Create a Home Page
In this tutorial we pick up the pace and create a publically viewable guide, with very little content, but which can be seen and used by anyone.
Each guide has a home page. This typically contains a top level menu which links to the main components of the guide. This menu is also used as the guide's side menu which is available from every page of the guide. At the moment we haven't built the links so we'll just put some dummy text in the page.
Go to the Dashboard
You have already created your guide, which we'll call my-guide from now on. Select the radio button for myguide_) and press the Edit button. You'll see something like the page below (with my-guide instead of cilogi-sample).
You are now in the online editor. The menu down the left-hand sidebar takes you to edit pages for the various components of your guide. The red Help button at the bottom of the sidebar gives you specific help for each page.
The settings page lets you set various features of your guide. The most important is perhaps the Google Analytics key, which provides you with detailed analytic information about your guide.
- To create the home page press the Home menu key under
Content. This takes you to the home page editor, as shown below.
At this point just add a title (we use
Botanic Gardens) and some simple text in the Introduction text box (we use
Once you have added your text and created the title hit the
Save button on the bottom right. This will save your guide to our servers, ready to be built and published.
- Now we'll publish the guide. Press the
Publishmenu item, which is in bold at the bottom of the side menu. You should see the following page:
Now hit the
Publish button on this page, and wait. You will see messages appearing, which come from the publish process and tell you how things are progressing. Publishing is not fast, so expect the whole process to take a minute or more for larger guides. Once the publish is done, when the buttons re-activate you can press the
Visit Guide button to see the guide you've just published.
- Its well worth your time saving copies of your guide from time-to-time. Cilogi keeps a copy of course, but you may overwrite something you'd later like to recover. To back up what we have, press the
Backupsbutton. You'll see the following page
There are currently no backups. Press the
New button and get a popup as below
Type the Description field something memorable, we use
tutorial-1. After a brief pause to save you'll see something like
You can download your backup by clicking on the date field and saving a zip file. You can send this file to others if you want to share guides with them.
The next tutorial takes us further by creating some pages for the guide, and linking them to the home page before publishing.