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Dashboard - Pages And Themes

Note: This is 'advanced' functionality that most of our clients shouldn't need to change. Some of the features here (i.e. "Page Types") can save our clients a lot of time, especially if they are regulary adding pages.

However please seek our advice before making changes.

On the "Pages and Themes" page it's possible to change settings of the website that are for the design, theme/layout, of the website. You can select a default theme and install new themes when they are uploaded to the web server. There is an option "Customize" where you can change a number of simple settings of the theme, but I don't recommend it, because they are too simple and some themes no longer use this option. You can however use this on the default themes "Plain Yogurt" and "Green Salad Theme" with less risk involved.

PAGE TYPES

In the tab "Page Types" new page types can be added and the default blocks can be set for page types. A page type is used to select a layout inside the design of a theme. For example: Full width, left sidebar, right sidebar, no header page types.

There can be default blocks added to the page type. These default blocks will be atomically added to every new page created with this page type. The already existing pages will not contain the default blocks when they are added to the default settings.

PAGE ATTRIBUTES

In the same tab you can add "Page Attributes". These page attributes are additional values that can be added to every page. They work in the same way as User Attributes.

They can be entered in the properties window of the page when this is opened for editing.

SINGLE PAGES

Single pages are pages that only occur once in the website and usually feature an unique function. These kinds of pages are login pages, profile pages, special forms, etc. Single pages are visible in the sitemap and can be treated like a normal Concrete5 page.

The single pages have to be added through the single pages manager under the "Single pages" tab in the "Pages and Themes" section. The manager does not allow more options than adding a page because the rest of the properties and settings can be managed through the sitemap.

While adding a single page you have to enter an URL. Here you should take in account how the page is called as a PHP file in the "single_pages" directory on the web server.

When the single page is placed on the web server like this: "concrete/single_pages/newpage.php". This has to be entered as URL: "newpage"

When the single page is placed on the web server like this: "concrete/single_pages/adirectory/newpage.php" . This has to be entered as URL: "adirectory/newpage"

View.php is seen as the default page and won't have to be entered; this is very useful in sub directories.

"This tutorial was originally written by Tom de Bruijn in 2009 and has been adapted in 2010 for Full Flavour Media's Concrete5 users"



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