Below you will find several frequently asked questions about the WebGUI content management system.
WebGUI is absolutely free under the GNU General Public License.
Absolutely! We have a 140 page Primer Guide that will teach you all of the basics of using WebGUI. WebGUI TV contains hundreds of videos related to many WebGUI related topics, and many include supplementary downloads. There are also user guide wikis and a community wiki that cover a huge range of topics. The Community Support page contains additional recommendations for accessing free resources.
Probably not. WebGUI is designed as an enterprise application. This means you get more features, but there are additional requirements for hosting it. Also, it's nearly impossible to install WebGUI with only FTP access and that's usually all that is provided by discount hosting companies. However, there are lots of companies that offer low cost WebGUI hosting packages.
WebGUI can also authenticate against Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 networks, so if your user repository is there, you're in luck as well.
If all else fails, you can always build a custom authentication module. It is very easy to do and will allow you to connect to any repository of user data.
There are lots of resources for free support in the community. Visit the Community Support page to find out more. If you require commercial support, Plain Black has a number of support and training programs available for purchase.
Yes, WebGUI is an extensible application framework. You can easily plug your own applications (wobjects, macros, scheduled tasks, and authentication systems) into WebGUI. Likewise, we'll be more than happy to build applications for you if you do not have the time or staff.
Yes. There is an entire gallery called WebGUI Sightings that contains hundreds of websites built on WebGUI. Browse around and you'll see just how versatile WebGUI is.
Fund a feature requests are moved to the top of our priority list and are released as quickly as possible in the next available release. If you need a new feature quickly, this is your best bet.
The short answer is, 'Yes'.
Here's the long answer: Your site would first need to be upgraded to the release we are running on our virtual hosting servers. This will undoubtedly be the latest gama or stable release. You can upgrade the site yourself or we can upgrade it for you (contact us for more information on pricing). Once the site is on the latest version, someone will need to go through and update any outdated macros or template variables. Once that is completed, your site should be running smoothly on our virtual hosting servers.
No. Custom code or macros are not permitted on the Site Hosting servers. This ensures the speed and stability that everyone with a site on our servers has come to expect. Instead, you can purchase a Virtual Private Server hosting package and run all of your custom code and macros on it.
You have 3 options.
1. Have the feature created custom for your needs. You can get a free quote by contacting Plain Black.
2. Fund the feature so that it is included in the WebGUI core. Unlike the first option, the feature will be added to the WebGUI core, because of this, it will be maintained and upgraded along with everything else in WebGUI. Not only that, you get the satisfaction of contributing to the Open Source product that gives you so much value already.
3. Finally, you can simply wait for Plain Black to add the feature. You can still have some input on how quickly your feature is added by spending karma. Simply go to the RFE or Request for Enhancement list. If you don't see your feature listed, add it. Once it's added, spend your karma to move it to the top of the feature list.