Site Studio - User Guide
Configuring Site Settings
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SiteStudio allows creating websites in two categories: Personal and Small
Business. Each category serves its own purpose. A site in each category constitutes
of a series of pages, each devoted to a separate topic, article or resource. Site Studio
offers you a set of templates for all common pages.
In the Small Business category you can create a site representing your company
or business. It's a good mean of telling about the history of your company, listing the
services you render or products/goods you sell. Here you can also create your own online
store, look for new employers and more.
In the Personal category you can create a site for your fiends, school-mates
and relatives. You can tell about yourself, your background, hobbies, share funny
stories and show your photographs. Here you can also post your resume for potential
employers and even more.
To select a website category:
- Click (highlight) the category that corresponds to the kind of web site you want
- Click Next to proceed with creating of your web site.
You will be brought to the Select Website Color and Style page.
Attention: Once you begin to create your site you may not change the website
category!!! To change the category, you will have to start anew, which will delete
ALL PREVIOUSLY SAVED SITES.
Website Color & Style
Choosing a correct layout is crucial for the success of your web site, as it will
determine the look of every page. Site Studio is equipped with a number of pre-designed
Overall Site Layouts. Go through the list in the upper left box by
mouse-clicking each item or using cursor keys on your keyboard. Sample pages will be
shown in the preview window on the right. Stop on the one that will best suit the
contents of your site.
Then, select a color scheme in the lower box. It will only affect the menu bar;
colors for every individual page are set at a later stage (see
Standard Settings Tab).
You can change your layout and color scheme any time in the future without losing any
information whatsoever, even when the construction of the site is complete.
Selecting Site Layout
The checkbox allows you to apply selected layout and color scheme to all pages on
your site. It comes checked by default. If you uncheck it, the layout and color settings
will only affect the pages you create after applying these changes; the pages you
created before will remain unchanged. Changing this option doesn't affect your settings
in any way, if you are only beginning to create your site.
After you select the layout and color settings, click Next to move on.
Web readers often want or need to contact the person who created and maintains the
web site. Global Settings form requires you to enter basic information that will help
identifying the site and its author after it is published.
Global Settings are different for Business and Personal category of websites.
For Personal category: enter your full name, email address, website name. Also
enter keywords and description of the website into the message boxes.
For Business category: enter your corporate email address, firm (company)
name, logo image, slogan line, street address1,nd street address2, the name of your
city, state, zip, phone and fax numbers.
In the Search Engine Keywords box enter the words or word combinations that
distinguish your site from all other sites on the Internet. They will be helpful when
somebody tries to find your site with a search engine. Think of the words that would be
most characteristic of your site.
In the Search Engine Description box enter a short description of your site, like an
answer to the question: What is it about? If an Internet user finds your site with a
search engine, this description will show right under the site name.
At this point, you are done with general site settings. Click the
to configure individual pages.
Website Theme /
Add themes and special effects! Make snowflakes fall down in the browser, add logos
that stay put as the user scrolls, and tons of other cool features, all with easy point
and click selection.
that you can see on your web page. Use pull-down menu for selection. Then, click
- Snowthe snowflakes will fall on your screen;
- Snow 1 - just the same action but another type of snowflakes;
- Leaves - the leaves will fall and fly on your screen;
- Angels - the same actions but Angels (instead of leaves) will fall on your
Items. Please use pull-down menu to select the number of snowflakes (leaves).
Theme 1. Here you can include the "Top down curtain" effect. Try not to
include too many effects.
Cursor pointer. Here you can select:
Cursor text. The name of the web page will trail the cursor.
Colorful tail. The colorful tail will follow the cursor.
Site logo. Specify where you want to place the Logo image.
Logo duration. Specify how long you want the Logo to show on the page after it
Alt text. Enter the tooltip texta brief message that will pop up next to the
cursor when it stops over the Logo image.
You can save up to five different versions of your site. Make sure the names you
enter reflect changes between versions.
Attention: Before retrieving a previously saved website, save your work! If
you don't save your current project, you will lose it. SiteStudio can work with only one
site at a time.
Warning: Starting over will delete ALL PREVIOUSLY SAVED SITES.
To start a completely new site, you need to register as a new user.
Note: Saving your web site will not publish it. To publish your site, click
the publish link at the upper left-hand corner on the menu panel.
Scrap all your pages with one click, and begin designing anew. Use this option only
if you are completely sure. There will be no way to get back your current pages if you
This option allows you to delete all your web pages with ONE click and start to
design from the beginning. Warning: You will lose your current site as well as
ALL PREVIOUSLY SAVED SITES. Don't use this function if you are not strongly
You would need to refresh images in the following cases:
- If ImageMaker has generated images incorrectly or there were some errors while
- If your provider moved a user account from one box to another and refreshing helps
to correct paths to images.
To refresh images, go to the Site Settings menu and click
SiteStudio offers 2 interface languages to work with: Russian and English. To change
- In the Site Settings menu click the
Change Language link.
- Simply choose necessary language from the drop-down box. Interface language will
change right away.
Keep in mind that if your website contains any pages, change of language can
corrupt these pages. Therefore, you need to Start Over or delete all pages to change the
Edit Security Info
You can make your site open to general public or closed (secure).
Warning: Do not edit this information if you are not
sure what you are doing. You could end up blocking all visitors to your site and nobody
will be able to view your site, including yourself!
To secure specific webpages, you should:
- Configure access groups and users in the Site Settings menu.
- Secure individual pages in the Page Settings tab of the specific page.
To configure users or user groups authorized to access your secure site, click the
Edit sec. info link in Site Settings:
- In the Add Users section click the
- In the form that appears, enter User Name, user
Password and user
- Click Next to proceed.
- In the Add Groups section click the
- In the form that appears, enter Group Name and choose the users to be
assigned to this group.
- Click Next to proceed.
Note: You can delete, edit and change the order of users and groups using the
corresponding manipulation buttons.
To secure individual pages, go to Page Settings tab (see
Settings help section for details).
Edit Info for Search Engines
SiteStudio allows to edit description to robots.txt file. This file is used all over
the world by search engines to find the match to the search request. Search engine
robots check robots.txt file, which is a plain text file, in the root of each server.
Robots.txt implements the Robots Exclusion Protocol, which allows the web site
administrator to define what parts of the site are off-limits to specific robot user
You can leave the following indexing information to the search engines:
Note: you can edit, delete and change the order of file and directory names
that are to be denied.