EMS - Editorial Management System

The EMS is a management system that can be used as an engine for any blog or website rolled out on Rails.


As mentioned before, the EMS is contained within a mountable engine. For more information on mountable engines please visit http://guides.rubyonrails.org/engines.html

Authentication and Ability management

Authentication, currently the EMS only supports the editors ability, when needed other abilities can be easily added. The Editor is the super user of the EMS. Also at the moment every EMS user can see every article, this should be controlled with the Author credential.

  • Editor
  • Author

The editor is the only ability with which you can post publications. The author is only able to curate and draft publications. The actual task of setting these live is left to the Editor. This enables the editor to review any content about to go live.

To enable the CanCan ability management add the following to your authentications user model:

has_and_belongs_to_many :ems_roles /private/var/www/html/development/projects/rails/org.wiki/Production-Workflow.md


To install the EMS simply follow these steps:

  1. include the EMS as a dependency in your Gemfile:
    gem 'ems', :git => 'git://github.com/thebeansgroup/ems.git'

  2. mount the engine in your applications config/routes.rb
    mount Ems::Engine => "/ems"

  3. install the engines migrations:
    rake ems:install:migrations