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Content Approval Workflow / 2.5?

From: Mike P.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 9:45 AM
I need some recommendations for extension(s) that give me CCK (content construction), version control, access authorization (ACLs) and workflow.  THANKS for your thoughts!

Here's the scenario:

Content Categories:
  • Content Topic A
  • Topic B
  • Topic C
"Approvers" (Publishers):
  • Joe - Topic A only
  • Susan - All categories
  • Frank - Topic B and C only
Requirements:
  • Content Construction Kit - I need to be able to create several layout/formatting options for authors - ala K2, FlexiContent, etc.
  • ACLs - Separate reviewers and authors.  "Authors" can create, edit and categorize articles, but not delete or publish.  "Approvers" can publish, but not create, edit or delete articles.  
  • Publishing Work Flow - We need to create rules for approval.  For example if an article appears in Topic A it can be published by authorized "Approvers".  The same for Topic B EXCEPT if it's in topic B AND has a link to an outside website.  In that case, it must go to an outside link approver first - then to a Topic B approver.  Topic C articles are automatically rejected if they don't have at least one image, must be approved by a fact checker, and an editor before appearing on the site.
  • Version Control - Need to maintain several versions of articles.  Once an article is published to the site, if an author makes a change, the old version will appear to visitors until the updated version has been republished.
Scenario:
  • Create Article - Mary, an author writes and article and selects "Topic B" as the Joomla Category.  She is prevented from publishing the article but can save it.
  • Notify "Approvers" - The extension kicks off an e-mail to everyone with permission to publish Topic B articles (Susan and Frank).  Joe doesn't get an e-mail, nor does he see the article in the Article Manager.
  • Review/Reject - Either Susan or Frank (authorized "approvers") read the article and decide it's not ready for publication - they add a comment explaining why.
  • Notify Author - Mary (author) automatically gets an e-mail letting her know there's an issue.
  • Author Corrects - Mary (author) logs in and fixes the article then saves it
  • Notify "Approvers" - Again Susan and Frank gets an e-mail notification about the update
  • Review/Accept - Susan or Frank log in, review the updated article and publish it.  The article is now live on the site for visitors to enjoy
  • Versioning - Mary realizes there's a factual mistake and needs to change it.  She logs in and makes the change.  The old version of the article (with the error) still appears to visitors.
  • Review/Approve - Susan and frank again get an e-mail.  One of them logs in and approves the update.  The new version of the article now appears to visitors.

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