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Setting up your MiniSite template:|
This is mini01 group template:
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EDIT FLASH ANIMATION: | Click for more details
Open the "flash.txt" file with Notepad or any text editor and change "Your Website Title" to match your name or company name. Be sure not to delete the "logo=". Edit the text following "&textline=". You can also leave this line blank but do not delete the "&textline=" code. This will change the Flash logo on all pages. If you wish to use a graphic logo, there are instructions later in this document.
EDIT FOOTER: | Click for more details
Open the "footer.js" file in Notepad or any text editor, and change the "Your Company" line with your company name. This will change the lower page info on all pages. Edit all ".js" files with a text editor.
EDIT CONTACT INFO: | Click for more details
Open the "contact.html" in Notepad or any text or HTML editor and change the e-mail link, your address and phone number. Be sure to test the e-mail link.
EDIT THE sidebar.js: | More Details
Open the "sidebar.js" file in Notepad or any text editor. There are some variables at the top you can change. You can start by editing the following line about 15 lines down in the sidebar.js:
document.write('This area is for notes or links. Edit the sidebar.js to update this text. ');
Edit only the text in the center and do not disturb the code at the start and end of each line. The sidebar is a global file and all pages will update when you edit this file. You can also replace the "sidebar-1.jpg" and "sidebar-1.jpg" in the "picts" folder with your own images.
EDIT THE CONTACT FORM AND QUOTE FORM: | Click for more details
If you are setup with an AllWebCo hosting account. Go to your control panel at "http://your-domain.com/cgi-bin/plusmail" and install the free script "Formail" then edit the contact page and quotes page and replace "your-domain.com" in 3 places with your domain. A contact thanks page is included.
If you are not set up with AllWebCo hosting or do not have "Formail" installed. You can either setup the contact form to use another contact script, download and install Formail on your server or you can remove the contact form from the pages between the comment tags.
If you wish to change the colors and sizes of the form elements you can open the "coolstyle.css" in Notepad or any text editor and change the ".shadeform" and ".dropdown" classes.
Because of the complexity of setting up the quote form, there are notes in the "quotes.htm" to help you cut and paste new form fields. The form will work with other scripts however you will need help files or a sample form from the script you intend to use. Most form elements work the same way from script to script, however the hidden values usually vary. With FormMail be sure you add any new elements you add to the "sort" hidden field. You may want to consider editing the entire page in Notepad instead of a wysiwyg editor. Click here to see how to add more fields.
EDIT PAGES: | Software choices | Notepad Editing
Change the text on all pages to match your information. You can use Frontpage, Dreamweaver, GoLive, any wysiwyg HTML editor or a text editor like Notepad. Take care not to delete any of the HTML tags that surround the text.
EDIT THE PDF PAGE: | Software choices | Notepad Editing
Place your PDF pages in the main template folder with the HTML pages. Open the "PDFgallery.htm" and change the linked PDF images. You can search in the "PDFgallery.htm" for "your-file.pdf" to find where the 6 PDF links are. You can also add and remove PDF link areas on this page. See the notes in the "PDFgallery.htm" to see where each PDF table starts.
EDIT TITLES, DESCRIPTIONS AND KEYWORDS: | Click for more details
Open each of the pages and change the titles (at the very top of the page) and also the description and the keywords to match your product or service. You can edit one page and copy and paste to the other pages. Be careful to only change what's inside the "" so you don't disturb the html code. Keywords are very important so your site will get a good listing at google or msn and other search engines.
UPLOAD: | Click for more details
Upload the pages on to your hosting company's server using ftp software like CuteFTP or Coffee Cup (free) or your control panel. Be sure to make a directory called picts on your server and put the pictures into that directory.
If you have purchased more than one Minisite of the same template "group" number, for example "mini01" is the name or number of this template group, you can combine pages and/or features easily between these models. Please see this support page for details. To check on new Ministes for upgrades please check this webpage.
USING A GRAPHIC LOGO:
You can replace the Flash logo with a graphic logo. To do this, delete or rename the "header.js", then rename the "graphic_logo_header.js" to "header.js". In the picts folder you will find a graphic called "logo.jpg". Edit this graphic with your logo.
FONTS: | Click for more details
You can change your font colors and sizes by editing the "coolstyle.css" with a text editor. You can find other font colors by clicking here. You can also change the font sizes in the "coolstyle.css" file. Change the "TABLE" px size to change the copy on all pages. Change the "title" px size to change all the title sizes. The background color and other colors are also changed in this CSS file. Click here to use a black font Flash logo.
So all your pages will maintain a standard height a "pageheight.js" file was included. Edit this file in Notepad and you can change the height="625" to any height you need.
CHANGING / ADDING BUTTONS: | Click for more details
You can change the names on the menu buttons like "about us" or "home" to other page names by editing the "menu.js" in Notepad. Only change the one instance of the name and not the name with the ".htm" after it. Whatever you change in the menu.js will change every page on the website. You can also add more menu buttons by copying the lines of code in the menu.js and pasting it right below the next. Be sure to back up your file before you edit them. You will also find menu links to edit in the "footer.js". Links are included in the "sidebar.js" as well. Turn on the sidebar links by choosing "yes" near the top of the "sidebar.js" for the "show sidebar links" line.
ADDING PAGES: | Click for more details
You can add pages to your website by copying and pasting any one of the pages and renaming it to whatever you need. You can then add links from the other pages or even add the page to the menu by opening the menu.js and copying and pasting one of the buttons below another. There are notes in the "menu.js" to help you add a button.
PICTURES: | Click for more details
You can replace the pictures with your own. The pictures are now 750 x 100 pixels but you can use any size picture you want and the pages will size them to fit automatically. Most pages have their own picture which is named according to the page they're on. You will find all pictures in the "picts" folder.