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CMS Quick Start Guide
Posted by - NA -, Last modified by Mark [Elevated X Support] on 22 April 2015 12:13 PM

CMS Quick Start Guide

Step 1) The First Time You Login - Protect your CMS admin panel by setting up an administrator login.

Go to your CMS admin panel URL. Click the Administrator Access link on the left side. You'll want to create logins for administrators so you can password protect the admin panel.

Step 2) Select a Site to Manage.

If you have multiple sites, each time you log in you'll start by choosing a site to manage from the Multi-Site dropdown menu at the top right corner.

Step 3) Add or Edit Categories.

Click Categories on the top navigation bar. Here you can edit/delete and create keyword tags for your updates.

Important Note - DO NOT add or edit anything under the Areas section or your pages may not display photo and movie content properly. All category tags must be added within the Tags section.

Step 4) Add Content to the CMS.

1) FTP to your server. Find your members folder and the content/upload folder. Upload your content sets following the folder and file structure and file naming conventions of the example sets that were setup by us during the installation process.

2) Click Sets on top navigation bar. This will list all content in the database for the current site.

Click Add a New Entry.

Enter the title and update date (or number of days a member must be active before the set is available). Choose the directory where the content is stored. enter the text description/story, associate categories and models, etc.

To add models enter a model name and assign that model to the update. You can also click Plug-Ins/Content Associations or click the Associations icon on the left side or top navigation bar.

At the bottom of the Set Add/Edit page is a button to "add entry" to the system

YOU MUST CLICK THE "ADD ENTRY" BUTTON IN ORDER FOR CONTENT TO BE ADDED TO THE CMS

If you wish to continue editing after you process the set, check the box to  "Return to this page after completing add / import."

Note - Some processes take longer than others and the time is based on both the size of the files as well as the number of files and also what processes are selected. It may take longer if you are zipping images or creating thumbnails and/or calculating sizes and counts. Video transcoding is not instant and this process runs at 5 minute intervals. Videos will take time to encode.

Descriptions of common checkboxes on the Set Add/Edit or batch page:

Create Content: [Video Thumbnails] - Create video screencap for each video (or clip)

Create Content: [1600] - Resize to 1600, compress and/or watermark full size photos

Create Zip file(s): [Zip] - Create a Zip file containing full size photos

Preview Thumbnails: Coming Soon Thumb - Use the main set thumbnail and automatically resize it for use as the coming soon thumbnail

Preview Thumbnails: Set/Update Preview Thumb - This will auto-crop the main update thumbnail

Preview Thumbnails: Preview Animation 1-6 - Take a series of screencaps of video to use for mouse over animation on thumbnails

Preview Thumbnails: DVD Scene Thumb 1-8 - Take a series of video caps to show as DVD scene preview thumbs on DVD page

Import - Save the data record in the database and detect which content formats are present

Calculate Image Dimensions and Movie Information - Count the number of photos and determine video lengths

 

Step 5) Crop or Upload a Thumbnail For The Update

To crop a thumbnail click Sets on the top navigation bar. Click Thumbs next to an update and. Click Select and Crop a Thumb from This Set.

Click the photo you want to crop and it will load in the cropper. Select the sharpen amount from the dropdown as needed. A sharpen setting of 2 usually works well.  Select the area you want to crop by clicking and dragging on the image and clicking the crop button above the image.

To change the size of the thumbs used to represent each photo set click Setup and locate the Content Configuration section of the page. Edit the Preview Thumbnail Width and Preview Thumbnail Height as needed. Some thumbnail sizes are specified under Utilities/Priority Defaults.

Note About Multiple Thumb Sizes - Since the design features multiple sizes we've automated the resizing of thumbs to save time. After you crop the main thumbnail for an update, you can have the system auto-create the coming soon thumbnail by clicking Sets, clicking Edit for a specific set and checking the box Preview Thumbnails: Coming Soon Thumb. This can also be done in bulk for multiple sets under Utilities/Batch Operations.

Version 3.2: Default Template Priority Guide

To change the size of the thumbs used to represent each photo set click Setup and locate the Content Configuration section of the page. Edit the Preview Thumbnail Width and Preview Thumbnail Height as needed. Some thumbnail sizes are specified under Utilities/Priority Defaults.

Below is a guide for cropping multiple thumb sizes for use with the default member area design template.

Update Thumbs (Cropped Under Under Sets)
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Priority 14: Update thumbnail shown site-wide
Priority 10: Members index page - what's hot. Also used on search results page
Priority 13: Members index page - coming soon
Priorities 20-25: Series of screencaps of video for mouse over animation on thumbnails
Priorities 26-33: Series of video caps to show as DVD scene preview thumbs on DVD page

Model Thumbs: (Cropped Under Associate Plug-In)
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Priority 11: Model bio page
Priority 16: Models a-z category page listing. Also used for member's index page large top models list thumbnail
Priority 17: Members index page top rated models list small thumbnail

Important - The model thumbs can ONLY be cropped under the Content Associations Plug-in. You should see an icon on your top navigation bar titled Associate and if not, please click Toolbar Configuration on the left side menu and add this icon. Next to each model's entry you'll see Thumbs. Clicking this will let you crop the thumbs for the models.

Note - Thumbs can be bulk generated for multiple sets under Utilities/Batch Operations.

 

Step 6) Add Models to the CMS and edit Model Bios

1) Click the Associate icon on the left side or top navigation bar or click Plug-Ins/Content Associations. If you do not see this icon, click Toolbar Configuration on the left side menu and add it.

Here you can add models and associate them with updates. When you add and/or edit a model you'll see bio and up-sell fields. These can be managed under Plug-ins/Extra Fields, however editing them may require changes be made to the site template.

2) Crop Model Thumbnails

Click Thumbs next to a model.

For the model thumbnails, each thumbnail is assigned a Priority which determines the size as well as where on the site the image will show up.

There are 2 sizes of model thumbnails. Priority 11 is the large model image shown on a model bio page.

When you load a model's photo in the cropper, you'll see a Priority dropdown menu at the top of the page. Select 11 from the dropdown and sharpen as needed. A sharpen setting of 2 usually works well. will crop a small thumb for use on the top rated models list n the index page.

To change the size of the thumb used for the model bio page click Utilities and then Priority Defaults and edit the size of the thumbnail assigned to Priority 11.

To change the size of the thumb used for the top rated models list click Utilities and then Priority Defaults and edit the size of the thumbnail assigned to Priority 17.

To change the size of the thumb used for models a-z category page listing list click Utilities and then Priority Defaults and edit the size of the thumbnail assigned to Priority 16.

Note About Multiple Thumb Sizes - Since the design features multiple sizes we've automated the resizing of thumbs to save time. After you crop the main thumbnail for an update, you can have the system auto-create the coming soon thumbnail by clicking Sets, clicking Edit for a specific model and checking the boxes for Preview Thumbnails: Toplist Small and Large. This can also be done in bulk for multiple models under Utilities/Batch Operations.

Step 7) Edit Your Site's Title

Click Plug-ins/Template Fields and edit the field named titletxtindex. The default title is "Elevated X, Inc. cms Demo.

Step 8) Add a What's Hot Movie to the Index page

Click Plug-Ins/What's Hot. You can schedule specific updates to show here. If you add multiple updates but don't schedule them they'll rotate at random.

To change the size of the thumb used for What's Hot click Utilities and then Priority Defaults and edit the size of the thumbnail assigned to Priority 10.

Step 9) Add and Change Banners

On the default design template there are banners that appear on the index page as well as the news, favorites, bonus, gallery and model pages.

Click Plug-ins/Banner Manager.

You can enter text only for a text ad or upload a gif, jpg or swf file. Zone controls where on the site the banner will show. Several zones have been added by default. You can create new zones as needed but will need to edit the templates to add a tag to define where a zone will be placed on a page. Target ads by associating the banner with specific models, sites or categories.

More information on banners can be found at https://support.elevatedx.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/169/8/version-32-banner-manager

Step 10) Change the Top Navbar Icons

On the left side is Toolbar Configuration. Each admin user can change the top icon bar to suit his or her preferences and desired workflow.

Step 11) Change Site Text, Footer Text for 2257/Email, etc.

All site text and footer text and links can be edited by clicking Plug-Ins, Template Fields.

More step by step guides for common tasks can be found at http://support.elevatedx.com

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