Introducing the XML Infinity Platform
Most web sites these days need a Content Management System [CMS] of some sort.
The problem is that most sites don't have a true CMS, they have a management system for maybe one or two parts of their site [news or a PR feed for example]. Why not have a CMS that actually manages ALL of your Content?
Time and Money - That's Why
CMS' generally use a database [DB] to house the "content". Whilst this allows dynamic content to be made, it is a poor use of database technology. Most sites only have tens or hundreds of pages [even small product driven sites don't have thousands of pages]. Even the most basic of DB packages such as Microsoft Access are designed to hold thousands of records and most can hold hundreds of thousands without trouble [Oracle is designed to hold millions and even billions of records].
Databases aren't very intuitive to work with nor are they particularly flexible once built. To make changes to a standard database driven CMS [eg: you want to add a "contact email" field to your news data] you need a DBA [Database Administrator] to add fields and new code to pull the data out and to get the data in.
This takes time and time, in computing definitely means money – usually lots of it for senior level staff.
All CMS' do the same thing...
Over the years we've built hundreds of CMS' [most of which were DB managed ones] and we realised that generally speaking nearly all CMS do exactly the same thing - add, edit and delete records in a database which is then displayed on a web site.
Though similar, no two clients are the same in business processes or the information you want to store so most CMS' need that "little bit of tweaking" to make them right for you. Couple this with a multitude of webserver platforms, database technology and programming languages and this means a lot of time for a programmer to "reinvent the wheel" for each site.
In the technology sector, you pay for how much time a developer codes, so to make your entire site in a CMS generally costs quite a bit - well outside the budget for most SME web projects. As a result only the most dynamic of your content gets a management system built for it. The rest is thrown together in HTML files. As you can already see, your content is now fragmented, with different sections in different formats - all this at the outset of your site build.
Assuming you want to change your site at some point, you are now looking at rapidly escalating costs to do an "overhaul" because content is in multiple formats and arranged differently from one section to another. You've probably been there...
Now for something completely different
The XML Infinity Platform turns the way of building content management systems on its head. Instead of using a database to house some of your information we use XML [eXtensible Markup Language] to catalogue and describe all of your information - not just part of it.
We've worked with XML since the draft specification was written and have realised it's potential for numerous clients over the years as a format for managing and storing information. That's why we have built a system that uses XML as its native format for managing content.
Using the CMS at the heart of the XML Infinity Server your content - all of your content - becomes XML and is managed in one place, in one format, in one system and in one way. Data and information fragmentation becomes an issue of the past.
XML Infinity allows complete customisation of your content model as well so you don't have to use a generic, "one-size-doesn't-really-fit-anyone" template for your site. We know every business is unique so we model your content to be different, not the same as everyone else's.
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