There’s been a lot of interest in learning more about the WCM feature set that has been built into MOSS and how Internet-facing sites can be built, maintained, and supported on top of MOSS. In this post, I’ll cover how a particular WCM feature called Content Deployment supports multi-farm topologies and can be used to enable authoring -> staging -> production scenarios. I’ll talk a little about previous solutions to the problem, give you an overview of the Content Deployment feature, and discuss the architecture of the feature in-depth.
This is a welcome upgrade from the Site Deployment Object from MCMS 2002. SDOs are pretty nifty in their own right, but are limited in features and impossible for non-administrators to use.
Of course, this doesn't squelch the debate of dynamic front-facing pages (a la MCMS) vs. static front-facing HTML (a la Interwoven). I'm almost certain that Site Stager will not appear in MOSS 2007/WCM, but that doesn't mean a replacement can't be created by the community.