ATLAS CMS - Understanding the Site Page Manager
Learn how to navigate your website pages with the ATLAS CMS Site Page Manager
The page manager is the launching point for working on the pages of your website.
In this tutorial, we will discuss the different features of the manager, enabling you to readily move your pages between the draft, staged, and published statuses.
But first things first.
What do we mean by drafts, staged, and published pages?
Drafts - the draft status signifies a working version of a page. You can create/update your draft pages as much as needed, as they can only be viewed within ATLAS CMS by users with the appropriate permissions. Once a draft is complete, or ready to move toward publishing, you can save your draft as a 'staged' page.
Staged - a staged page can be viewed from a staging URL that you have the power to update from the ATLAS CMS. Staged aren't viewed by end users (visitors to the actual site), but can present the a visual display of what your website will look like in a safe testing space.
Publish - a published page is the culmination of the drafting and staging process. It is the page as it will display to anyone that visits your website. You have the power within ATLAS CMS to publish at your own discretion.
The Site Page Manager organized your website structure into a tree form - allowing you to navigate between published, staging, and draft.
We get to the Site Page Manager by selecting the Pages option in the side navigation.
Here the Site Manager page tree is displaying the draft tree.
It's important to note that this doesn't mean all the pages viewed in this window are draft.
Let's look at Published, and I'll explain.
In this Published view, we can see that the colored status indicator next to each page says draft or staged.
This does not mean that there's nothing published on your website.
Instead, it means that the pages that are published for the world to view have been updated since the last publish.
So, while all of those pages exist on your website - they don't necessarily exist in the version that they're currently in.
To update our Published website with the most current versions of our pages - we can approve them for publish using the Site Page Manager.
First, we select the Home page in the Published tree.
Then we can go to the options button and select the "Stage Selected" option - this will leave all of our pages staged.
Now, let's approve our pages for Publish.
It's important to note here - while you can move a draft directly to staged, you can't publish from the Site Page Manager.
Instead, you select "Approve Selected for Publish" to prepare them to deploy with your next publish.
We can see here that by selecting a page in the tree and holding shift, we're able to select multiple pages at the same time.
Now that we've selected our remaining staged pages and chosen "Approve Selected for Publish" - we should have every page available on our website in it's most current form ready for publishing.
What if we want to create a new page or edit an existing page?
Let's take a look at some New options that the Site Page Manager offers.
Here are our options:
Blank Page - this is a clean page where you can select available page layouts and fill with content.
Raw Html Page - this is a page that you can edit and manipulate with html. It will offer other options that layouts can limit, but should only be used by experienced users with the appropriate permissions.
ATLAS Directory Page - this page implements data from the ATLAS Directory application, typically displaying faculty and staff information.
Copy of Selected - this will create an exact copy of whatever page you have selected. It can be helpful when wanting to leave a finished page in the state it's in, but still experiment with changes on a similar page.
To Edit a page from the Site Page Manager, simply select a page from the tree and click the Edit button.
These are the basics of the Site Page Manager, a powerful but streamlined tool for helping you navigate and update your website with ease.
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