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Global Settings

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How To Create Own Website with CMS Made Simple

Global Settings

Global settings for your CMS Made Simple website allows you to mainly set defaults for your website, such as website name, default language, global metadata and sitedown message.

In the admin panel go to Site Admin → Global Settings. In the field "Site name" you can change the name of your website. This field is often used in templates to display logo or heading on each page.

By setting "Default language for frontend" the basic modules of your website will use the language given here. For example, your search field label is dependent on this setting. If you change nothing English is assumed. If you choose another language the word "Search" is automatically translated to your language.

Default language for your website has nothing to do with your administrator panel settings. You can create a website in English and use admin panel in German or vice versa.

Content of the field Global Metadata is automatically used to every page generated by CMS Made Simple. However, such meta tags as keywords or description should not be defined here since they have to match the content of the  page and put into the meta field of every page separately (meta fields can be added in Options tab of every page) . Put here only meta tags valid for the whole site, e.g:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<meta name="language" content="en" />
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow" />

Sitedown Settings

In the tab Sitedown Settings you can enable site down message. This will cause that your whole website is not available for visitors. Normally, you will enable the message while upgrading a website,  making big changes or testing modules. Enter in the field "Sitedown settings" the message that is displayed for the visitors of your website. Do not use the standard one, if you do not want to lost your visitors. Announce the period of time for technical work on the website, so that the visitor knows when your website is available.

However, as administrator of the website has to be able to see the website independent of the sitedown settings. In the field "Exclude these Addresses from Sitedown Messages:" you can enter IP addresses that should not be subject to the sitedown mechanism. To figure out your IP address you can visit What is My IP Address website. On the very top of the website your IP is shown. Copy the address to the field and you will be the only person who able to see the website, all others will get Sitedown message you have entered above.

Custom "Not found page"

If you remove your pages or rename the alias of the page or the visitor of your website type the address direct in the address bar of the browser and makes mistake, then ugly message appears:

Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server.

You can see the message if you enter something like http://www.yourdomain.com/not-existing-page or other URL that does not exist.

Better you define your own page, that suits your design and still helps the visitors to find the required information. There is a tab Custom 404 handling. You should activate "Enable Custom 404 Message" box first. Then create a new content page in the admin panel (Content → Pages → Add New Content). Choose "Error page" for Content type and "Page not found (404)" for Error type:

Custom error page

 

Now, you can inform the visitor what happens and suggest some ways to figure out where the page can be found. You can even add a link to your sitemap created with Menu Manager here. Now you can be sure that the visitor will not leave your page immediately after "Not found" but probably tries to use the offered tips and thus stays on your website till the information is found.

Advanced Setup

CMS Made Simple caches your page to speed up the whole website. Sometimes you need to purge the cache (during design or implementing new modules). On this tab you will find the button "Clear cache". Press it to clear the cache. You will also empty cache before making a backup of your website so that a lot of unnecessary temporary files do not blow up the backup files.

Other fields have are technical approach and are used mainly by developers. You can read how to use the fields in the official documentation.


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