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Basic Terms

Some important, often used terms are explained here to avoid misunderstandings.

  • access files: the small php files in the /pages directory. They contain the-> Page ID, some -> code and nothing else.
  • access right: definition of the rights of a ->user, e.g., is he/she allowed to edit/create/delete pages, see certain contents, create user accounts, install modules etc.
  • account, user account: All the personal data of a user (login name, display name, password etc.)
  • addon: usually a ->module or a ->template.
  • administrator:  ->user with extended rights, e.g., able to create new -> accounts, install or delete -> modules.
  • backend: in this case the user interface of WBCE CMS, where you create ->pages and ->contents, manage ->addons and ->accounts, modify options and settings and so on. 
  • block: a defined area in the ->template where one or more ->sections are situated.
  • code: commands for the server and/or browser which are written in a markup or programming language, e.g., PHP or JavaScript.
  • content: the information provided on a  ->website, e.g., text, images, downloads... everything that does not come from the template.
  • core: all the necessary files, containing uncountable masses of code lines, which are needed for WBCE CMS. All that stuff which can be found in the installer.
  • editor: ->user with restricted editing access, e.g., able to change the content of the website, but is not allowed to create new user accounts.
  • footer: something that appears at the very end of a ->page. Can be defined in the ->options or ->template.
  • frontend: the public ->website which is displayed to the ->visitors.
  • header: something that appears at the very beginning of a ->page. See ->footer.
  • installation: a) the process of copying the ->core files onto the webserver and running the installer script; b) the result of a)
  • instance: exactly one running WBCE CMS installation (consisting of one or more ->pages).
  • layout: the design of a website (how and where each element shows up), e.g., the colors, images, fonts.
  • menu: navigation area of a ->website. Often found in the ->header, ->footer and/or the ->sidebar of a ->page.
  • module: mandatory or optional ->addon which generates a certain ->output or provides some special functionalities in the ->backend, e.g., the module "MiniForm" generates contact forms.
  • navigation: the part of a ->page which represents the structure of the ->website and enables the ->vistor to access the other ->pages. See ->menu.
  • options: mostly input fields, but sometimes plain text files too, where the global configuration of a WBCE CMS installation or module specific configuration is defined.
  • output: -> code which is generated by a ->module or ->template which makes the ->content of a ->page.
  • page-ID: each ->page of a WBCE CMS ->installation can be identified by its ID, which is just an automatically increased number. It can be used for linking pages (< a href="[ wblink42 ]">Don't panic< /a > and so on) or conditional outputs (if (PAGE_ID==42) and so on). 
  • page: a single page of your ->website, e.g., yourdomain.tld/pages/about-us.php. Can contain one or more ->sections which are positioned on one or more ->blocks defined in the ->template.
  • placeholder: reserved word using a certain syntax, which is replaced by the ->core or a ->module function by a value, e.g., the placeholder [BACK] will be replaced with "<< back".
  • session: the period of time during which a user is logged in to the backend. Is terminated either by the user themselves, or if a period of time passes with no (perceived) activity (e.g., saving, changing to another page...) by the core.
  • section: a part of a -> page generated by a -> module and displayed in a defined -> block.
  • sidebar: area which is placed on the left or right side of the main ->content of a ->page, often used for ->navigation elements.
  • tag: HTML command, e.g., < h1 >
  • template: defines the ->layout of a ->page or the ->output of a ->module. The counterpart of the ->content.
  • theme: see ->template. As a WBCE CMS term: the template for the ->backend.
  • user: someone with access to the ->backend.
  • visitor: someone who looks at the ->frontend of the ->website.
  • website: all ->pages of an ->installation.
  • webspace: the server or directory where the files of a WBCE CMS ->installation are stored.