When it comes to the content: ZMS is a free open-source CMS solution for hospitals, research institutions and international SMEs. ZMS differs from other content management systems (CMS) by focusing on a pre-configured, broadly evaluated publishing model. This can be adapted and expanded if necessary through a well-understand graphical interface. Proven editorial processes and modular architecture make the content management system, ZMS an incomparably productive tool: a website is able to work with a few clicks.


Screenshot of the ZMS management interface: the ZMS interface is concentrated on the text input and the markup. The extremely easy and fast application enables the editor to construct the content of a whole website without any HTML knowledge. Access the ZMS test zone

At a glance: The main features of ZMS

  • Easy usability, particularly when entering content (web forms)
  • Strict separation of contents and design components
  • Universally applicable, modular template model and efficient design concept
  • Categorisation concept and library-conformable meta attributes
  • Workflow and role concept
  • Editorial work tools (notes, alerting, work lists)
  • Multilingual publishing
  • Multi-client capability
  • XML-Interface for document import and export
  • Large extensibility (script languages DTML, Python; database interfaces)
  • Continuous object orientation (inheritance concept)
  • Production benefit by use of content and application modules

Background: ZMS uses the open source application server ZOPE and is optimised for the building of structured contents. This system facilitates the editorial process by prescribing a homogeneous concept for the structure and the development of internet documents. ZMS makes the „one click publishing“ also possible for the inexperienced user by the direct entering of contents in a web form. The ZMS framework offers complete solution approaches for the most important questions when structuring and operating a content-oriented website and allows for a flexible modelling of electronic contents to the expert.