In order to manage your website, we offer two menus: Toolbar and Simplemenu. By default, you will see the toolbar. If you'd rather use a regular menu (like those menus available on your desktop) then go to your controller panel and unselect the Toolbar feature. Within 5 minutes the toolbar should be gone.
The following shows you how each item looks. Depending on your account, it may look different as you may have more or less features available and thus more or less icons in the toolbar.
The content tab lets you create new pages, manage your existing pages and comments. You have one icon per type of page you can create. Those have a plus (+) sign at the bottom right corner. The Draft icon displays a list of your drafts. Whenever you create a new page, you can either publish it immediately or save it as a draft. This icon lets you manage those pages you did not yet publish. The Pages icon shows you a list of published pages. This list has a filter capability which lets you sort pages by type, status, etc. The Comments icon sends you to the list of comments present on your website. In that window, there is a tab at the top Approval queue. Click on that tab to see the list of comments you did not yet approve.
As you get more and more features for your website, you get new icons. Most of the time it will be a new type of page you can create. For instance, you can create a primary page which is automatically inserted in your primary menu. The following screenshot shows you the toolbar with additional page types:
The administration tab shows you the most used/accessed administration pages. The Settings icon lets you access all the administration pages available on your website. Feel free to click on that button and change anything you want there.
The Blocks icon brings you to the block administration. This page allows you to change the blocks on the sides, your header and footer. It also lets you create new blocks including blocks if HTML.
The Info icon sends you to the page where you can change the global website information.
The Menu icon sends you to the menus of your website. A menu is a block you can display by going to the Blocks administration screen. By default menus are hidden. The Menu administration screen especially gives you an opportunity to easily reorder your menu items (instead of trying to adjust their weight.)
The Themes icon is used to choose a new theme. A theme defines the look of your website.
The To do icon sends you to the list of tasks you still have to do to complete your website installation. Most are really quick to do! You can also use that feature to add your own To do tasks so as to keep track of what you need to do next.
The Users icon lets you manage your users. By default, your website will not let new users create accounts automatically. However, you can still create accounts for your editor and authors if you work with other people (delegate!)
The Log out is obviously to log out of your website account. If you are using a public or friend's computer, you should log out before leaving the computer. Otherwise the system keeps you logged in for 2 or 3 days after the last time you accessed the website.
You may have noticed that there are buttons at the top-right of the toolbar. These buttons are used to move the toolbar around (arrows) or hide it (cross). The little light bulb is the help button that opens this documentation in a new window.
The toolbar is created from a regular menu. When you click on the Menu icon of the administration tab you get to a complete list of your menus. One of them is called Toolbar. That's the menu used to display your toolbar.
Although the default should be sufficient and should include pretty much everything you need, yet, each one of us have different needs...
To add a a new item, go to Menu, click on Toolbar, and then click on the Add item tab at the top. By default items will not be assigned an icon. A default error icon will appear instead. To assign an icon, you can use the drop-down menu which by default includes the system icons. You can also use the Browse button to upload new icons from your computer. For this purpose, you can get free icons from the Internet (see our Pictures category in our Directory.)
A button is a stand-along top item. With the default menu, you will see the Help item as a stand alone item.
Note that the arrows and close buttons are internal features and thus they do not appear in your Toolbar menu.
Buttons are 16x16 pixels images. The default is to use a black circle with a graphic inside. One reason for doing this is that some themes have a black or white background in different locations. Having such an icon makes it visible whatever the background.
A tab is created once a stand alone item is assigned sub-items. So first you want to create a new stand alone item which is first going to appear as button. Then create another item and assign that new stand alone item as its parent. Now that the new tab has a child item, it is rendered as a tab!
Tabs use icons that are 16x16 pixels. Full color with transparency PNGs work with your toolbar. The background of the tabs change from a gradient going from light gray to white to a dark gray gradient. Icons show shine when they are on the white background.
Once you've got a new tab, you can add new items within that tab. You have to make sure to assign the tab as the parent of the new item so it appears as the icon of that tab.
Note that the number of items is not limited. If more than about 8 (depending on the length of the title) are used, then the height of the menu will grow to show two lines of icons.
The icon of an item is 32x32 pixels. Full color transparency PNGs work with your toolbar. The toolbar background is always white.
This is an advanced feature.
The toolbar supports a 3rd level, although it isn't used by default. This 3rd level appears as a drop down of an item. This gives you the possibility to have many more functions right there in your toolbar.
Note that the item is changed so clicking on it does not send you anywhere. Instead we will open the drop-down menu. This means if you want to go to the place where that item would otherwise bring you, you'll have to add an item in the drop-down menu with that same link.