Site Creation Tool

Site Creation Tool Overview

 

The Site Creation Tool allows you to create your Web site quickly and easily.  It is an alternative to using other applications, such as Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia Dreamweaver or Netobjects Fusion.  The tool is self-guided and self-explanatory, but some detailed instructions are provided in this section to help aid you in setting up your personalized site.

 

 

Note:

 

·        In order to use the Site Creation Tool option, the Microsoft FrontPage Extensions option must be disabled.  If it is enabled, then you must use your version of Microsoft FrontPage to create and manage your Web site.  If the Microsoft FrontPage Extensions option is enabled, you will not have access to the Site Creation Tool option and will see the following message if you try to access it.

 

 


 

 

How To Use the Site Creation Tool:

 

1.             From the Control Panel, select the Site Creation Tool icon.  The Site Creation Tool Manager displays.

 

 

2.             The Site Creation Tool Manager makes three options available.  Each of these options is described in a separate procedure below.  These three options are:

·        Create Your Web site:  This option allows you to create and/or edit the web pages on your site.

·        Change Default Pages:  This option allows you to set the home page which you create with the Site Creation Tool to be the default page for your site.

·        View Your Site:  This option opens your site’s home page in the current browser window.

 

 


 

 

How To Create Your Web Site with the Site Creation Tool:

 

1.             From the Site Creation Tool Manager, select the Site Creation Tool button.  The Page Title Prompt screen appears.

 

 

  Note:

 

·         At any time, you may exit the setup of your web site by clicking on the Cancel and Delete My Site button.  This will delete any information you have provided.

 

2.             Type the title you would like for your web site’s home page in the field provided and select the Next button.  The Background Prompt screen displays.

 

 


 

 

3.             Optional:  If you would like to have a background image displayed on your Web site’s main page, select the Background Image button.  The Background Image Selector displays:

            Use the Navigation or Search tools to locate an image you would like to add.  When completed, click on the Back button to return to the previous screen and select your background color.

 

4.             If you would like to have a background color other than the default (white) on your web site, click on the Background Color button.  The Background Color Selector displays:

            Choose the desired color by single-clicking on it.  Select the Enter button to apply it to your Web site.  Click on the Next button to continue.  The Page Text screen displays

 

 

5.             In the text box provided, type the text which will appear on your web site’s home page.  When completed, select the Next button.  The Text Color Selector page displays.

 

 

6.             Single-click on the color in the color-picker that you would like the text entered in the previous screen to be.  If you know the RGB Hex code for the color, you may enter it in the field at the bottom of the box.  Select the Enter button to apply the color.  Select the Next button to continue.

 

 

 

7.             The Image Selection option works similarly to the Background image option.  To have an image appear near the top of your Web site’s main page, select the Pick Image button and follow the instructions.  These are similar to the instructions in Step 3.  If you do not want to add an image at this time (you can add one later if you like), select the Skip Image button.  The Site Completed page displays.

 

 

8.             This page indicates that the Home page is created.  Also listed here are instructions to continue on in the Site Creation Tool to the Site Editor.  To open the Site Editor, click on the Enter the Site Editor button.

 

 


 

 

9.             The Site Editor offers ways for you to edit and add to the home page you just created.  Additionally, you can add more pages from this tool.  The Site Editor is explained in more detail in a later section of this document.  The next two sections cover the remaining options available from the Site Creation Tool Manager.

 

  Note:

 

·         Once your home page is set up, there is no need to repeat the steps covered thus far in this section.  Clicking on the Site Creation Tool button in the Site Creation Tool Manager will bypass the previous steps and open directly in the Site Editor as shown in the image above.

 

10.         To close the Site Editor and return to the Control Panel, select the Logout link, near the upper left corner of the screen.

 

When your site is initially created, a plain message initially appears as your site’s main page, similar to the one shown below.

 

 

 

How To Make Your Home Page from the Site Creation Tool the Default Page for Your Site:

 

1.             From the Site Creation Tool Manager, select the Change Default to Site Creation Tool button.  The page reappears.

 

 

            Notice that the default page button has changed, allowing you the option of removing the site creation tool as the default page and restoring the default page to the basic one shown above.

 

2.             The default page will now reflect the changes you have made to the pages through the Site Creation Tool (and Site Editor).  An example is shown below.

 

 

 

How To View Your Home Page from the Site Creation Tool Manager:

 

1.             From the Site Creation Tool Manager, click on the View Site button.  Your web site’s home page opens, displayed within the Control Panel frame.

 

 

Once your home page is established, you will likely want to add more pages to your site.  This can be managed through the Site Creation Tool’s Site Editor.  This section will provide an overview of the different options available to you in the Site Editor as well as some examples showing the use of the various tools.


 

 


The site pages links open the Page Editor to edit existing pages.

 

The Site tools allow you to create and delete pages and set up guidelines to apply to your entire site.

 

The Delete Site link deletes all of your web pages on the site.

 

Help is available from these links.

 

The Site Fields link opens a list of tools for adding information to your site.

 

This list of links allows you to add specific fields of information to your home page.

 

The Logout link returns you to the Control Panel.

 

 

The Site Creation Tool used in the web site you create is Powered by Max Pages; indicating the company, Max Pages, is responsible for some of the technology used in the Site Creation Tool.  You can visit the Max Pages web site by single-clicking on the Powered by Max Pages button near the bottom of the screen.

 

You can list company or personal information on your homepage using the Site Editor.  The following information can be included automatically:

 

·        Name/Company

·        Street Address

·        City

·        State

·        Zip

·        Phone Number

·        Fax Number

·        E-mail address

 

To add information other than what is provided in the list above, you will need to manually enter it into your pages.  Once the information is added, you can format it to your liking.

 

Any of the information can be changed the same way using the procedure below.

 

 

How To Change Company Information on Your Home Page:

 

1.             From the Site Editor, select the link for the type of information you would like to add or change.  In the example shown below, the Name/Company link was selected.

When changing text attributes, a preview of the text appears here.

 

 

2.             Type your name or company name in the text box provided.  Click on the Update Text button.

 

 

3.             Select the Text Color and Page Background color if desired.  If you would like to use the colors that you selected when initially creating your home page, select the Use Page Text Color and Use Page Background links.

 

4.             Select a text Style if you want something other than normal text.

 

5.             Select a text Size if you want something other than standard text.

 

6.             Select a text Font.

 

7.             Select the Site Editor link (there is one at the top and one at the bottom of the page) to move back to the Site Editor.  The text that you added or changed will be previewed where the old link to the text was located.

 

 

8.             To preview how the text looks in place on your home page, select the View Site link in the Site Editor.  The page displays in your browser.

 

 

9.             To return to the Site Editor, select the Site Editor link, near the upper left corner of the page.

 

  Note:

 

·         The Site Editor link, which appears on this page, does not appear to users visiting your website.  It only appears when editing your site and is provided as a quick way for you to get back to the Site Editor.

 

 

 

How To Create Additional Web Pages:

 

1.             To create a new page for your Web site, select the Create Page link listed under the Site Tools menu in the Site Editor.  The Create Page form displays.

 

 

 

2.             In the first two text fields, enter a name for the page and a description.

 

3.             Select the type of page you are creating: a General 1 Panel Page, a General 4 Panel Page or a Product/Services Detail Page.

 

4.             If you have created categories or sub-categories for the types of pages on your web site in the Site Editor, you can specify which of those categories or subcategories you would like to locate the current page.  Any existing categories or sub-categories would appear in the drop-down lists under each listing.

 

5.             You may also elect to copy the new page from an existing page on your site using the existing page as a “template” into which you would enter new data or information.  Select the page on which you would like to base the copy from the Copy From Page drop-down list.

 

6.             Once all options are selected, select the Create Page button.  The New Page opens in the Page Editor.  The example below shows a newly created page which is of type General/Text 1 Panel and was copied from the Home Page.

 

 

         The page that opens in the Page Editor appears identical to your home page.  (That is because since it was copied from the home page it is identical, aside from the title and description of the page.)  To change existing text, single-click on the text you would like to change.  You will be given the option of typing new text and assigning new text attributes.

 

7.             To exit the Page Editor and return to the Site Editor, single-click on the Site Editor link located in the upper left corner of the page.

 

While you use the Site Editor to manage the overall look of your site, you use the Page Editor to edit individual pages once they have been created.  Below is a description of what some of these tools do.

 


 


The name of the page being edited.

 

Help is available from these links.

 

This list of links allows you to add specific fields of information to your home page.  This is the same as on the Site Editor.  Changing information here affects all pages that show this information.

 

This list of Page links allows you to edit specific pieces of the page.

 

The Logout link returns you to the Control Panel.

 

The Show Page link opens the current page in the web browser.

 
 

 

 

 


The Bkgrnd Image link allows you to set the background image.

 
Additional help for the Site Creation Tool is available at the Max Pages web site, at http://maxpages.com/maxhelp.