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what is a cms?

CMS stands for Content Management System, a software application used for the collaborative creation, storage, and management of content in many formats. Web content management systems contain additional features that allow for content creation and control on web sites.


WebGUI is an open source CMS. This means that WebGUI is an openly licensed, free content management system used to create and manage content on web sites. In addition to performing the content management functions listed above, WebGUI is also an application framework. What this means is that WebGUI comes equipped with all the tools and features necessary to manage content on a web site, plus the ability to develop and implement new features, allowing for full site customization. Learn more about the many beneficial features WebGUI contains, try out a demo, and find out why WebGUI is Web Done Right.


In general, most web content management systems contain the following features:

  • the ability to import and create documents and multimedia material.
  • the ability to identify specific users and their content management roles.
  • the ability to assign roles and responsibilities to different content categories or types.
  • content workflow tasks, often combined with a built in approval process.
  • the ability to track and manage multiple versions of a single instance of content.
  • the ability to publish content to a repository, with the possibility for search and retrieval.
  • some content management systems allow for separation of content and style.

webgui versus...

People unfamiliar with web content management systems wonder what the benefits of such a system are over traditional static HTML and server page languages (like ASP, JSP, and PHP). The following is a short list of the advantages of each. An advantage for one is a disadvantage for the other two.


Edit anywhere: update sites from the web browser.

Easy to use: knowledge of programming or writing HTML are not necessary.

True separation of style and content: change the look and feel of a site without touching any of the content. 

Interactive: build interactive applications like polls and message boards with a few clicks of the mouse.

Delegation of duties: designate specific users to control specific parts of the site, while limiting access to other parts of the site.

Extensible: developers, or Plain Black staff, can build plug-ins for WebGUI to make it do exactly what is needed. 

Constant improvements: be able to take advantage of all of the new features that are added to WebGUI month after month with little or no effort.

Static HTML

Fast: the server does not have to do any processing of the code. It simply sends the files to the browser.

Low tech: no special server software or client software is needed to create a site.

Server Pages

Completely extensible: when combined with other server-side services, can provide  applications built specifically to prescribed needs.

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