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Architectural Overview

CommonSpot Content server provides a robust browser-based packaged Web application enabling:

CommonSpot provides a comprehensive set of features for intelligently distributing Web site creation, management, and publishing responsibilities, without sacrificing site security, quality or integrity. Anyone with the appropriate domain knowledge can become a Web publisher, without learning HTML or specialized scripting or programming languages, or mastering proprietary software. The result is a dramatic increase in organizational efficiency and output quality.

CommonSpot is a 100% browser-based Web application built on top of Java and Adobe's ColdFusion application server. All application components, except the browser, reside and operate on the server, allowing for cost-effective, wide-scale deployment. As a Java and ColdFusion-based application, CommonSpot is composed of a large number of CFM script modules, along with several custom ColdFusion tags and appropriate Java files.

The diagram below, and associated component discussion, provides a high-level technical overview of a minimal CommonSpot deployment. As is typical of dynamic Web applications, the primary components include an HTTP server, an Application Server (ColdFusion) including server-side scripts (CommonSpot), and a database repository. Database repository or email server components may reside on the same machine as the HTTP server or may be located on different servers.

As depicted in the Architectural Overview above, when users navigate within a site, the HTTP Server handles all HTTP requests, passing those requests for pages created and managed by CommonSpot to the CommonSpot Content Server, a collection of ColdFusion CFM modules and CFX tags.

The invoked CFM modules are interpreted by the ColdFusion Application Server scripting engine, which provides an interface to:

For more detailed information see the specified chapters covering the various components.


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Database Managed Content

Dynamic Browser-Based Authoring

Sites and Subsites

CommonSpot Pages

CommonSpot Templates


Custom Elements and Objects

User Authentication and Security Permissions

Extensive Metadata & Taxonomy Support

Keyword Management

Multi-level Approval and Workflow

Cascading Style Sheets

Rich Text Editing

ColdFusion Integration

Full Text Search & Advanced Search

Workspace Customization: My CommonSpot, My Content, Left-Panel Controls & Saved Searches

Full-Text Search

Advanced Searching, Saved Searches

Email Notification

Multi-Language Support

Cross-Platform Authoring

Advanced Cache Management

Enterprise Scalability

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