Orkneycommunities has a much-improved admin system, with one of the key features being the separation of page-centric editing options and site-wide controls. Each is accessible through it's tab on the new control panel visible across the top of your site when you are logged in.
The Site Settings tab is the admin section which provides access to all sorts of configuration options for your site as a whole, as well as storing your account details. These include . . .
Site Details Panel to left
This panel on the left of the main Admin page displays details about your site, such as its name, status, the version of the Orkneycommunities system that the site uses, a brief description of the admin controls, and any new system announcements.
Main configuration options to right
YOUR DETAILS: Edit your name, email and password
This is where you store and manage your personal details such as your name, contact email address and password. Orkneycommunities DOES NOT share your private information with anyone else - it's simply so we know who owns the site, and can contact them in the event of a lost password.
- GENERAL SETTINGS: Change your site name settings, site email addresses or site location.
This is where you control the name of your site and add an email address to be used as the destination for your site's Email Contact form. You can also adjust your location map here, which is useful to your site users but can also improve your site's search engine ranking.
This section also includes a field where you can add your paypal email address, so you can add a Paypal shop to your site and have it automatically add paypal 'buy' buttons for you.
- MANAGE PAGES: Add a page, move pages on your menu, change page visibility or delete a page.
This section lets to manage and configure pages on your site, adjusting their visibility state as necessary, moving them on the menu and letting you 'nest' pages under others so the menu has two levels, or deleting pages entirely.
- SITE APPEARANCE: Choose from our template library, change your banner or footer image, change your site layout, choose your menu type or pick menu colours, or upload a personalised 'fav' icon.
One of the biggest improvements in Orkneycommunities 3.0 is the ability to brand your site more effectively using the new built-in banner photo library. This lets you easily change the banner image of your site by selecting one of the hundreds of images provided, or by uploading your own graphics. You can upload multiple banners and change them as and when you wish - e.g. a special Christmas banner. In addition you can now upload a footer banner image to aid your branding.
Another exciting addition is the new Template Library which lets you choose a new design template for your site and dramatically change how it looks at the click of a link or two. Additional controls let you change the colours of your menu buttons too.
- ADMINISTRATORS: Add or delete administrators.
Your site may have several administrators who help maintain it. This section lets you add and manage new ones and allocate different levels of admin control.
- COLUMN MANAGER: Switch on/off right-hand column, edit sponsors, show news headlines or forthcoming events.
This section lets you control whether your site has a right-hand column on its pages and, if used, what information is displayed on it.
- SITE STATISTICS: View the built in site statistics or add Google Analytics.
A simple no-nonsense traffic monitoring system showing sessions, page views and referrers. Alternatively, if you want to add Google Analytics code so you can monitor your visitors in exhaustive detail this section lets you add that code automatically to all of your site pages.
- ADVANCED: For the 'geeks': edit your CSS, or your footer text.
If the new template, banner and menu colour options aren't enough for you, youcan get your hands good and dirty here and tinker with the underlying Cascading Style Sheets programing to make your site look just the way you want.
- DOMAINS: Register your own domain name.
A web domain can help your site look more professional, and is very useful for small busineses in particular. This section lets you check domain availability and order one through our partners Calico UK.
- SEO & PROMOTION: Create unique page addresses, view your search engine XML sitemap.
If you operate in a very competitive business sector then you may need to squeeze every search egnine ranking advantage out of your site. The features let you optimise your page names and sitemap to help this process.
- DELETE WEBSITE: Lets you ask to have your website deleted.
If you want to close your site down then this section provides a form where you can request this.