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Concrete5 has some terms that aren't familiar with everyone. That is why all the terms that Concrete5 uses are put explained below. This is useful when you run into one or more of these terms as they are used throughout the manuals.

  • View mode
    • Reading pages when the user is not logged in, doesn't have rights to edit the page or when the page is not open in edit mode.
  • Edit mode
    • When a user is logged in, and has rights to edit a page, they can open the page in edit mode. The page will reload and edit functions will be available.
    • In edit mode it's possible to change the content of a page using block editors.
  • Editor
    • An editor is a window that opens when a block in a page is opened for editing. In this editor the contents of a block can be changed.
  • Publishing
    • Publishing is a term used for approving the page to go live. Making it visible for visitors.
    • Pages that are edited don't necessarily have to be published; they can also be saved as a preview version. This is useful when more people are working on a page or when the new version of the page shouldn't go live yet.
  • Versions
    • When a page is edited and saved a new version is created. The old version is saved so you can always return the page to a previous version. When a page is saved for preview a new version is also created. This new version will be visible for everyone that is allowed to edit that page. When a version is ready to be published the person that is able to publish pages should be informed so he or she can publish the page. This depends on your local permissions scheme.
  • Design
    • A design is a sub-theme that you can select for a page. This design is then used to create the basic layout of the page. It gives you more or less areas to place blocks and some other default layout styles.
  • Blocks
    • Standard installed or additional plug-ins that contain and show your page's actual content. Without blocks your page wouldn't have content.
  • The dashboard is the Administrator side of Concrete5. More is explained about this in the "Dashboard interface" section.
  • Events
    • Events are scripts that are called when a certain action occurs in Concrete5.
      Events that occur in Concrete5 (and are documented) are:
      • Before loading of a page.
      • After loading of a page.
      • When making, editing, moving, deleting, duplicating and reading of:
        • Pages
        • User accounts
        • User groups.
      • Uploading files.
  • Packages (previously known as applications)
    • Packages are combined features. Blocks, page controllers and events are combined to create a package. This package should then be placed in the "packages" directory. Page controllers are scripts that run in the background and can be activated by a certain action.
  • Single pages
    • Single pages are pages that only occur only once on the website. Login pages or register pages are simple examples of these pages. These pages should only have to occur once and they usually present a special function.
  • Areas
    • Areas are locations to which you can add blocks. Without areas no blocks could be added and no content would exist. To areas permissions can be linked, these are dependant of user groups.

"This tutorial was originally written by Tom de Bruijn in 2009 and has been adapted in 2010 for Full Flavour Media's Concrete5 users"

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