GetSimple User Guide


Introduction

GetSimple is the content management system (CMS) we use to give you control over the content of your website. It was designed to be very simple to use, but still powerful enough to give you the ability to upload and share files, create and customise page content, and post news articles.

Tip
We recommend using Firefox or Chrome to administer websites. Some functions of the CMS do not work correctly in older versions of Internet Explorer.

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Getting access

Logging in

To log into your website, go to yourwebsiteaddresshere/admin, and enter your username and password. We will have supplied these to you when we set up the website.



Forgotten your details?

If you have forgotten your password, click the Forgot your password? button on the login form. If you have forgotten your username, get in touch and we will send you your login information.

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Pages

The page manager

When you log in, you should see a listing of all of the pages currently on your website.



Editing pages

If you click on the title of a page, you will be taken to a form to edit that page’s content.

Tip
See the Editor section below for information on how to change text formatting or insert items like images or tables.

Adding new pages

To add a new page, click the Create New Page button on the right. A new form will appear which will look exactly like the one above, but you will need to enter a title for the page in the box at the top.

Editing the menus

Click Edit Navigation Structure to the side of your list of pages.

Pages with their titles in black are visible on the menu. You can toggle this by clicking the M button. Pages with their titles in gray are not visible on the menu.

You can use the < and > buttons to manage the page hierarchy. Pages indented are placed under the section they are beneath, and will appear on sub-menus on those pages.



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Files

The file manager

Click on the Files tab at the top of the page to see a list of uploaded files.

Anything which is not a normal page should be uploaded as a file — for instance, images, documents, and publications you would like to share.

Files uploaded here will be publicly accessible, so do not upload anything confidential.



Uploading files

Click the button on the right to upload a new file into the current folder. You can create new folders by clicking Create Folder and entering a name, then you can get into it by clicking its title.

Tip
There is a limit on the size of the files you can upload. Usually it is around 15MB, but we do occasionally change this (the current limit is displayed on the file manager page). If you need to upload files larger than this, please get in touch and we will arrange an alternative upload method.

Removing files and folders

If you want to delete a file for any reason, just click the X to the right of its title. If you want to delete a folder, you will need to delete all of its contents beforehand, then the X will appear beside the folder’s name.

Tip
If you want to delete a lot of files, or move them around, log a call and we will see if we can do it quickly ourselves.

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News

Warning
The news manager is a separate plug–in which is not installed on all websites. If you would like us to add news functionality to your website, please let us know.

The news manager

Click News Manager on the right of the Pages tab to see a list of all the news posts on your website.

They will be sorted by date, with the most recent at the top.



Adding a news post

Click Create new post on the right, and fill out the form as though you were creating a page. When you click Save Post, the post will be stored and will appear on the website as the most recent news item.

Managing news posts

You can manage news posts in a similar way to pages- they will appear on the news manager page when you click the link on the right of the page management tab.

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Editor

Editing text

When you click to edit a page or a news post, you will be presented with a large text area with a number of controls.



From left–to–right, they are:

Bold
Makes the currently selected text bold.
Italic
Makes the currently selected text italic.
Underline
Underlines the currently selected text.
Numbered list
Starts a numbered list. Press Enter twice or press the button again to stop the list.
Bulleted list
Starts a bulleted list. Press Enter twice or press the button again to stop the list.
Align left
Aligns text to the left of the page.
Align center
Aligns text in the middle of the page.
Align right
Aligns text to the right of the page.
Justify
Justifies text so it appears as a block.
Table
Inserts a table (see the Tables section below).
Link
Inserts a link (see the Links section below).
Remove link
Removes a link from the currently selected text.
Image
Inserts an image (see the Images section below).
Remove format
Remove all formatting from the selected text.
Anchor
Create an anchor (see the Anchors section below).
Source
View the HTML source of the page.
Format
Set the type of text (see the Format section below).

Tables

When you click on the Table button, you will be presented with a box containing options for creating a table. You can specify the rows and columns in here, but we recommend you do not alter borders or any other aspect of styling, as we will likely have provided site–wide styles to ensure tables appear correctly.

To add or remove rows or columns, just right–click on the table. You will see a few options which should be familiar to you if you have worked with tables in Microsoft Word, or a similar application.

To add a link, click the Link button. You will be shown a small box with a few options for the link. The different link type options are:

Link to local page
Choose another page on your website from the drop–down list to link to that page.
URL
Enter a different website’s address, or click Browse Server to link to a file which you have previously uploaded.
Link to anchor in the text
Select an anchor you have previously set in the current page’s text (see the Anchors section below).
E–mail
Enter an email address to make the link open the user’s email application when clicked.

You can remove a link using the Remove link button.

Images

Upload an image first using the Files tab.

Click on the Image button to insert an image into the page. Click the Browse Server button to locate the image file on the server, then set “Alternative Text” to display if the image fails to load, or to read out of a visually impaired user is visiting your website using a screen reader.

Warning
Don’t embed images which are not hosted on your website. You won’t have control over them, and the website hosting them could change them to anything at any time (and those changes would reflect on your website). Only upload images which you own — if you need a suitable image, get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Anchors

Anchors allow you to create links within the current page, exactly the same as how links within this guide works.

Click the Anchor button and set a name to insert an anchor, then add a link to it using the Link to anchor in the text option when creating a link.

Format

By default the page’s content is classed as body text. The Format drop–down allows you to set the text to be one of a set number of different styles which we will have pre–defined, and which will be uniform throughout your whole website.

Tip
We recommend starting your in–page headings at “Heading 3”, then working your way up to “Heading 6” for sub–sections. This is because we will have likely used “Heading 1” to denote your website’s title, and “Heading 2” for the current page’s title. A proper use of a heading hierarchy makes your website more accessible to users using assistive technologies such as screen readers.

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