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Setting up your website template:|
EDIT FLASH ANIMATION: | Click for more help
Open the "flash.txt" file with Notepad and change "Your Website Title" to match your name or company name. Be sure not to delete the "logo=". Also change the "&slogan= Your corporate slogan or phrase can go here..." to match your slogan. Be sure not to delete the "&slogan=". Then you can edit the six "&textlines" with whatever words you want to show up on your page. This will change the Flash logo on all pages. If you wish to use a graphic logo, there are instructions later in this document.
EDIT COPYRIGHT: | Click for more help
Open the "copyright.js" file in Notepad or any text editor and change the "Your Name or Company" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" lines to match your information. This will change the lower page info on all pages.
EDIT CONTACT INFO: | Click for more help
Open the "contact.js" file in Notepad or any text editor and change the company name, address, phone number and e-mail address. This will change contact info on the "contact" page. This is done this way so search engines won't see your e-mail and you'll get less spam.
EDIT THE CONTACT FORM: | Click for more help
If you are setup with an AllWebCo hosting account. Go to your control panel at "http://your-domain.com/cgi-bin/plusmail" and install the free script "Formail" then edit the contact page and replace "your-domain.com" with your domain. There is a thank you page included.
If you are not set up with AllWebCo hosting or do not have "Formail" installed. You can either setup the contact form to use another contact script, install "Formail" on your server or you can remove the contact form from the pages between the comment tags.
If you wish to change the sizes of the form elements you can open the "coolstyle.css" in Notepad or any text editor and change the ".shadeform" ".textarea" and ".dropdown" width numbers.
EDIT THE MENUS (LINKS): | Click for more help
You can change the names of the links like "about" or "services" to other page names by editing the "menu.js". Only change the one instance of the name and not the name with the ".htm" after it. Whatever you change in the menu.js will change every page on the website. Keep the names short so they don't go outside the menu. You can even add more pages by copying one link in the menu.js and pasting it right below the next. Be sure to back up your file before you edit them. There are instructions in the "menu.js" if you need room for more links.
Also, there are links under the 3 pictures that you can change. Open the "menu_bottom.js" in Notepad and change the link names and pages they link to.
EDIT PAGES: | Software choices | Notepad Editing
Change the text on all pages to match your information. You can use a text editor like Notepad, Frontpage, Dreamweaver or any wysiwyg editor. Take care not to delete any of the HTML tags that surround the text. You will find notes inside each page to help you navigate. NOTE: You will not see the footer and header in some software because they are .js include files so you can globally edit the footer and menu.
EDIT PAGE TITLES, DESCRIPTIONS AND KEYWORDS: | Click for more help
Open each of the pages and change the page titles (at the very top of the page) and also the description and the keywords to match your product or service. You can edit one page and copy and paste to the other pages. Be careful to only change what's inside the " " so you don't disturb the html code. Keywords are very important so your site will get a good listing at google or msn and other search engines.
UPLOAD: | Click for more help
Upload the pages on to your hosting company's server using ftp software like CuteFTP or Coffee Cup (free) or your control panel. Be sure to make a folder called picts on your server and put the pictures into that folder.
USING A GRAPHIC LOGO:
You can replace the Flash logo with a graphic logo. To do this, delete or rename the "header.js" and the "header_index.js", then rename the "graphic_logo_header.js" to "header.js" and the "graphic_logo_header_index.js" to "header_index.js". In the picts folder you will find a graphic called "logo.gif" and a graphic called "logo_index.gif". Edit these two graphics with your logo. It's best to keep the graphics the same sizes that they are now unless you edit the height and width numbers in the new "header.js" and "header_index.js".
FONTS: | Click for more help
You can change your font colors and sizes by editing the "coolstyle.css" with a text editor. You can find other font colors by clicking here. You can also change the font sizes in the "coolstyle.css" file. Change the "TABLE" px size to change the copy on all pages. Change the "title" px size to change all the title sizes.
COLORS: | Click for more help
Most colors can be changed on this template by editing the "coolstyle.css" with a text editor.
ADDING PAGES: | Click for more help
You can add pages to your website by copying and pasting any one of the pages and renaming it to whatever you need. You can then add links from the other pages or on the menu.
CHANGING THE GRAPHICS/PICTURES: | Click for more help
You can replace the page pictures with your own. The pictures are now 400 x 225 pixels and the sidebar and homepage thumbnails are 100 x 67 but you can use any size picture you want and the pages will size them to fit automatically. Each page has it's own picture which is named according to the page it's on. There are 3 thumbnails called "sidebar-?.jpg". The homepage banner is made up of 2 pictures. The "home.jpg" and the "home-background.jpg". You will find all pictures in the "picts" folder.
SITE MAP PAGE:
The "site_map.htm" is linked from the index.html. It is best not to remove this link so search engines can find your site map and properly list all your pages when users search at major search engines.