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Admin Links

Admin Links are links that appear in the left sidebar of of the Reason administrative interface, for the use of site editors. These links are set up by Reason administrators, and can be customized for each Reason site. If, for example, the editors of a publication have a special module that helps them manage their workflow, an administrator may set up an Admin Link so that they have an easy way to access that tool.

Administrative Interface

The administrative interface is the "back-end," or editing view, of your Reason web domain. It allows administrators to create and manage websites, and it is the space where users create and edit the content that is published and displayed on the public site.


An Anchor is a bookmark that can be placed at any point in the content area of a page. It is used to jump to points within a long scrolling page, such as the linked letters above that take you to other points within this page. You can link directly to these anchors (in your site or across your organization) using the insert link button in the WYSIWYG Editor.

Announcement Blurb

An announcement blurb is a site-wide text blurb that generally appears during a limited window of time. It is most often displayed at the top of the screen to announce that a site is under construction or inactive.


An Asset is any document (other than an image) that you create on your computer and then upload into Reason. This includes: PDF documents (Adobe Acrobat), Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and Exel spreadsheets.


Associating is the general term for connecting items together in Reason. Associating, also called "attaching," is commonly used to display entities on your site's pages. Associating images with a page, for example, will result in those images appearing in the page's sidebar.

Sometimes strings of entities must be associated in order for certain modules to be set up correctly. For example, to set up a blog you must associate a blog/publication to a page, then associate a news/post with the blog/publication.


See Associating.


An Audience is a predefined group of people created primarily for the purpose of event promotion. When creating an event in Reason, you can choose any number of audiences to whom you wish to promote it. In a basic Reason installation the audiences are: Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, General Public, Families, Prospective Students, and New Students.

Blog / Publication

In Reason, a Blog / Publication is a container that holds News / Posts (a fancy term for "article"). Your site can have any number of publications, from class blogs to departmental newsletters to online alumni magazines.

Borrowing and Sharing

Reason entities can be shared between sites. Widely used, this can help you avoid duplicating items on your entire website, and can reduce the possibility of updates occurring in one site but not another.

An item is considered "shared" if a) the site is set up to share the that item's content type, and b) the item is flagged "shared" rather than "private."

Shared items can be browsed from any other site that has access to that item's type. For example, in order to browse and borrow shared media works a site must be set up to manage media works itself.


Categories are useful labels that you can customize and assign to News / Posts, Events, and other content types. Categories provide a great way for users to navigate your publication or event calendar. By clicking on a category link, they can see all articles or events related to that topic.

Child Sites

In Reason, sites can be arranged into into hierarchies. A child site is a site that is designated as being a "child" of another site (its parent).

Arranging sites this way allows for automatic listings of child and/or parent sites (via special page types) and can help to provide greater context within "families" of sites.

Content Types

A content type is (drum roll, please) a type of content that you can manage in Reason. Pages, images, assets, blogs, and media files are all examples of content types.

Each site is given a particular set of content types that can be managed within that site.

Sites can also be set up to share particular content types, meaning that all items of a given type can be borrowed for use in other Reason sites

Content Types Menu

The main navigational menu in Reason that allows you to access all of your site's content types. The Content Types Menu appears in the left sidebar column on the Site Admin Page, and on the main editing dashboard page of all content types.

Data Types

See Content Types.

Entire Website / Entire Domain

The terms "entire website" and "entire domain" refer to your website as a whole instead of an individual Reason site. What we refer to as "sites" throughout Reason and its documentation are actually subsets of your entire website.

This distinction is necessary because Reason is set up to allow multiple sites to run on one domain.


The most basic unit of organization in Reason. Everything that makes up the entire website is an entity, whether it is a text blurb, a page, or a site. Entities are categorized by content type.

Those familiar with relational databases will understand "Entity" as a similar concept to "Record" or "Row."


An Event is a basic content type that is associated with your site's event calendar. Events must include a title, date, and start time, and they can also contain many other details, including images and maps. Events can be set to repeat or recur, they can be given categories and promoted to specific audiences, and you can use registration slots to allow a limited number of users to sign up to attend them.

External Link

An External Link is a "placeholder" in your site's navigation menu. It lives within the page hierarchy of your site, but it's simply a link to another existing page (on your site or somewhere else on the web). External links can have images and blurbs associated with them, so they can be used in a "shows children with first images" page type or other situations that call for more than a simple hyperlink.


A Form allows your site visitors to fill out information and submit it without leaving your site. Web forms are handy for many things – signing up for events, requesting information, providing feedback, or even completing short surveys. The information submitted in a form can be saved to a simple database, sent in an email to you, or both.


A Group is a set of people who are given privileges to do certain things on your site. Groups allow you to restrict access to pages, assets, and forms (only people in the Group can view them), and let you determine who can leave comments on your blogs and publications.

HTML Editor

See WYSIWYG Editor.


See Entity.


See Site.


Modules are little golden nuggets of magic. But if you want to get technical, a module is a dynamic element that can run on a page and which provides a custom function. Modules are placed on pages via page types.

For example, the children module lists the children of the current page. Dynamic elements update automatically when you manage your various content types. Any time new children are added to the page, the children module will automatically show the new pages.

News / Post

News / Posts (or "posts" for short) are individual articles that you can publish to any of your Blog / Publication pages. Posts can have images, links to assets, categories, comments, "teaser" images, be marked as "featured," and can even be assigned to events.


A Page is the type of entity that represents an individual web page. A simple page may primarily display text entered directly onto the page, but more sophisticated pages can be assembled from a collection of many other items. A page's content and behavior can be altered by modifying its page type.

Page Type

A page type defines which modules should be placed on a page, and in which particular locations. Each page in Reason is assigned a single page type.

For example, the show_children page type adds the children module (which lists the children of the current page) to the location immediately below the main page content.

Users with the master administrator user role can choose from the full set of Reason page types when editing a page, whereas users with other roles can only choose from a limited subset of page types.

You can visit the Reason Page Type Demo website to see examples of over 100 different page types in action.

Parent Site

In Reason, sites can be arranged into into hierarchies. A parent site is a site that has at least one child site.

Arranging sites this way allows for automatic listings of child and/or parent sites (via special page types) and can help to provide greater context within "families" of sites.

Primary Maintainer

The primary maintainer is the main user who is assigned to manage your site's content, specified by your site administrator when the site was created. On a typical Reason page, the primary maintainer's name will appear at the bottom of the site, with a link to email them in case of errors or problems on the page.

The primary maintainer can only be changed by a master administrator.


See Blog / Publication.

Reason Admin Page

If you maintain multiple Reason sites, you will land on the the Reason Admin Page upon login. From this page, you can select the site you'd like to edit and access the latest news and information about Reason.

Reason Site

See Site.

Registration Slot

If you are planning an Event that may attract more attendees than your space can accommodate, you can allow users to register for the event using a simple form. If the registration slots are all filled, a note will appear on the event to say that registration is full.


See Borrowing and Sharing.


A section of your entire website that is treated as its own sub-site within Reason. Sites each have their own home page, primary maintainer, and their own administrative area where users who have been given access to the site can create and edit the items that belong to that site.

A site's primary structure is provided by a hierarchy of pages, on which any number of features can be placed (using page types,) like event calendars, publications, forms, image galleries, etc.

Sites can also be organized according to a hierarchy, with parent and children sites.

Site Admin Page

The Site Admin Page is the main dashboard for editing your site's content. It displays the Content Types Menu in the left sidebar, and the most recently edited items of each content type in the main content area.

If you manage only a single Reason site, you will land on the Site Admin Page upon login. If you maintain multiple Reason sites, you'll land on the Site Admin Page once you select the site you'd like to edit from the Reason Admin Page.


The HTML framework for a Reason page is generated by a template. The template includes all the HTML that you want shared between all the pages that share that template. It might include common banners, footers, and other elements that do not vary from page to page. The template defines locations on the page where modules can go.

Because it can be so readily modified by different stylesheets, a good template can often be the base for a large number of distinct Themes.

Text Blurb

Text blurbs ("blurbs" for short) are reusable pieces of content that can be placed on multiple pages. This is useful for information you might want to repeat in multiple places on your site, but you don't want to have to update in all those areas.


A theme defines the way Reason pages should look, including colors, typefaces, and more. A theme is a combination of a Template and a particular stylesheet. A single theme can be applied to any number of sites.


See Content Types.

Unique Name

Unique Names are strings that developers use to reference a given entity. They can be used for applying styles or Javascript to specific pages or text blurbs within a site. A unique name is required of all new sites, but otherwise should only be used when necessary.


A user represents an individual who can log in to Reason. Users are assigned different user roles and site access controls.

User Roles

User roles define limitations and privileges for Reason users. The basic package of Reason has four different user roles that an administrator can assign to Reason users.

  • Contributor Only users have the most limited user role in Reason. Contributors can add new items to the sites that they have access to, but these items will remain pending until a user with higher privileges approves them. These users cannot edit or delete live items.
  • Editor (Default) users can add, edit, and delete items owned by the sites they have been granted access to. Editors have access to both live and pending items.
  • Power Users have all the capabilities of Editors, but they can also edit HTML directly, upload full-sized images, and perform other minor enhancements that require the user to understand basic web best practices.
  • Administrators have special superpowers. In addition to all the abilities of the Power User, Admins can temporarily pose as any other Reason user, and they have access to many more site editing options and tools in the Master Admin area.


A view is a pre-defined way to list entities in the Reason administrative interface. Customization of lists in the administrative interface is generally done using views. A view defines which fields are searchable, which fields get columns (so you can see values in the list), and more. If there is a dropdown menu below the "Add Item" link, you can use this to select a different view – for example, you can switch between the page "tree" view, which shows the page hierarchy, and the page "list" view, which shows the pages as a sortable, non-hierarchical list.


Reason's WYSIWYG Editor is a "what you see is what you get" rich text editor used to produce formatted text (including lists and block quotes) and to insert links and images into the content area of a web page.