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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Permissions determine what a dotCMSuser 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.