How to add folders and pages
Important: If the top right 'user' menu is not visible
you need to 'log in' (see the link in the footer area). If
you do not see two (2) sets of tab menus (directly above this page's
title) you need to toggle the 'edit menu' on (see the link in
the user menu at very top right of header area).
- Your site is organized in folders similar to your computer's file system.
- Pages are similar to wordprocessor documents and are displayed in
(this) main body area of the site. (In most browsers the
provided text editor will be similar to your
- Folders can have a specified page as thier 'default view'
(instead of a typical folder listing of its contents)
- The root (top most) folder for the entire site is called 'home' and
the page you're reading now is its 'default view'.
- New objects (such as pages and folders) are always placed in the 'current' folder (the folder that contains whatever page/object you are viewing at the time). Viewing this page means you are currently 'in' the home folder.
- The navigation menus are automatically generated based on the
objects you have created, and other settings. For example:
immediate subfolders of 'home' automatically become tabs (in the
To create any new object:
- Navigate to the folder where you want the new object placed
(click on its link, or an object contained by it)
- Open the 'add to folder' drop menu (all content
management is performed using the second set of tabs/menus called the
'content edit menu')
- Select the type of object to create (such as folder or
page. For more information about the other available types see
- Always input a title (the new object's name) and any
other required data (mandatory inputs are marked with a red
- click the 'save' button
To add a Tab:Create a new folder in the 'home' folder. All immediate subfolders of 'home' are used as tabs.
To edit/change an existing object:
- Navigate to the object
- If you want to edit the current folder (instead of the
object currently being viewed) select the 'contents' tab
before step #3... (this forces you into the folder object
- Select the 'edit' tab
- Edit the object
- 'save' the changes
To delete, cut/copy or paste object(s):The best way to perform these tasks is from the 'contents' tab of the affected folder. You can apply an action to more than one object at a time by checking the boxes next to the objects you want to be affected. The available actions are shown as buttons at the bottom of the contents listing. (paste action only appears when something has been cut/copied first).
TIP: cut and paste using your computer's clipboard is NOT the same thing at all. These actions are performed on/by the web server, not your computer.
To change the order of nav menu objects:The order that objects occur in the folder is the same order they are shown as menu items. To reorder the objects:
- navigate to the offending folder (likely 'home')
- select the 'contents' tab (to show the contained objects in a table view)
- use the arrow buttons (in the right hand column) to move items
To undo a saved mistake:For most editing errors it is simplest to just re-edit the page.
Sometimes, however, the saved change is so catastrophic that a complete reversal of the 'save' is preferable (ie: accidentally saving when half a page is deleted).
Fortunately your site is able to revert (undo) saved changes in the exact reverse order they were saved. There is an 'undo' link in the user menu (top right). You will be presented a list of 'transactions' (aka saves) listed MOST RECENT at the TOP.
Check the top transaction and click the 'Undo' button. The undo itelf becomes a new transaction on the list.
You can undo more than one at a time, but they should be continuous from the top (do not skip any - that is for experts only).
About other object types:Besides folders and pages you will want to 'upload' images to your site and use them in your pages. You will also want to upload files (such as adobe reader .pdf's) for users to download.
In both of these cases, when you create the object you will give it a title and then use a 'browse' button to find the image/file on your computer. The image/file will be copied up to the server (uploaded) for you when you 'save' the object.
The built in wysiwyg editor allows you to insert uploaded image objects into your pages in a variety of predefined sizes (for consistency). File objects can be inserted as links and will provide a download page for the file.
You can create internal and external 'links' in your pages. When you create a link you are presentedwith a list of available 'objects' which lets you chose where the link goes to. This is really easy for internal links (objects already part of the website) but external link objects (ie: to other websites) need to be created ahead of time. (By default external links have a 'planet earth' icon)
In the 'home' folder (only) is an addable object type called 'site document' which is exactly the same as a 'page' except that it is automatically added to the site docs menu (in the footer area) instead of all other navigation menus. These are especially handy for site wide information like legal documents and policy statements.
Smart folders are actually mini search engines. They don't really exist as folders but thier 'contents' are the list of objects on the site that match the search criteria. They are very useful, but powerhungry. Use carefully.
Final Notes:This page introduced the most rudimentary abilities of your site but should be enough to get you started. You may find that developing a large site this way can be slow and cumbersome. One alternative is when you create pages you can upload .html files or MS-Word .docs instead of typing text into the provided editor (use the browse button below the edit area). This allows you to prepare your pages using word and upload them later. ( Warnings: keep the .docs simple, not all Word formatting will translate exactly. Try uploading a test file if you're unsure. Also, uploaded html files can not display other objects, such as images, until the objects are uploaded and re-inserted into the page)
There are several other ways to place content on your site (such as ftp, webdav, external editor, etc.) all of which are beyond the scope of this page. Your site provider can advise you on the method best suited to your needs and what restrictions may apply.
Also you should be aware that to optimize the final performance of your site, much processing is done at the time you are editing, which can make it relatively slow. By pre-processing as much as possible now, your end user will see far better load times. The site is also extensively 'cached' which means that after changes are made the first 'view' of new content may be slow (as the caches are updated) but subsequent views will be sped up considerably. Once your site content is mostly stable it will perform very well.