Basic Terms to Know

Where editing takes place


A Post is timely content. It holds content such as event announcements, press releases, editorials, and pointers to new content. Like Pages, Posts consist of editable Blocks, so when you edit a Post, you're really editing that Post's Blocks. For more on Posts, see What are the differences between Pages and Posts?


A Collection is a special kind of page that holds on it a group of Posts. You could have one collection for press releases and another for editorials. Collections can be placed throughout the website, and users can visit a Collection to find all of a Page's Posts pertaining to that Collection. For example, a user would find the most recent press releases by clicking on that Collection.

Information about Posts

URL Slug

The Slug is auto-generated from the Post Title. For example, if you enter a Title of “Annual Dinner and Auction”, the Post's Add-on will auto-generate a Slug of “annual-dinner-and-auction”. The Slug becomes the last part of the Post's Page URL, or Web address. So if the website containing your Post is at and the Slug is annual-dinner-and-auction, the CMS would put it all together to create something like


The purpose of Categories is to group Posts together. Editors assign Categories to Posts. A single Post may be in multiple Categories, though the number of Categories assigned to a single Post should be kept at a minimum. For instance, a Post titled "Annual Dinner and Auction" may be categorized into both "Events" and "Contributing". Visitors then may go into the Categories "Events" and "Contributing" to find the Post.


Editors can also assign Tags to Posts. Generally, a Post will have more Tags than Categories assigned to it (For more on the differences, see What's the difference between Categories and Tags?). Tags provide another way to group Posts together and and make Posts easier to find, especially when searching. For instance, if you used the Tags "2012" and "Chase Park Plaze" for a Post titled "Annual Dinner and Auction", the Post would appear when "2012" or "Chase Park Plaza" is searched for on the search bar.

What's the difference between a Category & a Tag?

Categories are like chapters in a book, while Tags are more like the index of a book.

For example, a Post titled "Thoughts on the Passing of Steve Jobs" could be in the Categories of History & Technology and be given the Tags of Mac, iPhone, iPad, Design, Apple, History, and Steve Jobs.

Additonally, Categories have a hierarchical organization, while Tags do not. For instance, the Category "Campus Ministry" might have the sub-Categories "UM-Columbia" and "Washington U". For even more specific information on the differences, see What is the difference between a Category and a Tag?


RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. When you "subscribe" to an RSS feed, you're saying "Please send me your headlines." You can subscribe at multiple websites, and they send their latest story headlines to your RSS Reader. You scan the headlines, find one that's interesting, click it, and read the full story. The point is, don't go searching for news; let it come to you, automatically.

Likewise, when you update Collections, Categories, Tags, or Posts, the associated RSS feeds will automatically be updated behind the scenes with no work from you.

The starting point is to choose an RSS Reader. There are many. To make things easy, we suggest these choices:

  • Outlook (Windows)
    It’s not optimal, but it will work, & many people use Outlook.
  • Caffeinated (Mac; $10 on the Mac App Store)
    Very good desktop software.
  • Mr. Reader (iPad; $4 on the App Store)
    WebSanity’s favorite way to read RSS feeds!
  • Reeder (iPhone; $3 on the App Store)
    The best RSS reader for the iPhone, easily.
  • gReader (Android; free with ads or $5 without ads)
    We’ve never used it ourselves, but we hear good things.
  • Feedbin (Web-based; $3 per month)
    Excellent Web-based service for reading feeds. 

For more information on RSS, read the following links: