WebGUI 7.3.1 Beta review

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WebGUI is a content management framework built to allow average business users to build and maintain complex Web sites. It is modu

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WebGUI is a content management framework built to allow average business users to build and maintain complex Web sites.

It is modular, pluggable, and platform independent. WebGUI was designed to allow the people who create the content to manage it online, rather than content management taking up the time of busy IT staff.

WebGUI comes with a full discussion forum with the functionality of phpBB or FUD Forum, plus events calendaring, a photo gallery, a Web log (blog), FAQ and Link List management, and a very configurable user privilege and profiling system.

Here are some key features of "WebGUI":
Absolutely easy to use. Most users can pick up the interface with little or no training. This means your staff can be maintaining the site right away. If you can use a web browser, you can use WebGUI.
Inline WYSIWYG content editors. Built in editors for IE and Mozilla.
Per user UI Levels allow you to "dumb down" the interface to suit each content manager's skill level.
Integrated online help.
Javascript wizards that help users who don't know HTML, but want to customize their content.
OSI Certified Open Source Software - Therefore, of high quality and freely distributable.
Pluggable authentication for maximum flexibility and security.
Configurable user-level authentication against WebGUI database or against an LDAP server.
Unlimited groups and groups of groups.
Easy to use role-based security system.
Many administrator configurable settings for ultimate control over site function and appearance.
MD5 encrypted passwords.
SSL logins (with use of an SSL enabled Web Server)
Trash system as a failsafe for administrators.
Commercial support available.
Configurable template engine for maximum layout flexibility.
Static HTML exports for offline sites and high traffic sites.
Dynamic URLs for easier marketing. This keeps the URL short rather than being terribly long:
Theirs: example.com/garden/tools/showproduct.asp?prodID=352
WebGUI*: example.com/shovel
Prequery dynamic URLs for search engine and web statistics friendliness. The bold part is not easily indexed by many search engines and web stats software.
Theirs: example.com/garden/tools/showproduct.asp?prodID=352
WebGUI*: example.com/shovel
Complete separation of look and feel from the content allowing easy and quick updates.
Template management system allows for quick and powerful page layout changes.
Package management system for rapid deployment of reusable content.
Integrated HTML validation.
Integrated image and asset management.
Clipboard interface to easily cut and paste pages and content.
Pluggable wobject architecture for extensibility in applications.
Pluggable macro architecture for even further extensibility and flexibility.
Extensible meta-data support allows you to add any arbitrary attributes to content that you wish.
Customizable dynamic navigation configuration allows you to create almost any kind of navigation system you wish.
Static HTML exports for offline sites and high traffic sites.
Completely extensible user profiling system.
Passive profiling system allows you to keep track of what your users are doing, and then display content that meets their browsing habits.
Internationalization and localization support integrated.
Runs on almost any operating system.
Modular design so the code is easy to update, change, and replace.
Works under mod_perl and CGI for greater flexibility.
Message Boards (Flat, Nested, and Threaded views)
SQL Report (Drill down enabled)
Download Manager
User Contribution System
Web Log (blog)
Photo Gallery
Link Directories
Job Postings
And many many more.
Syndicated News
Events Calendars
Surveys and Self-Grading Tests
Indexed Search Engine
Web Services Front End
Contributed wobjects

What's New in This Release:
Fixed a problem with IE and resizable text areas that caused IE to crash when loading edit screens.
Fixed a problem with the new autocommit code that caused reply posts not to work in the collaboration system.
Storage deletes were throwing fatals when they should throw warnings.
Fixed a bug in WebGUI::ProfileField->getCategory which caused it to always return undef. (Martin Kamerbeek / Procolix)
Fixed a bug in WebGUI::Asset::File where update did not update the internally cached storage object inside of _storageLocation. This is probably only a real problem in persistent code, like Workflow Activities and tests.
Added tests for File and Image assets to verify that this happens correctly.
fixUnable to add EventsCalendar
fixSome functions in InOutBoard not internationalized
fix: Calendar/Event not handling gateway properly.
fix: Calendar templates crushing other styles.
fix: Using YUI to add the appropriate events when loading the Add/Edit Event page. Should fix the strange IE bugs.
RFE: Add wiki page variables to Wiki_Master.pm
fix: Not translated labels no displaing

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