MotoCMS 3 Settings - General
General menu item provides the possibility to edit the website’s name, address and set the default language. Also, it provides such SEO options as using permalinks and .html suffix.
It's separated into three main blocks: "Website Settings" and "Security".
"Website Settings" - this block allows you to set your website's name, address and page title format, enable "Back to Top" button, change site's favicon, activate password protected pages and change the language for your site's authorization forms.
"Page Title Format" - this feature allows you to change page title format in the browser's tab.
"Website Address" - this feature allows you to edit your site’s URL. In case you're still using a temporary link (preview URL) and don't have a domain yet, you may need to purchase a domain in order to make your site available by a user-friendly and memorable web address. This can be done on our partner BlueHost site, here is a link to purchase a domain. If you're still using demo, you might consider purchasing our template lifetime license, which requires a hosting server to run - it can be purchased with BlueHost by this link or with any other hosting provider. In case you want us to provide you with hosting and domain - Yearly plan will work best for you!
"Main Page" - this feature allows you to set the Home page of your site (whether it's a regular page, Blog or Store).
"Website Favicon" - an icon associated with your website, typically displayed in the address bar of a browser, browser's tab or next to the site name in a user's list of bookmarks.
"Default Language" - the following function modifies your Control Panel’s authorization form, using default language (it affects authorization form, password change function, password reminder, send letter function etc.)
Enable "Back To Top" - this option enables a button which will bring you back to the top of the page. You to enable 3 different options:
- Enable default design
- Enable custom design - you can modify the style of this button under the Design - Widgets - Back to Top section
Authorization Persistence Time (seconds) - this feature allows you to set estimated time to remember the password of Password Protected Pages. If you set 0 value in the mentioned field – you can still access password protected pages until you close the browser.
"Activate Password Protected Pages" - this option allows you to password protect your pages with visibility set to "General password". You are able to set a general password when this option is enabled. You can modify the "Password Protected" page within the list of pages in the Pages tab.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Updates
This menu item allows you to automatically update your admin panel up to the latest version. Updates are available for subscribed users only. You can learn more about update subscription here and see some technical details in this knowledge base article related to MotoCMS Updates subscription.
If you use outdated version - you will be informed, that a new version is available for download. Please click the "Install Now" button to proceed.
If you use the latest version - you will be informed, that your product is up to date.
You may also notice a notification message on the top side of your site’s Control Panel: “latest version” is now available for download. If you wish to install the latest update - please click "Install Now" button. Otherwise, you can simply ignore the message or hide it, using "Ignore Release" button.
You can also close the notification message by using the X button. You won’t see the notification during the next 24 hours.
Please be informed, that you can update your version anytime, if you enter the Settings - Update menu item, where such an option is available.
Click the “Login” button and specify your e-mail and password details, which you’ve used during the template’s purchase.
If you have MotoCMS update subscription, you will be able to get the new updates. Please check our article.
When you click the "Install Now" button - the system will download the latest update. You will see the following notification: "Downloading update. Please wait".
Then system will download the latest update. If everything was done correctly - you will see the following notification: "Update was made successfully. Click the button below to continue using MotoCMS".
MotoCMS 3 Settings - SEO
This menu item allows you to enable permalinks, specific .html suffix, add "Lang" attribute's, generate and external sitemap.
"Using Permalinks" - this option allows you to select whether or not the URLs are optimized for Search Engines.
“Add .html suffix” - if enabled, system will add '.html' suffix to the URL
"Generate Default Open Graph Meta Tags" - if enabled, it will let you customize the display of the site pages while placing the link on social networks.
“Lang" attribute's value for <html> tag” - this feature allows you to set page's language which can be correctly indicated by a search engine. Language attribute affects all the site's pages.
“Sitemap” - a sitemap is a file where you can list the pages of your site to tell search engines about the structure of your site content.
"Robots.txt" feature allows you to generate a robots.txt file in the root directory of your template on the server.
This text file instructs robots (typically search engine robots) how to crawl & index pages on their website. In addition, you can enable/disable the following features:
- "Recommended robots.txt" feature will generate the robots.txt file, which is compatible with MotoCMS 3 templates and their settings;
- "Instruct web crawlers not to access and index your website" feature will prevent a search engine from indexing your site;
- it's also possible to choose with sitemap.xml file you would like to use: Not Selected (if you don't have a site map yet), System Sitemap (can be generated via Sitemap feature), Custom Sitemap (if your sitemap is located elsewhere - you can copy/paste its location as URL into the field below);
- "Custom code in robots.txt file" feature allows you to input the code into the robots.txt file (for advanced users only).
In case you're not sure about your SEO settings, you can check our MotoCMS 3 SEO guide. If you want our high-level SEO to analyze your efforts on site SEO and provide you with professional advises on improving your site rankings, you can purchase SEO audit service by following this link.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Analytics
This menu item allows you to verify your site in Google and Yandex and make a tracking statistics of your site's visitors.
In order to configure mentioned features please enter Settings - Analytics menu item.
There are presented six blocks: "Google Analytics", "Google Webmaster", "Google Tag Manager", "Facebook Pixel", "Yandex. Metrica" and "Yandex.Webmaster".
"Google Analytics" is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. This field requires's "Tracking ID" from your Google Analytics account. If you haven't created your Google Analytics account - please use the following link.
You can also enable the Anonymize IP feature. For more details please read the following article.
"Google Webmaster" allows you to track your site's search performance with Google Search Console and browse around for more webmaster resources. This field requires's "HTML Tag" from your Google Webmaster account. If you haven't created your Google Webmaster account yet - please use the following link.
"Google Tag Manager" is a convenient solution for managing various tags on your site. This field requires's "Google Tag Manager ID" from your Google Tag Manager account. If you haven't created your Google Tag Manager account yet - please use the following link.
"Facebook Pixel" allows you to track the results of Facebook ad campaigns and optimize advertising. This field requires "Facebook Pixel ID" from your Facebook account. You can create such an ID via this link.
"Yandex. Metrica" is the equivalent of Google Analytics. This field requires's "Counter number" from your Yandex account. If you haven't created your Yandex. Metrica account yet - please use the following link.
"Yandex. Webmaster" allows you to track statistics for queries that showed your site in search results. This field requires's "Verification Code" from your Yandex account. If you haven't created your Yandex. Webmaster account yet - please use the following link.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Fonts
This menu item allows you to add, edit or remove additional Google fonts. Marked default theme fonts cannot be removed. You can add either regular Google fonts or custom fonts.
"Add Google Font" feature also allows you to preview the selected Google font before you save the results.
If you wish to use custom font - make sure to specify its title, select the font family from the list and add font items for the required fields before saving the result.
“Filter by Languages” and “Choose Font” feature allows you to create customized Google font with its own number of styles and languages.
Apply added font for the text content within the 'Design – Text Styles' menu item.
Please also check our video tutorial.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Code Injection
This menu item allows you to inject custom code into the header/footer area for all site's pages.
If you paste the code into the "Header" field - it will be injected into the 'head' tag on every page of your site.
If you paste the code into the "Footer" field - it will be injected before the </body> tag on every page of your site.
"Execute injected code in the control panel" - this feature affects both injected code of Header/Footer section for the separate page (Page properties - Code Injection) and injected code for all pages of your site (Settings - Code Injection). If disabled - injected codes won't have any effect on the site's pages.
"Execute the entered code within the "Embed" widget in the Control Panel" - this feature allows you to enable/disable the execution of code within all Embed widgets on the site.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Mail
This menu item allows you to set one email account for all Contact Forms on the website and configure "SMTP Server Settings" for your Contact Form widget.
“Email from” - this e-mail address will be used as a sender for all contact forms on the website. If the field is empty, e-mail address from the user profile will be used as sender per default.
If "Use SMTP Server" feature is enabled, all Contact Form widgets and Forgot Password feature will use your server's SMTP settings.
You can use 3 types of SMTP connection: "None" (by default), "TLS" or "SSL".
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Feedback
Feedback tab allows you to enable LiveChat and Feedback service on your site.
Chat Services menu item allows you to enable LiveChat service on your site. You need to select available chat service and then put in your LiveChat License Number.
If you wish to show chat only when agents are online - please enable the appropriate feature.
"Feedback" feature allows you to enable callback form on your site.
"Activate Button" and "Agent Image" features allow you to setup either default icons or custom images for your callback form.
"Description" block allows you to add and customize the callback information.
"Enable More" details feature allows you to use additional features, such as "Display by Default" and fields for social activity: Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype (Chat), VK, Email.
If "Display by Default" is enabled - all social activity icons would be available in the form field automatically (otherwise visitor need to click on the drop down list to see all available icons).
You can use the following social activity features for callback purposes: Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype (Chat), VK, Email.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Integration
You can enable the following features: 1) commentary feature of "Disqus" widget via Disqus Shortname (ID); 2) image Editing Component of the “Adobe Creative SDK”; 3) "Google Map" via API Key; 4) "Google reCAPTCHA" via personal key; 4) "Google Search" engine.
To start working with Disqus commenting system you need to login into your Disqus account, enter Admin section and press "Add new site" button. Copy your Shortname from "Choose your unique Disqus URL" field and paste it into our widget.
“Client ID” is used to connect Image Editing Component of the Adobe Creative SDK. If you want to use your own Client ID, you may enter it in this field.
To enable Google Map you need to provide API Key. You can generate a key here. To enable all map features please connect the Geocoding service. Check out the Maps Guide to learn more about adding maps to your project.
To enable Google reCAPTCHA you need to provide API Keys. You can generate such keys here. The required version is reCAPTCHA v2.
To enable "Google Search" on your site please follow the steps of this guide.
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Redirects
This menu item allows you to implement "301 redirect" for each page of your site.
You can add a new redirect using the "Add" button.
"Old URL" field must contain URL details, which redirects the visitor to the new URL. The system will automatically adjust input data according to the current location of the site. For example, if you use /page-1 within the Old URL field, the system will process it as https://www.example.com/page-1. The system uses path from Settings - Website Address field.
New URL field must contain destination URL, where the visitor will be redirected after visiting the Old URL. You can use 3 types of redirect for the New URL:
- absolute path
- relative path, based on the domain name
- relative path, based on the current location of the siten.
"Absolute path" means the use of complete page URL (example: https://www.example.com/page-2).
Old URL: /page-1
New URL: https://www.example.com/page-2
"Relative path, based on the domain name".You can redirect visitor relatively to the domain name by specifying the page’s name with / sign (example: /page-2). If your domain name is www.example.com and New URL is /page-2 - a visitor will be redirected to the https://www.example.com/page-2. If your site is located in the subfolder (example: https://www.example.com/subfolder/page-2) - the system will still redirect visitor according to the related domain name https://www.example.com/page-2.
Old URL: /page-1
New URL: /page-2
"Relative path, based on the current location of the site". You can redirect visitor relatively to the current location of your site specifying page’s name without / sign (example: page-2). If your domain name is https://www.example.com/subfolder (where “subfolder” is your site’s folder) and New URL is page-2 - a visitor will be redirected to the https://www.example.com/subfolder/page-2. The system uses path from Settings - Website Address field.
Old URL: /page-1
New URL: page-2
"WildCard" allows redirecting the user from a bunch of URLs based on the defined mask. As an example, there is a list of links, which should redirect to the https://www.example.com/events:
To do this you need to specify * sign after /calendar-for-groups/ within the Old URL field. All links, which contain /calendar-for-groups/, will automatically redirect users to the /events page.
Old URL: /calendar-for-groups/*
New URL: /events
"Disable WildCard". System processes asterisk * in URL as WildCard expression by default. If disabled, it will consider asterisk as part of the URL address.
As an example, specifying https://example.com/profile/Nice* in the New URL field will lead to the page /Nice*
MotoCMS 3 Settings - Advanced Settings
This menu item allows you to set Time Zone, Maintenance Page Message, Popup Loading Error, enable Under Construction Mode, Lazy Loading and Activate Cookie Notification.
“Time Zone” - This feature allows you to set a uniform time for the specific region on your site.
"Enable Under Construction mode" - this option allows you to set Under Construction page which prevents visitors from entering your site (instead they will see Under Construction page text, which can be manually modified from your side). You can customize the "Under Construction" page within the list of pages in the "Pages" tab.
“Maintenance Page Message” - message will be displayed when the website is under maintenance.
“Popup Loading Error” - this error will be displayed when the server was unable to load popup.
“Enable Lazy Loading” - is a logic of loading the content, while the user scrolls through the page. This setting is available in the "Image" and the "Google Map" widgets. It allows you to increase the speed of loading pages and decrease the server's load.
“Activate Cookie Notification” - this option allows you to set Cookie Notification on your website with a custom message.
"Controls" area allows you to set additional confirmation button for Cookie Notification, such as the "Close" button, "Got it" button or show both buttons.
"Button Text" feature allows you to change the confirmation text of Cookie notification button.
"Button Preset" allows you to change the visual appearance of the Cookie notification button.
"Size" feature allows you to change button size: Small, Medium, Large.
"Cookies Tracking Time (days)" feature allows you to set the time period to track users' browser cookies after the button click event. After this time period, a cookie notification banner will be shown to the user again.
"Collect Analytics" - these statistics are used to improve user interaction with the admin panel. Please note that statistics is anonymous and does not involve the collection of personal information. Learn more.