Bluepark Help System

FAQ

Welcome to the Help System for the Bluepark CMS

The Bluepark CMS (Content Management System) allows you create, maintain and display web content on a fast, fluid and intuitive website generated according to your particular specifications.

There is no requirement for practical knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) or JavaScript. Cookies, Privacy Policies and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are all, similarly, handled by the CMS. However, it will benefit you greatly to begin to understand the fundamentals of how some of these systems work. This will enable you to better instruct the CMS as to how they should be handled.

This Help System will explain some of the more important principles throughout the various sections, as and when they are relevant, but it is recommended that you make use of your favourite search engine to expand on subjects you would prefer to understand in greater detail.


Key Sections of the Admin Console

The Admin Console allows you to manage each and every aspect of the site, and is divided into logical sections. These are as follows:

Site: This section includes the features which control most of the global aspects of the site. It allows you to fine-tune the Configuration of the site by selecting various options, and to manage all of the files, including images, used on every page. It allows you to alter the look and feel of the site by altering the Templates, and to specify where and when every part of every page should be displayed by altering the Layouts. Finally, the Language Manager allows you alter any or all of the text used throughout the site.

Blocks: Styled via the Template Manager and arranged using the Layout Manager, Blocks make up each and every one of your web pages. The content you create for your pages and products is displayed in a Block. The Information menu is another example of a Block. Additionally, the Navigation Bar is also managed in this section.

Content: Structure is important, but Content is King. Here, you are able to create page content and news articles for your desired audience. Content here, as in other sections of the site, can be created using the built-in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. It allows you to create rich text documents and insert pictures without any prior knowledge of the HTML language which generates web pages. In addition to this, a comprehensive Form Manager makes the task of creating forms incredibly easy. These forms can then be used by simply inserting them into pages or Blocks. This usually time-consuming task becomes a pleasure with the tools provided.

Catalogue: This all-important section allows you to structure your product catalogue by generating categories, infinite levels deep, and creating products to place inside. For large product catalogues, it may be easier to use the Import Manager to populate your categories, which will allow you to import thousands of products from a CSV (Comma Separated Values) spreadsheet created using your favourite spreadsheet package. Complex products may be created by specifying Brands, Attributes (specifications) and Options (size, colour). Sales can be stimulated by creating complex discount schemes encompassing any combination of categories, products and thresholds.

Orders: Once your customers have placed their orders, they will need to be processed. Pending orders are collected and arranged for easy management. The Shipping Manager allows you to generate multiple shipping charges, using weight and value thresholds, for specific regions. Comprehensive Sales Statistics are provided to analyse the performance of your business.

Users: All users who sign up to your site can be managed from this section, including Admin users such as yourself. Site access can be restricted for Admin users based on the criteria you set. The E-Mail Manager allows you to send mass communications, such as newsletters, to each of your users instantly via a simple interface. As well as the users currently signed up, you are free to import additional e-mail addresses via CSV files. Finally, all Site Statistics including page views and referrers are collected and organised for ease of access and analysis.