume that the .ftl template used for rendering is stored in DM)…Otherwhise, you are right, the architecture would be quite complexe to manage…

    Your comment about security is true: Share security model will apply on content…which might not be the expected behaviour…

  3. Joshua Toub says:

    Hi Olivier –

    My French is a bit rusty, but I think I get the gist of your post.

    This portal side of this solution leverages Alfresco indexes via the OpenSearch API. Essentially, the portal performs a federated search, and aggregates the results that come back from Alfresco. URL mapping conventions enable the portal to render links that retrieve the correctly formatted content from Alfresco.

    With respect to security, the current system relies on the portal to enforce security for all rendered content. This makes sense, as the portal serves many more content consumers (thousands) than contributors (less than 100 right now), and the content access rules are already modeled in the portal. Because there are relatively few contributors, the security model is pretty simple within Alfresco.

    We didn’t have a requirement to support content translations, so the system does not currently have multilingual support (it would not be too difficult to add this, though).

    Feel free to contact me at “joshua at bluefishgroup.com” if you’d like more info!

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