Use the login and password provided to you.
This opens a menu with several options:
- Content and Menu Edit
- Product Edit (for shopping cart version)
- Upload Pictures
- Upload PDFs
- View Orders (for shopping cart version)
- View Updated site
The Content and Menu Edit is the CMS for the pages in the website. It lists a tree on the left of the screen that represents the menu items (and submenu items for the drop down lists).
The program automatically adds an extra menu item called Shop Online (if using the shopping cart module). It also automatically generates the dropdown menu for this based on the categories of products that it finds in the products database.
If you click on a menu item from the tree on the left, the page contents are displayed in an edit window. The editor that I use is called tinyMCE and is used in many CMS systems and blogs such as Wordpress, Joomla, etc. It is very easy to use. You can make changes to the text by selecting the text, then using tools on the tool bar above, or right clicking to see the menu options.
There are also menu options across the top of the screen to enable you to manipulate the menu items – Add, Delete, Change the name, move the item.
To save the changes, close the text editor window and on the main content and menu edit screen click on Step 1 Save, Step 2 Generate/Publish, then Step 3 Preview or if already open in another window, click on that window and refresh the page. Note: Please ensure that you have changed your browser settings to enable the latest version of the website to display immediately – follow the instructions at http://www.micropulse.com.au/FAQs.html
The Product Edit is the CMS for the shopping cart. If a product is listed without a $ value, it cannot be ordered and will result in a ‘request more information’ button. Products listed with a price are able to be ordered thru the shopping cart. The prices are GST inclusive and the GST is calculated as a separate figure on the invoice.
Use this format to add other products and anything with a $ value will be able to be ordered.
You can then proceed thru the checkout and the program will generate an invoice, record the order in the database, and email the order details to the vendor and the purchaser.
The system also allows for Paypal payment, so you need to set up a Paypal account if you want to use this.
There are various other defaults that I’ve set in place – freight to a flat rate of $10 per order, etc.
All these defaults can be changed – just make a list and let me know.
The editor is called tinyMCE and is widely used in many content management systems and blogs. It is fairly easy to use and if you can use Word, you can use this editor. You can create your content in Word and just use the Word paste tool on the toolbar to copy the content.
To add a picture, you will need to ensure that it is uploaded to the web server first. Use the Upload Picture function on the main menu. This also applies to PDFs that you wish to reference as links. Once the picture file has been uploaded, the file will be included in the list of available images files.
To put the picture in line with the text, click on the picture to select it. Then click on the Insert/Edit Image icon, then click on Appearance tab. In the Style text area type 'float:left;padding-right:20px'.
This will cause the picture to be positioned at the left with a 20 pixel space between.