You can find detailed instructions about editing and updating your website in the PanPage User Guide but this page serves as a brief introduction and a 'heads up' on some of PanPage's features.
The most common sort of website update is a small change to some text or changing an old photo for a newer one. This is what Quick Edit was designed for!
Log into PanPage on your website and choose 'Quick Edit' from the website menu.
This takes you back into your website but now, as you move the mouse cursor over the page, items light up.
Click the item you want to change and PanPage opens up the editor with that item already open and you can make changes - just like editing a word processor document.
Click the Save button when you're finished and that's the job done!
PanPage organises your website into pages, columns and items. Each page contains one or more columns, very similar to the columns in a word-processor document, and each column contains one or more items. The items contain the text, pictures and other elements that you can change.
PanPage's home page contains a list of your site's pages, organised just as they are in your website. You see the top level pages first, starting with the home page, and if your site has drop down navigation then pages with drop downs have a '+' button next to them to let you see the child pages.
On the right of the page list is a row of buttons for each page. These let you change the order of pages on your website and to edit and delete pages. There's also a button, at the top of the list, to create new pages.
When you create a new page, PanPage supplies all the boring bits - the banner, the navigation menu and the footer. All you need to do is fill in the content: the headings, the words and pictures, videos, slideshows etc. that you want on the page. This makes it easy to create professional looking pages that match the rest of your site.
You can edit an existing page by clicking the 'edit' button next to the page in the page list.
PanPage gives you complete control over where the page fits into your website, over the page title and description which the search engines use, and over the content of the page.
The content is arranged in columns: full width, half, third, quarter and you can mix and match them on each page. PanPage shows a list of the columns when you edit a page...
Each column, when you edit it, shows a list of items in that column and you can make changes to any of them... (surprise, surprise) by clicking its edit button!
That opens the Item editor - the same place you got to so quickly in Quick Edit!
Most items on your web pages will contain good old text and pictures. You can make the text more interesting by including headings, bullet points, tables etc, and you can 'float' the pictures to the left or right so the text flows around them. But it's still just static content.
PanPage includes some special items help you make pages more interactive.
These have part of their content hidden until you click it - great for FAQs and cramming lots of content into a small space. All you need do is enter the text and pictures for the fixed part and for the hidden (folding) part. PanPage does the rest.
A gallery gives you a slideshow of images which fade or slide from one to the next. You enter a list of images (with captions and thumbnails of you want them) and PanPage creates the slideshow. You can control the transition and speed, and the time each picture stays on screen before changing.
The slideshows on this website were all created using Gallery Items.
Have you ever wanted the same call to action or login form on every page? Copying and pasting from one page to another is possible but very tedious if you want to change anything later.
Repeat items are like 'live' copies and update automatically when you change the original item.
If that sounds a bit advanced remember that many sites like Google Maps and YouTube give you oven-ready HTML code to paste into your own website. This is how you enter YouTube videos, Google Maps, Twitter feeds and all the rest into your PanPage website.