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Adding and Managing Website Users

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One of the major pluses to having a CMS-based website is the ability to give your staff the ability to easily add and edit the content of the site. In the old days of web design you'd have to contact your IT or web designer to make changes. This is not true with the website we have installed for you. All you have to do is add the staff member or employee to your user list, decide what authority you want them to have, and they can start posting immediately. This is a quick tutorial on how to add a new user to your site.

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Steps:

Step 1: Log in to the administration area, or back-end of your website.

Step 2: Locate the User Menu icon on the left hand side. You will be taken to the User Manager which shows a list of the current users.

Step 3: Click on the icon on the right that looks like a +.

Step 4: Type in the new user's name, email address, and desired username.

Step 5: You have two options in the password area. You can put in a password or you can leave it blank and one will be created for the person. If you leave it blank an email will be sent notifying the new user that they now have access and will tell them how to log in.

Step 6: Decide what authority you want to give them. The access levels available are:

  • Front End Only:
    • Registered: Can log in, but cannot do much else.
    • Author: Can write articles, add events, and photos but they won't be published.
    • Pubisher: Can write, add photos, and publish. (I usually set up assistants with this option.
  • Back End: There is more control in the back end and usually only website owners and IT employees need access to this area. However these areas are:
    • Manager: Can publish, unpublish and delete
    • Administrator: Can do all of the above and add users, software, etc.
    • Super Administrator: Can do all the above and edit tools used on the site.

Step 7: Once you have filled in those settings go back to the top of the page where you will see the "Save" button. Clicking on it will save your new member, return you to the User Manager, and send out an email notification as described in Step 5.

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

 

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Introduction to Administering Your Website

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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.

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Introduction to Your CMS Website

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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.

 

 

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