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xcap architecture

What separates XCAP completely from other platforms is that it's collaborative. All content is created directly from the website.

As a site owner you decide what type of user is allowed to do what in what module. This means that all modules in XCAP (there are over 20) can be handled by any type of user.With XCAP Admin you get complete security and can choose exactly what type of moderation you want for what type of user.

During 2012 we took on the task of completely changing revenue models for media houses together with Cosmopolitan Magazine. The result was MyCosmo (winner of Hearst media awards 2014). Instead of focusing on click rate, banners and various subscription models – we focused on creating a tool where editors where allowed to be creative and opened up for branded content.

We focused on creating tools and features that allowed for what we believe is the new currency for media: Engagement During 2015 we will focus on delivering this platform as a cloud solution for next generation media houses. We want to give you a new box of magic tricks, which ties your advertisers and users closer to your stories then ever.

CREATE CONTENT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES

We have a state of the art Blog Engine, an awesome Forum, Gallery, CMS, Profiles, Comments, Rating, Top lists and much more.
XCAP is so that rights to perform a certain task for a particular feature (let's say, creating post in the blog) is set on the user access level. This allows you to set rules that allow for certain visitors or groups of visitors to create content for you. Always at your chosen level of moderation. XCAP is multilingual and all functions have proper permalinks.

COLLABORATIVE BLOG

Instead of using a CMS for news and articles, we have turned our Blog Engine into an efficient SEO supplier of dynamic content. The tool is optimized to be easy to use while still providing a very professional result.

The Blog has a category tree, tags (keywords), comments, rating, search (with results in RSS if desired), support for video/images/files (with support for white-list/black-list URLs, WYSIWYG tools for formatting article texts, support for templates, RSS feeds, top lists for authors, most read article (even those in the RSS), time publishing and much more.

NOW - IT'S ALL ABOUT API

xcap api

Behind all the fanciness and frontend all features are available as an API. Today this feeds Json but now we are extending this with something we call XCAP Widgets. This allows for external sites to, in a by you controlled way, use content or features from your XCAP sites in other environments.

Now - this might sound techy and boring but it's really neat. Let’s say you want to include a top list on another site (could be both XCAP and external).

A simple [TOPLIST:MostViewedArticles-10] will give you a listing of the the most viewed articles from that site. Or a more advanced features - add comments directly in your blog-text with a [comment]] tag. Our vision with this is that you should be able to cut and paste really advanced features into your content and therefore allow you to create dynamic and interactive content!

CMS

XCAP uses a traditional CMS only for publishing static content. Instead of hiding your stuff in complex directory structures, XCAP lets you click in your webpage where ever you want to add or edit content. Using a simply WYSIWYG editor that handles, text, images, video and even flash and HTML. All anyone needs to be able to edit the pages is access rights. You as a site owner may give such right to anyone you choose.

XCAP also lets you edit and override any Style Sheets (CSS) you want, right on the page. This lets you change the appearance on your site completely with the flick of a wrist. Imagine the possibilities of being able to style your website by season, holiday or any other theme you can think of.

COMMENTS

XCAP support comments both anonymous and by logged in users. As site owner, you control this by setting rules in XCAP Admin. Article Comments also support one level of threading, allowing users to respond to comments. Visitors can also comment with both images and video if desired. A unique and very useful thing is that all comments have their own permalinks.

TOPLISTS

With XCAP you top lists for basically everything. Most visited article, highest rated image, most popular author. All available in RSS as well.

FORUMS

All forum and threads have RSS support. Users can create threads, post in them and quote other posts. We even have support for search results with RSS. Posts are created in the WYSIWYG editor and have support for both images and video.

The forums are extremely SEO optimized and give very good results in search engines. Categories of forums created in XCAP Admin can contain sub-categories and forums in parallel. There are various top lists including latest post, most read thread and much more.

LOGIN / REGISTRATION

Users can register themselves the traditional way or login/register using Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, or other OpenID solution.

The standard solution in XCAP is an internal user database, but if you prefer it can easily be switched or integrated with your existing user database.

RATING

Each article and/or comments may be marked with a rate 1-5 or thumbs up/down rating. This can also be used in forum posts or other objects. We also have Rating on Blogs and gallery photos by default. In the backend there are many types of checks to limit cheating and we have a very sophisticated algorithm to calculate number of votes vs. grade.

USER PROFILES

Registered users have their own profile where they can upload a profile picture and write a description. It also shows statistics on the user's activities on the site (editor's dashboard). Latest blog / article comment / forum post listed under the profile are also available as RSS.

ABUSE HANDLING

All items can be reported as abuse, and can appear in a separate queue in XCAP Admin. XCAP's unique feature "Three Strikes" means that if the same item is reported from three different IP numbers it is pulled back from your site and must be approved by an administrator in XCAP Admin before being published again.

XCAP ADMIN

XCAP Admin is an administrative tool for managing members, site-rules, functions and incoming content from your users. All user-generated content can be moderated and filtered by the rules you choose. You can also manage Blogs and Forums, such as creating new categories in the Blog tree or give a specific user rights to a particular function. XCAP Admin is divided into three sections:

QUEUES - Moderating of incoming content

On the first page of XCAP Admin is the queue you created, dedicated to your XCAP admin user, (everyone can and should have different users with different rights in XCAP Admin). A queue contains objects (comments on articles, blogs, etc.) that need to be moderated.

SITES - Administrating existing content

XCAP Admin supports multiple sites (You can manage multiple sites from the same XCAP Admin tools). You choose which site to administer in the menu and will then have access to administer the functions that your XCAP Admin user has rights to manage. A typical task is to set up the structure for particular functions such as to add a new category in the forums.

SETUP - Configure your system

Here you configure the settings for your sites. You can create XCAP Admin users and sets permissions to the functions they can handle, creating queues, rules (which user type can do what in what function and what kind of moderation the specific user type will have). You can even schedule the rules by function, allowing you to include a particular type of user to create messages in the forums during the day but just read on the weekends and at night.