Tutorials

Introduction to Administering Your Website

This is a quick introduction on accessing the administration area of your website.


 

This is a short overview on the areas of your website’s Administration area. It includes information on the front control panel, the tool bar, the Administrator menu, and where to get help.

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Overview:

In this video you are given a quick look at the back-end or administration area of your website.

When you first login you will see the control panel. The Control Panel area includes the Quick Icons (article manager, user manager) to the areas that you use most. On the left side, you can see a list of currently logged in users and articles that have been recently added.

The top menu gives you access to all of the areas of your website. The menu items include:

Site: Areas which administer the overall settings for the website itself

Menus: If you want to add, remove or edit menu items

Content: This menu area brings up the article manager as well as the section and category areas.

Components: This menu accesses add-ons that are specific to your website. For example, if you have an eCommerce site you can access the store software. Or, if you have a Gallery feature on your site you will be able to access the images and other features here.

Extensions: Extensions are small modules that complement the components and appear as menu items or blocks. For instance if you have a weather module on your site you can adjust the settings in this area.

Tools: This area has some administration tools such as clearing the cache of a website; and messages sent to the administrator.

Help: Clicking on the help link will bring up information relevant to the area you are in at the time. For instance if you are in the Article Manager and click on help, you will see instructions about adding articles or editing them.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

Adding an Event to Your Website Calendar

This tutorial gives a step-by-step guide to adding events to your calendar. If you don’t have a calendar component on your site and would like one, please contact us.


 

In this tutorial, we give you a step-by-step guide to adding a calendar event to your new website.

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Steps:

Step 1: Make sure that you are logged into your site.

Step 2: Locate your user menu. It will only be available if you are logged in.

Step 3: Click on the Add Event link to bring up the event editor.

Step 4: Fill in the title, and check the box that the event is published.

Step 5: Write a description of the event or paste it in from a previously written article.

Step 6: Click on the second tab called “Sessions” and input the location, date and time of the event. Note that time is in 24 hour format. If you need help with that format, you can use our 24-hour Cheat Sheet.

Step 7. Click Save.

You should see a note that the event was saved. That’s it.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

Adding Articles to Your Joomla Website

In this tutorial, we give you a step by step guide to adding articles to your website.


 

One of the best features of a Joomla/CMS based website is its ability to quickly add articles and edit in “real-time” any existing articles. This is a quick guide that will have you adding articles in no time.

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Overview:

Step 1: Make sure that you are signed into your site.

Step 2: Locate the User Menu. The user menu will only appear if you are logged in. It may be located on the left or right column, or at the bottom of the page.

Step 3: Click on the “Add an article” link. A Text Editor will appear. The tools available look very similar to those found in word processing applications such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.

Step 4: Type in the Title of the article.

Step 5: In the text box, either type the article or paste in a previously written article.

Step 6: Select your publishing options such as the section, category and date of publication.

Step 7: (Optional but recommended) Type in Metadata information such as a short description and key words so that search engines will index the article.

Step 8: Click save.

 

Note: if you want to edit an article, click on the pencil-like icon near the article’s header and you will open the Article Editor. Then you can use the same steps above.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

Introduction to Your CMS Website

This is the first in a series of Video Tutorials to Introduce you to your new website. If we have installed a Joomla CMS system to your site you’ll want to watch this video.


 

This is a quick overview to familiarize you with the features of your new website. In this case, the website is a Joomla/CMS based website. We plan to offer tutorials on WordPress sites very shortly.

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Overview:

Having a website today is as important as having a business card.  But, getting visitors to visit your site and return to it is also  important. The most popular websites are interactive and have fresh content based upon the access-level of the visitor. Some of the most familiar interractive sites are iGoogle, Amazon, Flicker, Youtube, Facebook, and the ultimate in interactive sites, Twitter (cause it’s only interactive).

Static pages are pre-written documents loaded onto a server and do not change, or interact with the visitor.  The Dynamic Content Management System Site requires interaction. (i.e. log-in, add a photo, answer a question, add an item to your shopping cart.)

Static pages are expensive because they require some level of technical knowledge. Visitors have little or no interaction.

The Dynamic Content Management System we have probably installed is Joomla. It’s one of the most complex, yet flexible CMS systems available. Because it’s easy to manage it eliminated the level of technical experience usually required for web management.

Content is King in a CMS site. It doesn’t exist until a visitor interacts with it. The content is inside a database, small applications tell the database what to do when a specific user interacts with it. The only thing that is static is the design. (And, even that can be changed with the click of a mouse).

The Possibile Uses for a CMS website are endless. Some types of sites are:

  • Calendar website for group events.
  • Repositories Access to Manuals, files, powerpoint, etc.
  • Galleries; Share your photos, allow others to add their photos.
  • Forums Community Interraction
  • Directories Membership lists/Classifieds
  • Blogs Personal websites
  • Ecommerce: Make it easy for your buyers!

 

There are Two Areas of Your Website

The Front End and The Back End. In the video I show you how to administer both areas.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.