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What is the CMS intranet?

The acronym CMS Intranet refers to the content management system within intranets. Thus, the term CMS indicates a content management system applied to create a corporate intranet.

Before we proceed, then let's take a step back.

What is the intranet?

The intranet is a private company website where employees can find all the necessary materials, from company information and news to procedures and tools for an exemplary work process.

You can use it to manage business knowledge and strengthen the vision and corporate mission through blogs, forums, chats, feedback, and other tools for sharing and collaborating.

All communications can be traced in a single portal, facilitating the circulation and transmission of information. Employees don't need a thousand technologies to share documents and stay in sync.

Returning to the concept of Intranet CMS, it is a web application that provides tools designed to publish content that can be used by the browser simply (without requiring technical skills).

If you have been able to create content for a website without having to write HTML code, you have used the features of Content Management that the application has made available to you.

What to do with intranet CMS software?

We will skip the technological aspect (which we will see at the bottom of the article) for the moment. Instead, let's see, in concrete terms, with some use cases, what you can achieve with intranet CMS software and how you can use it to improve your company's internal processes.

Corporate portal

If you intend to create an intranet, your goal will be to create a platform specifically designed for employees. Within it, people will need to find news, communications, and events in evidence to find company benefits and the contacts of their colleagues.

Each person can access their private area and find their payslips, personal records, promotions, awards, certifications, refresher courses, and so on, providing the company with an entire database to monitor important personnel information for the company.


Intranet CMS for employee onboarding

Introducing recruits into the new organization is crucial for developing positive and lasting attitudes. The intranet is the tool that, in the hands of the new employee, allows him to explore the new working environment:

  • appreciate the company's values and mission
  • know his colleagues and chat with them
  • establish his network
  • find the tools he needs for his work routine.

A good platform supporting employee onboarding will have engaging content such as organizational charts, calendars, training videos, and documentation.

Do you want to optimize your company's onboarding processes?

This article explains what you're looking for: "Onboarding in the company: how to implement it."



Use the intranet for executives.

The intranet focuses on employees and also involves management. In fact, both the management and executive parts of the company must be aligned on a consolidated view of data that monitors the progress of the activities.

Having everything in one place allows managers to monitor workflows, including approvals for each project and awards at the end.

There will be no need for multiple separate systems in which it is easy to get lost. The intranet portals for the executive and management parts of the company allow managers to have a clear overview with the possibility of going down to the smallest detail.

In addition, has seen how creating blogs held by CEOs within the intranet can ensure greater involvement and interest by employees.

Within the portal, managers and CEOs can make acknowledgments, specify objectives on a timely basis, keep employees updated on the company's evolutionary life, and so on.



A good intranet CMS is a set of social elements, tools, and shared workspace. The goal is to allow an exciting collaboration between different departments and offices, even if they are located in various global locations, both remotely and in their presence.

Continuous interaction leads to greater employee participation in business life, more excellent employee experience, and employee engagement.

The advantages of a working collaboration include the following:

  • a reduction in costs
  • better intra-departmental and inter-departmental relations
  • promotion of standard work practices and procedures in which the transmission and comparison of knowledge are stimulated
  • greater transparency in the organization

Recent studies indicate that companies focusing more on collaboration are twice as likely to be profitable than competitors and twice as likely to outperform them.

Create a portal for training.

An intranet CMS portal may reserve a section dedicated to user training. Videos, e-learning materials, and online refresher courses are perfectly suited for this platform.

In addition, a good CMS intranet application can also be a valid alternative to expensive LMS (Learning Management System) tools when the main objective is to centralize the resources needed for training in the company.


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Use the portal for corporate network and engagement

Employee engagement brings better results in the life of the company.

The intranet lives around the employee, providing him with all the means he needs to amplify the sense of belonging to the company.

In addition to keeping the employee connected continuously to the organization through corporate news, alerts, communications, or intra-corporate discussions, it can also increase the measures of his network by making him communicate easily with colleagues.

Every employee is included in a classic telephone book containing personal information such as his contacts, interests, past experiences, technical skills, and more.

People in the company can establish a more solid corporate network and benefit from an increasingly fluid communication that involves them in daily business life.



Use the portal to collect work materials.

In a good intranet CMS, you can insert -as already mentioned- company communications and the necessary documents for everyday work, such as:

  • templates
  • brochure
  • typical business procedures
  • information that helps the company to synchronize with the employee and vice versa.

It is also possible to publish all the material needed to strengthen the company structure, mission, values, and identity, which is necessary to involve workers for each department.

At the base of the conservation of all the contents, the intranet helps the company guarantee good knowledge management for the consolidation of the business knowledge behind every job activity and process of communication.

Check our article on how to make good knowledge management in the company.

In addition, an intranet content management system gives your company the proper means to monitor the content that circulates.

These tools allow you to save all the search queries used by end-users and display, for each one, if results have been returned or not.

This metric is critical. Even if only one user searches for content and does not find it with specific keywords, those who manage intranet materials can ensure that the following search returns results by modifying the intranet's contents.

You have the opportunity to understand which contents are the most useful and highlight them on the home page or facilitate navigation.



Intranet CMS to improve internal communication

The original intranet was created to optimize internal communication in the company.

With a sound, digitized intranet system, circulation and information management processes become more streamlined and guarantee good reception from the whole company.

Within your intranet portal, you can make various types of communications and manage them easily: for example, there could be news about the company itself, its results, or its specific initiatives.

These are usually called "corporate news".

There is also a news service, which typically has content related to the company's daily life: closing days, important deadlines, changes in canteen schedules or transport, etc.

All employees will always be synchronized with the company's pace, and the content that circulates will be well-placed without getting lost in the organization's great flow of information.

This is possible thanks to tools such as push notifications and news targeting, as in the case of

Let's start with push notifications.

When there is a lot of content, the user can get confused and risk losing pieces of content.

However, thanks to the push notification mechanism, this does not happen. Instead, you can send corporate news and service communications directly to the employee's workstation through these notifications.

What's the upside here?

The employee does not have to search the digital platform for the content he needs with the risk that something important might escape him, but the content reaches him, ensuring he is always in step with the company.

As for targeting news, assigning tags to each piece of information means labeling it by topic.

It is already possible to imagine how this digitized tool can improve content management and retrieval. For example, communication is easily targeted, and it is also easier to search for contacts or keep up to date with company information.

Within corporate news or service news, you can post the "cloud tag" to see which tags are used in the company.

Through artificial intelligence, such as the one used by, you can also automate assigning tags to content to facilitate the creation of content in the intranet and their reception by users themselves.


What is is the ready-to-use corporate intranet, designed to reduce costs and implementation times, thus creating a collaborative and modern digital work environment:

  • Initial price of 3,650 €/year for a complete intranet
  • 50+ applications, including advanced search, document management system, push notifications via Teams, personal profile, and FAQ pages
  • 100% integrated with SharePoint Online and Microsoft 365


How to choose the right intranet platform?

Here are 12 features that an intranet platform must have.

  1. Simple-to-use user interfaces: users must be able to move around the platform simply and intuitively. Immediate use and smooth navigation will encourage users to tusethe intranet. Training for the help of this tool will be virtually nil.
  2. Easy to install: The best intranet CMS should not require much technical assistance for configuration. In this case, the average user must also be able to make it work without too much difficulty.
  3. Beware of security: since the intranet will represent an extensive database containing valuable information for the company in a single point, none of them must escape, and its protection must be guaranteed. It is not worth making compromises in this area. The intranet was created tasan internal private platform and must remain aso
  4. Choose an intranet with an intuitive directory: a well-functioning and intuitive directory gathers essential details such as the information of each employee, photos, their skills, their roles, and superiors. This makes it easier for both the internal search and connecting and staying up to date with others.
  5. Choose an intranet CMS with a good, advanced search engine. In this way, you provide your employees with cutting-edge search tools that allow them to halve the time they spend searching for helpful information and the time they can invest in faster and more effective actions. Research can show how much money companies lose a year due to the difficulty and the consequent loss of employees' time looking for functional materials.
  6. It must have the possibility of customization: this allows you to adjust the intranet according to the needs of individual employees. Each information is filtered by the user, thus ensuring the person's immediate retrieval of valuable information. Any content shown to him will be closely related to his position, function, and role.
  7. The omnichannel aims to allow access to the intranet from employees' devices without necessarily being seated at the desk. So, you can ensure that the employee works flexibly and completes their activities regardless of location. In addition, having the intranet always at his disposal ensures that he can access the company's digital reflection and find all the tools he needs.
  8. Aim at an easy system for creating and publishing content: employees and those who manage the intranet must publish and share the content of interest without having technical skills.
  9. Aim at including simplified workflows: this ensures the content is approved promptly and maintains coherence.
  10. Use tools for involvement and participation: dedicate sections in the intranet to sharing, recognition, comments, and evaluation of employees. Such functions give employees a voice and consequently generate satisfaction in the working environment. As a result, everyone will feel free to express himself and listen to the opinions of others.
  11. Career Tracking: A good intranet CMS must have tools to promote job opportunities and share suggestions for achieving organizational goals. You can also hold webinars for career advancement and professional development. In the case of, our job posting component also allows you to alert employees when there are open positions to optimize internal recruitment processes.
  12. Analytics and Monitoring Capabilities: Monitoring the platform's performance allows you to make all the improvements you need to attract users and offer them what they want

Did you know that... implements all of these points?


The most used software choice for a CMS intranet

Now, hundreds of software solutions can be used to create an intranet with the most common features of a CMS: these can range from free and open-source solutions to paid solutions.

However, other important considerations must be made regarding technological choices beyond simple functionality.

Intranets are collaborative tools that must be 100% integrated with all employees' main work tools, such as the Office package application, corporate mail, messaging and video call tools, and so on. Only in this way is it possible to provide a transversal digital experience without managing all the necessary integrations in the company.

On this front, Microsoft 365 has become the standard for SMEs and large companies, including its solution Sharepoint Online, the result of almost 20 years of development (the first version of the product was Sharepoint 2003).

To give you an idea of how much Microsoft SharePoint is currently used as a CMS intranet, Microsoft itself published in April 2022 its usage data of the platform:

  • 200 Million Users Per Month Use Sharepoint Online
  • 100 Petabytes of new data are uploaded per month within Sharepoint Online

Sharepoint Online

The advantages of web portals with Sharepoint boast the extreme integration of all Microsoft tools and multiple customization capabilities, which can meet the most varied needs of different business sectors.

Sharepoint cms

The platform was one of the first systems designed to create corporate intranets, which connect people and allow sharing and communication within the same company.

Concerning the specific features of CMS for intranets, Sharepoint Online:

  • is extremely easy to use
  • has consistent navigation in the sites and sub-sites
  • allows easy corporate branding
  • facilitates faster development for business application creation
  • it prepares different resource libraries with the possibility of associating different types of metadata
  • prepare types of content that can be shared and reused in the subsites

Sharepoint Online is used in software-as-service mode and is included in a Microsoft 365 subscription.

To learn more about this tool, read Sharepoint and its seven key features

Other software alternatives to create an intranet CMS

If Microsoft 365 and Sharepoint are not options you can take in the company, here's a complete list of all the other solutions we've collected. However, it's up to you to look for more detailed information to find the most compatible case.

Do not forget this fundamental consideration when making your choice.

The intranet that you realize and that will become vital for your company's internal information must also be supported correctly by figures who can configure it and ensure its reliability. Therefore, when choosing intranet software, always consider the technology partner who can give you the proper support in the implementation.

Here is our list:

  • Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla are free solutions designed to create websites with CMS features. They could be the right solution for a simple internal website.
  • Alfresco is an enterprise content management company licensed by Community Edition and Enterprise but disconnected from the entire enterprise ecosystem.
  • Liferay is an all-in-one platform for web portals (sites, eCommerce, CRM) that can be customized to build an intranet. Pay attention to the complexity you will carry behind this solution, which is typical of solutions.
  • Atlassin was born as a tool for collaboration between developers, but can also be implemented to create internal base knowledge.
  • Dotnetnuke defines itself as the CMa company CMS, one of the longes group's longest-running software products. Besides being a website, it is proposed as a valid solution for creating nets.
  • Umbraco is one of the most flexible CMS solutions for creating test-internal portals. B t beHowever,maximum flexibility requires technical skills and basic knowledge of HTML to be ablmanage and maximize the software's potential forintranet.


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Giuseppe Marchi


Microsoft MVP for SharePoint and Microsoft 365 since 2010.

Giuseppe is the founder of and one of the leading experts in Italy in all matters related to Microsoft 365. For years, he has been assisting companies in creating their digital workplace environment on the Microsoft cloud, focusing on people's experience.