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features

Wondering what WebGUI can offer your organization?  Because WebGUI is constantly evolving, the following list of features barely skims the surface of WebGUI's capabilities. Visit www.plainblack.com and www.webgui.org often to keep up to date on all of WebGUI's developments.

user friendly
  • Absolutely easy to use. Most users can pick up the interface with little or no training. This means your staff can maintain the site right away. If you can use a web browser, you can use WebGUI.
  • Inline WYSIWYG content editors. Built in editors for IE and Mozilla.
  • Per user UI Levels allow you to "dumb down" the interface to suit each content manager's skill level.
  • Upload images and other files directly through the UI, no need for FTP/SFTP.
  • Integrated online help, complete with hover help on most form fields.
  • Javascript wizards that help users who don't know HTML, but want to customize their content.
  • Integrated versioning makes it easy to undo mistakes.
personalization

WebGUI contains many features that allow you to create dynamic and personalized user experiences. Learn how.

  • Pluggable wobject architecture for extensibility in applications.
  • Pluggable macro architecture for even further extensibility and flexibility.
  • Extensible meta-data support allows you to add any arbitrary attributes to content that you wish.
  • Customizable dynamic navigation configuration allows you to create almost any kind of navigation system you wish.
  • Static HTML exports for offline sites and high traffic sites.
  • Completely extensible user profiling system.
  • Passive profiling system allows you to keep track of what your users are doing, and then display content that meets their browsing habits.
  • Integrated internationalization and localization support.
  • Runs on almost any operating system.
  • Modular design so the code is easy to update, change, and replace.
maximum content control
  • Configurable template engine for maximum layout flexibility.
  • Static HTML exports for offline sites and high traffic sites.
  • Dynamic URLs for easier marketing. This keeps the URL short rather than being terribly long:
    Theirs: example.com/garden/tools/showproduct.asp?prodID=352
    WebGUI: example.com/shovel
  • Prequery dynamic URLs for search engine and web statistics friendliness. The bold part is not easily indexed by many search engines and web stats software.
    Theirs: example.com/garden/tools/showproduct.asp?prodID=352
    WebGUI: example.com/shovel
  • Complete separation of style from the content allowing easy and quick updates.
  • Template management system allows for quick and powerful page layout changes.
  • Package management system for rapid deployment of reusable content.
  • Integrated image and asset management.
  • Clipboard interface to easily cut and paste pages and content.
  • Date control over when content is published and removed.
commerce
  • Built in shopping cart for selling products online.
  • Integrated payment gateway allows you to collect payments online via Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover, and even personal checks.
  • Subscription payments allow you to charge weekly, monthly, yearly, etc for ongoing services.
  • Subscription codes allow you to sell online services in bulk to large organizations.
security
  • OSI Certified Open Source Software - Therefore, of high quality and freely distributable.
  • Pluggable authentication for maximum flexibility and security.
  • Configurable user-level authentication against WebGUI database or against an LDAP server.
  • Unlimited groups and groups of groups.
  • Easy to use role-based security system.
  • Many administrator configurable settings for ultimate control over site function and appearance.
  • MD5 encrypted passwords.
  • SSL logins (with use of an SSL enabled Web Server)
  • Trash system as a failsafe for administrators.
  • Versioning system ensures no accidental loss of content.
  • Audit trail tracks who did what to each piece of content.
  • Commercial support available.
  • A zero tolerance security policy.
built-in applications
  • Forums (Flat, Nested, and Threaded views)
  • Point and Click application builder (Thingy)
  • SQL Report (Drill down and hierarchical queries enabled)
  • Polls
  • Classifieds
  • Web Log (blog)
  • Gallery
  • News
  • FAQs
  • Link Directories
  • Job Postings
  • Syndicated News (includes aggregation)
  • Events Calendars
  • Surveys
  • Self-Grading Tests
  • Articles
  • Search Engine
  • Web Services Front End
  • Matrix Comparison System
  • Weather Data
  • Stock Data
  • Dashboard (My Page)
  • In/Out Board
  • Project Management
  • Time Tracking
  • Commerce
  • Contributed applications
compliance
  • Generates pages that are compliant with all major browsers dating back to the 4.0 era, including Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla, Opera, Konquerer, Firefox, Galeon, Lynx, and Links.
  • The administrative interface works with all recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Mozilla. (Safari support is being worked on.)
  • Section 508 compliant.
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