Creating & Editing a Page

What Does Each Field Mean?

When you first create your website you might be wondering what the different fields are all about. Here are helpful explanations and hints when creating your pages.

Title

This is a meta field, meaning it's more about the page than the content itself.

It typically shows in the browser tab, in the history and bookmark sections in the browser. Also, oftentimes, search engines such as Google will use it as the primary field in the search results.

If this page is a blog post, the title will show at the top of the page and in the list of posts as well.

This title could also show in other places such as the hover tips embedded in links.

Try to capture the essence of the page when writing this title. It can be quite long but don't overdo it.

For the Blog

When this check box is checked the page will be part of the blog section of the CMS. Otherwise it will be part of the static pages.

Tag List

Used only for the blog. It's recommended to not put too many of them. Three to five tags is optimal. Imagine your users clicking on that tag. If the page is not directly related to the tag, you are stuffing keywords and providing a disservice to your users.

Separate your tags with spaces and use a dash for composed words. Example: "software cms content-management-system".

Short Title

This meta field is used for non-blog pages. All published pages build dynamically the menu system. Short titles are used as menu and sub-menu items to link to their respective pages.

Page Parent Title

You can use this field to build the hierarchy of the dynamic menu system.

This field auto-completes. Start typing part of a title and select your intended page title. The title must be EXACTLY as entered.

Description

Another meta field which should contain 1 to 3 sentences. It will typically be found in the search engine results, in a Facebook share link, or in other similar listings.

Again let the description reflect exactly what the page is all about. This description should also be motivational. It will often lead a user to click on the page title to visit it.

Body Text

This is where you can fit the actual content of your pages. The specificity of this field is to generate HTML pages.

In the normal mode, you use the icons on the top ribbon to create the different HTML tags. You don't have to mess with the HTML coding itself.

If, out of need of curiosity, you do want to see the generated HTML code you can do so by clicking on the 'source' button.

In this field, you can embed links, images, videos, and other elements.

The icons should be used primarily to structure your document. Go ahead and create headings, blockquotes, bulleted and numbered lists to help organize your content and make it easier to scan.

WARNING

The temptation can be great to 'stylize' your pages by using a whole lot of bolding, italicizing, centering, etc. You should avoid this as much as possible. Most users not trained as a designer will greatly damage the design by using these tools indiscriminately.

Author Name

This is mostly used in the blog and in the comment system. In a multi user blog, the site visitors might want to see all posts written by a certain author. In the comment system, it's helpful to highlight comments written by the post's author.

If changing the name, make sure you use the autocomplete feature to ensure the name is entered precisely.

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