PowerCMS Builder is a Dreamweaver extension for adding/managing PowerCMS on your Dreamweaver websites. This extension requires that you have a connection to a MySQL database for managing the PowerCMS system.
This tutorial guides you through adding the PowerCMS Solution to your site using PowerCMS Builder and installing the CMS on your remote server.
If you are using PowerCMS Builder on a Dreamweaver website that you have already applied PowerCMS or the Site Sculptor CMS to, you will instantly be able to use PowerCMS Builder to manage the CMS content once PowerCMS Builder is installed.
You will need the following items before starting this tutorial:
The first step in using PowerCMS Builder is to create your first PowerCMS content area by selecting the content that you wish to add to PowerCMS and creating a new content location.
When you add content to PowerCMS from PowerCMS Builder, the content that is currently selected on your page will be moved to your PowerCMS database where it can be managed by anyone who has access to your PowerCMS pages.
Follow these steps to add content from your page to a PowerCMS controlled content location.
PowerCMS Builder will then detect that the PowerCMS files have not been added to this site, and will copy all the necessary files to your site. Once all the files have been copied over, you will notice a number of new files and folders have been added to your site.
After creating your first content area, you will be notified to upload your files to your live server before installing PowerCMS. Once you have uploaded all your files, you will want to run the PowerCMS Installation Wizard.
To run the PowerCMS Installation Wizard, enter the URL to the page that you applied your first content area.
Since this page has a PowerCMS content area applied, you will automatically be redirected to the first step of the Installation Wizard.
The Installation Wizard will guide you through configuring PowerCMS and making sure that your server is properly set up for PowerCMS to run.
When prompted for a serial number, use the serial number you obtained from your Download Center for PowerCMS Builder.
One useful feature of PowerCMS Builder is that you can easily add existing CMS content to your pages. This is useful for shared content that you would like to appear in multiple locations or on different pages.
With PowerCMS Builder installed on your site and PowerCMS properly configured, you can now manage all your CMS content directly within Dreamweaver. All your dynamic content areas will be displayed normally in Design View, and you can easily jump to the correct location in PowerCMS for editing that content.
The Properties Inspector allows you to manage each of the content areas that you have on your page. Simply select the content area from within Design View and the Properties Inspector will update to reflect your options.
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