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SiteStudio - Web Designer

Website Creation Overview

Generally, website can be created within the following steps:

  1. Choosing website category.
    SiteStudio allows creating websites in Personal and Small Business categories.
  2. Choosing website layout, color scheme and style.
    SiteStudio offers various layouts in the old and new advances style. You can change website layout at any time before publishing your website.
  3. Entering information about your site.
    You specify website name, email, your name and keywords for search engines in personal category and company name/address, logo, slogan and keywords for small business category.
  4. Adding pages to your website.
    There are various pages for both categories. You can add as many pages as allowed by your admin.
  5. Configuring pages: adding texts, images, tables, subpages.

Choosing Website Category

 

To start creating your site, you should choose its category. SiteStudio allows creating websites in two categories: Personal and Small Business. Each category serves its own purpose. A site in each category constitutes of a series of pages, each devoted to a separate topic, article or resource. SiteStudio offers you a set of templates for all common pages.

 

In the Small Business category you can create a site representing your company or business. It's a good mean of telling about the history of your company, listing the services you render or products/goods you sell. Here you can also create your own online store, look for new employers and more.

In the Personal category you can create a site for your fiends, school-mates and relatives. You can tell about yourself, your background, hobbies, share funny stories and show your photographs. Here you can also post your resume for potential employers and even more.

To select a website category, highlight the category and click NEXT to proceed with creating your website. Alternatively, double click the selected category.
You will be brought to the Select Website Color and Style page.

Attention: Once you begin to create your site you may not change the website category! To change the category, you will have to Start Over, which will delete your current unsaved website.

Adding Pages

Add A Page

To add a page to your website, click the Add A Page icon in the top panel.

Personal

In the Personal category you can create a site for your fiends, school-mates and relatives. You can tell about yourself, your background, hobbies, share funny stories and show your photographs. Here you can also post your resume for potential employers and even more. To create your personal website, add any of the following pages:

  • Splash Screen:
    the home page or index page that welcomes visitors and contains references to all other pages.
  • FlashSplash:
    One more type of the home page or index page with Flash elements that welcomes visitors and contains references to all other pages.
    You can choose between Splash Screen and FlashSplash to set your home page.
  • About:
    the page to provide information about the purpose, the owner of the site and any other relevant data.
  • Download Page:
    the page where you can upload any files with descriptions to them. Visitors of your site can later download them.
  • Resume:
    if you seek employment via the Internet, this is the central page containing short account of your career and qualifications.
  • Links:
    the page where you list your favorite links to related websites or pages.
  • Custom Table Page:
    a page with any data organized in table format.
  • Site Map:
    if your site is becoming complex and hard to navigate, a site map will become helpful to get around.
  • Photo Album:
    a sequence of pages containing images. You may want to use it for posting photos of yourself, your friends, your family, your art works, postcards,etc.
  • Photo Album Flash:
    a flash slide show of images. You may want to use it for posting photos of yourself, your friends, your family, your art works, postcards,etc.
  • Your Own HTML:
    this tool allows to copy-paste an existing HTML page and create a web page based on your own HTML code. Recommended only for advanced users.
  • Humor:
    a tool that helps you organize your jokes, funny pictures, humorous stories and other fun topics.
  • Survey Form:
    a quick tool for drawing up visitor questionnaires.
  • Generic Page:
    a powerful tool to create pages with any layout, containing both text and images.
  • Genealogical Tree:
    a quick tool for creating a family tree. The output is a list of entries each devoted to an ancestor or a family member.
  • Calendar:
    the page where you can list events with dates and comments.
  • ICQ Contact Center:
    if you extensively use ICQ, you will find this form of messaging the most convenient.
  • Driving Directions:
    a powerful tool for visitors to get the driving directions to the place that you specify.
  • Amazon.com Web Store:
    if you want to offer your visitors some books for sale, this is the page for you. To use this feature, you need to sign up with the Amazon.com associate program.
  • Mobile Pager:
    a page from which site visitors can reach you on a cell phone or a pager with Internet messaging support. To use this feature, you need to be subscribed with Bell Atlantic Mobil or Sprint PCS.
  • External Page:
    if you own two or more different sites or your friend or business partner own a website, you may want to interconnect them. This page is most convenient to address site visitors to different site.

Every time your site is visited, the first page to open would be either FlashSplash or Welcome Page, or Splash Screen. These pages will also automatically include links to all other pages you create. So, it would be a good idea to begin your site with one of them.

After choosing a page, click Next to continue with the design of the page.

Small Business

In the Small Business category you can create a site representing your company or business. It's a good mean of telling about the history of your company, listing the services you render or products/goods you sell. Here you can also create your own online store, look for new employers and more. To create a business website, add any of the following pages:

  • Splash Screen:
    the home page or index page that welcomes visitors and contains references to all other pages.
  • FlashSplash:
    the home page or index page in Flash that welcomes visitors and contains references to all other pages.
    You can choose between Splash Screen and FlashSplash to set your home page.
  • About:
    the page to provide information about the purpose of the site, the company that owns this site, and any other relevant data.
  • Generic Page:
    a powerful tool to create pages with any layout, containing both text and images.
  • Welcome Page:
    the page allows to introduce all other pages on your site with images and short descriptions to them.
  • Internet Links:
    the page where you can list useful links to websites or pages related to your business.
  • Download Page:
    the page where you can upload any files with descriptions to them. Visitors of your site can later download them.
  • Firm Profile:
    the page to introduce your company to the visitors of your site. You can edit and organize the text layout for your Firm Profile page.
  • Survey Form:
    a quick tool for drawing up visitor questionnaires.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    the page to give answers to the most frequently asked questions about your business.
  • News and Events:
    the page where you can list important news and events of your company with dates and comments.
  • Careers and Jobs:
    the page to announce about free vacancies in your company. Here you can give your requirements for applicants and contact email.
  • Driving Directions:
    a powerful tool for visitors to get the driving directions to the place that you specify. This can be your company location, some city area etc.
  • Catalog Page:
    the page to list your company products and goods with descriptions and images to them. Use it to advertise your products or services.
  • ICQ Contact Center:
    If you provide ICQ support, this page will come handy for messaging.
  • Site Map:
    if your site is becoming complex and hard to navigate, a site map will become helpful to get around.
  • External Page:
    if you are using two or more different sites for your business and you want to interconnect them, this page is most convenient to address site visitors to another site.
  • Contact Us:
    the page providing detailed contact information about your company: postal address, map, phones and staff members info.
  • Services Page:
    if your company offers a range of services, this page is the most convenient to present services with descriptions and images.
  • Amazon.com Web Store:
    if your company is going to offer customers some books for sale, this page is created for this purpose. To use this feature, you need to sign up with the Amazon.com associate program.
  • Your Own HTML:
    this tool allows to copy-paste an existing HTML page and create a web page based on your own HTML code. Recommended only for advanced users.
  • Add-A-Cart Catalog:
    if you are running online business, use this page to create a fully integrated and usable on-line shopping system with secure payment gateway and a merchant account.
    To use this feature, you should first become an affiliate of Add-A-Cart.

Every time your site is visited, the first page to open would be either FlashSplash or Welcome Page, or Splash Screen. These page will also automatically include links to all other pages you create. So, it would be a good idea to begin your site with one of them.

After choosing a page, click Next to continue with the design of the page.

Splash Screen

Splash Screen is the home page that welcomes visitors and contains links to all other pages.

To configure Splash Screen, fill out the Splash Page form:

  • Splash Theme:
    the main parameter that determines the look of your home page. SiteStudio offers several Splash Screen templates (themes). Choose one—you can change it any time in the future. The current version of SiteStudio does not provide immediate preview, so it is recommended to configure it after you configure all other parameters (see instructions below in this section).
  • Logo image:
    Splash Screen templates are designed to include a welcome image. You can select a picture that is stored on your hard disk or has been already uploaded to your gallery. To include a picture click the "Select Image" button and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Page Title:
    This is the text that will show up on the welcome page in big letters. This would usually be either the name of your site or a welcome sentence.
  • Lock Splash Settings:
    By default, Splash Screen is not affected by the global color settings for your site. Here, you can allow SiteStudio to modify Splash Screen properties by checking the No radio button in the Lock Splash Settings field.

As you finish, click the Next button to save your settings. The View tab (see Tabs for details) will open for preview. How do you like your welcome page?

Okay, now let us look back at the themes. Click the Edit tab and select a different theme, then go to the bottom of the page and click Next. Try other themes to choose the best one.

Important: your site will be published to the Internet only after you press the Publish link on the menu bar, in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

FlashSplash

FlashSplash is the home page in Flash that welcomes visitors and contains links to all other pages.

To configure FlashSplash, fill out the FlashSplash page form:

  • FlashSplash Theme:
    the main parameter that determines the look of your home page. SiteStudio offers several FlashSplash templates (themes). Choose one—you can change it any time in the future. The current version of SiteStudio does not provide immediate preview, so it is recommended to configure it after you configure all other parameters (see instructions below in this section).
    Flash themes Dynamic pictures and Dynamic Pictures2 are available in the old-style templates of the Small Business category. They allow adding images (up to 4 images in total in JPEG-only format) and adding a sound file specifically for the Flashsplash page.
  • Page Title:
    This is the text that will show up on the Splash page in big letters. This would usually be either the name of your site or a welcome sentence.
  • Lock Splash Settings:
    By default, FlashSplash page is not affected by the global color settings for your site. Here, you can allow SiteStudio to modify FlashSplash properties by checking No radio button in the Lock FlashSplash Settings field.

As you finish, click the Next button to save your settings. The View Tab will open for preview.

Okay, now let us look back at the themes. Click the Edit tab and select a different theme, then go to the bottom of the page and click Next. Try other themes to choose the best one.

Important: your site will be published only after you press the Publish link on the menu bar, in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

See the FlashSplash image size requirements.

About

The About page is commonly used to provide the following blocks of information:

  • The purpose of the site;
  • The owner of the site (a person or a company);
  • Any other relevant data.

Enter your text into the boxes provided. Paragraph headings are optional.

SiteStudio allows you to include a picture into the About page. This could be a picture of yourself (for a personal site), your working team (for a company), a logo or any other relevant image. To include a picture, click the Select Image button. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

After you add an image, its thumb view will become available in the form, as well as a Remove Image button. Click it to remove selected image from the About page.

After you key in or copy/paste the data you want to show on your About page, click the Next button to save your settings, and you will be brought to the View tab.

Welcome

The Welcome page can be used as the home page that welcomes visitors and automatically contains links to all other pages that are taken from the titles of the latter. When you change the title of any page, it will reflect on the Welcome page as well. It introduces visitors with all other pages on your site with images and short descriptions to them.

To configure the Welcome page, fill out the page form:

  • Page Title: enter the text that will show on the Welcome page in big letters. This would usually be either the name of your site or a welcome sentence.
  • Page Text: enter some general introduction to this page.
  • Title: these fields automatically show the titles of webpages. Though you still can edit it.
  • Select Image: SiteStudio allows you to include a picture into the Welcome page. This could be your picture, a logo or any other relevant image.
  • Description: enter short description of every page. This text will appear under the Title.

After you add an image, its thumb view will become available in the form, as well as a Remove Image button. Click it to remove selected image from the Welcome page.

Once you have finished creating your Welcome page, click the Next button to save your settings, and you will be brought to the View tab.

Resume

This is the central page for those who seek employment via the Internet. It provides an easy-to-use wizard that allows you to effectively manipulate the data you would like to include into your resume.

As the first step, you will see seven boxes with suggested section headings, each with an Add button on its right. Click the Add button to enter data into the relevant section. A new form will appear. Fill it out and press Next to return to the main Resume page. The information you entered will show in the box; also, Edit and Delete buttons will be added. Click Edit to change contents of the box, and Delete to clear the contents. Follow this instruction for every section you want to include into your resume.
Note: In the Experience section form, you will have an in-built form for job duties. The instructions are exactly the same as above.
Attention: Make sure you don't add empty forms! They will be included into your resume, too.

You can preview your resume at any moment by clicking the View tab (see more on Tabs). All your changes will NOT be lost. At the end, however, don't forget to confirm the changes by pressing the Next button!

Now that you see your resume in a complete form, you may see how to make it more visually appealing. Click Settings tab to change color, font or style (see more on Tabs).

When you have your web page in front of your eyes, you may decide to change the order of some paragraphs. It's simple and fast.

Links

Part of expressing yourself through a web page is including links to your favorite websites. The links you choose to include on your page can communicate your interests and hobbies. A carefully designed collection of related links can make your site a good launching place and will help you promote your site.

  • Header Text:
    The text that shows at the top of the Links page as a header. It usually details the page or serves as a header to the introductory paragraph.
  • Paragraph:
    The introductory paragraph to the Links page.
  • Columns of Links to Display:
    Links can be organized into multiple columns.
  • Addbutton is used to create a new Link category.

To keep your links organized, SiteStudio places new entries into categories. To add a category or links to your Links page:

  • Click the Add button. This will call another form.
  • Enter the name of the category;
  • Click Add (Add Link);
  • Fill in the fields (Site title and Site URL), than click Next to continue;
  • To add link, click Add;
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete link, click Remove;
  • Click Next when finished.

To edit an existing category:

  • Click Edit button;
  • Edit the name of the category;
  • Click Add to include a new link;
  • Click Next to save changes.

To delete an existing category, click Delete button. Warning: All links contained in this category will be permanently deleted!

Custom Table Page

Custom Table is a page with any data organized in a table format. To create a table, fill out the form:

  1. Border:
    enter a numerical value representing the width of grids in pixels. To hide grids, leave the field empty or enter 0.
  2. Width:
    Table width can be indicated in pixels or in percent of the page width. To enter width in percent, put the "%" symbol after the numerical value.
  3. Cell Padding:
    distance from text to border, both vertical and horizontal.
  4. Align:
    aligns the table on the page.
  5. Resize:
    Enter the number of rows and columns for your table and press Resize button before clicking Next.
  6. If you want to group and join some cells, check the corresponding boxes and click the Join Selected button.

To enter cell contents:

  1. Click the Add link in the cell.
  2. Fill the form that shows:
    Title: enter cell title
    Text: enter some text
    V-Align: set vertical align
  3. Click Next.

Click Next to save table and preview the page.

Note: If you input an incompatible set of parameters, SiteStudio will optimize conflicts in these data.

Site Map

This page shows the structure of your site. It is generated automatically and does not allow editing. However, you can configure its settings, just like you do it for other pages.

Photo Album

For you, a photo gallery may become the central element with photos of yourself, your friends, your family, your art works, postcards, etc.

To create a photo album, fill out the fields in the form as the first step:

  • Title:
    the text that shows on the top of the page.
  • Select numbers of pictures per page:
    Mind the size of your pictures. It is recommended that all your pictures fit one screen. Follow the simple rule: the bigger the image size, the fewer pictures per page.
  • Enter the number of columns:
    Change this parameter depending on whether your images have a horizontal or a vertical layout.

In the next step, add images to the Photo Album:

  • Click Add. A new form will appear;
  • Fill in the picture title and the date in any format;
  • Click the Select Image button. You will be brought to the Upload Images page. Follow on-screen instructions to add a new image.
  • Add details. This may be a description of the place or names of people in the picture.
  • Click the Next button to proceed.

To change or remove images, use the buttons under the Image.

To add more images to your album, click Add and repeat the steps above.

Photo Album Flash

For you, a photo gallery may become the central element with photos of yourself, your friends, your family, your art works, postcards, etc.

You may select pictures to create slide-shows.

To create a slide-show photo album:

  1. Fill out the fields in the form.
    • Title: enter the the text that will show at the top of the menu bar.
    • Photo Album theme: choose one of five photo album themes from the drop-down box
  2. Add images to the Photo Album.
    • Click the Add icon in the Add images area.
    • Click the Select Image button. You will be brought to the Select Images page. Follow on-screen instructions to add a new image.
    • Click the Next button to proceed.
    • Repeat the procedure to add more images

To change or remove images, use the buttons above the image.

To change the order of images, click the Order icon and follow online instruction.

Your Own HTML

This tool allows you to copy already existing HTML page and paste it into the input box. However, it is recommended that you create your files in specialized html editors. Before publishing this HTML page, you can choose whether it will use its own titles and layout, or those provided by SiteStudio.

- If you want to insert your HTML page with originally created layout, click Yes in Include layout code?.
- If you want SiteStudio to insert all the headers, titles, select NO in the Show as is option.

To upload a file from your hard drive, click the Upload File button at the bottom of the page.

When uploading your own HTML page, try to avoid non-Latin characters, spaces, underlines, commas, dots, hyphens, etc. It is recommended that your file name only includes letters of Latin alphabet and numbers.

Fun Page (Humor)

Fun page template helps you organize your fun topics. To add an item, click the Add button for the appropriate category and fill out the form that appears.

To add pictures to your Fun Page:

  • Click Add in the Add Funny Pictures box. A new form will appear.
  • Enter the name of the picture.
  • Click the Select Image button. You will be brought to the Upload Images page. Follow on-screen instructions to add the new image.
  • Add text. This may be any comment to the new image.
  • Click the Next button to proceed.
  • Click the View tab to see the page preview.
  • Click the Edit tab to continue editing the page.

To change or remove images or texts, use the Edit and Delete buttons on the left of the picture or text.

To add more images to your album click Add and repeat the steps above.

To change the order of the jokes, images or stories, click the Order Items button in the appropriate form. A new form will appear. Follow on-screen instructions to change the order of the items in the topic.

Survey Form

This template will help you develop a custom online questionnaire. Use it to research public opinion or to get feedback from your customers.

To generate a questionnaire, fill out the form:

Page Title:
Page title is the text that will show at the top of the menu bar. For convenience, it duplicates the same field in the Settings tab. In this field, you can change SiteStudio default name from "Survey" to, say, "Questionnaire" or "Feedback".

E-mail To:
Enter the address where you want the survey results to be e-mailed. It can be the Webmaster's (i.e. your) address or any other address you specify. This page should not be empty.

Questions:
To add a question, click the Add button on the right. A new form appears. If you choose that The Answer is Required by checking YES in the corresponding field, it will mark the survey question with a red asterisk. The survey will not be accepted from a visitor if one or more asterisked questions remain unanswered.

The Question Type determines the format of the suggested answer:

  • True/False: the answer should state true or false.
  • Yes/No: the answer should be Yes or No.
  • Single Line: the answer should fit in one line (for a bit complex questions).
  • Multiple lines: for more comprehensive interrogative answers.
  • Date: the answer should contain a date.
Carefully fill out this form and click the Next button to proceed.

 

On Successful Submission of the Form:
Here, enter the text you want the visitor to see after the form has been accepted.

On Error Submission of the Form:
Here, enter the text you want the visitor to see after the form has been rejected or an error occurred.

Click the Next button to generate the questionnaire.

Generic Page

Generic Page template has been designed to enable fast and simple creation of custom pages that do not fall into any other categories. You can choose how to lay out your images and text depending on your tastes, needs and circumstances.

  • Marquee:
    This is a scrolling area of text. To add a marquee, click Add link. A marquee form will appear. Enter the text you want to scroll, width and height in pixels, scrolling speed, horizontal page alignment and vertical screen position, and the font style. Press the Submit button to proceed.
  • Number of Columns:
    Multiple columns for the whole page can be combined with individual paragraph design.
  • Choose Title For this Page:
    Page title is the text that will show at the top of the menu bar. For convenience, it repeats the same field in the Settings tab.
  • Choose Link Text:
    This text will show on other pages as a hyperlink to this page.
  • Edit Paragraphs:
    You can add, delete and edit only individual paragraphs, including headers, body texts, images and image titles. All elements are optional!
  • Subpages:
    Webpages hidden under hyperlinks, available from the Generic page but invisible from the main menu.

To add or edit Paragraphs:

  • Click Add or Edit. A new form will appear.
  • Select paragraph layout by sliding your mouse over the buttons at the bottom of the page and clicking one of them.
  • Enter Paragraph Header;
  • Click the Select Image button to add a picture;
  • Enter Paragraph Text;
  • Click Next to preview.

If you want to address site visitors to some subpages, unavailable from the main menu, make sure to fill all necessary fields to make it work. To add or edit Subpages:

  • Click the Add button in the Subpages section. A new form will appear.
  • Choose the number of columns from the drop-down box. It's the way paragraphs will be arranged on this subpage.
  • Type Title for this subpage. It'll show as subpage name when you link subpages to paragraphs on the Generic page.
  • Make sure to enter Link Text for this paragraph. It will show on the Generic page as a hyperlink to this page. Without a Link Text, site visitors won't find a link that addresses them to Subpages.
  • To add paragraphs, click the Add button.
  • - Enter Paragraph Header;
    - Click the Select Image button to add a picture;
    - Enter Paragraph Text;
    - Select paragraph layout by sliding you mouse over the buttons at the bottom of the page and clicking one of them.
  • Click Next to preview. The paragraph appears in the Edit paragraphs section.
  • To access subpages from the Generic page, link Subpages to paragraphs:

    1. Click the Edit button near the necessary paragraph in the Edit Paragraphs section.
    2. Select the corresponding subpage name from the Link to subpage drop-down box.
    3. Click Next to proceed.
    4. Click Next again to preview the Generic page.

To remove subpages or paragraphs, click the Delete buttons on the left.

To change the order of subpages, click the Order button. A new form will appear. Follow on-screen instructions to change the order of the elements in the topic.

Family Tree Page

Your family page includes two major blocks of information, one about the whole family, and the other about its individual representatives.

To provide general family information, enter the following fields:

  • Title:
    It could be as generic as "My Family" or as specific as "The Simpson's Family Tree".
  • Header Text:
    give some introductory information about your family.
  • Family Portrait:
    Click the Select Image button to add a picture from your computer.

To provide information about individual family representatives:

  • click the Add button. The Family Member form will appear.
  • Fill out the form. (Note: The date format does not matter). It is recommended to start your Family Tree with the ancestors.

Warning: Clicking the Delete tab will remove the whole Family Tree Page, not a family member page! To remove individual persons from the family tree, click Next in the Family Member form to return to the Family Tree form and click the Delete button on the left of the person's name.

On the Family Tree central page you can see the general family genealogy information.

To view individual family member's page, click this person's name. To return to the general family page, click Back to Family Tree at the bottom.

Calendar

The calendar is nothing but a page listing events like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

  • Date:
    this field is insensitive to the format of the date.
  • Headline:
    what is the event about. E.g.: "Our fiftieth wedding anniversary".
  • Text:
    the optional comment you may want to add. E.g.: "Not celebrating".
  • Type:
    the color in which the record will appear:
    • Usual—green;
    • Important—blue;
    • Alert—red.

ICQ Contact Center

If you extensively use ICQ, you can use this page for messaging. Visitors will be able to send messages to your ICQ directly from your website.

To add the ICQ Contact Center page, fill out the fields:

  • ICQ Number:
    your unique ICQ number to which the messages will be directed. You can copy it from your ICQ details.
  • Subject:
    Every message directed to you by a visitor of your site will have this subject included. A good name for the Subject would be something like "Sent From My Site".
  • Online Indicator Type:
    Your ICQ-message page contains an online indicator that shows your current status (e.g. online or offline). From the drop-down box choose the appearance of your indicator that will show on your website. To continue editing, click Edit tab.
  • Status Indicator Description:
    The text that appears next to the online indicator. You can change the default text to, for instance, "The Webmaster is". Some indicator types include text like "My current status is:" For these types, click the Blank button to keep this field empty.

Press the Next button to proceed.

Driving Directions

This is a powerful tool for visitors to get the driving directions to any address in North America (USA and Canada) that you specify. For a personal site, this can be your home or hangout. For a business site, show the location of your restaurant, store (supermarket) or a service center.

To create the page, make sure to:

  1. Properly enter the following details:
    • Description Of The Destination: briefly describe the place and give any info that might be useful for visitors.
    • Address: enter street and building number.
    • City: specify the target city.
    • State: enter 2-letter code of the state in US (i.e: TX, NY, KS) or Canadian province.
    • ZIP (optionally): enter ZIP code of this location. This option is used only for USA.
    • Country: choose which country your are located: USA or Canada.
  2. Click Next to save data and preview the page.

To change data, click the Edit tab.

Important: The Get Directions button will work only in the published site. You won't be able to check Directions until then.

Please note that driving directions are not a part of SiteStudio, those are third party products and even minor changes on the corresponding site can break links to the map. We are trying to track any changes, but in case there are some problems, we bear no responsibility for broken links and incorrect maps.

E-Store (Amazon.Com Web Store)

To create your online bookstore, do the following steps:

1. Sign up.

You need to sign up to become an Amazon.com associate. Click here to sign up or here to find more about the associate program.

2.Fill out the form

  • Associates ID:
    After you subscribe with the associate program, you will be assigned an associate ID. Enter it into this field.
  • Create Your Sales List:
    enter the names, prices, and descriptions of the books you want to sell. Then press Next to preview.

Important: Please note that Amazon.Com is not a part of SiteStudio, it's a third party product. We are trying to track any changes, but if there are some problems, we bear no responsibility for broken links.

Mobile Pager

Configuring mobile messaging with SiteStudio is as simple as entering the phone or pager number, selecting service type and clicking the Next button.

Currently SiteStudio supports only Sprint PCS customers. In order for this to work, you must have a cell phone, or a pager, which supports this service, and you must activate the service with your service provider.

External Page

To configure External Page, enter:
- URL that addresses site visitors to an external website;
- Button text that will appear on the Site Map, Welcome, Splash Screen and other pages and tell site visitors about its relation to your site.

You can name the External page, say, Our Partner, Our friends or Our associates in the Button text.

Make sure to click the Next button to save changes.

It's important to know that this page will be available for viewing only after publishing.

Add-A-Cart Catalog

You are now able to create a fully integrated and usable on-line shopping system. To do it, add the BUY buttons created by Add-A-Cart to the catalog page created with SiteStudio. The Add-A-Cart shopping system also creates multi-functional online e-shop that can be easily referred to.

With this e-commerce-solutions system you will have everything you need to operate a successful on-line business: a shopping cart, secure payment gateway and a merchant account issued by One Stop Merchant Services.

Generating the Buy button for the Add-A-Cart catalog page.

In order to integrate the "BUY" buttons into your site using SiteStudio, you need to log into your Add-A-Cart account.

In case if you don't have the Add-A-Cart account, you can open it on the Add-A-Cart website. Read more info about registering an account with Add-A-Cart.

There are two instructions to get a snippet: for new and existing items:

To generate code snippets for a new item:

  1. Click the Add New Item button on your Add-A-Cart page.
  2. Enter all Item's information into the form.
  3. Click Add Item.
  4. Copy either the Dynamic Link the first code generated on the page or Static HTML the second copy to clipboard button.
  5. On the SiteStudio catalog page, insert the code into the SiteStudio edit page.

To generate code snippets for existing items:

  1. Click the Edit/Delete Item button.
  2. Click the Edit image (looks like a floppy disk) next to the item you want to edit or generate code for.
  3. Make changes if you want, though you don't have to do it.
  4. Click the Update button.
  5. Copy either the Dynamic Link the first code generated on the page or Static HTML the second copy to clipboard button.
  6. On the SiteStudio catalog page insert the code into SiteStudio edit page.

Download Page

The Download page is a simple page where you can upload any files with descriptions to them. Subsequently, visitors of your site can download them.

To provide general information, enter the following fields:

  • Title:
    enter the name of the page. This text will show at the top of the menu bar.
  • Introduction:
    give some introductory information about downloaded resources.

To provide information and a link to an individual file, click the Add button.

On the Download page, enter the following information about the download element:

  • Element name: a name or a title of the file to be downloaded.
  • Description: enter a description to this file, some useful additional information.

To upload files onto the website, do the following:

  1. Click the Upload file button at the bottom of the page.
  2. You will be brought to the Uploader page. Follow on-screen instructions to upload the new file.
  3. Click the Save button to save the file on your website.
  4. Click the Next button to preview.
  5. To add more files, repeat all steps from clicking the Add icon.

- To edit the files, click the Edit icon next to the necessary file.
- To remove file, click the Delete icon against the file.

Make sure to click Next to save all changes.

Internet Links

Part of introducing your business through a web page is including links to resources related to your industry. A carefully designed collection of related links can make your site a good launching place and will help you promote your site and business.

  • Header Text:
    the text that shows at the top of the Internet Links page as a header. It usually details the page or serves as a header to the introductory paragraph.
  • Paragraph:
    the introductory paragraph to the Internet Links page.
  • Add Category button is used to create a new Internet Link category.

To keep your links organized, SiteStudio places new entries into categories. To add a category or links to your Internet Links page:

  • Click the Add button. This will call another form.
  • Enter the name of the category;
  • Click Add (Add Link);
  • Fill in the fields: Site title, Site URL and short description of the Internet resource you are linking to.
  • Click Next to continue;
  • To add link—click Add;
  • To make some changes—click Edit;
  • To delete link—click Delete;
  • Click Next when finished.

To edit an existing category:

  • Click the Edit button;
  • Edit the name of the category;
  • Click Add to include a new link;
  • Click Next to save changes.
  • To change the order of products, click Order and follow online instructions.

Make sure to click Next to save all changes.

To delete an existing category, click the Delete button. Warning: All links contained in this category will be permanently deleted!

Firm Profile

One more way to introduce your business and tell visitors about different areas of company's activity is to create the Firm Profile page. It's also a good place to show pictures of your staff, partners, describe social activities or professional services offered by your company.

  • Page Title:
    the text that shows at the top of the Firm Profile page as a header.
  • Page Intro Paragraph:
    The introductory paragraph to the Firm Profile page.

Click the Add button to create a new Firm Profile. It will call a new form.

  • Enter the Paragraph Header—short introductory text about the paragraph.
    E.g: if you dedicate the Firm Profile to your staff, Paragraph Headers can serve as names and positions of your co-workers.
  • Click the Select Image button if you want to upload image to this paragraph. Follow on-screen instructions to upload the image. Later you can remove the image by clicking the Remove Image button.
  • Enter Paragraph Text;
  • Choose the template for the paragraph from the options listed;
  • Click Next to continue;
  • To add one more paragraph, click Add and repeat all steps;
  • Click Next to preview page;
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete paragraph, click Delete;
  • Click Next when finished.
  • To change the order of paragraphs, click Order and follow online instructions.

To save changes, make sure to click Next.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ page is used to provide detailed answers to the most commonly asked questions about the industry of your business.

To configure the Frequently Asked Questions page, do the following:

Give general information:

  • Page Title: enter the text that will show up on the Frequently Asked Questions page in big letters.
  • Intro Paragraph: enter some introductory information about this page.

Add questions by clicking the Add button and fill out the form that shows:

  • Question: enter question to be answered on this page.
  • Answer: enter the answer to this question.
  • Click Next to save changes.
  • To add more questions, click the Add icon again and repeat previous actions.
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete paragraph, click Delete;
  • To change the order of questions, click Order and follow online instructions.

Once you completed the page, click Next.

FAQ page doesn't allow using Rich Editor because it generates questions and answers in its own way.
If you need some Rich Editor formatting, add Generic page for this purpose.

Catalog Page

This page allows to list your company products and goods with descriptions and images to them. Use it to advertise your products or services.

To configure the Catalog page, enter general information in the form as the first step:

  • Title:
    the text that shows at the top of the menu bar.
  • Show products per page:
    Mind the size of your pictures. It is recommended that all your pictures fit one screen. Follow the simple rule: the bigger the image size, the fewer pictures per page.

In the next step, add images to the Catalog Page:

  • Click Add. A new form will appear;
  • Enter the Paragraph Header;
  • Click the Select Image button. You will be brought to the Upload Images page. Follow on-screen instructions to add a new image.
  • Add details to the Paragraph Text. This may be a description of your products or goods in the picture.
  • Add optional Buy Now button:
    - click the Select Image button. You will be brought to the Upload Images page. Follow on-screen instructions to add your own image of the Buy Now button.
    - enter Link to Shop and Button Description.
  • Use the templates listed below to choose the way image and text will appear in the catalog. Just hover the mouse over the choices and you will see the appearance.
  • Click the Next button to proceed.

Catalog Page can be edited:

  • To add more products with images, click the Add icon and repeat previous actions.
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete paragraph, click Delete;
  • To change the order of products, click Order and follow online instructions.

Once you completed the page, click Next.

News and Events

The News and Events page is a good way to inform your site visitors about the up-to-date events of your company, e.g: presentations, conferences, seminars, corporate receptions, issuing new products and etc.

Page Title is a text that shows at the top of this page as a header. It can serve as a header to the introductory paragraph.

Intro paragraph is introductory information about your company's history. To add a paragraph:

  • Click Add in the paragraph section.
  • Enter the Paragraph header: this text will serve as a name or introduction for the paragraph.
  • Click Select Image to upload the image. Follow on-screen instructions to add a new image.
  • Enter Paragraph Text. This could be some short information about the history of company's events or description of company's most important event.
  • Use the templates listed below to choose the way image and text will appear. Just hover the mouse over the choices and you will see the appearance.
  • Click Next to save paragraph.

News serve for posting specific dates and related events. To post your company's news or events:

  • Click the Add button in the News section. It will call a simple form.
  • To fill the form, enter the Date and Description of the date.
  • Click Next to save news.

Click Next to preview the newly-created page.

The News page can be edited:

  • To add more Intro paragraphs/News, click the Add icon and repeat previous actions.
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete paragraph, click Delete;
  • To change the order of products, click Order and follow online instructions.

Make sure to click Next to save all changes.

Careers and Jobs

This template will help to post your announcements about free vacancies in your company on the Careers and Jobs page with all necessary requirements and contact info.

Page Title is a text that shows at the top of this page as a header e.g:"Our Vacancies", "Find a Job" etc. It can also serve as a header to the introductory paragraph.

Intro paragraph is introductory information about free vacancies in your company or your business partner.

Text is an optional field. Here you can say, for instance, "Our current positions are:".

To configure this page and add as many positions as you need:

  • Click Add.
  • Enter the Position title, there can be several positions.
  • Enter the Requirements for this positions: specific knowledges, experience, personal features.
  • Leave a Contact email.
  • Click Next to save position and get to the intro page.

Positions can be edited:

  • To add more positions, click the Add icon and repeat previous actions.
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete a position, click Delete;
  • To change the order of positions, click Order and follow online instructions.

Make sure to click Next to save all changes.

Services Page

This page is most relevant if your company specializes in rendering services. On the Services page you can describe all services provided, their prices, conditions.

To provide general services information, enter the following fields:

  • Page Title:
    The text that shows at the top of the Services page as a header.
  • Services Intro Paragraph:
    The introductory paragraph to the Services page.
  • Services Secondary Paragraph:
    Optional field where you can post additional information about services or post something like "The services we provide are:"

To add services, click the Add button. It will call a new form:

  • Enter the Title of the service.
  • Enter Link Label that will show as the title in the list of services at the top of the page (or press Same as Title if you want this link and the service title to be the same).
  • Enter the description and other relevant info about the service in the Text field.
  • Click Next to save info about the service.

 

The Services page can be edited

  • To add more services, click Add and repeat all steps;
  • To make some changes, click Edit;
  • To delete services, click Delete;
  • Click Next when finished.
  • To change the order of products, click Order and follow online instructions.

 

Important: the peculiarity of the Services page is that the user should fill all the service fields. If some of the fields are left blank, you may have empty input boxes on this page. So, if there are not enough links to enter, it would probably be better to use the Generic page.

Make sure to click Next to go to preview page.

Contact Us Page

The Contact Us page is a detailed description of your company's contact info. It has the same functionalities as the About and Welcome pages, but includes more specific information.

To configure the Contact Us page, fill out the form:

Enter general information:

  • Page Title: enter the text that will show up on the Contact Us page in big letters. This can be the name of your company or something like "Our Contact Info" etc.
  • Page Intro Paragraph: enter some general introduction to this page.

Enter your postal address:

  • Select your country from the drop-down box;
  • Enter your Street address and building.
  • Optionally, enter one more optional address if your company has two different offices;
  • Enter the City your company is situated.
  • Enter State (for non-US companies—province, county, district etc);
  • Enter Zip code.

Other contact Info:

  • Enter Phone and Fax numbers;
  • Enter your company contact Email address;

The Contact Us page also allows to attach a map that will help to get to your company. There are two options to add a map: either the one generated with Mapquest or a map of your own.

Mapquest takes the address you have entered in the form above and generates a map. To add a map:

  • Select Enable for Request for Map at Mapquest
  • To address your site visitors to the map, you can:
    - Create a Text for a Link;
    - Select a Button image.

Important: The Search Location on a Map link will work only in the published site. You won't be able to check any maps until then.

Please note that Mapquest is not a part of SiteStudio, it's a third party product and even minor changes on the corresponding site can break links to the map. We are trying to track any changes, but in case there are some problems, we bear no responsibility for broken links and incorrect maps.

To add a map created by yourself:

  • Select Disable for Request for Map at Mapquest.
  • Click the Select Image button. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
    Note: After you added an image, its thumb view will become available in the form, as well as a Remove Image button. Click it if you want to remove selected image from the Contact Us page.

To add info about your partners or staff members:

  • Enter Header for this section;
  • Click the Add button. It will show a form.
  • On the form that shows, enter the Name, Title and Email of the company representative.
  • Click Next.
  • To post more associates info, click Add.
  • To edit staff member info, click Edit;
  • To delete info, click Delete;
  • To change the order of products, click Order and follow online instructions.

On your Contact Us page, an info request from will show. Site visitors can fill the form and submit it to the email address you have entered above. You can add your own texts for error/successful submission of this form.

Click the Next button to save all your settings, and you will be brought to the View tab (see Tabs for details).

Tabs

Look at the tabs right under the toolbar menu. They supplement every page-designing tool:

Edit tab opens by default, suggesting that you should enter or change your data before viewing it. Forms in the Edit tab vary greatly from page to page.

View tab allows you to view your changes. This option is always available when you work on Edit or Settings tab. This means that after you introduce any changes to your page data or settings, you can immediately view them by clicking the View tab.

Settings tab. Here you can customize all parameters for your page. For details go to Settings Tab.

Delete tab permanently removes the page from your site.

Note: You can switch between tabs to change any data or settings any time during the page construction process or later.

Rich Editor

Rich Editor is a multi-function SiteStudio tool that provides a number of features for editing pages. It is available only in the Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and higher. It's not available on Macs (including MS IE), Netscape, Opera, Mozilla and other browsers.

You can access Rich Editor on the majority of SiteStudio pages with text input boxes on the Edit tab by the Click here for Rich Editing link.

You will see that Rich Editor is very much like MS Word or any other editor which makes it easy for you to use. If you feel that you don't need Rich Editor, simply click the button . You will exit Rich Editor without saving the changes.

With Rich Editor you can easily copy any table, image or text from a browser and paste it to the SiteStudio rich editor page. To do this, select text in the browser or in text processor and paste it to the page.

Important: If you copy an image from a browser and publish it on your site, it will be linked to the original location. If the website, where you have taken the image, changes its location, you may face some problems. Therefore, you'd rather save an image on your computer and then upload images to SiteStudio using the Image Uploader.

There are multiple options on the Rich Editor page:

Click to save current changes and go on working with this page.
Click to save changes and exit Rich Editor.
Click to exit Rich Editor without saving the changes.
Click to revert to the last saved version.

Click and to repeat or cancel the last action.
Click to cut selected text, table or image.
Click to copy selected text or table to another location.
Click to paste selected text from the clipboard.

Click to create a hyperlink.
Click to create or edit email address.

Click to see the structure and guidelines of the tables with 0 border. It is especially helpful when you need to delete or re-organize some rows or columns.
Click to insert or edit a table. It will call a web-page dialog where you can set the number of rows, columns, cellpadding and the color of a table.
Click to upload an image to this page. Follow the instructions on Uploading images to add necessary images.

Click to set off the selected text in bold, italic or underline.

Clicking allows to align text to the left, center, right or to justify.

Clicking and allows to create a numbered or bullet list.

Clicking and allows to shift indent to the right or to the left.

Clicking to change text color and to highlight a text with specific color.

Like in MS Word, Rich Editor has a context menu which appears on a mouse right-click. It has a number of useful options for the chosen object.

Standard Settings Tab

Below you can see the descriptions of the Settings tab options. The set of options may vary from page to page. Settings are located in the right and the left side of the screen.

Left side options

- Page Title

Page title is the text that will show at the top of the menu bar. In this field, you can change SiteStudio default name from "Fun Page" to, say, "Laugh with us".

- Button Text

This is the text that will show up on your site's menu among other page names. It may be the same as the Page Title, or you can give it a different name. For example, if your Page Title is "Fun Page", you may want to add some versatility by typing something like "Smile!".

Note: Some SiteStudio designs have small buttons. Therefore, when entering the button text, make sure the text will match the button size.

- File Name

Technically, your site is nothing but an organized inter-linked group of html pages (files). SiteStudio enables you to assign a specific name for every page that you add to your site. It is recommended that your file name only includes letters of Latin alphabet and numbers. Try to avoid non-Latin characters, spaces, underlines, commas, dots, hyphens, etc.

Note: We don't recommend that you change the file name, unless there is paramount neccessity.

- Background Image

You can place the contents of your page on an image. However, try to be discreet with choosing the background. Avoid using photographs or bright decorations, as they may hinder text readability.

 

- Background Sound

This option allows you to add music background to your webpage. To hear the background music, your visitors need to have a corresponding plug-in in their browsers.

If you don't hear anything, check for plug-ins in your browser by choosing Help -> About Plugins. Most of the browsers have all multimedia plugins in their installation package. You may need to reinstall a browser to install multimedia modules with it.

The file will sound when you view the page and after the page is published. Visitors will hear the sound as long as they stay on this page.

To add sound, follow this procedure:

  1. Click the Upload File button.
  2. Click the Browse button and choose the target file of the following format: .au .asf .wav .snd .mp3 .mid .midi .rmi .wm .wma.
  3. Click Save to get back to the Settings page.

To change file, you first have to remove the existing one. To do it, click the Remove button.

- Background Colors

SiteStudio allows you to change the color palette for every site's page. Their default HTML codes are in the boxes next to the parameter names. You don't need to know these codes. Instead, click the icon to call a Color Picker—a palette with colors available—and select the color you like. The "Color" section allows you to change background, text and links color. Just select the element you wish to modify and click on the color you like.

Note: If you decide to change background color, ensure that the text on your page is clearly readable. There must be sufficient contrast between the text and the background image. A background with too much contrast competes with the text for reader's attention and makes it difficult to read.

- Font and Size

The majority of SiteStudio layouts allows to change font and size settings for Firm name, Slogan and Button.

Firm name and Slogan will show on the top of the page if you previously entered them in Global Settings of the Site settings menu. Button text will show the names of the webpages your site contains.

To change font and size, select it from the drop-down boxes. You will see the appearance of the changed font on the image to the right.

- Rollover Effect

Some SiteStudio pages allow to add a rollover effect to the website elements. When you hover the mouse over the buttons on the website, they will change their color, shape, size and other properties. Rollover effect is available only in about 3 SiteStudio designs.

To set a rollover effect, choose it from the drop-down box on the Settings tab and click Next to view the changes.

- "Powered by" Logo

This option allows to replace our default logo that shows on webpages with your own company logo. To add/change logo:

  1. Set logo image by clicking the Select Image button. Follow the standard Uploading images procedure.
  2. Enter Logo URL. Remember that logo won't show without URL!
  3. Enter Copyright text. It can be any plain text.

Optionally, you can leave the "Powered by SiteStudio" logo that comes by default.

- Make this page invisible

This SiteStudio option allows to avoid linking pages to site navigation menu.

Visitors won't be able to see such pages from the website menu and from the Site Map webpage. Such pages will be available from the top SiteStudio panel -> Site Map option where invisible page will show in light-grey color and with a little "eye" icon.

However, you can link invisible pages from the text paragraphs on your page by using, say, the Insert Link otion in the Rich Editor.

To make page invisible from the menu:

  1. Click the Settings tab.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and check off Make this page invisible box.
  3. Make sure to click Next to proceed.

- Disable text navigation

Checking this box will hide text links to webpages at the bottom of this page.

- Banner

A couple of designs in SiteStudio allow adding banners on user sites: Stylish Oval (for both website categories) and Strong (for Small Business category ). In this case simply enter the HTML banner code into the Add your banner code input box on the Settings tab.

In other designs, users can add banners only as images with hyperlinks by entering the banner code in any of the Paragraph boxes under the Edit tab.

Disable banner on this page: Check this box if you want to avoid adding banners to this page. This option is available only for Stylish Oval and Strong layouts.

- Secure

You can make your page open to general public or closed (secure). Secure sites or pages are often used by multinational companies to communicate closed information to its representatives worldwide, where sending e-mails is not appropriate.

To secure strict access to the page, choose Yes. The frame will expand to include a drop-down list box where you can choose who is allowed to view the page: none/all users/some users/some groups/some IPs and domains.

  • Choosing none will disallow access to this page for all users. Think well before choosing it, as this page will be accessible to nobody.
  • Choosing all users will open access to this page for all users.
  • Choosing some users will open access to this page for specific users. To open them an access, check boxes near the users and click Next to proceed.
  • Choosing some groups will open access to this page for the chosen groups. To allow access, check the chosen groups and click Next to proceed.
  • Choosing some IPs and domains will open access to this page for specified IPs and domains.
    To allow access for specific IPs and domains, enter IPs and domains into the Some IPs & Domains to Allow box separating them with hard return.
    To restrict access for specific IPs and domains, enter IPs and domains into the Some IPs & Domains to Deny box separating them with hard return.

You may need to restrict access for users who sent you unwanted messages from the Contact Page or posted disrespectful information in your Guestbook.

To create an authorized user or user group, go to Site Settings -> Edit Security Information (for comments see Edit Security Information help section).

Don't forget to click Next once you have finished in order to apply all changes.

Right side options

- Title, Text, Heading

On these three boxes to the Right you can select:

  • Font - use pull-down menu;
  • Color - click on Change color button, when the color scheme appears, click on Selected color;
  • Lettering Style - simply click on letter symbol.

After you change the settings, click Next to see the result.

- Keywords

User the input box to enter any keywords people should use to find your site with a search engine. Separate the keywords with commas.

- Description

Enter a description that will appear when search engines list your site.

The last two options allow every webpage to be listed by search engines. In SiteStudio, you can also set keywords and description for the entire website.

Adding Plugins

A part of SiteStudio pages come with additional plug-ins: guest book, counter and online poll. Plug-ins can be configured on the Edit tab.

  • Guest Book allows to see the feedback posted by the visitors of your website.
  • Counter allows to view statistics of visits to your website.
  • Online Poll allows to attain your visitors' opinion about your website or services in a form of a questionnaire.

Different pages have different combination of plug-ins, while as some pages don't offer plug-ins at all.

Configuring Guest Book

To configure a Guest Book plug-in in your SiteStudio:

  1. Choose Guest book from the drop-down box and click Add Plug-in.
  2. To add a specific guest book, you can either:
    - click to Create A New Guest Book. You will be taken to the Guest book creation wizard.
    - choose Currently Active Guest Book from the drop-down list.
  3. Alternatively, edit current guest book by clicking its name in the list of existing guest books. You will be taken to the Guest book edit wizard.
  4. Choose where guest book must appear on the page from the Where to put it drop-down box: top right, mid right, bottom of the page.
  5. Click Next to save changes.

Configuring Counter

To configure a Counter plug-in in your SiteStudio:

  1. Choose Counter from the drop-down box and click Add Plug-in.
  2. To add a specific counter, you can either:
    - click to Create A New Counter. You will be taken to the Counter creation wizard.
    - choose Currently Active Counter from the drop-down list.
  3. Alternatively, edit current counter by clicking its name in the list of existing counters. You will be taken to the Counter edit wizard.
  4. Choose where the counter must appear on the page from the Where to put it drop-down box: top right, mid right, bottom of the page.
  5. Click Next to save changes.

Configuring Online Poll

To configure an Online Poll plug-in in your SiteStudio:

  1. Choose Online Poll from the drop-down box and click Add Plugin.
  2. To add an online poll, you can either:
    - click to Create A New Online Poll. You will be taken to the Online Poll creation wizard.
    - choose Currently Active Online Poll from the drop-down list.
  3. Alternatively, edit current online poll by clicking its name in the list of existing online polls. You will be taken to the online poll edit wizard.
  4. Choose where the online poll must appear on the page from the Where to put it drop-down box: top right, mid right, bottom of the page.
  5. Click Next to save changes.

Uploading Images

If you want to upload an image to your webpage, click the Select Image button and you will see the Image Uploader page. In SiteStudio you can upload images from your computer, from your image gallery and from the gallery provided by your hosting provider.

To upload image with Rich Editor, click the button on the Rich Editor page.

  • Upload: upload files from your computer.
    You can upload images into the folder images/ or create new destination subfolder.
  • To upload the image:

    1. Click Browse and go to the directory or folder on your computer where your picture is saved.
    2. Select the picture you want to add to your page
    3. Click the Open button. The location of the selected file appears in the "Upload Image" window.
    4. Click the Save button in the "Upload Image" window.

    You can upload up to 5 files at once.

  • Your Gallery: choose from the images that you have uploaded before.
  • Our Gallery: select images from the SiteStudio provided by your hoster. Users can use these images, but they can't upload or change images in this gallery.
  • Options: choosing this tab will bring you to the Gallery Options page. Here you can:
    - Show images with the following extensions in your gallery: gif, jpg/jpeg, png and bmp;
    - Show/not show image thumbnails;
    - Set Thumbnail size (one of 3 options);
    - Sort images by name, size and date (in ascending or descending order).
  • Make sure to click the Save button to save all changes.

Clicking the magnifier icon in the image gallery will open the image in the new window in full size.

Clicking the Resize Image icon allows to change the size of the image.
If you resized image in Our Gallery (customer's gallery), then the resized copy will be stored in Your Gallery. The reason is because user has no permissions to resize or change images of the provider's gallery.

Order Elements

To re-order the elements or pages themselves, do the following:

  • Click to highlight the name of the element that you want to move;
  • Use the and buttons to move the selected item up or down the list;
  • Click the Next button to save changes.

Site Map

Here you can see and inspect all the web pages your website consists of.

  • to preview page content click View. You will be brought to the page’s View tab.
  • to change, add or delete info—click Edit. You will be brought to the page’s Edit tab.
  • to delete the page click Remove. The page will be permanently deleted.
  • to change the look and feel of the page, click Settings. You will be brought to the Settings tab.
  • pages listed in the light-grey color with the eye icon are invisible pages, they can't be seen from the navigation menu.

Important: Whatever long the page title is, it will show only 25 symbols on the Site Map.
For example, title Johnsons Family Genealogical Tree will show as Johnsons Fa... Genealogical Tree.
The same length preserves for page titles under the toolbar on the top of the page, between the Delete and View tabs.

Site Settings

Click the category you need help with:

Note: When available, use the navigation buttons inside the browser window. For some pages, your browser's Back and Forward buttons will not work correctly. If a page fails to load, or does not reflect last changes, click your browser's Reload or Refresh button to update the page.

Website Color & Style

Choosing a correct layout is crucial for the success of your website, as it will determine the look of every page. SiteStudio is equipped with a number of pre-designed Overall Site Layouts.

To set the website layout and colors:

  1. Go through the list in the upper left box by mouse-clicking each item or using cursor keys on your keyboard. Sample pages will be shown in the preview window on the right. Choose the one that will best suit the contents of your site.
    Note: Most of layouts come with New style in addition to the Old style. New style is more enhanced and improved in comparison with the Old style.
  2. Select a color scheme in the lower box. It will only affect the menu bar; colors for every individual page are set at a later stage (see Settings Tab).
  3. Check the box if you want to apply color scheme to all pages on your website.
    Note: It comes checked by default. If you uncheck it, the layout and color settings will only affect the pages you create after applying these changes; the pages you created before will remain unchanged. Changing this option doesn't affect your settings in any way, if you are only beginning to create your site.
  4. To save settings and view the changes, click Next.

You can change your layout and color scheme any time in the future without losing any information whatsoever, even when the construction of the site is complete.

Global Settings

Web readers often want or need to contact the person who created and maintains the website. Global Settings form requires you to enter basic information that will help identifying the site and its author after it is published.

Global Settings are different for Business and Personal category of websites.

For Personal category: enter your full name, email address, website name. Also enter keywords and description of the website into the message boxes.

For Business category: enter your corporate email address, firm (company) name, logo image, slogan line, street address1, street address2, the name of your city, state, zip, phone and fax numbers.

In the Search Engine Keywords box enter the words or word combinations that distinguish your site from all other sites on the Internet. They will be helpful when somebody tries to find your site with a search engine. Think of the words that would be most characteristic of your site.

In the Search Engine Description box enter a short description of your site, like an answer to the question: What is it about? If an Internet user finds your site with a search engine, this description will show right under the site name.

At this point, you are done with general site settings. Click the Next button to configure individual pages.

Special Effects

Add themes and special effects! Make snowflakes fall down in the browser, add logos that stay put as the user scrolls, and tons of other cool features, all with easy point and click selection.

There are several check boxes to indicate and select the theme (javascript effects) that you can see on your web page. Use pull-down menu for selection. Then, click Next to preview.

Falling Things:

  • Snow—the snowflakes will fall on your screen;
  • Snow 1 - just the same action but another type of snowflakes;
  • Leaves - the leaves will fall and fly on your screen;
  • Angels - the same actions but Angels (instead of leaves) will fly on your screen.

Items. Please use pull-down menu to select the number of snowflakes (leaves).

Theme 1. Here you can include the "Top down curtain" effect.

 

Cursor pointer. Here you can select:
  • Cursor text. The name of the web page will trail the cursor.
  • Colorful tail. The colorful tail will trail the cursor.
  • Site logo. Specify where you want to place the Logo image.

    Logo duration. Specify how long you want the Logo to show on the page after it is loaded.

     

    Alt text. Enter the tooltip text—a brief message that will pop up next to the cursor when it stops over the Logo image.

     

    Note: Try not to include too many effects.

    Load/Save Website

    You can save up to five different versions of your site. Make sure the names you enter reflect changes between versions.

    Attention: Before retrieving a previously saved website, save your work! If you don't save your current project, you will lose it. SiteStudio can work with only one site at a time.

    To save your current site versions, enter the draft name of the site into the box and click Save. Next time you will know which of the saved sites to load.

    Note: Saving your website will not publish it. To publish your site, click the Publish link at the upper left-hand corner on the menu panel.

    Start Over

    This option allows to scrap all your current pages with one click, and begin designing anew. Use this option if you are not satisfied with the current site and want to try something different from scratch. There will be no way to get back your current pages if you start over, unless you load previously save site from the Load/Save Website option.

    After clicking Start Over, you will get to the very first step in creating website: choosing website category.

    Warning: You will lose only your current site. If you have any saved sites, you can edit them using Load/Save Website option.

     

     Refresh Images

    Refreshing images is required in the following cases:

    • If ImageMaker has generated images incorrectly or there were some errors while generating.
    • If your provider moved a user account from one box to another, refreshing helps to correct paths to images.

    To refresh images, go to the Site Settings menu and click the Refresh Images link.

     Change Language

    To change SiteStudio interface language:

    1. In the Site Settings menu click the Change Language link. You will see a list of available languages.
    2. Simply choose necessary language from the drop-down box. Interface language will change right away.

    If your hosting provider supports only English version of SiteStudio, you won't have access to other languages.

    Keep in mind that if your website contains any pages, change of language can corrupt these pages. Therefore, you need to Start Over or delete all pages to change the language correctly.

    Edit Security Info

    You can make your site open to general public or closed (secure). Secure sites are often used by multinational companies to communicate current information to its representatives worldwide, where e-mailing is not appropriate.

    To secure specific webpages, you should:

    1. Configure access groups and users in the Site Settings menu.
    2. Secure individual pages in the Settings tab of the specific page.

    To configure users or user groups authorized to access your secure site, click the Edit sec. info link in Site Settings:

    1. In the Add Users section click the Add button.
    2. In the form that appears, enter User Name, user Password and user Full Name.
    3. Click Next to proceed.
    4. In the Add Groups section click the Add button.
    5. In the form that appears, enter Group Name and choose the users to be assigned to this group.
    6. Click Next to proceed.
      Note: You can delete, edit and change the order of users and groups using the corresponding manipulation buttons.

    To secure individual pages, go to Settings tab (see Page Settings help section for details).

    Edit Info for Search Engines

    SiteStudio allows to edit description to robots.txt file. This file is used all over the world by search engines to find the match to the search request. Search engine robots check robots.txt file, which is a plain text file, in the root of each server.

    Robots.txt implements the Robots Exclusion Protocol, which allows the website administrator to define what parts of the site are off-limits to specific robot user agent names.

    You can leave the following indexing information to the search engines:

    Note: you can edit, delete and change the order of file and directory names that are to be denied.


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