Pages are the building blocks of your website. The most basic of these blocks are simple Pages. It's very likely that your website will consist primarily of these pages types. Simple Pages are familiar to anyone who has used a word processor. Though the Page is the most basic of the Sitemason tools, it is anything but simple. You can add many types of content, from standard paragraphs and images to tables and video. It consists of a single WYSIWYG editor to format text, add media, or for those familiar with HTML, get into the Source and have limitless control over your content.
The features of the editor are best covered in our WYSIWYG tutorial.
All pages have basic settings for managing their behavior on your website. By opening the Page Settings Tab on the right of the page Panel, you will discover a handful of helpful settings for enhancing your Page.
Title and Path
You would have set a Title and Path when creating your page, but you can edit them in the Settings. Paths should be all lowercase without spaces and reflect your page Title. For example, if your page Title is "Our Company History", an appropriate path might be "our-company-history".
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, Window Titles can be added if you wish for the title that appears atop your browser window to be different than the page's navigation title. Window Titles are used as the actual link title in a search result. For example, on your website "Our Company History" might be appropriate, but in the context of search results, you might want that link to read "History of the Acme Company".
Site Search and Site Map
By default, all pages are added to the site's search index. This is the search on your website that allows your site visitors to discover your content through searching. If, for whatever reason, there is content on your site that you do not wish to be searchable, deselect "Include in Site Search". This might be a case new content that is not yet ready for prime time, or redundant content that is better detailed by another page.
Your Site Map is an auto-generated hierarchical content tree of all the pages on your website. Sitemason infers this map based on the pages in your site list. If there's a page you wish to be omitted from your site map, deselect this option.
Our favorite field name, a Slug is a connection from your page to the site template. As an end-user, it's unlikely you'll ever have interaction with this field, but it's where a developer can assign a unique identifier to a page and use it to display your page in a specific way.