With any large system, having the right documentation to get you started is mandatory. The good news is that WebGUI has abundant documentation.

Free Documentation

There are hundreds of pages of free documentation available for WebGUI, provided by both Plain Black and the community at large. The following list is by no means comprehensive, but it should get you started in the right direction.


  • Primer - A downloadable PDF that shows you the basics of publishing content in WebGUI.
  • WebGUI User Guides: all commercial user guides previously published by Plain Black are in the process of being converted into wikis. You can find these wikis on the WebGUI User Guides page of This is an ongoing process; until all books have been converted, remaining books are being made available as free PDF downloads.
  • Wiki - Hundreds of pages of WebGUI community contributed content featuring a variety of tutorials.
  • Worldwide - A collection of WebGUI related web sites from all over the world that have documentation and other resources for WebGUI.
  • API Docs - The documentation of all of the WebGUI source code.
  • Template Help - The documentation of all of WebGUI's template variables.

Commercial Documentation

Plain Black has created a line of commercial books which total over 1500 pages of detailed documentation about WebGUI. Both black and white and full color editions of these books are available. Visit the book store today to stock your WebGUI library. Other than hands on training, there is no better way to hone your WebGUI skills. No matter what your need, Plain Black has created a book that's right for you and is creating new books each year.

In the fall of 2010, Plain Black announced that these books will be converted into free wikis. You can now access all WebGUI user guides for free on the WebGUI User Guides page on

*These books are available for WebGUI version 7.7 and earlier. For later documentation, see the free resources available on the WebGUI project website.