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MySite's handy tips for using SiteBuilder



WEBSITE LAYOUT / DESIGN / CONTENT

  • In Step 1 (Start): In the beginning, choosing between "website", "blog" or "photogallery" makes no real difference, as it is just the initial category template design that is assigned. This can be changed in Step 2 (Design).

    * So we recommend one starts with creating a "website". (press next)

  • In Step 2 (Design): Select a template category (top left). Note you do not have to limit yourself to a specific template theme. You can choose any one that suites your needs, so feel free to experiment. This can also be changed later at any stage, as your content is stored separately to the design. So if you change design templates, you content will still be there.

    Then choose the colour scheme, banners, menu style, logo (should be your own), and specify the site info
    (site title, subtitle, footer).

    * Note the "logo" as well as "site info" can be left blank if you don't want to use them. (press next, or preview)

  • In Step 3 (Pages): Here you choose your pages, and arrange the site's structure ("menu / navigation" of pages).

    What is important here are the "special pages" in the middle and "your site structure" on the right.

    From the "special pages", you choose what type of page you want and move it to your site structure via the ">" arrow, and delete ones from your site structure with the "<" arrow. "Common page" refers to an ordinary standard web page, with the rest being self explanatory.

    You can also arrange the order of your pages with the "page position controls" (up, down, left, right).
    Select the page you want to move by ticking its checkbox. "Up" will move it up in the structure, and "Down" will move it down. "Right" will put the page in a sub-menu (under the page above it), and "Left" will remove the page as a sub-menu.

    If you want to rename a page in the site structure (which is the name visitors will see in the menu), then tick its checkbox and press the "rename" button at the bottom right.

    You can also add a visitors hit counter to every page if needed.

    (press next, or preview -- remember you can preview your website at any stage)

  • In Step 4 (Edit): Here you edit a page by clicking directly in the middle and typing.
    You can adjust the font and style of the text with the controls at the top (similar to Microsoft Word)

    To select a different page, click on its link in the Site Map at the top right.

    * Note: you can only change / edit the content, not the navigational text (this is done in Step 3, which you can go back to at any stage)

    You can also change the page's title, filename, put in keywords and a description for SEO -- all are recommended!

    The modules on the right are slightly more complex, but you can add them to a page by clicking on one of them and dragging it onto the page (or by double-clicking it). For example if you wanted a form on the page, you would drag in (or double-click) the feedback module.

    (press next, then publish)

FORMS (AND OTHER MODULES)

  • SiteBuilder comes with various modules (which are found on the right hand side when editing a page in Step 4).
    The most commonly used of these is the "Feedback". This is used if you would like to include a form on the page.

    For assistance in using modules, please visit the standard help guide here.

    (For the feedback module go to "Populating Site with Content", then "Working with Modules", then click on "Feedback")

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