[V4.0] User Manual

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Table of Contents

What We'll Cover

This guide covers how to use BrowserCMS to build and manage websites, including:

  • Editing page content
  • Creating new pages
  • Placing content on pages
  • Organizing your site - e.g. moving pages around
  • Create and assign permissions to users.

This guide is aimed at people who are managing BrowserCMS sites, as opposed to programmers who want to customize it, or designers who want to create site [V4.0] Templates.

This document assumes that users have a working copy of BrowserCMS to play with, either on their local machine, or on a demo site. See the [V4.0] Getting Started Guide for details.

This guide is for BrowserCMS 4.0.

Basic Concepts

The main things you'll be working with in BrowserCMS:

  • An asset is a piece of information. It can a bit of simple text or a picture, all the way up to a news article or a portlet.
  • A page is a set of assets that work as a unit. Like a traditional web page, each page has a URL. You can use the same asset on many different pages.
  • A section is a set of pages. For example, in a company web site you might have sections called Products, Support, Contact, etc. Menus are generally structured like sections, and each section can have its own content editors and approvers.

In short: your web site has many sections, each section has many pages, and each page has many assets. In addition:

  • A portlet is a special asset that display lists of data like products, news articles, or more complicated things. Developers create or install portlets, and you can place them on your pages and customize them.
  • A template governs the styles and layout for each page. A template will determine what areas of the page are editable, how many columns it has and how the navigation will work. A website usually has multiple templates (i.e. Home Page and Subpage). When you create a new page, you can specify the template it uses.
  • A user is a person who logs in to your site with a username and password. Unlike guests who view your site anonymously, users have special privileges depending on the groups the user belongs to.
  • A group is a bunch of users who have the same privileges. A user might be in the ‘guest’ group, who can access some sections of your website (like a ‘Members only section’) but can't edit pages. Or a user might be in the 'content editor' group, and can edit pages and possibly approve page changes from others. Finally a user in the 'administrator' group can define users and templates.
  • A task is a TODO item attached to a page and assigned to a user. A task might be named "Please review this page." A task can have a due date. The assigned user can then complete the task and mark it as such or reassign it to someone else.

Next: [V4.0] User Manual: Basic Editing