Jul 31, 2014 10:22 am

The following is a glossary of terms describing elements in Accrisoft Freedom. For more information on any of the terms, visit the forum section dedicated to that module or feature.

Backup - There are several types of Backups in Freedom: First, there are backups of the server, which are performed daily by the Accrisoft staff. There are also backups of the full website that users can create in Green > Backups, which can be transferred between sites or uploaded to Dropbox. Finally, there are tabs in the Home module of the Green and Blue interface, which track every saved version of the content of certain modules on a website, including Page Layouts, Stylesheets, Web Pages and News Articles.

Blue Interface - The Blue Interface is the "Content Management" interface, where users create and update the website's content. This contains modules like Web Pages, News Articles, FAQs, Forms, Blogs, etc.

Container - A container is a special type of Display Type Setting that holds content via Module Layouts and Widgets. When adding this setting to a page layout, you can specify which Module Layouts and Widgets are available to place into the container when creating a Display Type. See "Display Type Settings" for more information.

Dashboard Report - A dashboard report is a report generated in Freedom's Reports module that is then added to the Home module of any Freedom interface. To do this, create a report, and make sure its Output Format is "HTML Layout." Then, go to the Home module of any interface, switch to the Dashboard tab and click "Add a New Report." The list of HTML reports on the website will appear, and can be inserted into the dashboard. Dashboards can also be configured to appear on the first tab of the Home module, or be sent wirelessly to a TV or monitor with Chromecasting.

Default - Different modules in Freedom can be assigned different Display Types. For example, you could set a display type for the Events module and a different one for the Blog. Default, however, refers to what display type is selected by default, when there is no other display type specified. To set the Default Display Type, go to Green > Layouts > Display Types > Setup. Default is the first item in the list. See "Display Types" for more information.

Detail Layout - A Detail layout is a type of Module Layout that controls the appearance of individual items on a website. Using the Events module as an example, the HTML output of the list of all of your events is controlled by a Lister module layout, but if you click on an event to see more information, you'd be viewing a Detail layout. See "Module Layouts" for more information.

Display Type - Display Types are collections of HTML and Settings, which contribute to a page's structural framework. Page Layouts contain the actual HTML that makes up a page's structure, but this won't be used on the live website until a Display Type is based on it, and assigned to content. A Display Type can be assigned to the homepage, "Default" pages, a specific module, a module category, or even a single form or web page. Also see "Display Type Settings" and "Page Layouts."

Display Type Settings - "Display Type Settings are special settings that are created for a page layout and inserted into the HTML. Which option is selected for the setting is then determined when creating a Display Type based on that page layout. Click here to watch an instructional video explaining how to use these settings.

Domains - "The Domains module in the Green Interface lets you set up your server to accept domain names and create aliases (alternate domains) that can also resolve to your website. Before pointing a domain to your website, make sure your server is set up to accept this domain name by checking the Primary URL and Secure URL in the Domains module. Click here to watch an instructional video on taking a website live.

Endeavor - See "Red Interface"

Green Interface - The Green Interface is the Site Configuration Interface. This is where you build the framework for your website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It's also where you determine what modules are available in the other interfaces, using the Toolbar module. This interface is for more technical users, so end-users who are responsible only for managing a site's content usually don't have access to this interface.

Help Link - The Help link in Freedom appears near the top-left of the screen. Clicking on it will bring up documentation or materials to help you learn how Freedom works.

HURLs - HURLs stands for "Human-Readable URLs." Also sometimes referred to as "Semantic URLs," Human-Readable URLs are simpler and more understandable URLs that appear on the live website when visitors are viewing content. For example, a non-HURL might be www.my-site.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=AboutUs&category=Company, while a HURL for the same page could be www.my-site.com/company/about-us. You can turn on HURLs on a Freedom site in Green > Domains > Human Readable URLs. When turning on HURLs you can also customize how they're built - for example, determining whether to display the category name before the web page title.

Include - Includes are elements that insert content into other places. They are wrapped in double brackets [[like this]], and appear in page layouts, module layouts and in the Text Editor. Includes are used for inserting Widgets, Variables, Settings, Module Layouts and other items into a Page Layout. For example, to embed an events lister into the sidebar of your site, you could place an include into a page layout that includes an Events lister Module Layout.

Link Wizard - The Link Wizard is found throughout the system and makes it easy to create links to content on the Freedom website. You can use the Link Wizard to link a menu item to content, or within the Text Editor to link text or an image to another page on the site. Click here to watch a video on the Link Wizard.

Lister - In Freedom, a Lister is a type of Module Layout that displays a list of items. This differs from a Detail layout, which displays more detailed information for a single item. For example, if your homepage shows a list of three upcoming events, this would use a lister module layout. Also see "Module Layout" and "Detail Layout."

Module Layout - A Module Layout customizes the HTML output of your website content. Module Layouts let you control exactly how the content from a module is output on the live website. Any module that displays content on the live website comes with Module Layouts, and you can create as many custom ones as you want, to display the same content multiple ways. For example, your site's default Events Lister Module Layout might display every upcoming event, but you could also create a custom Module Layout that only displays the next three events, with limited information, for embedding in a sidebar. Module Layouts are found in Green > Layouts > Modules.

Orange Interface - The Orange Interface is Freedom's CRM (Customer Relationship Management) interface. It lets digital agencies and other companies keep track of every part of their business, all from one place. It's where you can do things like manage your customers, set up product catalogs, do billing and invoicing, manage projects and assign support tickets.

Page Layout - A Page Layout holds the HTML that determines the structure of the Freedom website. Page Layouts are located on the Pages tab of the Layouts module. To use a layout on the live website, a Display Type must be created that's based on that page layout. Display Types can be assigned to things like the Homepage or the Default interior page, or specific modules. Page Layouts may have other special content like Incudes and Display Type Settings. Freedom sites based on Themes come with all of the HTML written, and can be customized by changing Display Type Settings only.

PHP Hook - PHP Hooks let you write PHP to extend Freedom or integrate it with other software. Unless it's absolutely necessary, we strongly advise not using PHP Hooks, because they require very advanced technical knowledge and aren't supported by Accrisoft's Support Team.

Quick Link - The Quick Link feature works just like the Link Wizard, but displays the link for you rather than adding it somewhere on your website. This lets you generate a link that you can use to view a page on the live website, or just copy its URL. To access the Quick Link feature, hover over the Website button near the top-right of Freedom until a small link icon appears above it. Click on this icon to open the Link Wizard. Once you've finished building your link, the Link Wizard will display the link for you, giving you the option of copying it or opening it on the live website.

Quick Switcher - Freedom's Quick Switcher is found near the top-left of the screen, just below the Help button. It lets you navigate to whatever module you need, regardless of what interface you're currently in. You can hover over the blue, orange and silver tabs to show the modules from those interfaces, or you can type the name of any module in any interface and quickly bring it up in the module list, and then click Enter to switch to it immediately. There's also a keyboard shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + F, which puts your cursor in the search bar from anywhere in the system.

Red Interface - The Red Interface is the Central Command Console. This is the interface for website development companies, and gives them an overview of all of their websites and servers. This interface is where you can view all of your Freedom websites and servers in one place, and upgrade Freedom to the latest version. Click here to view a video on the Red Interface.

Report - Reports are created using the Reports module of the Orange Interface. Reports access data from any part of the website using SQL queries that access the Freedom database. You can also use your site's Google Analytics data to create reports based on traffic to your site. Reports can be set to be emailed out on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule, or can output a file that can be transfered via secure FTP connection. Reports can also be used to create Dashboard Reports. Creating reports requires knowledge of SQL and Freedom's database structure, but for less technical users, a variety of report templates are available when you click "Add a new Report."

Settings - See "Display Type Settings"

Silver Interface - The Silver Interface is the Digital Marketing Interface. This is a full-featured digital marketing platform, allowing a company to increase its exposure and increase visitors and sales. It's where users can do email marketing, inbound marketing, and manage the sales process from lead generation through close.

Site Backup - A Site Backup is generated by the Site Backup Tool in the Green Interface's Backups module. This is a complete Freedom website, and includes the framework, content, user-submitted data, configuration settings, user logins and all of the rest of a website's data. You can transfer a site backup from one site to another, then restore the original site on a different server. You can also use the Site Backup Tool to upload site backups to Dropbox for archival and storage. If you need to, you can always revert your site to a backup; however, when you install a backup, all current data will be wiped out.

Snippet - A Snippet is a pre-defined block of code that you can use in a Page Layout to more quickly build a website. Freedom offers code snippets for things like the basic skeleton of a page and for a stylesheet reference. To select and insert a snippet in a page layout, click on the "Insert a predefined snippet" button from the toolbar just above the page's HTML contents. Also see "Page Layout."

String - Strings are predefined words or sentences that appear on the live website. An example of a string is the text "Login Failed" that appears when a member tries unsuccessfully to log into MyAccount. Strings can be changed by going to Green > Strings and editing any of the strings that appear in the list.

Subtab - In Freedom, each module is made up of tabs, and, occasionally, a tab will be broken further into multiple subtabs, like Orange > Commerce > Setup and Green > Layouts > Display Types. If you've entered data into a screen and switch to another subtab of the same tab, your data will be saved.

Tag - A tag is a term that can be attached as metadata to an item in Accrisoft Freedom, such as a blog entry or a product. Unlike categories, you can assign more than one tag to an item. Tags can be set per module, or can persist across modules (with "Global Tags"). On the live website, you can control how tags appear using special Module Layouts. You can create things like tag lists and tag clouds, for example. When a user clicks on a tag on the live site, Freedom will show a filtered list of all of the items that have that tag.

Text Editor - The Text Editor is used throughout the Blue, Orange and Silver interfaces, and is an easy way for users to input text, links, images and other media. The text editor is a WYSIWYG Editor (which stands for What You See Is What You Get), which provides a simple interface similar to a word-processing program, but also gives power users access to the underlying HTML. Freedom's Text Editor has several rows of buttons for styling text and inserting things like images, links, tables and page breaks. Click here to watch a video on the Text Editor.

Theme - A Theme is a pre-defined, complete website built for Accrisoft Freedom that can be customized easily using only Display Type Settings, and does not require the use of HTML or PHP. You can select a theme when ordering a Freedom website, or by going to Green > Themes > Accristore and selecting one to install over your current site. Themes inlude all of the menus and content required for rapidly buiding a website, and can be customized in Green > Display Types. Companies can create their own themes, as well, by going to Green > Themes > My Site and clicking the Share Theme button. This makes the current website available as a theme, but it will only be available on other sites owned by the same company. Click here to watch a video with information on customizing themes.

Variable - A Variable is a type of Include that inserts information into Page Layout or Module Layout. Like other includes, Variables appear in double brackets [[like this]]. Some examples of variables you can insert into a Page Layout are the Website Title or Website URL. Each Module Layout has different variables available. A Blog Detail layout, for example, has variables for the Blog Title, the Author, the Blurb and the Body. Also see "Include."

Web Page - In Freedom, a Web Page is not the same as you might refer to any page on the Web. In Freedom, it's the content of the Web Pages module, which is for creating static content, such as an About Us page.

White Interface - The live website itself is often referred to as the White Interface. This is the content that website visitors can see. To view the live website, click on the Website button near the top-right of any screen within Freedom, and it will open in a new tab or window.

Widget - A Widget is similar to a module layout, but it's for simpler content that doesn't have an HTML layout, such as a "Today's Date" text object or a jQuery include. Widgets are found in Green > Layouts > Widgets. To add one to a website, it should be inserted into a Page Layout using the "Insert a widget" button in the toolbar, or by adding it to a Container. Also see "Container" and "Include."

WYSIWYG Editor - See "Text Editor"