One of the most attractive features of glFusion is its flexibility. With a little effort and imagination, you can run almost any type of site with glFusion. To fully comprehend the power inherent to glFusion, we need to ensure you have a good understanding of the terms we’ll use to describe how glFusion works.
glFusion uses a set of terms to refer to specific features, functions, layout, or other attributes of your site. It is important to understand this terminology to ensure you get the most out of a glFusion powered site and this documentation.
- Anonymous User
Any user who has not logged into the site is considered an anonymous user.
Often referred to as stories, articles are content that is designed to be displayed in the content area of the web site. These could be news articles, blog posts, etc.
- Auto Tag
Auto Tags are a unique feature in glFusion that allow the various components to easily integrate. For example, in an article you can easily include a photo from your media gallery.
Sites typically have 3 columns where the left and right columns contain a number of different content blocks. The image below illustrates the block terminology and shows an example of the same site setup with 3 columns, and then with blocks only on the left side.
With later releases of glFusion (v1.5.0+), blocks have been redefined to be Right and Footer.
Refer to the documentation on Blocks for more information on block types and managing block content.
- Center Block
Center blocks are special areas of content that plugins create. Like their name implies, their content is placed in the center column.
- Command Control
Command Control refers to the main administrative interface of a glFusion site.
Comments refer to leaving user feedback to articles, etc.
Core refers to the core glFusion distribution. This is the standard glFusion distribution available from http://www.glfusion.org.
Generally, most sites have a footer area, at the bottom of the page that contains copyrights and other site information.
A group is a container that users belong to. Groups can also have features associated with them to determine what functions a user is allowed to perform or what areas of the site the user can visit.
Generally, most sites have a header area, at the top of the page, that contains a site logo, slogan and possibly some links or a search box.
- Logged In User
A user who has registered and is logged into the website.
Menu can refer to the navigation menu that is generally displayed immediately before or after the site header. Menu could also refer to the standard glFusion topic menu, user menu or administration menu.
glFusion offers the ability to accept anonymous and member submitted content. The site admin can choose to have the submissions queued for review before it is placed on the live site. This is referred to as moderation.
Defines who can see, edit, delete, and modify specific areas or content items. Typically these permissions can be defined separately for Owner, Group, Logged In Users, and finally Anonymous Users.
PHP is the programming language that glFusion is written in.
In regards to articles on your site, the Ping button allows you to send an update message to a defined list of sites that basically says “Hey, I've got a new article! Come check me out!” The remote sites that receive this message then run a program that scans the content of your new article and indexes it on their site, so it becomes easier to find for anyone on the internet.
Plugins are add-on applications that are written specifically for glFusion. Plugins bring new features to a glFusion site. Examples include the Forum plugin, or the Media Gallery plugin.
Rights are attributes that are used by the glFusion core and plugins to determine if an action should be performed or access granted. Typically the terms Rights and Permissions mean the same thing.
- Static Pages
Static pages is a standard plugin for glFuson that allows the site admin to create free form content. StaticPages are a very powerful content creation / management feature. Static pages are sometimes referred to as simply Pages.
A theme is what controls the overall look and feel of the site. Themes define the fonts, colors, layout, etc. of your site.
Topics are the organizational container categories where articles are placed.
Trackbacks are a means to connect a post you made on your blog to a post on another blog.
e.g. John posts something on his blog. Ginny reads that, makes a post about John's post on her own site and then sends a trackback to John's site, so that John and users of John's site will know about Ginny's post.