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Introduction to AcuWeb™Updater 5.1


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AcuWeb™Updater

In the next few minutes we'll get you acquainted with the features of Acuweb™Updater -- one of ten browser-based apps in our fifth generation suite of tools that make it easier than ever for you to manage even a technically-sophisticated website, without the need for any prior web-tech knowledge.

Updater allows you to add, edit, or rearrange pages, stories, images and links, anywhere on your website.

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Any time you select an Acuweb 'app' , the options for that app will appear in the blue sub-nav bar immediately below the main navigation. This method of navigating among your Acuweb apps is consistent across all of your site's tools.


Site Map

Let's look briefly at the options you'll see under the 'updater' tab, beginning with the first blue tab, labeled site map . . .

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The site map is, literally an outline of the pages in your site, organized in the order in which they appear. For each page, there are five function control options, shown as a series of icon-buttons, on the right, which we'll review in a moment.

For those of you familiar with prior editions of Updater, notice that all page ordering is now accomplished by "drag-n-drop". To change the sequence of pages in your site, simply drag the pages into the order you like. This makes it incredibly easy to re-organize your site on-the-fly, as your online business changes and grows.

To the right of each page-name you may see various blue symbols, which indicate, at a glance, the status of each page. Typically, these symbols will tell you if a particular page is hidden from the main site navigation (the symbol with the small purple "h"), or if the page is simply a "pointer" that directs your site visitors to another page in your site (that's the symbol with the small green arrow). You can set these behaviors for any page of your site by choosing the 'pencil' icon from the cluster of function options, just to the right.

Let's briefly look at what all of those white function buttons can do -- the first one, with the magnifying glass, is a quick way for you to preview what's currently publishing on any given page of your site.

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Editing and Managing Pages

The second icon on the Site Map -- with the pencil -- allows you to edit the labeling and behavior of each page.

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When you click on that icon, you're presented a series of collapsible panels relating to editing the behavior of this page. In Acuweb 5.1, you'll see these collapsible panels throughout the system. The topics will vary, depending on which app, and which function, you've selected.

In Acuweb 5.1, notice that almost all editing screens open in a pop-up. Once you have made your edits or additions, simply save your changes, and then close the pop-up screen by clicking on the blue "x" at the lower right…

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...that will return you to the previous screen in your site admin area.

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In each section, you're presented with a set of concise, easy-to-use options that allow you set the behavior for each aspect of this web-page.

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These options are labeled in a simple, easy-to-understand manner, and once you've become familiar with them, these tools will allow your edit even the most advanced functions of your website in no time...

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Advanced Settings

While your Acuweb engineering team has done most, if not all, of the advanced technical set-up for your site, if you're savvy with web code and wish to be able to edit the more advanced functions of your site, Acuweb 5.1 offers knowledgeable administrators the opportunity to manage more complex and advanced features. These controls are generally found under headings like "advanced settings". Non-technical site administrators need not worry, however -- these settings are normally pre-set to assure the smooth operation of your site.

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Editing and Managing Content


On the site-map, the third icon, with the page-layout symbol behind a pencil, allows you to edit any of the stories, images and links -- which we call 'content' -- on that page.

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Updater's content editor is as straightforward and easy to use as ever -- if you're new to the Acuweb system, you'll immediately see that the story editor is very much like microsoft word, making it easy for you to quickly become familiar with how it works.

With the Options check boxes below the title you can create space after title, hide the title, insert a divider and hid the title from search.

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Adding ShareThis

Also you are given the option to "ShareThis" which will enable the visitors to your website to click on social media icons to share that story with others.



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When your content is published on your site the icons will appear below your content allowing guest to share it.


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To choose what Social media sites you would like displayed simply click the Settings button in the upper right hand side of your admin screen and scroll down to the Updater tab.



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Here you can specify the button type you would like to the page to display, Classic Small , Classic large, etc. To see an example of each type of button click on the small blue question mark next to the Button Type title...


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  ...to scroll through an example of each.

Once you have made your selections scroll down and save your new settings


Back on the ShareThis page you check each box next to the social media service you would like to include. You may also change the order of the buttons by dragging and dropping the included services.


In the content editor, it's easy to add images, insert and style headlines and subheads, and create links to other pages.

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The command buttons just above the editing window call up small control panels that allow you to select and size images; determine their position on the page; link images to other pages and finesse many other aspects of an image's placement and behavior. Once you've made your selections, simply click "ok" and your image is placed into the content you're editing...

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You can also use the editor to add headlines and subheads, and to style the text of your page in a variety of ways.

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Simply type in your headline, or highlight text already in your story . . .

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… and then select a typestyle from the 'styles' menu, just above the editing window.

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It's that easy to create professional-looking content for your website, using Acuweb™Updater.

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Updater's content editing screen also allows you to set start and end dates for each story on your site . . .

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. . . Lets you easily manage which pages of the site this story will publish on . . .

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. . . And also lets you control whether a story appears on lists of headlines, or in other special places on your site.

If you have a news or calendar section on your site you can post your content to that section by selecting the events date, choosing what section you wish it to appear in, and providing teaser text and link. First choose the event date, then choose where it will show in the Include in: box (note: you can select multiple locations by using Ctrl + click). Once you have chosen where you want it to post write your teaser text, this text is a short description teasing the viewer to click and read more. The Teaser link will appear at the bottom of the teaser text providing a link like "Read More" or "Full Story".

Tip - Updater sorts headline lists by postdate and calendar lists by event date.

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Creating, Copying and Deleting Pages

On the site map, the fourth icon, showing the twin blue pages, allows you to make a copy of any page -- without content -- which is the fastest and easiest way to create new pages for your site.

The last icon with the red X allows you to delete any page from your site.

The site map gives you a great deal of contro over the structure and behavior of pages on your site. Remember that you can find more detail about any of these Acuweb™Updater functions in the Updater section of our support site -- just click the "help" link at the far upper right to get there, whenever you like.

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The Content Tab


The blue content tab on the Updater navigation bar brings up a listing of all content on your site, in an easy-to-read list-view.

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There is also a search tool that allows you to search your content by keyword, or by isolating only the content appearing on a specific page . . .

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. . . In this example, the 'preview' and 'edit' buttons allow you to see and modify each story on that page.
 

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Library Tab

Much like the content tab allows you to view a listing of all your site's text-based stories, Updater's library tab allows you to view a listing of non-text items . . .

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. . . Such as photos, pdfs and other downloadable documents, and even audio and video files. From the library list-view, you can edit images . . .

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. . . With an essential set of image-editing tools that will let you resize, adjust, and save edited copies of your site's images.

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The library can also be browsed in thumbnail mode, where you can see miniatures of each item in the library.

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In the library, you can also add keywords -- important for helping your site's visibility to search engines like google . . .

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The library also has a multiple-file uploader lets you add files in batches, with the ability to provide keywords for each file as you load it . . .

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Shared Items and Lists

On the Updater navigation bar, "shared items and lists" is an advanced function . . .

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. . . That allows the creation of objects which can appear on multiple pages of your site. Examples of shared items include your site's navigation bar, your logo, footer information at the bottom of each page, and so on. Most of these have already been set up for your site by the Acuweb engineering team, but for administrators with advanced web skills, this set of panels provide a way to edit and manage shared items.

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Users Tab

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The users tab allows you to set up additional administrator accounts for others on your team who you may want to be responsible for maintaining specific parts of your site.

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Groups Tab

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The groups tab allows you to control administrative access for your users by assigning them to groups with specific editing and access privileges.

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Adding Links to Navigation

To add link to an side webpage from your sites navigation click on the "edit page" icon [the pencil] . . .



Then, from the Edit Page screen choose the "Advanced Settings" tab and type (or paste) the URL of the new destination you want that link to take people to, in the "Redirect" field (and make sure there's nothing in the "Change Filename To…" field)



Then click Save Changes at the bottom of the page, close the edit window, and click the Post To Web tab at the top of the Updater window and your done.

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Help Icons

On most Acuweb 5.1 editing screens, you'll see a series of small blue question marks next to many items. Should you have a question about the meaning or function of that item, simply click on the question mark...

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And a small pop-up window will give you support information about that item, and its role in managing your site.


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To learn more about any of the advanced site management functions of Updater, just ask your Acuweb customer care representative or to learn more about the other AcuWeb™5.1 tools, visit the AcuWeb Support Home Page.

   

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