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Module Manager

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

Additional modules for your website

With Module Manager you can easy add additional features to your website. Just to name some of them: Front End User (login functionality for your visitors), Google Sitemap, Image Gallery, Shop Made Simple, Forum Made Simple, Company Directory or Cataloguer for products, real property or vacancies and more.

There are a great number of modules already developed to enrich your website. Most of them can be easily installed and used without any special knowledge. Some modules are added to CMS Made Simple by default and are called core modules. To see the modules already loaded go to Extensions → Modules.

You see the list of modules with name, version of the module, status, action link for install, uninstall or remove modules. You also find a “Help” link beside each module that helps you to understand how the module can be used and what parameters for it are available.

Module Manager

To choose and install new modules go to Extensions → Module Manager. Notice that these modules are not standard modules of CMS Made Simple and therefore not all of them have an approach to quality. These modules are developed partly by CMS Made Simple developers and partly by independent third parties developers. Therefore you see the “Use at Your Own Risk” notice on the page. Nevertheless, there are a lot of modules that are very useful and sophisticated. On this website the best CMS Made Simple modules are consequently added to the Addons section with the explanation how they can be used.

The tab “Available Modules” is your research centre for available modules. The modules are sorted alphabetically and have a short explanation what their functionality is.

How to find the best CMS Made Simple module

The version of the module normally indicates how mature it is. Modules versions that start with 0, like 0.3 or 0.5 are alpha versions. It means that these modules are in the first phase of testing and can have some errors or unexpected behaviour. Use these modules with caution if you are not a technical person.

With link “About” beside the module you can see when the last version has been released. Last release dated to 2006 or 2007 can indicate that there is no more development for the module and it is abandoned by its developer. In this case better choose another module.

Link “Help” gives you extended information about module functionality. See the parameter section to figure out if your requirements can be solved with the module in question.

Modules are alphabetically sorted in the list. If you would like to search for module functionality you should use the module repository. Enter the search word in top right corner and see the list of modules and plugins (tags) that match your search criteria. If you have found your module, notice its name, return to Module Manager in your administation panel and search in the alphabetical list for the desired module.

Install additional modules

Before installing a module you have to check the link “Dependencies” beside it in the list. Some of them are dependent on other modules, so that you have to install other modules first.

To install modules, click on “Download & Install” link. That is! You can start to setup and integrate the module into your website.

On some servers there is no possibility to connect to external resources (such as module list) and therefore you do not see anything in the list. In this case the only possibility you have is to install modules manually. Open forge and search for module. Select “Files” in the tab of the module and save the newest XML-file on your local disk. In the admin panel go to Extensions -> Modules and select the saved XML-file in the “Upload File:” field below the list of the modules. Press “Submit”, the module is shown in the list of the modules. Click on “Install” to complete installation of the module.

Available Upgrades

From time to time new versions with new features or just fixes for issues are released. In the tab Available Upgrades you can always see what module has a newer version compared to the version installed on your system.

CMS Made Simple Module Upgrade

To upgrade listed modules search for them in list on the tab "Available Modules" and click on the link "Download & Install". Before updating your website you have make a backup to have a possibility to roll back to the older version if something goes wrong. digg stumbleupon buzzup BlinkList mixx myspace linkedin facebook google yahoo

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