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Overview of the Build-a system
Build-a is a revolutionary new way of building and publishing web sites. The benefits of web publication can be achieved without the development of technical knowledge and, using the Build-a system, a competent secretary or marketing assistant will be able to maintain your website and ensure that it is always kept right up to date.

The Build-a system is so simple that it enables the user to concentrate on design of the site and the quality of the presentation rather than the technical task of getting the site to work.

There are three major areas of activity to be used within Build-a. These are structure, content and enhancement

Structure
Structure refers to the structure of the web site. Is it a flat single page, a menu driven series of pages or a more complex site with a menu driven series of menus? Whichever it is Build-a can handle this and establish the structure of your site in a short space of time. Once the structure is defined it can be used immediately, or it can be modified

The process is simple. Firstly it is necessary to know the pages you want on the web site and define each of these with a recognisable short name – used for system reference - and a descriptive long name – used for users’ comprehension (e.g. contact and Contact us).

Each page will be structured initially to conform to a template that you or your designer defines – this produces a level of uniformity to all your pages. The template acts only to provide working framework for the site and does not represent a constraint or limitation on the use of the site – the template is separate from the content and a later change in that template will affect all pages built to use it. Colours, fonts, styles even fairly major layout decisions can be made at any time – without you necessarily having to alter the words.

Once the page names are defined you can build the menus you want to use. A menu is a list of short page names, which will be accessed by that menu. Pages can be added to, moved in position or deleted from a menu at any time without interfering with the site structure or the ease of running.

Content
Content can be applied to the site as soon as the structure and menus are defined. Content may comprise a variety of file types or information types, each of which is handled separately by the Build-a system. Initially we will consider only the inclusion of textual data, which provides the basic site information. This is not a limitation of the system but a working method, which enables swifter understanding of the whole process. It also allows active sites to be established within a very short period.

Once the outline structure and text are established the Build-a system allows the user to enhance the visual appearance of the site by the addition of graphics and other features.

Enhancements
Enhancements are features, which can be added simply to a web site without having to understand the technical impacts of Java, JavaScript or HTML. The enhancements are implemented with “tags” which have been designed so that, wherever possible, a feature can be switched on or off at the behest of the site owner. The enhancement tags are many and more will be added as time elapses. It is unlikely that any one site will use all of the possible enhancement tags available.

Those authors who have a strong design capability may follow the alternate route of building the structure, defining the visual appearance using the enhancement features and finally adding the textual content to the site. There is no problem with this. In fact the site can be constructed in any order and one of the strengths of Build-a is the flexibility it provides for changing design, content or appearance with minimum effort.

The use of the enhancements enables the professional graphic designer to incorporate visually stunning effects, which may be controlled by the average user. For this reason it is likely that many people will have a site designed externally but will use the Build-a system to ensure that the site owners retain the ability to maintain and update the site as they wish

General purpose
The purpose of this publication is to help users gain maximum control of their web site by using the features designed into the Build-a system. It is not a handbook of web design.

Initial set up
The resources for a particular website can only be brought into existence by the Build-a central administration. This activity will be achieved immediately after you have committed to using, or trying, Build-a to power your website, by completing the form on the 'request a site' page or talking with one of our sales personnel.

Your Build-a web site will run on servers at the Build-a.com computer center and will be titled: http://build-a.com/ts/yoursitename

This should not be confused with your own domain name which will be used by your visitors to access the site - who will use something like yourname.co.uk or yourname.com - which can easily be directed to transfer them automatically to the new site on the Build-a computers.

For each site the client is the initial administrator who retains control of the site and provides the facility for updates and maintenance. Once the site has been initiated by Build-a it is necessary for the administrator to log in to the site ro allocate appropriate permissions to others.

Whoever is working on design of the site will need to coordinate with the administrator to gain access to the site for building and design purposes.

Once logged in the designer will have access rights to the site and will have controls available through the editline menu which enables them to utilise the many features of the site.

Setting Access Rights
Only the administrator, or other nominated person who has been granted permission editing rights to the site, can set the editing and viewing rights for others on the site. Only the administrator and the designer are likely to need full editing rights across the site. Other individuals who need editing rights for a particular page or group of pages, can be granted those rights separately. For any page within the system the administrator always has the capability of setting viewing and editing permission rights separately.


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