Glossary of Terms

Alias - A Sitemason feature of the Link tool that allows users to include existing site content in a separate location without duplicating the content. An example might be Aliasing to a contact page from a "Learn More" section of your website while the contact page's native location is within your "About Us" section. Thus only requiring one copy of your contact page, but displayed in multiple locations.

article - The type of content produced by the News tool. Often within the context of a blog or press release.

Calendar - The Sitemason tool that creates events and optionally displays them in a calendar grid, list, day, or week view.

content - A generic web term for any assets generated by a user for a website.

Custom - A Sitemason tool used to build applications with unique criteria not met by the Sitemason suite of standard tools. Examples of Custom tools might be an online membership directory, course listing, or restaurant menu.

Custom Record - A Sitemason feature used for highly customized applications that require an additional level of data hierarchy within an Custom tool item. An example might be a list of children in a parent directory where the parent is the item and the children are Custom Records within the item, modeled in the hierarchy as Site->Parent Directory->Individual Parent->Children->Individual Child.

Editor - Sitemason CMS users who are granted limited access permission to update a website by Managers. Editors can interact with Community Support, but may not contact Sitemason for support Like Managers. The number of Editors available per website is dependent on the account level and pricing.

Element - Is any field in a Sitemason From like a text field, or menu field, or submit button

event - The type of content produced by the Sitemason Calendar. An event is a content item with a specific date or time that is to be listed in a month, week, day, list, or event detail view.

Folder - A Sitemason tool used to segment content into sub-sections of a website. A folder generally contains multiple tools and pages. For example, an "About" section might be created using a folder titled "About" with History, People, and Contact pages listed within that Folder.

Form - Refers to a Sitemason tool used to create user submission forms. A simple example of a Form is a contact submission form with text fields and a submit button. More complex forms include submitting an event for publication, processing a credit card, or an online application.

Gallery - A Sitemason tool used to publish collections of photos and videos.

item - An extremely generic term to used describe a piece of content. It could pertain to an item in a list or an item within an article, or a single paragraph. Generally used in the context of a more specific reference like an item on a page.

*Link *- A Sitemason tool used to create non-content pages that direct to existing content. For example, a Navigation Link can be added to a Site's menu directing users to a separate website using the Link tool.

Manager - Sitemason CMS administrators who can grant access to edit a website to Editors and other Managers. Managers may additionally contact Sitemason technical support for help. The number of Managers available per website is dependent on the account level and pricing. 

media - A generic web term to describe pictures, audio, and video. Galleries are used for media collections.

Navigation Link - A simple link to a webpage not listed within the current site section. Navigation Links are added within the Sitemason Link tool. An example might be a link to a partner's website from your website's Partners menu.

News - A Sitemason tool that publishes content as articles. Examples of content created with News are blog posts, press releases, corporate announcements, or simple news feeds.

page - A generic web term for a resulting page on a website created by Sitemason. Sometimes used synonymously with "tools".

Page - A Sitemason tool with a single WYSIWYG editor field also referred to as "simple Page" where 'simple' is used as a lowercase adjective.

product - A generic web term for an item being sold in an online store.

Proxy - A Sitemason feature of the Link tool that allows users to embed third-party applications and websites into a Sitemason Site. Similar to an iFrame but significantly more intelligent to handle page requests within the application. An example might be a custom PHP application that is displayed within a user's site template so visitors are unaware of the difference.

Redirect - A Sitemason feature of the Link tool, a Redirect is a server level function to point one URL to another. For example, a page might live at but for marketing purposes you want to Redirect to the longer location.

Store - A Sitemason tool used to manage and publish products for an e-commerce shopping cart

Subscription - A Sitemason feature used to aggregate content across multiple applications. For example, a classroom Calendar can Subscribe to a department Calendar which can subscribe to a university Calendar. Subscriptions are available in News, Calendar, Gallery, and Store.

tags - Both a Sitemason feature and generic term for a word or short phrase to describe content then used to relate all content "tagged" with that word or phrase. Tags are commonly used in blogs and calendars to categorize content and offer an alternative way to navigate large amounts of content other than menus or search.

template - With Sitemason, a template is a PHP file or files that dictate the display of content on a website. Generally a template defines the common assets of a site for every page like header, footer, and navigation and uses PHP to dynamically request and populate the content areas.

tool - Refers to a component of the Sitemason product that generates content for a website. Sometimes used synonymously with "pages" and always referenced in lowercase, unless in a title.

user - A generic term that refers to website visitors with access to a restricted area via a login page. Site access and users are managed through the Sitemason User Manager. 

WYSIWYG Editor - An abbreviation for "What You See Is What You Get", WYSIWYG is a generic term for a class of content editors prominent throughout the web that mimic word processors to publish HTML for web pages without requiring authors to understand HTML.

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