Brightspot CMS is simple and intuitive, but does use some unique language sprinkled in certain places. If you're stumped by a term while working with Brightspot CMS, check the list of terms & their definitions here.

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A row or column of links for sharing an asset to a social network.

Archiving has two effects:

  • If the content has a URL, archiving removes the URL from the published site so visitors can no longer view it.
  • Removes the content from search results within Brightspot so editors can no longer reference it on another page, asset or module.

You can restore or permanently delete archived content. For details, see Archiving and deleting assets.

A piece of content, such as an article, image, or video. Assets can also be components of other assets—an author can be an asset that is part of an article. You can see the types of content from which you can create assets by clicking add in the header. For more details on the kinds of assets you can create, see Assets.

A request for items associated with a pitch. Assignments often have a lead editor, an assignee generating the content, and a due date. For details, see Creating an assignment.

A group of visitors to which tailored content can be delivered at specified times to specified devices. For details, see Creating audiences.

Text that appears at the top of a page that displays an alert or important message, either indefinitely or for a specified period of time. For details, see Breaking News Banner. For details on how to set a banner, see Applying a breaking news banner.

A search for assets in Brightspot. You perform content searches in the search panel, where you can sort and filter for the asset you need. You can also toggle different views, save searches for distribution, and create collections. For details, see Brightspot search.

A schedule that includes multiple assets that you can publish at a designated date and time. For details, see Bulk scheduling.

A group of assets, grouped as such in search results. Actions on multiple assets such as archiving, sharing, and opening work streams are often easier to do with collections. For details, see Collections.

The widget for picking a color's hex value in Brightspot.

Area of the content edit page where editors develop content. A content edit form typically consists of several fields, and can vary depending on the content type. For details, see Content edit forms.

The content edit page contains the fields, widgets, and editorial toolbar for developing, managing, and publishing content. The available widgets can vary depending on the content type. For details on the different content edit pages that Brightspot provides out of the box, see the Content Types Guide.

A type of search panel opened from a selection field that displays assets that you can select for a list. For example, the content edit form for an article may have a field for selecting an author. When you click the author field, Brightspot displays a content picker listing the existing authors you can select.

A mechanism for automatically populating a content edit form for a given content type. For example, you can create a content template that automatically populates an article’s headline, body text, and image. You can define content templates at the role level or user level, or create site-specific combinations for roles and users. For details, see Content templates.

A type of content from which assets, modules, or landing pages may be created, such as articles, lists, or section pages. For a list of available content types that Brightspot provides out of the box, see the Content Types Guide.

The top-level page that users see after logging into Brightspot. It contains links for managing content, work streams, scheduled events, and more. Administrators can customize the dashboard to fit an organization’s needs. For details, see Dashboard administration.

Standard dashboard
Standard dashboard

The URL Brightspot uses when sending notifications that include links, such as emails or text messages. Default tool URLs are often similar to the URLs for published content. For example, if published content appears at, the corresponding default tool URL may be

The method by which Brightspot delivers a subscription’s messages. Brightspot can send messages through the browser, email, and text messaging, and via communication platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams, depending on whether you have these integrations enabled. For details, see Delivery methods.

In the editorial context, a dictionary is a list of names, technical terms, acronyms, or other nomenclature that you do not want to be flagged as spelling errors.

In the visitor-search context, a dictionary is a list of terms and associated variants. When a visitor searches for a term in the dictionary, Brightspot includes in the search results a spotlight.

For details, see Dictionaries, terms, and spotlights.

A pre-published version of an asset that is labeled with the Draft status in the Revisions widget. If the asset participates in a workflow, the workflow status is indicated, for example, Submitted, Approved, or Rejected.

After the initial publication of the draft, all subsequent updates to the asset are revisions, that is, post-published versions.

For details, see Drafts.

An object embedded in the rich-text editor, such as media, a promo, pull quote, external content, and many other assets in Brightspot. For details, see Rich-text enhancements.

A content template that appears as its own content type. For example, if you have a content type Article, you can create an extra template Story that has the same structure as Article. For details, see Types of content templates.

Configuration settings that apply to all users of a Brightspot application, unless some or all of the settings are overridden by a system level that is of more immediate precedence than global (for example, site-level settings). For a list of Global settings, see Global site settings. For an understanding of hierarchy, see Content hierarchy.

A sub-navigation that contains groups of navigation items. For details, see Creating a navigation.

An item that appears above a published page’s header. Hats are typically very brief messages. For details, see Creating a hat.

A widget for editing images on the content edit form for editing images. For details, see Image editing.

An in-CMS search of a third-party content provider, such as Getty Images. For details, see Performing integrated searches in Brightspot.

The identifier Brightspot uses to refer to an object.

Internal name

A pre-built content type that you can populate with modules to acclerate the time it takes to build out a site. For details, see Landing Pages.

A component of the layout that either appears above, aside, or below the main content area of an asset. Layout blocks can be populated with modules. For details on layout blocks, see Above, Aside, and Below layout blocks. For details on modules, see Modules.

An asset visitors see typically after a headline and before the body text. Depending on your version of Brightspot, leads can be images, videos, or modules.

A language-region pair that characterizes language, currency symbol, date and time format, and other conventions used in a particular geographical region. For details, see Configuring a site's locale.

A utility that displays a preview of the item currently in the content edit form. You can use Looking Glass to preview content on different devices.

A container for content that supports or supplements the main asset on a page, like an article. There are several types of modules, such as container, list, promo, and quote. For a list of modules that Brightspot provides out of the box, see Modules.

A mechanism for sending messages to editors and administrators when events occur. For example, you can receive notifications when you are mentioned in a conversation or when content is published. For details, see Notifications.

An object associated with only one other object. Examples include the following:

  • An editor creates a one-off dashboard; no other editors can use that dashboard.
  • An editor assigns a one-off image to an article; no other editor can use that image.

An in-CMS pane used to view what an asset looks like before publishing. For details, see Previewing content with the preview pane.

The ability to edit an asset directly from the preview pane. For details, see Preview to edit.

The visibility icon on the editorial toolbar that displays the preview pane. For details, see Previewing content with the preview pane.

A widget on the dashboard that provides quick access to creating new content types and editing existing assets. For details, see Configuring the Quick Start widget.

Quick Start widget
Quick Start widget

A widget that displays a list of assets containing the current asset. For example, if you are viewing an author in the content edit page, the References widget lists articles written by that author. For details, see References widget.

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A post-published version of an asset that, when published, replaces the live version of the asset. Prior to publication, assets are in the draft state. For details, see Revisions.

A widget on the content edit page that lists all current and previous revisions of an asset. For details, see Revisions widget.

Revisions Widget: Revisions

A version of a published asset that will be visible on a website at a future time. For details, see Creating a schedule.

A field for selecting an item, either from an abbreviated list or a content picker.

An object available for use with other objects. Examples include the following:

  • An editor creates a shared dashboard; other editors can use that dashboard.
  • An editor creates a shared image for an article; other editors can use that image.

A sharable preview of an asset before publishing. Logged-in users can directly open the asset in Brightspot. For details, see Working with shared previews.

A website to which Brightspot publishes content. For details, see Creating a site.

A user-defined category of sites. For example, a news organization could associate its websites with one or more categories, like sports, world news, and arts. A website can belong to more than one category. For details, see Creating site categories.

An identifier for an asset, typically used in the asset’s permalink. Brightspot automatically generates slugs from an asset’s headline or title.

A navigation item that links to a post on a social network. For details, see Creating a navigation.

A promo associated with a search term. Brightspot displays the spotlight when displaying results for the search term. For details, see Dictionaries, terms, and spotlights.

A group of modules, each of which contains predefined settings and styles. For details, see Configuring a style group.

A palette of seven colors recommended by a site designer to use in a publication.

Protocol and domain name editors use to access Brightspot, such as

A widget in the content edit page listing an asset’s URLs. Clicking a link in this widget opens the asset (if published) in your web browser. For details, see Asset URLs.

An editor who opened an asset in the content edit page. For details, see Viewers.

A component of a Brightspot page that provides links or fields for entering, viewing, and updating information. The following image is an example of the Recent Activity widget. For details on other widgets, see Standard dashboard and widgets.

Recent activity widget
Recent Activity widget

An assignment for one or more assets. For example, an editor can create a work stream to fact-check a group of articles, and then assign that work stream to the copy-edit department. For details, see Workstreams.

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