CMS defines a publishing workflow process that ensures the quality of the content published on a CMS Web site. Several CMS publishing roles, such as author, editor, and moderator, can be assigned to individual users, allowing all content to pass through this workflow. Authors, editors, and moderators use the Web Author for creating and approving content. Once the template designers have created templates and the site administrator has assigned user roles, the whole content creation process can occur without any further need for the developers or administrators to be involved.
The publishing workflow includes creating a page by an author, approving the page content by an editor, approving the page publishing schedule by a moderator, and, finally, publishing the page on the live site if approved. In this chapter, we walked through the publishing workflow process and discussed the statuses assigned to a page in different workflow stages.
Depending on your business requirements, the standard three-step workflow can be changed. We discussed the auto-approval process used to reduce the workflow. However, the workflow can be extended or otherwise customized to include various roles if required. We will look into how this can be done in Chapter 31.
In the next chapter, we will focus on CMS content creation using Microsoft Word.