In short, Actions are any function that affects the current list. The list might be pages in the Site Panel, or a list of events in a Calendar. More simply explained by examples, an Action could be Adding or Deleting a page, Reordering the navigation, or Merging tags. These Actions can also be applied in bulk, so they're useful for quickly editing many items at a time, like applying the same layout to a section or adding a number of pages to the site's navigation.
Actions are universally located atop the current Panel in the Action Bar, at all levels.
At the Site level, Actions apply to pages in your site. When selecting Add, you would be adding a page to the site while Delete destroys pages and so on.
At the site level, Adding creates new pages. Pages or tools are the content blocks of your website. Once selecting Add, you will be asked to select the type of Page you wish to create. Your options may vary, but the most common page types are simple Pages, News, Calendar, and Form. Additionally Folder or navigation Link are available from this list as well.
Once you've selected a page type, you'll be asked to assign a Title and Path to the page. It's best practice to use a path that represents your Title. For example, if your page Title is "Our Company History", your Path should be something like "our-company-history" where spaces are replaced with dashes ( - ) and all uppercase letters to lowercase.
Between selecting the page type and Create, you can optionally select a position in the navigation for you page. Otherwise, it'll be added to the bottom of the list of pages in your site panel.
Deleting then destroys entire pages, so do be mindful of what you decide to delete. In the case of list pages like News or Calendar, deleting DOES kill the tool and all articles, so be certain this is the action you intend. You may select multiple items to be deleted from this Action.
The Reorder Action is a simple drag-and-drop function to change the order of the navigation for a site. For example, you can move a page from one section to another, or move a section from the bottom to the top of the site navigation. Once Reorder is selected, the list will become an editable drag-and-drop list. Move the items you wish and Save Changes to commit, or Cancel to return to your site.
Duplicating does exactly what you would expect. It creates a copy of a tool and all of its content. This might be useful for drafting test content or splitting pages.
Although search shouldn't take much instruction, it's worth noting that the Sitemason search is a "live" search which displays results as you type. From the truncated list of results, you can quickly manage multiple items from the Actions menu. This might be useful if, for example, you needed to quickly Delete all pages tagged a certain way. You'd use the search field to find those articles with a specific tag, and select all items and Delete.
More search options will be available shortly along with Advanced Search which will allows you to further refine your search criteria by date range, publication state, etc.
Site navigation is an important concept in Sitemason, and often determines the menu for your website. You can tell when a Page is marked for navigation when the Page icon is highlighted with a solid color background. Add or remove a Page from navigation by editing the "Include in Navigation" setting per Page.
Pages can be listed within your site sections without being marked for navigation, although Sitemason does expect sections and subsections to be selected for nav if the hierarchy is to be sustained.
Similar to site Actions, page Actions apply settings to items in the list of certain page tools like News, Calendar, Gallery, and Store. These Actions are used for adding and deleting articles as well as applying tags to multiple items.
Adding items for list type Pages like News or Calendar is a one-click affair. By selecting Add in a list tool, a new item Panel will open to add content to your new Calendar event or News article.
Tags are a now ubiquitous feature around the web. List pages use tags to create free-form categories for content in a blog or gallery.
In addition to the obvious Add/Delete, a couple more Actions specific to Tags are used to manage them.
Merging Tags is useful if a Tag was added inadvertently or is no longer relevant. To Merge Tags, first select the Action, then select the item to be merged. From the Action menu, select the target tag from the drop-down you intend to merge the first into.
Additionally, you can Split tags to provide some more specificity with two tags. An example for splitting Tags might be an article tagged with "fruit" and it's found necessary to tag those articles with "fruit" and "vegetables". So splitting the Tag will assign both tags to all articles tagged with "fruit" and you'll have a new tag "vegetables" available for future articles.