From CMATION Documentation
Jump to: navigation, search


General Overview

Manage Content

The manage content section allows the user to add, edit and remove the main site content, or actual pages of the site.

This is where the bulk of a sites content will reside on the CMS system. Each page created becomes another page of content within your site, although not all pages need necessarily be part of the Main Navigation (i.e. About Us, Our Products, Contact Us, etc.) some pages will act as sub content being linked to from within the site itself.

Adding content to each individual page can be done in one of two ways. If you use Word or an HTML editing program you may create your page layout in that program, 'select all' and copy it to the clipboard, then paste it into the "Page Content" box. Then using the editing tools within the Content Manager to make minor adjustments to the appearance of the pasted content.

If pasting from Word, use the "Paste From Word" button which will "strip" unnecessary code from your content that will cause problems. This option will leave the content's alignment settings, but will remove font colors and text styles because Word automatically adds mountains of bloated code that is fine for printing purposes or PDFs, but if left in your Web documents, will harm your search engine placement and has been known to cause formatting problems as it is not all web-compliant code.

The second option for adding content to your page is to create it directly in the "Page Content" box, using the formatting tools provided. Typing directly into the Content box and adding text and table formatting, images etc.

Don't forget to include the META information at the bottom of the page. This text does not actually appear anywhere on your document, however it does matter because this information is what search engines use to decide your site's relevance when a web user is searching for anything relating to your site content.

Think about the last web search you did and the results page that came up showing a list of page titles with a short description. All of that is generated from META tag information as well as actual page content. So, when composing your Meta Title, description and keywords consider what terms people may use to search when looking for information your site can offer them. If your business site is location specific, you will want to include your City, surrounding Cities and County names within your keywords and description. There is a balance that needs to be struck between covering all the possible search terms and avoiding being tagged as SPAM (and therefore ignored) by the Search Engine Crawlers because of having too many search terms or repeating search terms.

Do a web search for your product or service as if you were a potential customer for your business. Visit the top several sites, then right click on the home page and choose 'view source', this will open a word or text pad window. Toward the top of the page you will see several lines of code, scan down until you see the Meta tags. What keywords did they use? How was their description composed? What did they miss that you could use? How can you apply that information to your own site to help you rank higher in the search results?

Good meta content does not guarantee your site will be ranked first in search engine results; there are many variables that contribute to rankings and they constantly change as search engines refine their indexing techniques. However, strong meta tags will help your site and are an important part of achieving better rankings.

Manage Contact Information

This area allows you to easily add, update or remove contact information that appears on your website. The great thing about the Cmation® system is that making a change in this section will affect every page within your site, saving you the time of changing the same information on each and every page.

Manage Forms

Add, edit or remove contact forms that may be used throughtout the ELCHC website.

Manage Polls

Add, edit or remove polls here. Users have the ability to designate which pages display each poll, allowing the flexibility of gathering information from different segements of the visiting population.

Manage Newsletter

Create and send information to your mailing list(s). May be used as a standard newsletter, or for sending email announcements for specific events, activities or notices.

Manage Members (Newsletter)

Add, edit or remove member email addresses from your newsletter mailing list here. If you will be sending out different versions of your newsletter aimed at specific markets, you may also assign user email addresses to the newsletter version you wish them to receive. Tools (Newsletter) This is where you will be able to manage the look of your newsletters and how they behave. Create customized templates & mailing lists, view history & statistics, process bounces and manage your newsletter configuration.

Manage Calendar

Add, edit or remove events & activities to be displayed publicly.

Manage Images

Adding images to this section creates an inventory of images that can be used throughout your website very easily. Once you've uploaded your images the Cmation® system will automatically generate a drop down list of available photos any time you click on the "add image" button when editing your page content, allowing you to just select the image you want to use or quickly change the image to a new one.

Backup Data

This is a very important option and should be used each time before any changes are made to your website. Clicking on this link will open a "save to file" dialogue box and you will be given the option to locate a place to save the file on your computer. It is a good idea to create a special folder somewhere on your computer that you can easily locate for storing these backup files. Name it something easily identifiable if others will need to access the backups besides yourself. MAKE SURE YOU SAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR SITE FILES BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES! This way, if you delete a page or form and then realize you detailed the wrong one or didn't actually want to delete it, you have the old form backed up making it a quick fix to restore your site files without having to rebuild lost forms or pages.