At it's core, websites are made up of 2 parts: the content (including text and images) and the layout. To edit content on flat, non-dynamic sites clients would have access to all the code of the page. Forget to close a single div tag and everything could break.
Content management systems separate content and layouts by using databases and templates. The content - editable via a backend admin site - is saved in a database. The layout - with all the html and php code - builds the pages based on the design and pulls in the content.
Although CMS Made Simple is a very powerful tool, you sometimes have to dig right in to make it do what you want. This was one of those instances. The core Cataloger module had to be modified and I became more intimate with smarty than I ever want to again.
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