Website Administrator Console Manual - Updating Static Content

Article Index
Website Administrator Console Manual
Accessing the Administrator Console
Administrator Console Overview
Updating Static Content
Managing Articles (Content Items)
Managing Menus
Using the Text Editor
Managing Images
Updating Contact Details
Managing your Shopping Cart
Managing your Newsletters
Administrator Console User Accounts
Your Website Statistics
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Updating Static Content

Most websites have the majority of their content stored in the Static Content section. Static Content, as the name implies, is content that doesn't change unless you change it. An example of 'dynamic' content is a Forum where site visitors post messages to change the content.

A Static Content Item is typically a page on your website. The Static Content Manager lists all the items that have been created.

There are two ways to access the Static Content Manager:

If you are at the Administrator Console home page, you can click the Static Content Manager button.
Static Content Manager button
If you are already in another section of the Administration Console you can find the Static Content Manager in the Content menu.
Static Content Manager from the Content Menu

 

Using either of these methods you will open the Static Content Manager:

 

Static Content Manager

 

Item Functions
To edit an existing Static Content Item, simply click on its title, or tick the appropriate check box to the left of the item title, and click the edit button in the top-right corner.
Edit Button
To add a new Static Content Item, click the New button in the top-right corner. New Button
To delete a Static Content item, tick the appropriate check box to the left of the item title, and click the Delete button in the top-right corner.
Ensure that no menu item links exist for Static Content items when they are deleted.
Trash Button

 

If you find that your Static Content Item is locked, as pictured to the right, it's because the item has been edited without the Save or Cancel button being used. This can happen if you use the Back button on your browser, or if you close your browser while editing an item. Using the same Administrator Console account you used to open the item (you can tell which account was used by hovering your mouse over the lock icon), simply edit the item again by clicking on the title. Remember to use either the Save button to save your changes or the Cancel button to discard your changes and close the item. Locked Static Content item

 

Editing Static Content Items

Once you have a Static Content item open you  are able to create and edit the content, create and change the title, and change the options.

Editing the Content

The content of your Static Content item appears in the text box which occupies most of the screen. This is a simple interface which empowers you to easily create and update your content. When a new item is created, the content is initially blank. Once you type or paste in words and images you need to save the page using the buttons described directly below. Be aware of the automatic sign-out function previously described.

Editing Functions
To preview exactly how your Static Content item willl appear in your browser, click the Preview button in the top-right corner.
Preview Button
To save the changes you've made to the content, the title and the options, click the Save button in the top-right corner. This will return you to the list of Static Content items. Save Button
To apply the changes you've made to the content, the title and the options WITHOUT returning to the list of Static Content items, click the Apply button in the top-right corner.
Apply Button
To cancel the changes you've made to your content, the heading or the options, click the Cancel button in the top-right corner. This will return you to the list of Static Content items.
Cancel Button

 

When editing Static Content you will be using the Text Editor. See the Article Index for the page on Using the Text Editor.

You may also wish to insert images. See the Article Index for the page on Managing Images.

 

Creating and Changing the Title

Each Static Content item has two Title fields:

Title:
The Title is what is displayed at the top of the page when the parameter 'Display Title' is set to Show (which is the default) Static Content titles
Title Alias:
The Title Alias can be a short version of the title. It is used to reference the item by other parts of the system.

Simply setting the Title Alias to be the same as the Title is fine in the majority of circumstances.

Changing the title of a Static Content item will not break any menu items that link to the item.

 

Changing Options

Static Content items have parameters that can be used to change how the item appears and behaves. The Parameters, including the Publishing options, are found in the tabs on the right-side of the page when editing a Static Content item.

Static Content options

Most of the options and parameters have Global settings, which are the default setting for that option. Changing the Global settings can have implications for other sections of your website, so we manage these for you. If you find yourself repeatedly setting the same option settings for every Static Content item on your website, contact us directly to discuss changing the Global settings.

Publishing Options
Published
Placing a tick in this Check Box changes the status of the item to Published. When an item is not Published it will not be available on the website.
Access Level
If your website has the functionality for visitors to login, this option allows you to set the item to be available to Registered visitors only.
Author Alias
This sets the author name for the item. If not set, the Creator will be set as the author.
Change Creator
This is a dropdown item which selects from the list of Administrator Console users a name to record as the creator of the item. By default this is set to the account of the person who created the item.
Override Created Date
If your parameters are set to show the date when items were created on the website, this option overrides that date to one you select.
Start Publishing
Setting a date for the item to Start Publishing will make the item hidden (unpublished) until that date and time.
Finish Publishing
Settting a date for the item to Finish Publishing will make the item become hidden (unpublished) at the specified date and time.
Reset Hit Count
The number of Hits (times the page is viewed) is recorded here. Clicking this button will reset this number to zero and continue counting from there.
Image Options
Image options are discussed in the secion of this manual titled Managing Images.
Parameters
Menu Image
Some websites have images that can be used alongside the menu item that links to an item. This drop-down box enables the specific image to be set.
Page Title
Set whether the page title is Hidden or Shown when the item is viewed.
Page Class Suffix
Used by some sites to change the appearance of the page.
Back Button
Sets whether a button to take the website visitors Back to their previous page is placed at the bottom of the item page.
Item Rating
Sets whether an item rating function is placed at the top of the item. This function allows users to rate the item on a scale of Poor to Best and shows the results of previous ratings.
Author Names
Sets whether the author names (set in Publishing Options described above) is Hidden or Shown.
Created Date and Time
Sets whether the Created Date and Time are Shown or Hidden.
Modified Date and Time
Sets whether the Modified Date and Time are Shown or Hidden.
PDF Icon
Sets whether a button for website visitors to generate a PDF of the page content is Shown or Hidden.
Print Icon
Sets whether a button for website visitors to generate a printer friendly version of the page content is Shown or Hidden.
Email Icon
Sets whether a button for website visitors to generate an email of the page content is Shown or Hidden.
Meta Info
Description
This is a description for the content that is inserted in the code of the page, i.e. not visible to website visitors. It is used by search engines and other websites when linking to or describing the page.
Keywords
This is a list of keywords for the content that is inserted in the code of the page, i.e. not visible to website visitors. It is used by search engines and other websites when indexing and referencing the page.
Link to Menu
Menu linking options are discussed in the secion of this manual titled Managing Menus.