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Pages and navigation

The Beginner's Tutorial
How To Create Own Website with CMS Made Simple

Creating pages and navigation

In CMS Made Simple the navigation of your site is formed from the existing pages. It means, that every page you created is automatically added to the navigation structure of the page.

Add new page

Go to Content → Pages and click on “Add New Content”. Type the title of the page first. It will be displayed in the title bar of your browser and used as heading of the page. Menu Text can be different from the title; this text is displayed in the navigation of the page. Moreover, from this text the URL of the page is automatically formed.

Page Title and Menu

After filling out all required fields, press “Submit” and the page will be added to the website. It is also automatically built into the navigation structure.

Important! Add search keywords in title and menu text of your website.

At this point you have to figure out what words would the targeted visitor of your website type in the search engine. For example, if you company name is “Success Corporation” and you sell cars in Texas, you would be interested in people who search for cars in your region. You keywords are the “car, auto, automobile, vehicle, Texas” but not the company name! This is the most common mistake I see at the beginners’ websites. Understand that your visitors DO NOT search for your company name. They would like to buy the car and it is not important for them from what company at the time of searching for cars in the Internet. So they would not search for “Success Corporation” to find out that the company sells the cars, but for any company that sells cars in your region.

So do not try to add keywords dealing with your company name but focus on products, services or information you offer. The only exception I would make for “About us” page. It is better to use “About Success Corporation” in the title and in menu instead of “About us” since the page has to be displayed if the visitor searches explicitly for your company name. He would not search for “About us”.

Pay attention to the title and menu text of the page. These are the most important fields helping you to promote your website.

Page structure

If you leave “none” in the field “Parent” (s. picture above) then the page is added at the first level and is displayed in the top and bottom navigation. If you select another page in the field “Parent” then the page is added below the selected page in the tree structure and is shown in the sidebar navigation of the parent page.

It is important to implement main navigation of the website (first level) and do not change it. Every time you change the main navigation of the website, the search engines has to reindex your website. Moreover, if someone sets a link to your website and you delete or move the linked page the visitors will find a “Page not found” message instead of the desired content.

Therefore it is important to have a website plan to figure out what the main structure of your website should be. For example, our town website plan can be rough and quickly implemented into the website navigation. See an example:

Website structure and navigation

Try to divide the website into main parts – you first level for the main navigation. Then refine each part and add sub-pages.

Edit page

Choose in the list of the pages one page that you would like to edit. You can change all details on the main tab. In the Option tab you will find more details for the page.

By default new pages are shown in menu of your website. You can deselct “Show in menu” box. In this case the page is not displayed in menu but it can be still opened if the URL of the page is provided with the link within context. Deselecting “Active” would make the page not reachable at all as if the page were not existent. Instead the “404 –Page not found” error is shown.

Normally, you would set “Under construction” pages as inactive; you will still see them in the page list as reminder. When you start to work on the page you can make it active but not shown in the menu; this way you can write the content, add pictures or test addons. Once the page is tested and ready, you display it in the navigation and it is reachable for the visitors of the website.


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CMS Made Simple Beginner's Guide
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