All Higher Logic websites utilize the Microsites Content Management System (CMS). Like all content management systems, Microsites CMS allows Admins to create, remove and position webpages on a website. Admins can similarly position content within those webpages. Visual characteristics of a site, such as color scheme, images, navigation choices and more can also be determined. Simply put, changing just about anything on a Higher Logic website is accomplished using the content management system.
Microsites CMS has the power to manage a universe of multiple websites, but is flexible enough to allow "non-coders" to enjoy success. While anyone can use it, success is achieved though understanding its fundamental principles and using its tools correctly.
Higher Logic Website Content: Basic Principles
Websites consist of webpages
Websites can have dozens or thousands of webpages serving the needs of members and users. A webpage is generally considered to be the online content associated with a single web address (URL). The best place for an Admin to see the structure of all webpages of an entire website is on the Navigation Page, where individual web pages are represented by Page Folders. For any Connected Community website, the titles of the Page Folders are identical to the titles of the web pages they represent.
Webpages consist of "Content Items"
"Content Item" has a specific meaning within the Higher Logic platform: web content displayed together in a Layout Area under a common header. Content Items may be of five different types: HTML, Uploaded File, Hyperlink, User Control, or Syndicated Content.
What does this mean? Consider a Content Item to be a piece of a webpage. Some webpages consist of a single piece, other web pages consist of dozens of pieces. The different types of Content Item serve specific needs and roles. Different types of Content Items are often used on a single webpage. Learn more about Content Items.
All Higher Logic Products function through User Control Content Items or MVC Action Content Items. These utilize a short segment of code that initiates the use of more advanced programming. Through User Controls the same programming can be utilized by an unlimited number of websites and Microsites.
Parameters tell User Controls and MVC Action content how to function in individual Content Items
Parameters provide "local" control over code that is "universal" to all Higher Logic websites. Through the addition of Parameters, an Admin can direct a User Control Content Item to display content created by a certain community member, or the length of content to display. Each User Control has a set number of Parameters that can be applied to it. Customizations to a Product are often realized by the creation of new Parameters.
Higher Logic Website Design: Themes and Local Designs
Admins have tremendous flexibility over the appearance of their websites. The Site Setup Wizard establishes a path for Admins to select the navigation display, color scheme, images and other characteristics of a new site. These characteristics can then be revised at any time by visiting the tabs within the Site Setup area.
A site's color scheme is determined by a "Theme" or established as a "Local Design". Admins choose one of these options on the Theme Tab of the Site Setup area. Themes and local designs utilize the same tools to establish color selections and additional CSS. These are Color Picker and the CSS Editor. Note that the CSS Editor allows raw CSS code to be added to a website or Theme. The CSS Editor should only be done by those with a strong working knowledge of CSS.