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An Asset is any document (other than an image) that you create on your computer and then upload into Reason. This includes: PDF documents (Adobe Acrobat), Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and Exel spreadsheets.


The general term for connecting items together in Reason.

Associating is commonly used to display entities (such as images, assets, or media works) on your site's pages.  Associating images to a page, for example, will result in those images appearing in the page's sidebar.

Sometimes strings of entities must be associated in order for certain modules to be set up correctly.  For example, to set up a blog you must associate a blog/publication to a page, then associate a news/post to the blog/publication.


See Associating.

Borrowing and Sharing

Reason entities can be shared between sites. Widely used, this can help you avoid duplicating items on your entire website, and can reduce the possibility of updates occurring in one site but not another.

An item is considered "shared" if a) the site is set up to share the that item's content type, and b) the item is flagged "shared" rather than "private."

Shared items can be browsed from any other site that has access to that item's type. For example, in order to browse and borrow shared media works a site must be set up to manage media works itself.

Children Sites

In Reason, sites can be arranged into into hierarchies. A child site is a site that is designated as being a "child" of another site (it's parent).  

Arranging sites this way allows for automatic listings of child and/or parent sites (via special page types) and can help to provide greater context within "families" of sites.

Content Types

A content type is (drum roll, please) a type of content that you can manage in Reason.  Pages, images, assets, blogs, and media files are all examples of content types.

Each site is given a particular set of content types that can be managed within that site.

Sites can also be set up to share particular content types, meaning that all items of a given type can be borrowed for use in other Reason sites

Content Types Menu

The main navigational menu in Reason that allows you to access all of your site's content types.  The Content Types Menu appears in the left sidebar column on the Site Admin Page, and on the main editing dashboard page of all content types.

Data Types

See Content Types.

Entire Website / Entire Domain

The terms “entire website” and “entire domain” refer to your website as a whole instead of an individual Reason site.  What we refer to as “sites” throughout Reason and its documentation are actually subsets of your entire website.

This distinction is necessary because Reason is set up to allow multiple sites to run on one domain. 


The most basic unit of organization in Reason.  Everything that makes up the entire website is an entity, whether it is a text blurb, a page, or a site. Entities are categorized by content type.

Those familiar with relational databases will understand "Entity" as a similar concept to "Record" or "Row."


See Entity


See Site.


Modules are little golden nuggets of magic.  If you want to get technical, a module is a dynamic element that can run on a page and which provides a custom function.  Modules are placed on pages via page types.

For example, the children module lists the children of the current page.  Dynamic elements update automatically when you manage your various content types.  Anytime new children are added to the page, the children module will automatically show the new pages.  


The type of entity that represents an individual web page. A simple page may primarily display text entered directly onto the page, but more sophisticated pages can be assembled from a collection of almost any other items.

A page's content and behavior can be altered by modifying its page type.

Page Type

A page type defines which modules should be placed on a page, and in which particular locations. Each page in Reason is assigned a single page type.

For example, the show_children page type adds the children module (which lists the children of the current page) to the location immediately below the main page content.

Users with the master administrator user role can choose from the full set of Reason page types when editing a page, whereas users with other roles can only choose from a limited subset of page types.

Parent Site

In Reason, sites can be arranged into into hierarchies. A parent site is a site that has at least one child site.  

Arranging sites this way allows for automatic listings of child and/or parent sites (via special page types) and can help to provide greater context within "families" of sites. 

Primary Maintainer

The primary maintainer is the main user who is assigned to manage your site's content, specified by your site administrator when the site was created.  On a typical Reason page, the primary maintainer's name will appear at the bottom of the site, with a link to email them in case of errors or problems on the page.

The primary maintainer can only be changed by a master administrator

Reason Admin Page

If you maintain multiple Reason sites, you will land on the the Reason Admin Page upon login.  From this page, you can select the site you'd like to edit and access the latest news and information about Reason.

Reason Site

See Site.

Site Admin Page

The Site Admin Page is the main dashboard for editing your site's content.  It displays the Content Types Menu in the left sidebar, and the most recently edited items of each content type in the main content area. 

If you manage only a single Reason site, you will land on the Site Admin Page upon login.  If you maintain multiple Reason sites, you'll land on the Site Admin Page once you select the site you'd like to edit from the Reason Admin Page.


See Borrowing and Sharing.


A section of your entire website that is treated as its own sub-site within Reason. Sites each have their own home page, primary maintainer, and their own administrative area where users who have been given access to the site can create and edit the items that belong to that site.

A site's primary structure is provided by a hierarchy of pages, on which any number of features can be placed (using page types,) like event calendars, publications, forms, image galleries, etc.

Sites can also be organized according to a hierarchy, with parent and children sites.


A theme defines the way Reason pages should look.  A theme can be applied to any number of sites.


See Content Types.


A user represents an individual who can log in to Reason. Users are assigned different user roles and site access controls.

User Roles

User roles define limitations and privileges for Reason users. The basic package of Reason has four different user roles that an administrator can assign to Reason users.

  • Contributor Only users have the most limited user role in Reason. Contributors can add new items to the sites that they have access to, but these items will remain pending until a user with higher privileges approves them. These users cannot edit or delete live items.
  • Editor (Default) users can add, edit, and delete items owned by the sites they have been granted access to. Editors have access to both live and pending items.
  • Power Users have all the capabilities of Editors, but they can also edit HTML directly, upload full-sized images, and perform other minor enhancements that require the user to understand basic web best practices.
  • Master Administrators have special superpowers. In addition to all the abilities of the Power User, Master Admins can temporarily pose as any other Reason user, and can edit Unique Name fields.

Additional Terms not yet defined:

  • Blog / Publication
  • Children
  • Parent
  • Event
  • Group
  • News / Post
  • Image
  • Registration Slot
  • Media File
  • Media Work
  • Form
  • FAQ
  • Category
  • Comment
  • Task
  • Theme
  • Text Blurb
  • Asset
  • Field
  • Contact
  • External URL
  • View Type
  • View
  • External CSS URL
  • Faculty / Staff
  • Featured Posts
  • Audience