gpEasy Page Manager

Note*
As of gpEasy 2.0 the "File Manger" has been renamed "Page Manager." Much of the information you need to know about the Page Manager can be found in the Menus Tutorial.

The Page Manager in gpEasy is one of the most used admin pages. There are a lot of options within the page manager. Let's take a few minutes and familiarize ourselves with the features found in the file manager.

Main Menu

The first thing to learn about in the Page Manager is the "Main Menu." This is the default menu that gpEasy uses. After Josh's, the gpEasy developer, clarification on how the Main Menu functions in relation to gpEasy I realized that we need to know certain things about this Main Menu if we choose to use multiple alternative menus and do not have all our pages in the Main Menu.

If you remove a page from the Main Menu, as of gpEasy 2.1, that page will NOT show up in the site map (/Special_Site_Map).

If you remove a gallery from the Main Menu it will not show up in the /Special_Galleries page.

The Main Menu is the ONLY menu that allows you to delete a page and change a page's associated layout.

The above functions associated with the Main Menu must be understood before using additional menus in gpEasy. Let me give you an example. Here on trueacu.com I'm using several alternative/additional unique custom menus in addition to the Main Menu however, I don't actually use the Main Menu on any layout--you the visitor won't see it anywhere other than the site map. The reason I don't use the Main Menu on any layout is because I have nearly all pages & galleries in it and I don't want a menu like that on any layout but I need to have all the pages and galleries in it so that they will show up in the site map and special galleries pages. Therefore, for my purposes I use the Main Menu only to organize all my pages so that I can easily see what layouts are applied, ensure that all the pages show up in the site map that I want there and special galleries page has all the galleries. In other words, it's just a functional menu for me to work with. It isn't one being used in any layouts and therefore isn't seen anywhere on my site other than the site map.

That's a long way of saying, if you are NOT going to have all your pages in the Main Menu then consider using it only for work purposes--site map, applied layouts, and special galleries organization.

Drag-N-Drop

First thing you should get familiar with in the page manager is dragging files to different locations. Left click on any page and hold the left click buttong and you can drag-n-drop the page within the menu you are on to a new location. This allows you to easily rearrange your pages.

Play with the drag-n-drop feature till you are comfortable moving pages around the file manager.

Arrangement of Pages

As you can see the page manager pages can be arranged however you want. As you arrange the pages in the page manager notice that this also changes the menu navigation layout for the particular menu you are working with, thus you arrange pages in a menu in the page manager based on how you want them displayed in the navigation menu.

New File

Select the "insert" before, after, or as child and you will be promoted to add a new file to the menu. You will have several options to choose from.

Float or undock admin content

All gpEasy admin pages are designed to float if the them isn't wide enough to support the minimum width required. You can dock or undock any admin page by clicking the down arrow at the top right of the page's content/admin window.

Page Options

Click any page to bring up that page's options.

View & Edit Page
When clicked you will go the page/URL for that file. In other words, you will be directed to that particular web page in your browser. There you can click the "edit" pop-out button when you hover over a section.

Rename/Details
This option will bring up a dialog that allows you to rename the page's meta data. Click the "more options" and you will see all the meta data that is available to change.

The text you enter into the label field will be used in many ways. It will be displayed as the navigation menu text, added to the meta data for the keywords, descriptions, and title tag.  However, if you wish to control your meta data, the menu text, and the URL for a particular page click the "more options" button when the Rename/Details window comes up.

Rename/Details More Options

When clicked you are presented with several options that pertain to the file's meta data.

Label
The label field is the name of the page and text that will be displayed as menu text in the navigation menu. Notice that when you change this field it also changes the slug/URL & browser title fields. To stop this behavior you must click the edit links below those fields. Once the "edit" link is clicked those fields are no longer synchronized with the label field. To re-sync the fields just click the "synchronize with label" link. Play with this field and the synchronizing. Make some changes to each to see how they affect each other.

Slug/URL
The slug/URL field can only be edited after you click the edit link which un-syncs it from the label fields. The slug/URL field is the relative part of a url for a page. For example, this page's slug is 'File_Manager'. Notice that the space has a underscore. By default gpEasy replaces all spaces in the page slug with underscores. Of course you can change it to something like File-Manager but you can't have spaces. You generally don't have to worry about the page slug unless you have some reason to make it specific, like moving a site from WordPress to gpEasy where WordPress replaces spaces with dashes so you would want to mimic that slug/URL in gpEasy or redirect the old URL appropriatly.

Go ahead and put in some different page slugs and save the details and go to the page. Notice the URL and how it changes, but the label (menu text) is still the same.

Browser Title
This is often called the 'title tag' in HTML language. It's meta data read by the search engines and browsers but does not display on the page. It is a very important peace of meta data as the search engines usually display this as the title of the search results for a particular web page, and they give it a lot of weight when considering page ranking in search results. In other words, this meta data tells the search engines what your page is about in as few words as possible. Go ahead and put some text there, save the details then go to the page. Look at your browser's tab. It's showing the 'Browser Title' text. If you aren't familiar with html meta data don't worry to much about it. Just think of the "Browser Title" as the text that shows up as the name of a browser tab for a particular web page and search engines use it as the title for search results. By thinking of it in this way you will be certain to put relevant text that makes sense for that particular page.

What's meta data? In this particular case it's information that search engines and browsers utilize but is not displayed on the page itself for users to see. It's found within the HTML <head></head> area. There's lots of information on the net about it if you really want to know more.

Keywords & Description
These two fields are more meta data. Keywords meta data was once popular and search engines relied on it heavily. Basically they are the key words that your page is about; however, because of abuse search engines don't utilize the keyword meta data very much. Basically if you don't add anything to this field gpEasy will place the text from the label into the keywords meta data as well as the keywords you have defined in the configurations admin page. Keywords, or key phrases are defined by separation with a comma. Example: keyword, keyword phrase,

The description field is a little more important than the keywords; however, it's not regarded as highly valuable these days. In essence some of the search engines, some of the time, might pull the description meta data and display it for search results, thus displaying it under the title. This generally isn't the case these days as search engines generally pull part of a page's content to display in the search results. If you leave this field empty gpEasy will place the label text here and the description you used in the configuration admin page. Out of the two fields this one is worth filling out with a short precise description of the page. 

To view these fields in your browser go to the page you want to see the information for and view source code. This is different for each browser but generally Ctrl+U works on the good browsers. Then look for "keywords" and "description" to see how it shows up in your page's header.

File Options Continued

Remove From Menu

This new option was added in gpEasy 2.0 with the addition of multiple custom menus. Removing a page from a menu DOES NOT delete the page. It only removes it from that particular menu you are working on.

Delete

Obviously this deletes the page. It removes it from all menus it is on and moves the page to the trash. It is NOT useable by gpEasy as long as it is in the trash. You can delete it forever by going to the trash and deleting it there or you can restore it. Also realize that when deleting a file with the same name as a file that has previously been deleted to the trash, the file in the trash will be permanently deleted and replaced by the newly deleted file.

Layout
This shows you what layout is currently applied to the page. You can change layouts on a per page basis however, child pages inherit the parent's layout unless the child is changed.

Again, most of the information you need about the new Page Manager in gpEasy 2.0+ is also discussed in the Menus Tutorial.

That's it for this one. Head back to the gpEasy tutorials page to learn more about using gpEasy CMS.

 

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