Documentation

Requirements

Our Templates are compatible with CMS Made Simple 2.2.
Modules required like  Gallery, FormBuilder, CGBlog etc. - please refer to each template for additional information and exact info on modules requirements

Who are these Templates for

Templates on this site are suitable for web developers, designers and site admins that have at least basic knowledge of working with CMS Made Simple.

If you are new to CMS Made Simple please visit:

http://www.cmsmadesimple.org - official site
http://wiki.cmsmadesimple.org/index.php/Main_Page - CMSMS documentation
http://forum.cmsmadesimple.org - project forum

Live Demo

Eeach Template has a Live Demo link which is strongly recommended to check. Live Demo will show you the Template in action along with additional information on what is available, how to use it etc.

What's in the Templates package

* each Template package could be slightly different, please refer to Details page of the Template of interest
* photos not included - images for slider and gallery in Live Demo are copyrighted material and are not included within a package

Installation

Please keep in mind that this is a general procedure. Each Template package contains README_FIRST.txt file with installation instructions for that particular template.

In this tutorial, we are using a generic template name 'tpl-buddy-id', where 'id' is actual number of your Template (001, 002 and so on).

Before installing the Template

Importing the Template (through sites Admin panel)

News set up (through sites Admin panel)

Tip: changing the News sliding effect

Default effect for sliding News is scrollUp. If you want to change it, open the js file: uploads/tpl-buddy-id/news-banner.js and change the line fx: 'scrollUp' to for instance fx: 'fade'. Save the file and overwrite this file on your server.

Search set up (through sites Admin panel)

Gallery module set up (through sites Admin panel)

Menu Manager set up (through sites Admin panel)

Form Builder set up (through sites Admin panel)

* this is just a form theme - you should set all parameters for both CMSMailer and FormBuilder to make the form work

Logo image replacement (through ftp connection)

 

Using the Template

It is very important that you did finish Installation steps carefully, that you set tpl-buddy-id as a default template and applied to all pages of the site. We will show you how to use our Templates to achieve same result as in Live Demo.

* there is no template that could cover all possible situations - feel free to modify the Template to your needs.

Setting up Image/Content Slider

For an Image/Content Slider in the Template we use Module Gallery along with jQuery Nivo Slider plugin.
To achieve good quality output, upload images of at least 1024px width, as module will resize it down automatically.

Go to 'Content > Gallery > Galleries tab', click Add subgallery and fill out 'New directory name' field.
Type in the name you want, like 'slider' or so but remember it or write it down for later use when adding/editing content.
Gallery Title and Comment fields: leave empty.
Template dropdown: select buddySlider.
Click Save.

After you saved your gallery, part for adding images will show up.
Click 'Add images', browse an image from your local drive and wait for upload to finish. Your first image should show in a list. Fill the Title and Comment field - these will show as a text in a slider (beside an image). Click Save (important!). To make 'Read more' link work (or in some templates linked image), click on 'Edit Image details' and fill out the 'link' field with actual link that this slide should point to. Click Save.

Repeat above step for second image and so on. If you leave just one image in a gallery, slider will be static (no sliding content).

Now we can move on, just remember gallery folder name you choose for your slider.

Tip: changing the slider effect

Default effect for sliding images/content is fade (or random). If you want to change it, open the js file: uploads/tpl-buddy-id/init.js and change the line fx: 'fade' to for instance fx: 'scrollLeft'. Save the file and overwrite this file on your server.

Adding News articles

We assume that you installed News templates for Summary and Detail (and set these to Defualt) as described in our Installation guide. Now you just need to add articles as a standard procedure in CMSMS, with summary and detail (content) fields.
We show 3 News articles per page in a Summary view, which shows in a sidebar of a page.
To see sliding News effect, you need at least 2 News articles created.

Template explained

* Each Template has its own customizable parts, so check Live Demo and Template details to see what is available.

Go to 'Content > Pages' and click on a 'Home' page from a list to edit it. We assume that you have installed default content initially. If not, the same explanation is valid for adding a new page.

As we use Tab feature within a {content} tag, you will see few tabs available for editing. Usually there are Main, Header, Sidebar, Footer, Options etc. Each Template has its own editable content parts that were divided into logical tabs, so please refer to details page of the Template of interest.

Creating a Photo Gallery

For a standard photo gallery, we use Module Gallery along with Fancybox script for opening images.

Before creating a gallery, set resizing image format that suits your needs.
Go to Content > Gallery > Options tab, you will see following 'Before upload, resize big images to these maximum sizes' - defaults are width:800px, height:640px. We usually use 640x480px format. Click Save.

Go to 'Content > Gallery > Galleries tab' and click Add subgallery.
Type in 'New directory name' field - for example 'photos'.
Type in Gallery Title and Comment (description) that will show on a page before thumbnails.
Template dropdown: select buddyGallery.
Check 'Hide link to parent gallery'.
Click Save.

After you saved your gallery, part for adding images will show up.
Click 'Add images', browse an image from your local drive and wait for upload to finish. Your first image should show in a list. Fill the Title field - this will show as caption text in a Fancybox image window. Click Save (important!).

Repeat above step for second image in photo gallery and so on.

Now open the page that will contain photo gallery and in a standard content block add: {Gallery dir='photos'}. If you choose another directory name for your gallery, change a call according to that.

Adding Contact Form to a page

Assuming that you have imported provided form as described in Installation part, just add following code to the content block of a page: {FormBuilder form='form-buddy'}.
Important: this is just a form theme - you should set all parameters for both CMSMailer and FormBuilder to make the form work.

Adding a Sitemap to a page

This is rather simple, just add following code to the content block of a page: {site_mapper}

Support

For support regarding Templates installation and usage, you may contact us.
We do not provide support related to CMS itself, Modules installation / usage, or hosting/server support.

Please keep in mind that customization is not regular Template support.