The Preferences section allows you to change the options of your website and the control panel. You will have an access to the Media Gallery and the Font Manager from the section as well.
The “Website Preferences” section allows you to change the “Website Settings” and “SEO Optimization” options. In the “Website Settings” you may point out the title of your website, which is used as a prefix for the page titles. E.g. if your website title is “My website-”, then your “News” page title will be displayed as “My Website – News”. If you want the page titles to display without prefixes, just leave this field blank.
1. With help from the setting “Page to start from” you can set which page of the website will be opened the first. This very page will be displayed first every time you open your website.
2. In the “SEO Optimization” section you may activate Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools for your website. You can also track all of the events from your Flash website by activating the “Enable flash tracking” option.
You can generate the sitemap.xml file by pressing the button “Generate Sitemap”.
To activate Google Analytics, you should select the following option and enter your account information. If you haven't had your Google Analytics account yet, you can create it by clicking the “Create New Account” link. Upon your account activation you will see your website statistics and traffic from the Google Analytics control panel. Please visit Google Analytics website for more information.
“Google Webmaster Tools” is another useful feature for website analytics and SEO. Please follow this link for more detailed information. To take all advantages of this feature, you should have a Google Webmaster Tools account that will help you to appreciate the “Meta Tag” and “File Name” fields. If you haven't had your Google Webmaster Tool account yet, you can create it by clicking the “Create New Account” link.
3. Under Construction
You can set your website for under construction mode so nobody else can see while you're working on it. For this you should click on the tab 'UNDER CONSTRUCTION' and turn it on. There you can select the theme and to enter your message for visitors.
Also you can preview the result of your Under Construction Page.
You can protect some pages with a password. Here you can customize login box and set a password.
To enable password protection on the page you have to set this property in the page settings:
Control Panel Preferences
The “Control Panel Preferences” section consists of three subsections: “Advanced Settings”, “Password” and “Backup & Updates”.
1. The “Advanced Settings” section allows you to select the language of the interface and choose whether to show the “Greetings” on the start up or not. You may also enable the “Check for updates” function while running this application.
“View website in the same preview window” function allows users to start the site from the last page they were editing by pressing the “Preview Website” button.
When the “View website from the start page” is selected, the “Preview Website” button will open a start page.
NB: When both “View website in the same preview window” and “View website from the start page” are selected “Preview Website” button will open a start page.
2. In the “Password“ section you can change your current password to a new one.
3. In the “Backup & Updates” section you can search for the system updates: just click on the button “Check for updates”, or create backup clicking on the button “Create Backup”
The “Media Library” button allows you to manage all media files used on your website. With the help of the filter placed on the top panel, you can view all images, animations, video and audio files that have been downloaded. In order to upload some new files and use them on your website, please click on the button “Upload Files” on the top left corner. You can also change the size of the icons while viewing elements of your Media Library. Please use the slider in the right lower corner of your Media Library for this.
You may upload files to the library in a single file or a group of files. In order to delete the element from the Library, please click the “x” icon next to the element you want to remove. The selected element will be removed upon confirmation. Also you can remove several media library items by selecting them and pressing the “Remove Selected Items” button in the bottom left hand corner.
The Image editor has a left and right panel. Buttons that are shown on the left panel - open functions, properties is on the right side.
The Navigator function allows users to change image scale moving “Zoom” slider or edit the scale in percent value, or pres buttons “Fit” ”1:1” ”2:1”.
The Rotate function has Flip buttons (HORISINTAL and VERTICAL) that can flip the image, Rotate buttons (LEFT and RIGHT) and the Angle bar, where the exact angle of rotation can be set.
The Transform function allows users to resize the image. User can use the custom size of the image or use the CROP button to crop the desired part.
Using the Adjust color function, you can adjust Hue, Saturation and Color balance dragging sliders or inputting custom value.
The Brightness and contrast function has sliders to adjust Brightness and Contrast of the image.
The Effects function allows user add effects (GRAYSCALE, NEGATIVE, SEPIA, Sharpness, Blur, Colorize) to the image.
The Name and metadata section is used to change/add image Name, Title, Alt and Tags.
In the History section all changes that were done to the image are shown. User can return to any history item.
In the Library section other images from Media Library are shown.
Fonts Manager and Online Fonts Creator
One of the advanced features of Flash CMS is the ability to upload and use the custom fonts on the Flash CMS website. You can use the “Fonts Manager” for that. In order to open the “Fonts Manager”, please go to the “Preferences” tab of your control panel or click on the button “Add font” while browsing the fonts in the text editor.
The “Fonts Manager” lists all of uploaded fonts. Besides the uploaded fonts, you can use the device fonts such as Tahoma, Arial and Times New Roman on your Flash website. These fonts are displayed on the “Text Editor” only. You can add new fonts, uploading them from your Local PC, as well as enable and disable fonts that have been uploaded. You can also select the group of glyphs, if one of the fonts was uploaded in several variants, or just delete the font you are not going to use. Clicking the “Create font“ button, you can go to the “Online Fonts Creator” to generate your custom fonts.
To make your font displayed on the website, you should make sure that the font has a correct format and structure. Flash can upload Fonts in .SWF file format only. Initially Fonts may be in various formats. One of the most popular formats of the fonts is Open Type with file extensions TTF and OTF. If you want to use such files on your Flash website, you should convert them into .SWF. Please use the “Create Font” button to switch to the “Online font creator”. Once the font is converted, please use the button “Add New Font” to upload it to your control panel.
Not all the fonts can be converted. Some of the fonts were created by the conversion from other formats and may not be converted by our program. Some of the fonts are different from the “Open Type” format. Usually you can convert these fonts into TTF or OTF with the help of a special program and then turn them into SWF format with the help of the “Online font creator”. While adding a new font, you will be prompted to select the glyphs. You may add as many symbols as you need by varying the size of the .SWF file. For example, if you generate the “Tahoma” font with all the symbols it supports (Latin, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, etc.), it will gain up to 10MB in size. The “Fonts Manager” allows to upload several variants of the same font, but with different glyphs. With the help of the control panel you can decide what font and its variant are going to be used on the website. After you have uploaded and activated a new font, you may check how it works within the “Fonts Manager”. The chosen font will be applied to the text that is placed in the special box below. This text is editable, so you can always check it to see if your current font supports all the necessary characters.
Creating New Page or Pop-up
Flash CMS allows you to add new pages and pop-ups to your Flash website. In order to add a new page or a pop-up, please use the top panel button, the special menu or the “Right Click” menu in WYSIWYG editor.
For adding a new page, you should take the following steps:
First of all, please choose what you would like to create – page or a pop-up.
1. The Page is the main section of the website. Each of the pages has its own title and address that changes depending on the site navigation. You may open any page using its address.
2. A pop-up is a drop-down window. It is usually used for the additional information that is not displayed on the website pages due to its size or some other reasons. A pop-up, like any page, has its own address, title and other page properties, but it is used for SEO only and it does not change the title in the browser or the address field by opening the pop-up.
Page and Pop-up Templates
As soon as the type of the section is chosen, you need to select the template of the page or pop-up you would like to create. Depending on the website, the number of pages and template pop-ups may vary. You cannot create a new page or a pop-up without selecting a template. You can create an empty page or a page with sample content, selecting the “Create Blank” checkbox in the window, the same way you select the template.
Please choose the template from the list and click “Select” to continue.
1. While selecting the template, you will be prompted to configure the basic settings for your new section. For the page there is the name, title, URL and parent page.
2. As for the pop-up, there is a name, title and URL.
The parent page is used for the internal group of the pages for their easy editing. The parent page is absent by default and the new one is added to the root.
A new page that you want to create is often based on the existing one; it has the same structure and elements. In this case, you can create a new page using the “Duplicate Page” function from the Main menu or Right Click menu. This function duplicates the current page and gives you an exact copy of it as a result.
Page and Pop-up Holders - Layers
Unlimited animation is one of the advantages of Flash CMS websites. It is achieved with the help of so-called “layers” that compose different objects – texts, images and animated elements. Each of the objects is placed on a certain level and may be moved by arrangement functions.
Generally each of the layers is animated transiting between the layouts and pages of the website. That’s why the animation depends on the placement of the object, it appears and disappears.
There are holders that appear and disappear while navigating through the pages and there are other holders that appear once and remain static afterwards. This function allows you to place an object and make it visible on the entire website, on a certain layout or on a certain page.
Animation and the placement of the holders are defined during the development of the Flash CMS theme and cannot be changed through your control panel afterwards.
Please, also see our Video Tutorials about Website, Control Panel and Media Library Preferences here.