Exsite Webware - Technical Info

Exsite Webware is an operating system for your website. It provides a core framework for managing content, templates, HTTP I/O, databases, and dynamic content web applications. Just as a regular operating system provides services for 3rd-party applications, ExSite WebWare allows you to download, purchase, or create your own web applications that simply "plug in" to the framework.

Web Design Features

  • Flexible templating system, with multiple content zones per page
  • Content versioning means all your changes are archived, and you can roll back at any time
  • Web pages are written out as conventional, search-engine-friendly .html files
  • Template inheritance makes it easy to spin-off new templates based partially on old ones, or share templates between sites
  • Online libraries for shareable images, clip-art, documents, etc
  • Separation of design elements from content elements, with access controls for each
  • Automatic menu and sitemap construction
  • Polymorphic content model makes it easy to swap images for text for documents, and so on
  • Web-based content management makes internet collaborations much easier
  • WYSIWYG editing for simple updates;  raw HTML mode for fine-tuning
  • CSS editing

IT Features

  • Highly portable toolkit based on the most common open standards
  • No browser plug-ins or client-side software required
  • Works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and other OSes
  • Works on a standard LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-Perl/PHP) webserving configuration
  • Highly scalable
  • Runs any number of websites with shared services simultaneously
  • Static content results in static, conventional files, reducing server load
  • Runs in easy-to-configure CGI mode, or high-performance Mod_perl mode
  • Plug-and-play web application installation
  • Configurable logs and audit trails
  • Server management plug-ins available (eg. Email, DNS)
  • Simple site creation and administration tools simplify web managment in large organizations
  • Flexible licensing and support options

Web Developer Features

  • OSS licensing
  • Perl, MySQL core system
  • Compatible with all client-side programming languages
  • PHP, ASP compatible
  • Plug-in architecture for extensions, which can be developed in Perl or other languages
  • Many plug-ins available for common website functions
  • Flexible database drivers can be reprogrammed to work with nearly any data storage system
  • API for simplified web database programming using the core ExSite tools
  • Separately licensed plug-ins means application developers are not bound to the base package's license

Beyond Websites

ExSite WebWare doesn't just manage one website.  It can manage any number simultaneously.  The websites under a single installation all share a common set of services and web applications.  That means you can run 2 or 20 or 200 websites with common requirements all at once, each with their own administrators and access controls.

In other words, ExSite is not just a "website operating system" -- it is a web-service operating system.  If you are developing or planning a web service, ExSite Webware gives you a huge head start:  database management, content-management, and dead-easy "private-label" websites for your web service users...  all running your own custom web service applications.

Contact Exware Solutions for technical support in building your own advanced websites or web services using the ExSite WebWare system.

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