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Installation and Rebranding of Power CMS

Thread began 11/13/2009 3:58 pm by shadow329043 | Last modified 11/15/2009 12:42 pm by shadow329043 | 3698 views | 6 replies |

shadow329043

Installation and Rebranding of Power CMS

This will prove to be my biggest project ever using Webassist components. I just downloaded Power CMS with the idea of using it to allow clients to modify their content on their site thereby saving me time in doing site updates - seems logical.

I decided to install Power CMS on my own site and rebrand it - something I will need to do if I am to offer it to other clents. I also own all other Webassist components like CSS Menu Writer so I plan to customize my site's Power CMS fully. But I have a couple of questions -

I downloaded an excellent pdf on how to set it up and plan to follow 90 per cent of the instructions. The only thing I am not going to follow is the web root structure because I already have used some of the other Webassist components and those directories, like CSSmenuwriter and WA_SecurityAssist already exist.

------Question - can I leave those directories in place and NOT upload the ones included with Power CMS or should I open the Power CMS directories and place the contents in my web root in the corresponding folders?
-----Question - I already have a WA_Globals directory - should I leave it alone or upload the contents of the Power CMS WA_Globals directory in my current WA_Globals directory
------Question - to rebrand the Power CMS do all I have to do is replace the two graphic files - I don't plan to do anything more than display a custom logo, I prefer the site logo when the user is using the administrative functions.

Thanks
Shadow

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clickhappy392103

rebranding part... Just make sure to rename the replacement image exactly like the original and you should have no issues with that.

As far as your directories.......I will leave that to the pro's (God knows I have a lot to learn about that issue).

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shadow329043

Thanks for your answer, Clickhappy. That was my thought on the graphics also. But i didn't know if there was anything else I needed to change. You have already given me some insight since I have read several informative posts that you wrote already. It is all a learning process.

Shadow

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

For the site structure, you will be far better of following the PDF Instructions. Some of the files in the WA Specific folders will be unique to powerCSM. Same for the WA_Globals file, the WA_Globals file for one solution pack is not the same as the WA_Globals file for another solution pack.

You will save a lot of hassle and digging to find what is what if you upload all of the PowerCMS files into a subfolder.

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shadow329043

That was what I wasn't sure about.................it would be nice to be able to integrate things more tightly................without having multiple folders with the same name in different directories............but that answers my question about the WA_Global directory.... I think that my current WA_Global directory is holding the file(s) for the Contact Form Solution - so my option would be to delete it and build a new contact form within the CMS system......and since I am going to customize the CMS a bit, I assume that the folders for DataAssist and SecurityAssist would be created anyway when I use those extensions. So if I delete all the files in my current website root and install just the CMS and then customize using the extensions there should be no problem? Or should I still put the CMS in its own directory because using the extensions directly on the CMS break the system?


Edited 11/15/2009 -- Never mind about the above questions regarding using extensions directly on CMS - decided that is would be BEST to have Power CMS in its own directory - any installation can then be easily updated by deleting the old CMS sub folder and uploading the new CMS sub folder to replace it (didn't think of that one --- when I did it was so logical)

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MickW

Hi Shadow,
I have rebranded my site - in addition to the two logso (logo.png & login.png) I also changed the page background (body_bg,png).

Just be aware that the size of logo.png is fixed in the code to 154x79 so your new logo would have to conform to those dimensions or you would have to change the template and then re-save index.php.

HTH
Mick

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shadow329043

Hi MickW! Thanks for the info! I had not thought about the background so I will look into various option for the background. I am thinking about building the site using CSS Scultptor and CSS Menu Writer.

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