The systems are user-friendly. New web pages can be added
whenever you want and targeted emails composed and sent
as needed. You do not need a dedicated server or special
software and there is no additional charge per page once
the CMS is in place, only an annual fee for page hosting
and system licensing.
All you need is an IBM PC and Internet
Explorer 5.5 or higher with cookies enabled. When published
to a website, your pages can be viewed with Netscape or
have set up a demonstration website. Go to: http://www.compad.com.au/clients/demo/
Ignore the demo site graphics. Installed on your site,
it would produce pages in your own design.
This demo site is produced with two CMS systems - one for
Products and the other for Latest News & Back Issues.
Every page on this site except the Home page and the Subscribe
Form has been created with one of these two systems.
Making the web pages was mostly a copy/paste exercise from
a formatted Word document into the CMS Workstation. It's
very quick that way. In Word, you can spell check, set up
auto-formatted tables, format text, etc. Then, when you
copy/paste it, there is very little else to do (other than
inserting any page pics.) before it is ready to publish
as a web page.
In our demonstration site the systems are used to create
and add new Back Issue directories or new Product Range
categories and pages of information whenever you want. In
practice, they can be adapted to a very wide spectrum of
You can also create online Enquiry Forms, insert web page
links and links to downloadable files.
Workstation: Content Management
the Control Console select CMS Workstation to access the
Content Management console where you can create, edit and
publish pages to the demonstration website.
With the Manage Content function, you can create,
edit or delete Back Issue categories and move web pages
from Latest News to our required Back Issue.
Workstation: Add a Page
"Add a Page", click the link in the Content
Management console. At this point you select which CMS Workstation
you want to access.
In this demonstration, you only have one option, the "Newsletter"
Click the "Newsletter" link to start the
web page making process.
Workstation: Add a Page - Headline
the simple instructions described on the page and start
by entering your Web Page Headline and Summary
into the text boxes.
From the Directory Index, select a location for
the page on the website. Select "Top Level"
to publish the page as a Latest News item or specify a Back
Issue directory. Then click the "Continue"
Workstation: Add a Page - Page
Page Content Console enables you to:
format your text,
upload/insert pictures & download files,
insert web page links and
create online enquiry forms.
As you mouseover the tool bar buttons, "Help"
instructions will display in the right hand panel.
You can either type your page content into the Page Content
Console then use the tool bars to format your page or copy/paste
from a Word or Excel file then use the tool bar options
for fine tuning.
Font formatting has been set to match that used throughout
the rest of the website. So, Word font size, colour and
type settings will be ignored. Use the Type Style drop box
options for these controls.
Workstation: Add a Page - Preview
you have completed formatting your page, the Page Content
Console will display any pictures, tables (including auto-formatted
tables from Word), links, forms, etc. that you included.
Now click the preview button to see how your page
will look on the website.
Workstation: Add a Page - Preview
website preview will open in a new browser window.
You can revert to the prior browser window to make corrections
to your page and preview again. Click the "Publish"
button in the Page Content Console when your page editing
Workstation: Add a Page - Publish
must "Approve a Page" before it is linked
from your site. This processing method is to enable page
preparation by one person and proof reading or content approval
by a second person.
In the Content Management Console, select "Approve
a Page". From the list of pages waiting approval,
you can "Preview", "Edit",
"Remove" or "Approve"
each web page.
When the "Approve" button is clicked,
the hypertext links on the website are activated so that
the page can be accessed and viewed on the website.
Workstation: Manage Content
function enables you to:
Add, Edit or Delete Directories on your website.
Move Web Pages
Move your web pages from one Directory to another.
Select the required function.
Workstation: Add a Directory
a website with multiple CMS Worksations installed, you would
select which system to access. In this demonstration Workstation,
you only have one option, the "Newsletter"
system. Click through to the Add a Directory console.
Type your new directory name, upload an image (optional)
and summary (optional) in the text boxes. Then, click the
"Create Directory" button.
new directory name, picture and summary (if entered) will
be added to the demonstration website in the Back Issues
Simultaneously, your Workstation system will update to
include the new directory name in all drop boxes where you
have the option to locate or move a web page from one directory
Workstation: Move Web Pages
you select the option to "Move Web Pages",
you first select the directory in which the web pages are
The directories "Top Level" and "Un-Indexed"
will always list first, then any other directories that
have been added to the website.
"Top Level" contains the web pages that
display as "Latest News" on the demonstration
"Un-indexed" directory is a storage bank
for web pages. These might be pages that you do not want
to display on your site at present but which, you may want
to edit and republish at a later date.
When you select the required directory, you will access
a list of all the web pages stored in the directory. There
is a drop box beside each web page from which you can select
the directory to which you want to move the page. Click
the "Move" button when you have selected the new
Email List Management Workstation
Would you like the ability to create and manage sortable
email lists and create HTML or text emails? Please email
us and request a copy of "Introduction to the
Compad ELM Workstation".