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TERMINALFOUR Site Manager Publishing Options

When choosing a publishing method, it's important to consider several key issues. For example, how you host your website depends on the size of your organization, your location, how dynamic your website is and your web management needs.

Once you have considered your needs, it's time to decide whether to implement Static or Dynamic publishing. While most web content management systems restrict users to a single publishing option, TERMINALFOUR Site Manager gives you the freedom to use both Dynamic site generation and Static site generation.

Our product enables you to publish content as and how you want to. This is just one of the many reasons why TERMINALFOUR Site Manager is a market-leading web content management solution used by a multitude of organizations worldwide. Our WCMS solution powers sites at risk of attack protecting them with its solid, robust and flexible architecture while allowing you to provide a very interactive and dynamic website, mobile site or intranet.

In short, by choosing TERMINALFOUR Site Manager you receive the best of both worlds when it comes to web publishing.

Static Publishing

Site generation through static publishing allows you to pre-build pages using HTML, PHP, .NET, JSP or Coldfusion. This option is suitable for organizations with websites that are content heavy, such as government or university websites.

The safety which static publishing provides also makes it an ideal choice for financial institutions because if the system is compromised in any way, there is no connection back to your WCMS, thus protecting data and private information. Static publishing allows for a website to be generated from the WCMS server and replicated outside the firewall to a separate independent server where there is no need for a database.

Static publishing also strengthens your website, meaning if and when you're experience spikes in traffic to the site, the system is robust and can handle it without dropping performance levels.

The benefits of Static Publishing at a glance:

  • Performs strongly and resiliently
  • Familiar and easy to use
  • Safe and secure


There are some drawbacks to using static publishing which should be noted. Publishing times can be restrictive, so if you have a site which needs to publish in its entirety more than once every fifteen minutes, then you should consider dynamic publishing.

Dynamic Publishing

If you require a website or intranet with higher interactivity with live content updates then Dynamic Publishing is for you. This option provides your website with the capability to strongly personalize pages as they're being used, offer stronger live data feeds and express publishing times. This option suits organizations of any size due to its responsive features, speed and versatility. E-commerce organizations in particular utilize dynamic publishing to maximise their web presence and performance.

The benefits of Dynamic Publishing at a glance:

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Personalization and flexibility
  • Safe and secure


Due to the intricacies of Dynamic Publishing, this option presents a more complicated technical architecture including server caching and a component on the web delivery tier. Abnormal traffic surges and spikes in particular must be planned for in advance, for example, in cases of extreme weather, public transport companies that experience a spike while using dynamic publishing will see their web servers under more pressure than those using Static Publishing.

TERMINALFOUR Site Manager – the best of both worlds

TERMINALFOUR Site Manager covers users across every base as we provide a ‘best of both worlds' product which options to combine both Static and Dynamic publishing. This allows you to just use dynamic publishing on the parts of the site (or page) that are the most dynamic.  This has provided our customers with a web content management system that is robust, resilient and secure as well as reactive, flexible and personable.

By choosing TERMINALFOUR Site Manager, this is what you get:

  • Publishing to one or more servers regardless of location (decoupled delivery).
  • Publish to dedicated, cloud or virtual servers.
  • Multiple channel support (web, mobile, portal, paper & digital displays).
  • Reuse and publish content from other third party systems without requiring the webserver to be linked to those systems.
  • Large databases of content can be published and combined with other marketing content as static pages allowing them to be indexed by the major search engines.
  • Personalise content using AJAX or Portal solutions such as Microsoft Sharepoint, Ellucian, Blackboard and Liferay.
  • Multi-language support for both content and URLs.
  • HTML, XHTML, JSP, CFM, PHP and ASP.NET dynamic scripting support.
  • CMS server-side scripting.
  • XHTML / HTML / XML output.
  • Publish to paper via Microsoft Word, Adobe Indesign and Quark Xpress.
  • Platform independent publishing, some servers can be Microsoft others Linux, all from the same web content management system.
  • Scheduling your publishing.
  • Synchronise content between staging servers and live servers.
  • Parallel web server support.
  • Highly scalable and redundant.
  • Dynamic and static publishing options

Read on to learn how to TERMINALFOUR Site Manager operates.