I have been asked to run an online magazine that will be published on a weekly basis. It must be able to handle back issues so that a great deal of content can be created over time and accessed. I understand that there is software called content management or something. Could you tell me more about this and how I can choose the right one? I am reasonably technical - I can install and run Linux, for example - but I am not a C++ or Java programmer. I can handle some forms of scripting, though. The company may be able to give me a few hours of time from one of their programmers, if I really need that kind of help. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Name and address suppliedCauseway Bay Content management systems (CMS) promise a great deal but have a certain amount of difficulty delivering. The way content is created, edited and disseminated on the Web is extremely complex. It is almost as difficult as managing the builds and rebuilds of large software projects. Indeed, some CMS software comes from the developer community. I spoke to Alan Knowles, an independent Linux programmer and consultant who has spent a great deal of time creating such systems. His view is that much of the commercial software is something of a dead end. The problem is that most sites and companies are different. It is almost impossible to find an off-the-shelf product that will do exactly what you want, so some form of tweaking or customising will almost always be necessary. It is important to consider the source of the text. If you have many freelance writers, for example, they are likely to be submitting text in various formats. There is a website dedicated to CMS ( www.cmswatch.com ) with a great deal of useful information, from expensive enterprise systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to open-source systems that cost almost nothing. According to Mr Knowles, however, it is unlikely you will be able to do this without some kind of programming help. Have a good look at the systems that are available. Try setting something up and working with it. You may have to work with a designer and a programmer to handle the entire system. Here is a list of products: www.cmswatch.com/ContentManagement/Products . The open CMS site is at: www.opencms.org/opencms/en . The Apache Software Foundation has something called Cocoon at: cocoon.apache.org/2.0/index.html . See what one of the really big companies has to offer at: www.vignette.com . If you are not worried about security risks, check out Microsoft at: www.microsoft.com/cmserver . Question to Tech Talk will not be answered personally. E-mail Danyll Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org .