We don't call Meditate a Content Management System, because
that term has been applied to many tools that try to take over
all your design and development tasks. Meditate is actually a
more pure CMS because it focuses on content management, and allows
website developers to implement designs and build functionality
directly, using whatever tools or techniques they
choose. Here's a list of capabilities to consider when evaluating
Work with a variety of website architectures: Meditate
doesn't dictate how you build your site; it works with content
stored in Contemplate content files, Dreamweaver template
files or databases. In fact, Meditate doesn't even run when
users visit your site; it only runs on the back-end when
you edit content.
Support multiple users: You can set up as many users
as you like with different permission levels. For example,
one user might be allowed to edit content but not publish
it; that user would save the content for review, until another
user with more permissions approves and publishes it.
Track versions: Meditate automatically saves every
edit you make in its own database. You can view a history
of past changes, and roll back to any version with just a
Manage scheduled publishing: If
you enter a time and date when you save your edits, Meditate will
store them in its own database until that time arrives,
then publish them automatically. It will even email you
a confirmation that your edits were published.
Work with larger admin systems: If your website has
a larger admin system that controls other data or functionality,
you can embed Meditate into it, so that your administrators
only need to remember login information for one interface.
Manage navigation functionality: Rather than provide
a limited set of menu options, Meditate leaves navigation
up to the web designer or developer, so that each website
can be unique. But if you set up your menu items as an HTML
list, then you can use Meditate to edit that list.
Provide message board, gallery, analytics or other
software is already available for most common website functions,
and some developers might prefer to build this functionality
on their own. Meditate leaves your web functionality alone
and focuses on your web content.
Manage templates or site layouts: Again, Meditate
leaves your web design alone and focuses on your web content.
The product that most resembles Meditate is Macromedia Contribute,
but Meditate offers some advantages:
While Contribute is a desktop application (and every user
needs a license), Meditate runs from a single installation on your web server
(and you can add as many users as you wish).
Contribute is designed to work in conjunction with Dreamweaver,
which you can use to make site-wide template changes. Meditate
can work with any templating system or framework, including
its sister product, Contemplate™
Web Templating System.
Meditate can edit HTML stored in flat files like Contribute
does, but it can also edit HTML stored in a MySQL database—and
it doesn't dictate the design of that database.