The Web Author application is a fundamental component within the CMS architecture. It is this interface that empowers business users by allowing them to modify their Web pages. CMS was originally designed to remove the "Webmaster bottleneck," and it is ultimately the Web Author that accomplishes this goal. Of course, without the rest of CMS, the Web Author would not be very useful, but it is the Web Author that is at the "top of the stack." This is what most CMS users see when they interact with the server.
The Web Author is actually two entirely separate applications: the original ASP-based Web Author and the new Web Author .NET. This chapter will primarily discuss the .NET application, but the term "Web Author" will be used to describe both versions.