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New User Needs Basic Help

Thread began 5/02/2010 7:56 pm by Peter | Last modified 5/12/2010 12:47 pm by Eric Mittman | 1681 views | 11 replies |

Peter

New User Needs Basic Help

I'm using PowerCMS ver. 1 first time, really first time with integrating a CMS into an existing site. I need basic help on how to integrate the CMS with my existing site. I really find the documentation inadequate to help someone of my ignorance level on this type of effort (though I'm not stupid!). I have been working on a local testing server, so my globals file will still have reference to that. However, I went ahead and posting my draft site to a remote server. I sure would would appreciate help with how to weave the PowerCMS into my php/mysql site. How to get started doing it, what I'm missing in my files that's obvious to someone much more up on the procedures. I'm looking for some serious handholding or one of the WA tech support or someone else would be willing to exercise great patience and tell me how to step through integrating the CMS. The solution pack files is in a separate CMS folder. The url is conmolbry.com A great thanks for anyone who can take the time to step me through using this product with my existing site.

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Eric Mittman

I would like to help you get through this process. I think it would be best to take it just one part at a time, when you get through that part you can go onto the next. The first thing you should do after downloading the new PowerCMS is rename the downloaded folder to the name that you want to have for your cms folder in your site. You then need to upload the files to your server.

Once you have done that you will need to browse to the folder that you just uploaded to your server. When you do you will start the installation process. Once this process is out of the way you will be able to add content to your site through the CMS admin area.

Please go through with uploading the files and getting through the install so we can start on the next part. If you have any trouble with any part of this post back with some info about what you are doing and what the result is.

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Peter

Thanks Eric. If you go to the url I left, it has everything including the CMS folder with all of the PowerCMS solution files dumped into it. Am I ready for the next step?

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Eric Mittman

If you have them uploaded to the site then I think you are ready for the next step. You should proceed through the installation to get the PowerCMS all setup. You need to browse to the folder that you uploaded all of the files to, if you go to the admin/index.php file it will start the install process for you. Please post back if you have any questions or run into any issues.

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Peter

Ok so if my address is www.conmolbry.com and I placed the files in a CMS folder, how do I browse to the folder and start the process? (I warned you I need basic step by step here). When I go to CMS I get nasty php warnings. When I try to tack on admin/index.php to the end of the address, I get an oops can't find that page.

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Eric Mittman

It looks like an include file is being referenced that cannot be found. After you downloaded the files from your download area did you rename the folder titled 'rename_and_upload_this_folder' and then upload it to your server? If not you should do this part again. The read me file that is included in the download details the steps to take as well.

I will gladly help you out with any part that I can, but first I will need you to follow these directions and get the PowerCMS loaded into your live site properly.

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Peter

I think I may have been working with the ver. 1 files. I went ahead and downloaded and unzipped the PowerCMS 1.0.2 zip file, unzipped it, and I don't see a 'rename_and_upload_this_folder' among the unzipped ones. I see only folders (no additional individual files outside these folders) and the ones I see are these: admin, Connections, css, CssMenuWriter, Database, HtmlEditor, images, Templates, WA_CMS, WA_DataAssist, WA_Globals, WA_SecurityAssist, WA_ValidationToolkit, WADbSearch. These are the folders that unzipped. In fact I went ahead and unzipped the main zip file for 102 again just to be sure and the rename one you refer to is not there.

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Eric Mittman

Ok, if you are working with v1 there are a few more steps that need to be done to get the PowerCMS up and running on your server.

To start after you download the files you should open up the read me htm file and start at step 1. You will need to start out by loading the sql file into your db. Each step along the way has a link that will take you to a page that details how to perform the step.

Start here on step one where you load the MySQL db, when you are finished with that or if you have any questions on that part let me know.

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Peter

Ok I'll work on it over the next couple days and touch bases with you again on Monday. Thanks.

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Eric Mittman

If you can follow through the read me and confirm the results of each step before moving to the next step I think you will be successful in implementing the PowerCMS. Let us know if yo have any questions.

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