How FatWire works -

Dermot Butterfield - 06 September 2015


How FatWire works

Understanding FatWire architecture is the main purpose of this lesson.

FatWire is a content centric CMS, so in FatWire everything is considered content, or specifically to FatWire content is referred to as an asset. From this point forward anything created in FatWire or for FatWire will be referred to as an asset. FatWire is broken into two parts: Staging and Production.


This is the development environment, it is here that content is created or uploaded. It is from the staging environment that the FatWire site(s) are managed. There are three basic types of users of the staging environment: webmasters, content contributors and developers. Each of these has there own interface and controls. These interfaces and controls will be covered in a later lesson.


This is where content is published to. Once on production it has been approved and is available for the site visitors to see.


What is an Asset?

As I have previously said almost everything in content server is an asset. Specifically they are an instance of type asset. In FatWire a page is an asset, so is an image, an address or a name.

An asset has metadata & attributes, there are some standard ones such as name or createddate. You can also define your own attributes if you wish, such as contributor or colour etc.

Due to the manner in which FatWire is set up you can also have assets as attributes of another asset. In the case of a page asset you may have added an image (blob) and another page, in this case the image and the other embedded page are both attributes of the first asset.

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