gpEasy Configuration

The configuration page can be reached from the main under User => "configuration" link.

This page contains the global setting for your gpEasy CMS installation; therefore, it is very important that you understand the setting on this page to properly setup your site. Please browse through the short gallery at the bottom of the page to get and idea of the settings, and follow along with this tutorial in your own installation of gpEasy CMS.

Meta Data

Before we get started with the general setting in the configuration page we need to be familiar with HTML meta data, what is it and what does it do. Check out the w3School's explanation of meta data. If that made things more confusing don't worry about it. If you have no idea what meta data is or does you really don't need to worry because gpEasy takes care of it. The basic idea to gleam here is that, meta data is information placed within the <head></head> tags of an web page and is used primarily by search engines and browsers and is not displayed on the web page itself. It's just information for the search engines and browsers; however, you still how they work.

There are three main meta data tags that are in the configuration page, title, description, and keywords. We will go through them each and hopefully you will understand each one of the meta tags when we are done.

General Settings

Title
The title field here is for the name of your site. The information in this field is appended to the "browser title" for pages under the rename/details options of a file in the page manager. This field is the "title tag" in the web pages <head> area = <title>Page Name - Site Name</title>. This is a very important meta tag as search engines rely heavily on it to tell them what your site or page is about.

Where does the title tag show up? There are two main places the title tag shows up. The first is in search results. When you use Google you  will see that the results have a linked "title" at the top of a description. Well, that "title" is the title tag used for a site or page. The second place it shows up is in your browsers window or tab for that particular page. Look at the tab for this page. It says, "gpEasy Administration. . ." That's because I entered that text into the "browser title" for this particular page--remember that the title in the configuration page is for the site and the "browser title" for a file/page is for a particular page. So then what does gpEasy do with the title from the configuration page? It appends it to each and every page. For example, let's say you make a page and named it "My New Page." The title tag for that page is then "My New Page." And let's just say you put "My Site" in the title field on the configuration page. What you would see then if you went to the "My New Page" page and viewed it in your browser is, "My New Page - My Site." Notice how "My Site" was appended to the page's title tag or "browser title."

What if you don't want a site name appended to each page's title tag? Just leave the title field blank in the configuration page. If you did this with the above example when you navigate to "My New Page" in your browser the only title tag that you would see in the browser's tab or window would be "My New Page."

Where can I edit the different title tags in gpEasy? The configurations page is the only place you can edit the site wide title tag. That's the title tag that get's appended to the end of every page's title tag. However, a page's title tag is automatically generated from the name of the page unless you click the Rename/Details link for a page in the Page Manager or under "Current Page" on the floating menu. Let's do an example.

  1. In the configurations enter "SITE" in the title field.
  2. Now go to the Page Manger and "insert after" the last page and create a new page.
  3. Name the new page "My New Page"
  4. Now save the page.
  5. Click "My New Page" in the file manager and the file's options menu will pop up.
  6. Click the "View & Edit' for that page. This will open the page in your browser. Notice that the tab or window, depending on your browser, says "My New Page - SITE"
  7. Now go back to the file manager, click on "My New Page" and click Rename/Details. This brings up the label window.
  8. Now click the button name "more options." You should be familiar with this window from the admin pages tutorial and the file manager tutorial.
  9. Click the "edit" link next to "browser title."
  10. Now you can change the title tag or "browser title" for this page. Change it to "My New Page Browser Title" and click save.
  11. Now view the file just as you did previously. Now your browsers tab should read "My New Page Browser Title - SITE"
  12. If you go back to the configuration page and delete "SITE" and save the configurations, then view the page again it will read "My New Page Browser Title." "SITE" will be gone because you no longer have a global title tag defined in the configurations.

What you have just learned holds true for the two fields below Title on the configuration page, description and keywords. The only difference is how search engines and browsers use these meta tags, and the different fields you enter the information into. You should have noticed when editing the "browser title" that there are also fields for keywords and description.

Hopefully you have an idea now of how the title tag is used by gpEasy, your browser, and the search engines. Make sure to use very relevant information when filling in these fields as it helps the search engines know what your page or site is about.

Keywords
The next options is keywords. These aren't very important these days. Suffice it to say that they are key words that describe your site. Often web designers don't even use the keywords meta tag anymore because search engines rely so little on it. It's been abused over the years; however, its a good idea to put a few relevant keywords that describe your site. Remember, as above with the Title, you can also enter these on a per page bases. The keywords in the configuration page will be appended to the keywords you enter for a page just like the title tag.

To enter several keywords just separate them with a comma. Example: keyword1, keyword2, keyword3
To enter a keyword phrase do the same but between the phrase. Example: keyword phrase one, keyword phrase two,

Description
The description meta tag is a little more important than the keywords. At times search engines may use this in search results to describe the page, generally though they pull page content to display over the description meta data.

Just like Title And Keywords the description meta data tag in the configuration page is site wide; however, just like the previous two examples you have a field on the pages rename\details, more options dialog to enter a description for a individual page.

The description meta data is just what it sounds like. A short statement that describes the site or page.

Where do the keywords and description show up on the page? They aren't displayed by the browser. You can only view them if you look at the source code for a web page. Try it. In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+U will display a page's source code. Then just look for keywords or description and you will find the meta data tags there.

Colorbox Style
This options allows you to pick one of the Colorbox styling options for galleries. What's Colorbox? It's a plugin used by gpEasy that displays images in a pop out JavaScript window. In other words, it's a fancy way of showing off images. If you have a gallery setup already you can change then and see the change when you click an image in the gallery. If you don't. . . don't worry about it. When we get to galleries we'll go through it again.

Language
Obviously this is the setting for the language gpEasy should use.

WYSIWYG Language
This is the language setting for the html editor in gpEasy.

Maximum Image Area
Just as the hint tells us, this defines just how large of an image area to allow. Generally just leave it allow. It's a good setting.

Jquery
If you don't know what it is leave it alone! It's the scripting the gpEasy uses for a lot of it's look and feel.

Hide gpEasy Link
This allows you to easily display or hide the "powered by gpEasy" in the footer. It's nice to leave this visible as it helps promote gpEasy.

Contact Configuration

This section sets up the built in contact form for gpEasy.

Contact Email Address
You MUST fill in an email address before you can use the built in gpEasy contact form. Where is the contact form? In the Page Manager named "contact" when you first install gpEasy and/or haven't renamed it. As of gpEasy 2.0 you can now insert the contact form into another page as a section->File Inclusion.

Require Contact Fields
This defines what fields a visitor to your site MUST fill out in order to use the contact form to contact you. The options are rather obvious.

reCaptcha
The reCaptcha fields require that you register with reCaptcha. You do not need to use any of these fields in order for the gpEasy contact form to work. This is for those that want to control spammers from using the contact form. Personally I don't bother with it. If you want to set this up you will need to click the link to visit reCaptcha and setup an account, etc.

Advanced Options

Don't worry about these. Most of you will never need to bother with them

OK. . . that has been a lot of information. Don't worry if you didn't get it all. Most of it shows up in more than one tutorial. Just keep on learning.

 

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