Real World Content Modeling

In late 2019, I published my second book: Real World Content Modeling: A Field Guide to CMS Features and Architecture.

It started as a blog post, but quickly got out of hand. The goal was to reveal and evaluate every possible content modeling feature I could think of that I have seen in 25 years working in CMS. My hope was that readers would be able to better evaluate the modeling capabilities of a CMS if they had a clear baseline with which to compare.

The paperback or ebook is available on Amazon.

In May 2021, I published the book here. The list of chapters linked below is the entire text of the book.

I will likely modify this text in the future to expand or clarify some points. I’ll add to the “Revision Notes” section at the bottom of this page. (However, I doubt I’ll ever update the purchasable book – that’s more of a hassle than you’d think.)

There are 23 specific evaluation criteria defined. They’re numbered in the list below. Each criteria also has one or more evaluation questions at the end of the chapter to cover some of the nuances of the specific functionality.

You can click into any chapter below, and move forward and backwards through chapters.


Revision Notes