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Thread began 6/04/2010 9:30 am by martin384871 | Last modified 6/24/2010 3:30 pm by martin384871 | 3978 views | 5 replies

martin384871

Frustration over menus and limited cms options

I'm still struggling in this topic... I've had some similarly technical answers on this which I genuinely do appreciate, but I also have to say that the whole point of a site builder package is that its for people like me who don't 'speak' sql or php etc. All I want to do is enable clients to log in to the Powercms admin area, create a page (no problem-tell it its a template when you set the site up), edit the page, (again, no problem) and then... here's the tricky bit-create a menu item to link it to.

In "help" it says : "Once you have updated the content, click the Create Link option to see how you can create a link to this new page." This had led me to believe that there was a facility to link to a menu item. However, all I can find is the 'insert/edit link" button in the WYSIWYG editor. This will insert an inline hyperlink-not a menu item. So a link can be inserted (the dialogue box brought up by the insert link button insists there are no pages or files to link to, so I can't even do it that way, but that's another issue). I cannot figure out how to add an area into the template using SiteSculptor that will be a menu that shows up in the CMS admin area-it looks like I need some pretty advanced programming knowledge in Sql etc to do this-which is a shame as something like SiteSculptor is aimed at people like me who don't have these skills.

So my conclusion is that Sitesculptor, good as it is at what it does do, doesn't let you/enable you to include an option for clients to add a menu item after the wizard has run its course at the start. The designer has to do that. This means that a vital component of every site is entirely static and fixed-all menus are fixed at design stage and can't be edited by the client at all. I'm not suggesting it's Webassist's fault, but I do feel I spent $100 or so on something with a crucial shortcoming. If I have not missed something then i am very disappointed in a product that does what is does very well-but that entirely fails to do something essential for most users. I'd love to be wrong here. Am I?

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