Archetypes is a framework for developing new content types in Plone. The power of Archetypes is first in automatically generating forms, second in providing a library of stock field types, form widgets, and field validators, third in easily integrating custom fields, widgets, and validators, and fourth in automating transformations of rich content.
Plone is a content management system that is simple to set up, maintain, and modify. It is designed to be a corporate-ready content management system. It is ideal as an intranet and extranet server, as a document/Web publishing system, and as a groupware tool for collaboration between separately located entities. It aims to be a proper content management and publishing system, sharing the same qualities as Teamsite, Livelink, and Documentum.