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Admin Bar: a bar that appears while you're in admin mode that contains tabs for adding content, performing administrative functions, and more.

Admin Console: contains all the administrative functions such as managing settings, users, and groups.

Admin Mode: opens WebGUI's editing interface. When in “admin mode” the user can see administrative toolbars and the Admin Bar. The default view upon entering Admin Mode is the Inline Editing view.

Assets: the individual applications that control content. They are the items in the New Content menu of the Admin Console.

Asset Manager: accessed through the Admin Console, the Asset Manager is an alternative to the Inline Editing view. The Asset Manager operates similar to a computer’s file system, and additional functions can be performed in the Asset Manager that are not available from the Inline Editing view.

Article: the basic text asset. Articles are often used to add stories, news, or general information. It contains other display options as well, such as Flash Player.

Blog (Weblog): used to create an online journal, or weblog, on the site. Visitors can read entries and reply.

Calendar: displays titles of events by date. Users can click on event titles to link to more detailed event information. Recurring events can be set to display automatically.

Carousel: displays a rotating series of images. Can be used with the Story Manager to display a rotating series of images related to a list of titles/headlines.

Collaboration System: a versatile asset that can be formatted as a message board, an FAQ, a link list, a job posting, and more. A full approval process is built in, so submissions can be authorized before they are publicly displayed.

Data Form: used to create data entry forms, such as a simple address book, or “contact us” form. Data can be edited and exported for further analysis.

Data Table: used to create data tables to display on the page. Data is entered through a tab accessed while in admin mode.

FAQ: a template of the Collaboration System used to develop a Frequently asked Questions page. Users can ask a question and receive answers.

File Pile: used to upload large groups of files at one time.

Folder: used to store and display many different file types so users can easily download them.

Gallery: a multimedia management tool. Displays thumbnails, galleries, and slideshows of images, as well as displays detailed image data.

Guest Book: used to sign and leave a message on a website.

HTTP Proxy: allows you to bring another site or application into your site, meshing it with your site style. Copyright laws must be obeyed when using HTTP Proxy.

Image Asset: used to upload a single image for display on the web page. Once the image is uploaded it can be used anywhere on the website without having to upload the image again.

In/Out Board: places an in/out board on your site from which users may indicate their attendance status. Users may enter comments about their activities and may assign delegates to sign them in or out. Useful in large office environments.

Job Listings: used to post and display details of employment opportunities.

Link List: used to provide links to other sites of useful content for users.

Macro: used to create dynamic content within otherwise static content.

Map: placed a Google map on your site.

Matrix: allows users to perform detailed comparisons between multiple products or services. Multiple fields for comparison may be set up. Visit the Compare Stuff Network (www.comparestuff.net) for examples.

Message Board: allows users to interact (aka discussions, forums). Useful for community interaction and support sites.

Metadata: data about data; can be used to provide valuable contextual information.

Multisearch: allows users to perform a search on an external search engine from your site; users may select from multiple search engines.

Navigation: helps you build sets of links so that users can move around in your site. You can customize a Navigation form to choose which pages are shown in your site navigation and how to display them. The default Navigation templates can often be styled via CSS to match your site's design, instead of rewriting the templates.

Newsletter: allows metadata categories to be associated with each article posted. Users may then select from those categories as subscription preferences. The system will then periodically scan the articles and match them to user preferences. Users will be sent emails linking them to articles that match the categories they indicated a preference for.

Package: a package of a page layout bundles all of the page layout’s content. This is turned into a package of content that can be distributed to another section of the site via the clipboard, or imported/exported to another WebGUI site.

Page Layout: used to add pages to the website page tree, and determines the arrangement of content.

Poll: used to collect opinions in a directed manner. Useful for feedback or simple research.

Product: used to display products. The Product asset only displays products; it does not allow users to purchase. Used with WebGUI Shop.

Project Management: used to create and manage projects. Deadlines and budgets may be tracked, users can be assigned to individual tasks, and gantt charts are created. The project management system may be integrated with the Time Management system.

Prototype: this essentially adds a new asset to the New Content menu by saving the specific configurations of the asset made into a prototype. A common example is the photo gallery asset; this is actually a prototype of a Collaboration System.

Redirect: used to send a user to alternate URL. An example would be to send a user to an external email account.

Request Tracker: places a forum on the site from which people may post requests and replies may be made.

Rich Editor: used to manipulate text, tables, or images; performs in a similar fashion to most word processors.

SQL Report: allows users to query data from any database that they have access to. This is great for getting sales figures from your accounting database or even summarizing all the message boards on your web site.

Search: allows you to place search functionality on your site, and allows you to designate what areas of the site to be searched.

Shortcut: a shortcut allows you to place a copy of an asset on the clipboard and distribute it someplace else on the site; in addition, when content in the asset is edited, the content in the asset’s shortcut is simultaneously updated and vice versa.

Site Starter: the WebGUI Site Starter provides an easy way for new users to set up their site style and add preconfigured pages. Provides a field to upload a company logo and allows site colors to be customized.

Snippet: Snippets are bits of text that may be reused on your site. Things like Javascripts, cascading style sheets, HTML segments, XML or company slogans can all be used as snippets. Best of all, if you need to change the text, you need change it in only one location to update the snippet wherever it is used.

Stock Data: allows you to display stock data on your site.

Story Manager: comprised of three assets: Story Archive, Story, and Story Topic. Allows users to create and manage stories on a site. Useful for a news/headlines type of environment.

Subscriptions: subscriptions allow users access to site material they have paid for.

Survey: used to conduct surveys or create online quizzes.

Syndicated Content: Syndicated content is content that is pulled from another site using the RDF/RSS specification.

Thingy: a point and click application builder helpful for making data input forms.

Thingy Record: allows users to sell a record within a specific Thing in a Thingy asset. Useful for creating and selling things such as classifieds ads.

Time Tracking System: allows users to report time spent against a project. May be integrated with the Project Management system.

User Interface: the user interface in WebGUI can be customized in a user’s profile. This allows site administrators to customize the options available and complexity of use per user. A beginning WebGUI user may operate better with a lower UI level, while an experienced user will be able to perform all functions, so the level of 9 (guru) would be assigned.

User List: an asset that displays all users from a given user group.

Versioning: deals with the process of content publication. When content is added or edited on the site a Version Tag is created. This version tag essentially stores the content until the user is ready to publish it, at which time the user will “commit” the version tag, sending it through the appropriate workflow.

Weather Data: used to display the current weather conditions for designated locations.

Wiki: The Wiki is very similar to the Collaboration System. It allows users to add and manage Wiki pages that are added to it. Wikis are often used to create a library of informational articles.

Workflow: the workflow determines how content moves through the site. Many organizations use workflow to set up content approval systems, and system administrators use workflows to manage site maintenance.

Zip Archive: Zip Archive Assets are assets on your site that allow you to upload a zip archive (as either zip or tar) containing files that require collateral (static html pages with images or movies, etc) that you wish to display to your users outside of the WebGUI context, but retain WebGUI's file security. The asset unzips the folder in a WebGUI storage location, and redirects the user to the initial page when the link provided is clicked.

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