Plesk Sitebuilder 4.5 for Linux/Unix Wizard User's Guide

Plesk Sitebuilder 4.5 for Linux/Unix Wizard User's Guide

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Creating Site Structure

A site consists of several pages linked together to present information in an ordered way. Using Plesk Sitebuilder, you can arrange the pages in the two levels of hierarchy: top level pages and second level pages. Therefore, before this stage you must clearly understand how you intend to structure your site.

Note: The maximum number of pages you can create in one site is determined by your service plan.

To facilitate creating your site, you are provided with a number of pre-defined site structures, or page sets, which can be used as templates for creating your own site structure. The default page set of your site is determined by the type of site you chose on the

Start page of Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard.

On the

Pages step, you can build any possible site structure by adding the desired pages and arranging them as needed. Find out about the

types of pages (see page 31)

offered by Plesk Sitebuilder and about the process of

building site structure (see page

32).

The

Pages step screen provides the following functionalities:

Creating Site Structure 29

Figure 17: Step 3. Creating Site Structure

1 The

Page sets area allows you to choose a page set. The selected page set is shown in red frame.

2 The

Standard pages area displays the structure of the page set chosen in the Page

sets area. You can expand or collapse this section by clicking the

or icons in the top bar of the section.

3 The

Your site structure area shows the final structure of your site.

4 The

Page position area enables you to organize the hierarchy of pages (see page 33) in

the site map, and to

rename pages (see page 35).

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and buttons allow you add or remove pages from the site structure.

6 The

Site regional and language options area allows you to set the site language and the format of numeric data. You can expand or collapse this section by clicking the

or icons.

7 The

Special pages area displays all available types of pages which can be added to your site structure: one common text page, and all available page modules. You can expand or collapse this section by clicking the or icons.

8 The check box enabling you to

add a visitors counter to your site (see page 163).

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In this chapter:

Types of Pages ................................................................................................. 31

Structuring Your Site ......................................................................................... 32

Choosing Site Language, Currency, and Format of Numbers, Time and Date ... 37

Creating Site Structure 31

Types of Pages

In Plesk Sitebuilder, there are two types of pages:

 Standard (common) pages - ordinary HTML pages used for displaying text information. Such pages are marked with icons in the site map.

 Special pages - page modules which extend the site functionality. Each module is designed for a certain purpose and is identified by its own icon. There are the following types of page modules in Plesk Sitebuilder:

Blog (see page 73). Supports a standard set of blog functionality: posting,

commenting, content categorizing, etc. A

Blog page is very convenient for organizing the News, Events and similar pages on sites.

Image Gallery (see page 80). Allows you to share images or photos online.

Supports batch image upload with group editing functions, organizing images into albums, etc.

eShop (see page 88). Online store creation and management tool featuring

shopping cart, multi-currency, categorized product catalog with thumbnail upload capability, product inventory and shipping cost support, order management. Provides integration with a number of online payment systems, such as PayPal, Authorize.Net, and others.

File Download (see page 118). Allows providing content for download to site

visitors.

Note: Each

File Download page can hold only one file. To provide several files for download, it is necessary to add several

File Download pages to the site structure.

Flash Intro (see page 119). A pre-designed flash introduction to your site. It is

possible to choose between several designs of the intro and insert your own text content into it.

Note: The

Flash Intro module is the only page module that requires no PHP on the publishing location and therefore can be included into a static site.

Forum (see page 120). Allows you to set up a forum where visitors can post

questions and participate in discussions.

Guestbook (see page 128). Allows you to create a guestbook and manage the

posted messages.

Registration (see page 132). Allows you to set up voluntary user

authentication on sites. After a registered site visitor opts in, their details are automatically inputted in all forms they open on the site, for example, when submitting a forum topic or shopping at the online store. You can suspend a visitor account, thus restricting a visitor from authenticating under his or her user name.

External Page (see page 138). Allows incorporating links to external pages into

the site menu.

The list of available modules is determined by your service plan.

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In Plesk Sitebuilder, you can add several page modules of one type to a site (except for

Flash Intro and Registration).

Structuring Your Site

You can build and edit your site structure on the

Pages step of Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard.

To facilitate creating your site, you are provided with a number of pre-defined site structures, or page sets, which can be used as templates for creating your own site structure. The default page set of your site is determined by the type of site you chose on the

Start page of Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard. You see this default page set highlighted in the list of page sets, its structure is displayed in the

Your site structure box on the right.

You can modify the proposed site structure as desired by adding pages from other page sets (or even whole page sets), renaming pages, changing pages hierarchy, or removing pages from the

Your site structure box.

The list of page sets available depends on your service plan and can be extended only by your Plesk Sitebuilder administrator. The structure of each page set is shown in the

Standard pages area after you select the page set in the list.

The

Special pages area shows a list of special pages, or modules which you can add to your site, plus one common site page which you can use as an ordinary text page. To learn which modules are available, refer to

Types of Pages (on page 31).

In this section:

Adding Pages .................................................................................................... 33

Changing Position of Pages .............................................................................. 33

Renaming Pages ............................................................................................... 35

Hiding Pages in Site Navigation ........................................................................ 35

Removing Pages ............................................................................................... 37

Creating Site Structure

Adding Pages

To add pages to the site structure:

1 Select the necessary pages in the

Standard pages, or in the Special pages area.

Note: The module titles in the page set may differ from the original names of the modules. For example, a page

Photo may represent the Image Gallery module.

You can always identify a module by its icon.

2 Click .

Or just drag and drop needed pages into the

Your site structure box.

You can add as many modules of one type to your site as you wish - except for the

Flash Intro and Registration modules. These modules can be added to your site only once.

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Figure 18: Adding Pages

Changing Position of Pages

To change the pages hierarchy:

1 Select the required page in the

Your site structure box.

2 Use one of the buttons in the

Page position area:

 To move a page from the second level to the top level of the site structure, click

Left.

 To move a page from the top level to the second level, click Right.

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 To move a page up at the same level, click

Up.

 To move a page down at the same level, click

Down.

When you move a first level page

Up or Down, all dependent second level pages are moved together with it.

Note: In Plesk Sitebuilder, modules can be only first-level pages in the site structure, and cannot have dependent second level pages. The only exception is the

File

Download module, which you can set a second-level page, but you cannot depend other pages on it.

Figure 19: Changing Position of Pages

Creating Site Structure 35

Renaming Pages

To rename a page:

1 Select the page in the

Your site structure box and click Rename.

Or just double-click the page's name to make it editable.

2 Provide a new name for the page.

3 Press ENTER.

If you choose to rename the page at a later stage, you can use the

Page title field on the

Edit step of the Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard.

Figure 20: Renaming Pages

Hiding Pages in Site Navigation

You can make certain pages invisible in site menu. The page which you choose to hide will be accessible only by clicking a link placed on other pages of your site (or wherever you would like to place it). Note that when a site visitor actually accesses a hidden page, it appears in the site menu, and when they switch to another (not hidden) page, the hidden page disappears again.

To hide a page in the site navigation menu:

1 Go to the

Edit step.

2 Go to the desired page.

3 Clear the

Show this page in site map check box.

Hidden pages are highlighted with grey color in the

Site map area and in the site structure on the

Pages step.

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Figure 21: Hiding Pages in Site Navigation

You can hide both first and second level pages.

To understand how hiding pages correlates with pages hierarchy, see the example below:

Let the site structure look as follows:

 Page 1

 Page 2 (hidden)

 Page 3

 Page 3.1 (hidden)

 Page 3.2

 Page 4 (hidden)

 Page 4.1

 Page 4.2 (hidden)

To understand the dependency of pages' visibility and position in the hierarchy, see the table below.

Active Page* Visible Pages

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 3.1

Page 3.2

Page 4

Page 4.1

Page 4.2

Page 1, Page 3

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Page 1, Page 3, Page 3.2

Page 1, Page 3, Page 3.1, Page 3.2

Page 1, Page 3, Page 3.2

Page 1, Page 3, Page 4, Page 4.1

Page 1, Page 3, Page 4.1

Page 1, Page 3, Page 4.1, Page 4.2

* active page is a page where the site visitor currently stands

Creating Site Structure

Removing Pages

To remove a page from the site map, select the page in the

Your site structure box and click .

Note: You cannot delete all pages from the

Your site structure area. In case you need to clear the space - for example, before setting up a completely new site structure, we recommend to select all pages, except one, delete them, add the necessary pages to the site, and then delete or reuse the old page.

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Figure 22: Removing Pages

Choosing Site Language, Currency, and

Format of Numbers, Time and Date

In Plesk Sitebuilder, you can create a site in the language which is different from the language of your Wizard interface. The desired language is selected on the

Pages step of Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard.

The choice of the language determines the format of numbers, the site currency and price format, and also the format of date and time records everywhere on your site.

To select the language for your site and the format of displaying numbers, currencies, times and dates:

1 Go to the

Pages step.

2 Select the language of your site from the

Interface language list.

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In the

Standards and formats area, you will see the format of numbers, date and time, and the currency associated with the chosen language.

If you do not see a required language in the list, check

Parallels web site

( http://www.parallels.com/en/download/sitebuilder ) to see if it is available. Only a user with administrator's privileges can download and install language packs in Plesk

Sitebuilder. If you wish to use any of the available language packs, contact your Plesk

Sitebuilder provider for assistance.

Note that the currency and price format specified here will be applied to your online store, if you add one to your site. You can alter these settings for your online store at a later stage by

configuring the eShop module accordingly (see page 100). The online store

settings and the regional and language settings of the whole site are independent of each other.

Figure 23: Choosing Site Language and Customizing Settings for Display of Numbers,

Currencies, Time and Date

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