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General question - do major media sites use databases?

Ryan Day
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(Bartender: Hope this is the appropriate forum, I was trying to avoid cross posting in multiple.)

I was wondering how major media web sites such as a newspaper or sports news site manage the process of storing and serving up their articles?

Are they stored in a database with web technology to build the pages for each user? Or is there typically some other storage mechanism?


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Ulf Dittmer
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The article would probably be coming out of a CMS (content management system), which in turn would most likely store them in a DB.


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Ryan,
This is the correct forum. We appreciate your not cross posting.

Adding to what Ulf said, they also rely on heavy caching to prevent accessing the CMS/db on each request.


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Some sites cache to memory, while others may cache to other mediums, such as flat files. On the backend, there's usually some sort of database driven CMS for maintaining content and publishing rules.
Ryan Day
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Thanks for the info. I've read about some open source content management systems. Anyone here familiar with, and which are considered industry standard? I'm interested for general knowledge (and maybe something to play around with), not a commercial project.
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In the Java domain, OpenCms is the standard bearer, with Magnolia being a (somewhat distant) runner-up. Some non-Java CMS'es are more popular, though, e.g. Typo3.
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You may find this link http://www.cmsmatrix.org/ useful.


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