What is Contensive?
Contensive is a Content Management System and an Application Framework
Extension. It is a web server program that creates a powerful platform for
online web applications and websites.
Your web content is your single most powerful tool for accomplishing your
communication goals. With Contensive you can now take control of these online
assets. Contensive is a cost-effective and manageable solution for delivering
accurate, timely content to a targeted audience. It empowers your non-technical
staff to easily create, edit, share and distribute information on a
Who Benefits from a website powered by
Your site visitors benefit when your site is up-to-date, acurate and
informative. Effective content management achieves that goal.
For a website content manager, Contensive creates editing tools for you to
add and edit your web content. Content includes web pages, as well as menuing,
images, and drap-and-drop functions called 'Add-ons'. There are many optional
content management layers available, from the simplest edit-and-save, to the
more structured Workflow Management that requires authoring submission,
approval and publishing cycles.
For a website designer, Contensive simplifies creating and managing
html templates, styles and resources. When the site is in
production, Contensive assembles the html components required, includes
the style sheet(s) specified, executes Add-on features and functions, handles
personalization, visit tracking, and much more.
For the website developer, Contensive is a flexible development plateform
letting your create functionality, called Add-ons, through most
popular scripting language. Add-ons are uniquely designed to handle not only
server-side programming, but Ajax enabled content, background process activity,
remote server-to-server communication, etc.
Contensive is built on a very basic, flexible content engine. The
engine powers the website, but the flexible architecture also works
exceptionally well for creating other server based applications, such as it's
built in contact and resource managers.
For the communication manager, Contensive includes several strong email
features. Group Email sends opt-in email to any group of users
tracked on the site. Conditional Email sends emails based on events, such as
users joining, notices of group expiration, even birthdays. System Email
lets administrators customize any message send by the system. For instance, the
administrator can create multi-page forms using the Contensive form
wizard. When a user submits the form, System Emails created by the
administrator are sent to a notification group.
How do I use Contensive?
During the Contensive Implementation phase you designate someone within your
organization to be the Administrator. This person has unrestricted access to
the back end of the website system and full control over the website content.
This person can also designate others to be Administrators or Content Authors/Managers,
by giving them the appropriate usernames and passwords. For full instructions
on delegating content editing responsibility and roles within your
organization, please see the section of this manual entitled Types of Users.
Once established as Administrators and Content Authors, your staff can make
changes to your existing website and add additional content. The Contensive
solution allows you to edit text, images, headlines, links, ‘What’s New’ areas
– virtually anything that you might want to include on your website. You will
also find that Contensive greatly improves your ability to increase website
functionality and manage website visitors. You can present fresh and relevant
information, while enhancing the web experience for your audience.
A Contensive site really presents itself as two sites, the public side which
is what the general population sees, whether they be quests, or members; and
the admin side which is available only to Content Editors, those people with
content editing privileges. These people can be administrators or content
The admin area is the central control console for managing your web site.
Here you can add/edit content, add/edit site members, review reports manage
commerce transactions and all of the other features and functions that are
implemented on your site.
As you use the Contensive solution, it will be important to understand two
basic elements of your site architecture that we call Parent Pages and Child
Pages. Everything starts with a Parent Page – often a home page or root page.
Think of your website as a hierarchy or family tree, with the home page at the
top. It is the primary Parent Page – the page that spawns all other pages. From
the Parent Page the web visitor will click on links to subsequent pages, sometimes
known as “drilling down” into the site. Any page that is created as a link from
another page is considered a Child Page.
There can be more than one Parent Page within your site hierarchy. Any page
that spawns links to other relevant pages “underneath it” is considered the
Parent Page of all the subsequent pages. The subsequent pages are the Child
Who Can Use the Contensive Solution Within My
There are two primary types of users for Contensive:
- Content Authors or Managers
The Administrator has ultimate control over the website, with access to all
areas and the ability to change or publish content at any time. One or more
Administrators can be designated. Contensive will set up your initial Administrator
with a User Name and Password, so that they can log in to the Tools Panel. Once
that person has access to the Admin Site - or "back-end" of the
website, they will have the ability to designate other Administrators if they
Public Site and Administration Site
When a visitor comes to your site, they see the 'Public Site'. To access the
public site, you simply type in your URL.
When you edit your content from the Public Site, or on a special site
we call the 'Admin Site'. The admin site is part of the same website, just in a
hidden and protected URL. Editing from the public site is simple and quick, but
the most advanced features
To reach the admin site, you must be logged in, and your account of the site
must be setup with the appropriate Role.
By default, the admin site is at the following URL. You can easily change
this to discourage security issues.
This page was last reviewed Sunday, October 06, 2013