Plain Black Corporation
7.10.28 / March 20, 2013
Perl on mod perl
Content management system
WebGUI is an open source content management system written in Perl and released under the GNU General Public License.
The system permits non-technically minded users to arrange content in pages and layouts, containing ‘Assets’ (applets) which permitwebsite visitors to view and interact with various types of data from basic Articles to full-blown Content management system and custom applications.
In July 2014, Scott Walters proposed a project on Kickstarter to bring the nascent Version 8 rewrite to a formal release with a supporting free software community. Version 8 is, according to the Kickstarter project page, “a massive modernization effort that reworked core to use Moose, Plack, Try :: Tiny” along with a general code cleanup. The project achieved its crowd funding goal on July 16, 2014.
WebGUI (pronounced web-GOO-E) is a system that gives web administrators the ability to manage the appearance and features available in the user interface to fit each user’s skill level. Its users and groups system allows control over content editing and viewing privileges, and the versioning and workflow systems allow for content approval hierarchies and tracking of content as it moves through the site. Everything in WebGUI is a template which allows for customization, while keeping the site content and style separate.
The system was originally built as an application framework by creator Plain Black Corporation to support their customer development work, but a majority of its current independent users utilize it as a CMS with the modules with which it ships.