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Your Website Should Be Easy to Edit

System Architecture

System Architecture
Invisible Gold uses a variety of technologies to make websites editable. At the core it is a series of DLL files that manage the database, serve pages, log traffic, handle orders, etc. It has an ASP file wrapper that enables these files to work on a Microsoft IIS server. All client interaction is done through a web browser. This is how people edit pages, view traffic, etc.

Inside the system there are four areas that can be configured.

First there is the data in the pages itself. Each page the public can see has a corresponding page (or pages) in the database. These are edited entirely with a web browser.

Second, there are one or more frameworks. These are html files along with corresponding CSS and image files. They define how a section of a website (or the whole site) looks. Each file has special tags that are replaced by content from the database. For example a basic template would have a list of pages on a navigation bar along with content in the main area. It doesn't matter if there are just a few or hundreds of pages in a site. They can all use the same framework. Likewise, one site can have multiple frameworks so different areas have a different look and feel.

Third, there are templates. The system has a library of at least 20 templates that define the look and behavior for specific pages. For example: the calendar page behaves very differently than a discussion list page. These are both templates. A site can also have custom templates. The most common types are custom feedback forms and custom registration forms. The one drawback to custom templates is that they need to be manually updated when replacing the core system files for a site.

Finally, there is the settings file. This contains system information preferences, the site license, etc.

See Also:
Online Documentation Home, Using the Wizard to Create and Manage Invisible Gold Sites, Upgrading Sites, Create a New Invisible Gold powered site by hand., Downloading and Installing the product., System Requirements, System Architecture, Setting up a new server