Features » Content management

Pages and content

In the Pages and content section of the CMS, you create a page with the desired URL, title and other settings, select an HTML template with the required layout, then add the content for each element in that template. Preview how your drafts look on the actual web page, then publish them when you're done.

Managing pages

Each page can be individually configured with the following properties:

  • Set the main page properties:
    • Parent page
      used for URLs and menus
      e.g. About us
    • URL
      e.g. /about-us/staff/
    • Title
      full title for the browser tab and search results
      e.g. Company Name - Our Staff
    • Short title
      for menus and in-page headings
      e.g. 'Our Staff'
    • meta description
      used by search engines in search results
  • Specify if the page should be included in the menu
  • Set the page to display:
    • to everybody
    • only to your team (e.g. while developing)
    • to nobody
  • Select an HTML template for the page's layout and design
  • Select a PHP script to execute, if required
  • Set caching to:
    • public for pages which rarely change,
    • private for pages with user data, or
    • no-cache for fully dynamic pages
  • If the site has an SSL certificate, specify whether the page should use http or https, or either
  • Set the page's properties for the automatically-generated sitemap.xml file:
    • do or don't include page in sitemap
    • change frequency
    • priority
  • Save page settings as a page type to apply to other pages
  • Set the page's published and modified time – used for caching and sitemaps
  • Set an alternative HTTP status code (e.g. 410 Gone) or redirect to another URL

Managing page content

Pages can contain any number of content elements which can be edited in the console. Elements can be HTML or plain text so you can control what's inserted into your HTML template.

Page elements are for content which is unique to the page, such as the text and images in an article. Page elements are placed into the page's HTML template with a token like [element1].

Common elements are for content which can be used on any or all pages, such as in the header and footer. This content only needs to be added once and can be placed into any HTML template with a token like [common1].

Elements can be edited either by selecting them in the list of elements in the console, or by hovering over the content on the actual web page (when you are logged in).

When you edit any element, it is initially in draft mode, so you can preview your changes on the website while you are logged in. When it looks right, you can publish that version for everyone to see. If you want to roll back to a previous version, you can select a saved revision. See Drafts and revisions for more details.

All page content can be translated into other languages – not just the page elements, but also the page's URL, page title, short title and meta description.

 

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