<H1>Century Direct Web Tutorial</H1>

Century Direct Web Tutorial

Now that I'm signed up, what do I do now?

Congratulations!  You have taken the first big step and signed up for your website.  You have completed the wizard to fill in some basic information about your business, your staff, your classes and your hours of operation.  Your site is now up and viewable to the millions of internet surfers out there.  So now what do you do?  We encourage you to spend some time clicking through your site to see the current contents and check for accuracy.  Then you can decide how to further customize the site to reflect your business and its product or service offerings.  One of the great benefits of having your Century Direct website is that not only do you have a robust, full-featured and professional-looking site with direct access to sell Century products, but you can also make changes to your site as often as you like.  The best part is you don't have to be a web expert to do so.  You just need to understand a little about how to use the edit functions and screens.

How do I get started learning how to make changes to my site?

The first thing we recommend you do after reading this page is to click through the various sections of the Help Site to familiarize yourself with all the on-line guidance at your disposal.  Here on the Help Site you will find On-line Tutorials, User Documentation, Frequently Asked Questions and Tips on how to market and promote your site.

The next thing you'll need to do is log into your site so that you gain access to the Edit screens.  Changes to the content of your site are performed primarily using the Control Panel shown below.  This panel will be visible at the top of your page when you are logged into your site.

                                                                    Fig. 1  - Control Panel

But what are these Icons used for?  See the chart below for a quick reference to the Control Panel icons.

In View Mode, you will see your website just as site visitors will see it.  The only exception is that your visitors (or members who are logged in) will not see the Control Panel at the top of the screen.  This mode is used to give you a quick look at changes you have made without requiring you to log out and back into the website.     
The Edit Content Mode is where changes are made to the basic text and images that display in the content area of your site for most page types.
The Edit Special Content Mode is used to access and edit the special portions for certain page types including the Coupons, Files, and Forms pages.  Special Page Types will have both the Edit Content Mode and the Edit Special Content Mode enabled. Page Types without special content will just show a screen explaining that the Special Content  mode is not available for the particular page type (for example the Home Page, Basic Web Page and Contact Us Page do not have Special Content).
The Edit Menus Mode  is used for editing and moving existing menu items.  It is also used for creating new or deleting existing pages.  Edit Menus Mode is also where you set the Title, Menu Label, Description, Meta Keywords, Page Type and Security for a web page.
The Administration Section House Icon takes you to a special section of the site where additional control panels and edit screens are accessible.  The Admin section is only accessible by the Administrator User.  See below this chart for a quick reference to the Admin Control Panel.
Clicking the Help Icon will open the Help Site where you may access online tutorials, documentation, Frequently Asked Questions and tips for creating, editing, or marketing your website.  In fact when you clicked the link to visit this Getting Started page, you are viewing a page within the Help Site.
The Logout Key Icon can be clicked to Log out of editing mode.  Clicking the key will return you to the home page of your website and the Control Panel will no longer be visible.   

There are additional control panels and screens located in the Administration Section.  The Admin Control Panel is shown below.
                                                                Fig 2. - Admin Control Panel
Admin Control Panel screenshot

Here is a quick reference of the icons displayed in the Admin Control Panel:

View Mode Button screen shot. Clicking the View Mode Icon from the Admin Control Panel will return you to your website where you will see the previous Control Panel still displayed at the top.
Admin Icon Screenshot Clicking on the House Icon from the Admin Control Panel will return you to the Admin Home Page which is the first page of the Administration Section.  Here you will find important notices about changes or updates to the website system or tips on using new features.  It is also where you can access an email link to give us your feedback.
Account Info Icon screenshot The Account Information Icon opens your business contact and address block for editing.  This screen is where you update the information that auto-fills into a Contact Us Page Type. 
Website Options Icon The Website Options screens are where important site wide changes are made to the Website Template, Meta Searching Default information, Logo and Common Content information
E-Commerce Icon The E-Commerce Icon takes you to the E-Commerce Options screen where you can select products, establish product pricing and discounts, create product bundles, view orders, and communicate with Century Direct about your order status through the weblog feature.
User Management Icon The User Management Icon is where you setup additional users or edit or delete existing Users from the system.
Webmail Icon The Webmail Icon is where you setup new email accounts, or edit exising account passwords or aliases.  It is also where you delete email accounts.
Site Stats Icon screenshot The Site Statistics Icon opens up a variety of statistical graphs and charts displaying data about volume of visitation on your site, who is visiting and from where are they getting to your site.  It provides valuable information that will help you target your audience better.

This should give you a good overview of the kinds of edit features available within the system.  For more detailed information on a specific Edit feature, check out the User Documentation area of the Help Site.

As always, if you have any questions or would like assistance, you may contact us via email at support@cmasdirect.com.