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dotCMS Terminology

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Administrative Screen

The view in the dotCMS application where you can navigate the Website Browser tree tab, the Content tab, and the Calendar tab.
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Administrator

A user who has permission to do anything in dotCMS.
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Asset

A static file saved to the file system. Can’t be classified as content.
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Back End

The activities that take place when a user has logged into the administrative area of an application. Normal visitors never see the back end they will only see the front end.
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Blog

A blog is like a news update, but a little more informal. The word is actually derived from the phrase "web log" and refers to a shared on-line journal where people can post entries about their personal experiences. Postings on a blog are usually in reverse chronological order so that the newest entry appears first.
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CMS

Content Management System. In our case the brand of CMS we are using is dotCMS.
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Consistency

Consistency is important on the Internet. It allows users to have a sense of the location of the page they are viewing and makes frequently visited websites feel familiar and comfortable.
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Container

Containers are used in dotCMS to hold content. For instance, a Container on the side of the page could be used for holding images or widgets, depending on the kind of container. Containers are defined by the page's layout.
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Content

Content is anything you want to put on a page. In dotCMS, content is an event, blog post, news, or general website content. Content is separate from the page design. Content is basically the words and images on the page.
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Contentlet

A contentlet is the content item that has been entered into the container.
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Dialogue Box

A window that prompts the user to enter information. A dialogue box is similar to a pop-up window, but it usually appears on screen to prompt you for a response.
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Drop Shadow

An effect that creates an artificial shadow behind an image or text to create the impression that an image is three dimensionally "in front of" the page behind it.
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dotCMS

dotCMS is the brand name of the Content Management System used to maintain Colorado College's website. It is the back end of the website.
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Field

Fields are what make up forms. For instance, when you are creating content in dotCMS you are filling out a series of text fields, drop down fields, and WYSIWYG fields in various forms.
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Folders

A folder in dotCMS is used to group together related HTML pages and other assets. In the URL to a page on the Colorado College site you can see where in the folder structure a page is located. For example, in the link http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/wac/index.dot the index page is located under the folders "other" and "wac".
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Forms

Forms are built in dotCMS one field at a time. All of the fields added together are one complete form.
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Front End

The front end is what visitors would see when they come to Colorado College's website. It is the display of content on web pages through a web browser.
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HTML Pages

An HTML page is a page on a website. It contains content consisting of text, images, widgets and more.
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Information Architecture

Information Architecture is concerned with the creation and organization of a website. Specifically, it deals with categorizing and grouping information into a logical structure. For our purposes, we are concerned with creating logical and consistent navigation across the Colorado College website to make it easy to use.
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Layouts

A layout refers to the way a page is "laid out" on a website. The term, for dotCMS purposes, is synonymous with template, which defines how a web page looks.
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Landing Page

A landing page is the primary page under a folder in dotCMS. Every folder used for organizing navigation on a site will have one page titled "index.dot". A web browser will automatically display the "index" landing page when the navigation item is clicked.
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This term is derived from the practice of viewing photos on top of a glass with light behind it, such as is used for x-rays or photo negatives. On the Web, a lightbox is a pop-up layer containing an image or other content that displays itself over the top of the rest of a web page to allow a visitor to view content without leaving the current page.
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Allows you to insert items into a navigation menu that can go to other pages in your site or to another site within the Colorado College pages. Menu links should not be used to link to other pages outside of the Colorado College website. Additionally, menu links should be used for in-line linking from the text of your page. This will prevent the links from breaking if a page should be moved around in the future.
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A navigation menu is the list of links on a website grouped together in a logical order. For our purposes, the navigation menu is the list of pages and sub-pages in your site. The list is created by showing a combination of Folders and HTML Pages in your menu.
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News Item

A news item displays in the News Listing widget on any page of the Colorado College site. News Widgets and News Items can be found and created from the Content Tab of the dotCMS back end.
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Padding

Image padding refers to the empty space surrounding an image causing the text to be far enough away from the image that they don't touch. Padding is expressed by a number of pixels.
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Pixel

Pixels are a method of measurement related to computer screens. Your computer screen's resolution is measured in pixels (e.g. 1020 by 768 pixels). They are the number of small colored dots that a computer displays horizontally and vertically to create images.
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Permissions

Permissions determine what a dotCMS user sees when they log into the application. For instance, when a regular user logs in he will have access to a Web Site Browser tab and a Content tab, but when an administrator logs in, they will have permission to also see forms and structures tabs.
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Point Person

The Point Person for a site is the person to whom questions, requests for updates, and other information about that particular site should be directed.  Each site needs to have one, and the point person doesn't necessarily need to be a web author, he or she is simply the point of contact for the site who will ensure changes are made and/or questions answered.
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Static File

A static file is an actual file uploaded to the dotCMS application. Files that can be uploaded, for example, include: JPG, PNG, GIF and other images; PDF files; and other kinds of web specific files.
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Templates

The term, for dotCMS purposes, is synonymous with layout, which defines how a web page looks. A layout refers to the way a page is "laid out" on a website. The template for an HTML page is chosen from the page's properties tab in a drop down field.
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URL

URL is an acronym for uniform (or universal) resource locator, which is the address of a Web page. For example, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/wac/index.dot.
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User

A user of dotCMS is someone who can go to the back end of the website and log into the dotCMS application because they have been given permissions to edit content.
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Visitors

Think of visitors as external and internal. External visitors are community members, prospective students and parents, other professors searching for information on research, etc. Internal visitors are current students, faculty, staff. When adding content to your pages think of both audiences.
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Web Browser

A web browser is the application you use for viewing information in the Internet. The most common choices of web browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
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Website Browser Tab

The Website Browser tab in dotCMS allows you to view the folder structure containing your HTML files and images.
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Widget

A widget is a type of content that dynamically pulls pieces of information and displays them on your page, without you having to make the update by hand. For example, the News widget will pull News items based on keywords associated with that item.
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WIT Contact

Your WIT Contact is your go to person for implementation questions. Look up your WIT Contact on the Point Persons page.
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WYSIWYG Editor

Pronounced (wizz-ee-wig), this term is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. The WYSIWYG editor is where you type and format text and image content for your web pages. It works similarly to Microsoft Word in that you can enter text and then format it using the toolbar. The WYSIWYG is creating HTML code in the background as you work on your content, which you can see if you chose the "CODE" option in the drop down just below the WYSIWYG editor.
dotCMS Terms - Consistency
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