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.

Click on the small arrow to start the video.


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 You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

Enhance your blog with Zemanta

ZemantaImage via WikipediaI’ve been kind of busy lately, but an article by TechCrunch, a news feed I follow on Google Buzz, prompted me to write.
In Find Photos For Your Blog In Three Easy Steps, TechCrunch reported a new startup to help bloggers find art for their columns. The site is called Wylio. What it does is search for photos across the web to add photos to your blog.  Lets face it, the world of blogging would be so much more drab if there weren’t some kind of graphic to break up the text. My interest was piqued so I checked it out and have to admit that it looks promising. And then I remembered I already had Zemanta installed. Zemanta does what Wylio does and more. The drawback with Wylio is you have to go to its site and enter a specific keyword, then copy the result and paste it into your blog. Zemanta, however, works right beside you as you are typing your blog. As you type it will suggest meta-data, media, related articles, etc.
Zemanta is an extension for browsers (it supports Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer). It also has plugins for Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. In other words, its got you covered.
I must confess that I had forgotten all about Zemanta’s benefits–having turned off what I had deemed unnecessary add-ons a while back to speed up my surfing when things were getting too slow for comfort. But I went a little crazy and turned off practically everything.  After reading the article, I turned Zemanta back on to take another look. I fell in love with it all over again.
Being an artist, I like to create my own artwork, but sometimes I just don’t feel like firing up Freehand (or Illustrator, or Photoshop). Sometime’s I just want to write. So, I don’t always use the photo feature. The photo on the right was pulled up by Zemanta. The art was among 400 pictures that Zemanta found that coordinated with some keyword in this blog entry. It also found around 24 related articles, from RSS links ranging in dates from 1 day ago to 1 year ago.  (Only one was 1 year ago. Most links were within the last 3 months.) Another benefit of Zemanta is that you can take it or leave it. You don’t have to use any of their suggestions, but its always handy to have while you are writing.
If you’re a blogger, check it out. It might be just what you’re looking for.