The “Change Settings” area allows you to set all the basic information about the
page, as well as several individual page preferences.
To enter the Change Settings area of a page, click the “Change Settings” link in
the header of the “Modify Page” or “Manage Sections” area of the page, or click the
page's “Settings” icon in the Admin->Pages->Modify/Delete Page list.
Once you enter the Change Settings area, you may see the Change Settings
header for the page:
the Change Settings header normally has links to the “Modify Page” and “Manage
The “Manage Sections” link will only show in the header, if this has been enabled
in Admin->Settings->General Settings-> Manage Sections (Advanced).
Enter here the title of the page. Depending on the template used, the Page Title
may be displayed in the browser's title bar when the page is being viewed, as well
as featuring prominently on the page layout It may also be used by search
engines to help catalogue and classify your page.
Enter here the text that will appear on the navigation menu, to link to this page. By
default, this is the same as the Page Title. This allows you, for instance, to have a
home page with a Page Title of “Welcome”, and a Menu Title of “Home” - which is
clearer than 'Welcome' for navigation purposes. This is also specially useful for
abbreviating long page titles, so they display well in the menu.
Parent Drop-Down Menu
Use this option to select where in your site's hierarchy you wish to place your
page. The 'parent' is the page the visitor usually has to navigate to, before they can
reach your page. The page will only appear in your site's navigation menus, when
the visitor is visiting its parent.
If parent is “None”, then the page always appears in the topmost level of your
navigation menu - at the same level as your home page.
Deep hierarchies make it harder for visitors to navigate, and to find the information
they may be looking for in your site. Some studies suggest, that if a user has to
click more than 3 times to find the information they need, they will abandon the
search – and your site. You should try to keep the hierarchy of your site simple,
and avoid nesting pages too deeply inside each other.
Visibility Drop-Down Menu
This menu allows you to specify whether the page will appear in your site's
navigation menu, and who will be able to access it. The options are:
Public: the page always appears in the navigation menu – if appropriate - and all
visitors are allowed to view it.
Private: only specific groups are allowed to view this page. The page is included in
the navigation menu only after a user from an allowed group has logged in.
Anyone trying to access the page directly – by typing the page's url in their
browser – will be redirected to a login page.
Registered: same as 'Private', with the exception that the page always appears in
the navigation menu – if appropriate.
Hidden: same as 'Public', with the exception that the page never appears in the
navigation menu. The page can still be accessed by users typing the page's url
directly in their browser. Useful for pages which you wish to keep outside the
navigation hierarchy – such as 'Terms & Conditions', copyright notices, etc.
None: page never appears in the navigation menu, and is not accessible, even if a
user directly types the page's url in their browser. The page will be accessible only
via the site Admin. Useful while authoring pages, and before a page is ready to
go 'live' on the frontend. .
Pages with “Registered” visibility can be used as 'teasers' to increase
membership in your site: by being present in your navigation menu, all visitors will
know that they are there, but that they must register first before being allowed to
By default, every page in your site uses the Website Description – defined in
Admin->Settings->General Settings – as its Page Description. You can, however,
override the default, and give a page its own, specific description, here.
It should be a short text, briefly and concisely describing your page. Depending on
the template used, this text may be displayed as a special 'blurb' within the page.
It may also be inserted as a meta-tag into the html 'head' section of the page. This
meta-tag can be used by search engines to help catalogue, describe and list your
page in their database.
You should not use html in the page description.
By default, every page in your site uses the Website Keywords – defined in Admin-
>Settings->General Settings – as its Page Keywords. You can, however, override
the default, and give a page its own, specific keywords, here.
This should be a comma-separated list of words, terms and/or expressions that
users are going to use in search engines to find your page. This list is added as a
meta-tag to the html 'head' section of the page. This meta-tag is used by most
search engines to classify your page, and greatly influences how successful your
site is in these search engines. You should not use html in the page keywords.
The order and quantity of keywords does matter. Some search engines will grade
how closely a search matches your page, depending on how far down the
keywords list it the match is found. Most search engines will also 'cull' your
keywords list, if it is too long, to an acceptable length, and ignore repeated entries.
Target Drop-Down Menu
This setting specifies where the visitor's browser should display your page.
Top Frame: the default, this tells the visitor's browser to diplay the page inside the
top-level frame from where it was called. For most sites, this will have the same
effect as “Same Window”. If your Site Editor site is, however, a sub-section of a
site, and is being shown inside its own frame in the browser's window, this
setting will respect the frame where it is being displayed, and not override the
Same Window: this tells the browser that the page should 'take over' the entire
window from where it was called. For most sites, this will have the same effect as
the default “Top Frame”.
New Window: tells the browser to open either a new window or tab, and display
the page inside this new window/tab.
The “New Window” setting may creates a window that pops up automatically, and
which many users find annoying.
The “New Window” setting can be both appropriate and useful for displaying site
meta-information such as “terms and conditions”, or the site's copyright.
Template Drop-Down Menu
By default, all pages in your site use the System Default template specified in
Admin->Settings->Default Settings->Template. Here you can override that setting,
forcing the page to use a different template.
Site Editor ships with merely a handful of templates. There are, however, dozens
contributed templates, that can be viewed and downloaded from our official Add-
On Repository: http://addons.websitebaker.org/ . -> Templates.
The content, style, and features implemented by template designers vary greatly
from template to template. Notice that not all templates display features such as:
a log in form, search form, breadcrumbs, site or page descriptions, support for
multiple menus, support for section blocks, etc.
The chosen template will dictate the aspect – as well as some of the functionality –
of your page.
thumbnails of a few template designs from the Add-Ons Repository
It is relatively easy to customise a template, to add the extra functionality it does
not have, and which you may require.
For further information, download and consult the Template Primer.
Menu Drop-Down Menu
Some templates allow you to have more than one navigation menu in your site.
This may be useful, for instance, if you would like to have a 'footer menu', with
pages such as 'terms & conditions', 'privacy notice', 'copyright notice', 'links', or
others, which you may want to show throughout your site, but which are not part of
the normal navigation hierarchy of your site.
In order for this feature to work and be useful, you must:
enable Admin->Settings->General Settings->Multiple Menus (Advanced)
Verwaltung -> Optionen -> Allgemeine Optionen -> Mehrere Menüs (erweitert)
If this feature is enabled, and the template you are using supports multiple
menus, then you can select in which menu this page will appear, from this menu.
If the template you are using does not support multiple menus, you may be able to
easily modify it, to add the extra menu(s) you want. To find out how, download our
guide to modifying templates: the Template Primer!
Language Drop-Down Menu
Use this menu to specify in what language the page is written. This information is
used by some search engines to classify your page and its contents, and can
affect the success rate of users searching for your site.
The language selected here will also affect the text displayed in frontend items
such as the login form, or the search form. This menu can only show languages
that have been downloaded and installed, from the official Add-ons Repository.
Searching Drop-Down Menu
This setting specifies whether or not the contents of the page should be
searchable. If searching is enabled, then when visitors and users use the search
form in the frontend, Site Editor will search through the contents of this page. If
is disabled, then Site Editor will ignore this page when searching, and it will never
listed among search results.
Disabling searching may be useful for pages such as site maps, site copyright,
and terms and conditions pages.
a page with searching disabled never shows up in the search results
Tick to select the user groups that will be able to modify and delete this page.
selecting a page's administrators in a site with 2 user groups
Allowed Viewers Checkboxes
These checkboxes appear if you select “Private” or “Registered” for the page's
visibility setting. Tick to select the user groups that once logged in will be able to
view this page in the navigation menu, and access it.
selecting a page's allowed viewers, in a site with 2 user groups
Click here, once settings have been changed to your liking, to save settings.
Click here to throw away all changes made so far - resetting the form to its initial