Like most popular WYSIWYG web site applications (Dreamweaver,etc.), *lightning uses a template system, allowing you to reuse code and maintain consistent structure throughout your site.
Unlike most WYSIWYG apps, *lightning is a modular assembler, assembling web pages on the fly as the user visits them. This is contrary to most desktop website publishing applications, which generate unnecessarily large amounts of code behind the scenes, and dump them to HTML files.
The advantage of *lightning is that it gives developers who like to get their hands dirty a chance to assemble and modify web sites quickly, by reusing code and defining relationships between files. It gives them complete control over the code, & provides them with tools for building architecture.
A content management system (CMS) allows anyone to edit and manage the content of a website directly in their browser, without needing extensive knowledge of HTML or scripting languages. *Lightning is meta. Meta means that *lightning is one step above (or below) a CMS. Because of its simplicity, it can be used to build true content management systems, as well as very basic web sites.
*Lightning is incredibly flexible, and does a pretty good job of explaining itself. Visit the *lightning web site to explore the online demo, and download the latest build of *lightning beta.
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