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Beginning to Build a Site

When you first start off you have three pages visible to everyone - the index (home) page, a login page and a contact us page plus the site owner has a page called log analysis, where they can see what pages the visitors have been looking at and various other useful statistics.

The index page is used to introduce new users to your site - it is the first impression you will make and therefore needs to be informative about the purpose of your site, illustrative of your capabilities and should promise all the benefits of your content.

The login page will lead the user into registering their details with u-tel-me so that they can can get more information and facilities from you than others who have not yet logged in. Alternatively, if they have previously registered with u-tel-me they can login to identify themselves to the system and to you.

The contact us page is initially set to the address and contact details of the client. You may wish to chnage this information straight away - but this gives you an opportunity to see how fairly simple text enhancement and the [email tag features can provide a readable and usable page.

The contact us page also makes use of the [streetmap tag to provide users with a map to your location based on your postcode. This is shown in a separate window, when users close that window they get back to see your contact details again.
Registration & logging-in is handled by u-tel-me - which provides the users with some additional personal benefits and provides some identity check processes.

u-tel-me assures clients that anyone who has logged in has been able to be contacted - at one stage - by their email address. Any other information they supply will have been checked to be credible - but is not necessarily authenticated.

Logging-in also provides the client with a level of security and identification - used to be able to identify certain members of staff who you allow to edit this particular web site.

The site owner / initial administrator needs to login and set up the initial permissions to allow the designer access to the system.

After this the designer (or site owner) can create the initial empty pages and the menus that reflect the agreed structure for the new site. You do not at this time need to be concerned over the visual appearance of the site - this is the structural build stage - all the graphics and exciting content can be added once the site is well defined and structually sound.

Build-a provides facilities for both designers and content managers. This document divides the tasks of site design from site content and tries to keep the two separate - but some interaction is inevitable.

These pages provide examples of getting started on your text content, enhancing your content with text enhancements and images and then embelishing the look with boxes, tables and plugins.

You might like to know that we can introduce illustrators and designers to help you and we can introduce photographic services and human models for you to commission pictures from, to enhance your site.

Please feel free to contact us for any specific or general help in using this system - we will explain all the existing features and create new facilities whenever there is sufficient demand.

Layout design

The first task of the site owner is to decide upon the default layout of the site or to grant permissions to the designer who can modify the design further for each page to suit requirements.

Modifying the detail of this data is a technical task and requires knowledge of html and stylesheets, but the basic decisions on positioning of the menus (for example) can be performed by the site owner without fear.

The site owner or designer needs to login to identify themself - the editline will then show on the screen.

Build-a presents the layout options in a graphical form and the initial style sheets and meta tags and the default values for menus, logo, heading etc in separate editable boxes under the site option in the editline.
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