Exploring the Website Editor
The website editor consists of the following areas:
- Content and Editing Area - displays the title and description of the selected page; also displays the content available from each page and the content available on the entire website.
- Task Pane - displays a tree view of the website structure.
Two tabs in the upper left allow you to customize your view of website content:
- The Page tab displays the title, description, and included links for the page currently selected in the task pane.
- The All Content tab displays the list of all links available for inclusion in the website. Only those links which have been added to a page will display on the website.
Planning and Designing the Website
Before creating your website, you should determine the desired navigation structure to present to your end users. Some potential organization methods include:
- Application module (for example, Sales, Human Resources, Finance)
- Employee role (for example, Sales Clerk, Personnel Manager, Accountant)
- Geographic or organizational location (for example, Headquarters, United States, Tokyo)
- Business process or function (Sales Orders, Personnel Development, Budgeting)
When working with the application, it is helpful to think of your navigation structure as being made up of pages, which can contain subpages and/or links. The pages in your website reflect your desired navigation structure. For example, you might have a page named "Sales" with a subpage named "Sales Clerk."
There are two methods for structuring and populating your website:
- Create your website structure manually by creating pages and populate the website by adding content links to these pages.
- Automatically build your website structure and populate the website based on the properties of your content. For example, you can use the built-in Category properties within a template to specify your structure. You might specify Category 1 as business process and Category 2 as role. The template also allows you to specify a hierarchy of these category properties. After authors assign a value to the category properties within content, your published website would reflect a navigation structure based on business process as the primary selection and role as the secondary selection.
If you will be automatically populating your website using properties, you should enable these properties in your project template, specify the valid values, and ensure your authors have access to this template prior to developing content. For detailed information on templates, refer to Using Author Templates.
What Can My Website Include?
The following types of content can be included within a website:
- Application-created content, including documents, simulations, and courses.
The website can only contain content that was created with the same template as the website.
- Hyperlinks to non-uPerform Express content on other websites or to files stored on other servers or websites.
Within the website editor, the following content types can be added:
- An application-created document/simulation or student guide.
- An application-created course.
- A link to another website or file.
- A website page.
- A page shortcut.
Page and Link Limits
The application is specifically designed to produce and manage small- and medium-size websites. Consequently, there is a limit of 1000 links or pages within the website to maximize performance and to keep the website to a manageable file size.
Pages are displayed in the task pane. Links are displayed in the Links list.
The number of remaining pages and links is displayed to the right of the tabs in the lower left.
Pages and links that are copied and pasted are included in the limit. A shortcut to a page or link does not count against the limit.
If you attempt to add a page or link and this action will exceed the limit, an error message is displayed. You cannot complete an operation that would result in exceeding the limit.
Creating a Website
- Select from the Editor.
- Select Website from the Type drop-down list.
- Complete/review the following information:
Enter the name of the website.
The name you specify here will also be displayed at the top of published website pages.
Select the template associated with this website.
The template controls the website appearance and, if used, the properties on which the website organization is based.
The website can only contain content that is generated by the selected template.
Select the website language from the drop-down list.
This selection determines the language used in the list of available child documents on the published website.
As desired, edit the default location of the website.
- Click OK.