Basic Site Management

Sitemason websites are managed through a strict hierarchy similar to a sitemap or navigation menu. Familiar to anyone who's used a desktop file manager like Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows), Sitemason organizes content through folders and pages.

Hierarchy and Navigation

When first logged into Sitemason, you'll be viewing a site panel, listing your folders and pages hierarchically. This represents your website's site map. Those items selected "Include in Navigation" are highlighted and will populate your site's main navigation menu. !

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Reorder

To reorganize the hierarchy of your website, select "Reorder" from the site Panel's Action Bar. Once in reorder mode, you can drag-and-drop your content to its desired location. "Save Changes" to commit the navigation changes or Cancel to return to the previous structure.

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Add Content

From the Site panel, select the "Add" Action to add any number of content types. Choose from one of the page types, or add a new section with a Folder, or even a navigation Link. Adding content is best covered by the Creating Content tutorial.

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Site Settings

Site Settings are a brief list of options that affect all pages on your website, unless overridden per Folder.

Search Engine Optimization

At every level in Sitemason, you have available fields to mange your Search Engine Optimization. If you are unfamiliar with SEO, that's a whole other tutorial, but in short, SEO is a set of best practices for making your content easily readable by search engines.

The two most basic SEO fields are Description and Keywords. Description is the little summary that appears beneath your link in a search result. Keywords are brief words or phrases that describe your content and help (to varying and lesser degrees) search engines add context to your content.

Additionally, the Window Title is the title that appears atop your browser window for the site. Window Titles are also used as the actual link title in a search result. Window Titles concatenate with child pages, or in English, Window Titles build based on the hierarchy, so if you're on the History page of the About Us section, your window title might be "History | About Us | The Acme Company".

Google Analytics and Site Verification

As the preeminent leader in search and web services, Sitemason integrates with two very important Google products; Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools. To include Google Analytics for your website, simply add the Analytics UID (not the entire code, just the UA-XXXXXXXX-X part).

For Site Verification, use the "Recommended Method" and input the value from the "content" parameter of thetag. It should look something like this:

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="e47AUhVsmIE0xms_2bHRSa8kjYfoLaBvpmJF3OBv9AY" /> 

Where that long string of characters is what you add in the "Google Site Verification Code" field in your Site Settings.

Footer and Copyright

Your Footer and Copyright fields shouldn't need too much explanation. They're fields offered for simple management of the space most commonly at the very bottom of your website where you might display contact information, webmaster details, and your copyright date and attributions.

Typically the Footer is more than just simple text, so a WYSIWYG field is provided, while the Copyright is more often little more than "© The Acme Company 2013".

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