WebEngine Overview Part 2

by aaron 04/18/11

This is part two in a series of posts that give a broad overview of WebEngine's functionality and capabilities.  Part one is available here: http://www.tapconsulting.com/site/post.aspx?li=WebEngine-Overview-Part-1.  In this post I'll discuss core modules and basic editing capabilities.  WebEngine consists of the following core modules: Flex Content, Assets, Slides, Posts, Site Mapping, Advanced Settings, App. Registry, and Logins.


Flex Content – This is where you define the content that shows on your site.  There is an emphasis on creating small chunks of re-usable content instead of creating a whole page worth of content that is difficult to use in multiple places.

Assets – Site assets are files or images that can be easily attached or inserted to a specific Flex Content instance.

Slides – commonly used on home pages, slides are a great way to display multiple images without taking up too much space.

Posts – Blog posts get their own special place in WebEngine.  We typically recommend using Disqus as the commenting platform.

Site Mapping – Pretty self explanatory, pages are defined using the site mapping tool.  The page type determines how the page will be layed out.  The page name is what shows up in the address bar (no spaces or funny character allowed), The page title is very important in order for search engines to find you.  The link name is what the link will be titled in your site's navigational menus.  There are two special and very handy page types: linking and redirect.  Linking allows you to create a link to a another site, or to a dynamic page on your current site.   Redirect allows you to accept and redirect page requests

App. Registry – This is where all the site variables are stored.  The app. registry is a nestable key value pair data store making it easy to store and retrieve data on the fly.  I’ll discuss this in detail later especially in regards to defining your own content types.

Logins – Defines who has access to the site’s control panel.


Now that you have an idea of the the core functionality let me show you how simple it is to edit content.  Once you are logged in you’ll get a hover menu at the top of your site, one of the options in the hover menu + - CMS, click on it and it will toggle the CMS action icons on and off.

Clicking on the pencil icon will bring up the in-page editor.

Just alter you content and save and viola, it will be updated.

The next post in this series will outline attaching images, pdf files, and mp3's.  It's now available here: http://www.tapconsulting.com/site/post.aspx?li=WebEngine-Overview-Part-3

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