Creating Concrete5 Themes

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By Remo Laubacher
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About this book

Creating a concrete5 theme isn't complicated if there’s already a HTML document. There are only very few PHP functions you’ll have to add, but those are powerful and give you a lot of freedom. As you’ll learn to create mobile ready themes, you’ll start to see that there’s almost no limit in what you can do.

"Creating Concrete5 Themes" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of examples that will teach you how to create powerful concrete5 themes, change the look of content block elements, and even make your site ready for mobile devices.

"Creating Concrete5 Themes" starts with a few words about the editing concept and architecture of concrete5 and then continues with the creation of a basic theme which gets extended with more and more elements until the theme is mobile ready.

You will learn where to find the information necessary to get your own concrete5 site and then get a quick introduction to understand the idea of the in-site editing concept. We’ll then create a theme which is extended with features and more details as we progress. You’ll also see some examples to show you the process of overriding elements from the core without losing the ability to upgrade concrete5 in the future. Once we’ve customized every element in concrete5 to build a complete theme, we’ll have a look at responsive techniques to make your site ready for small screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

 

Publication date:
January 2013
Publisher
Packt
Pages
160
ISBN
9781782161646

 

Chapter 1. Getting Started

concrete5 is a powerful content management system which is not only easy to use, but also powerful when you want to customize the look of a site and extend it with functionality. In this chapter, we'll start by looking at concrete5 from the user side. You'll learn about the basic ideas behind concrete5 as well as its most used tools to manage your site and content as you go.

 

Getting your own concrete5 site


If you already have a site of your own, you can skip this part. For those without a concrete5 site, you can start by checking out the trial option on the official site: http://www.concrete5.org/about/trial/. On this site, you can get your demo site up and running with just a few clicks. There is no need to download, install, or configure anything. While this is perfectly fine to get acquainted with concrete5, you won't be able to change the files of the system. If you want to get a first impression, go for it, but if you want to play around with the code and layout of your site, make sure you get your own site up and running.

In case you want to run your own site, there are official hosting packages where you get your concrete5 installation without any worries. Check the different packages here:

http://www.concrete5.org/services/hosting/

As concrete5 is an open source CMS, you can, of course, run everything on your own server. The most-used platform is definitely LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). There are a lot of people who run concrete5 on different platforms such as Microsoft IIS. While it's usually not a problem to get concrete5 running as long as the platform supports PHP and MySQL, LAMP is the only officially-supported platform. If possible, make sure you work with Apache on Linux as it's also the platform where you're most likely to get support in case something doesn't work as expected.

You can find information about the installation process, as well as a number of tutorials for different platforms, on the following page:

http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/installation/installing_concrete5/

Tip

Quick installation guide for those who have worked with PHP web applications before:

  • You'll need a working LAMP environment.

  • You need to download the latest stable version from the following page: http://www.concrete5.org/developers/downloads/.

  • Extract all of the files to a temporary folder on your computer.

  • Use an FTP client, such as FileZilla, to upload all of these files to your web server. Make sure index.php is in the folder from which you want to serve your site (for example, http://www.your-site.com/).

  • Open that URL in your browser, you'll be shown a screen where you can enter the administrator's credentials as well as the information needed to connect to the database. Put the correct values in each field and confirm them by clicking on the Install concrete5 button.

 

Start working with concrete5


Once you have a running concrete5 site, you can log in to your site by clicking on the Sign In to Edit this Site link at the bottom of the page. If you already installed a different theme, you might not find that link, as some people remove it to keep their layout as clean as possible. If that's the case, you can use the following URL, or if that's not working either, the second URL:

  • http://www.your-site.com/login/

  • http://www.your-site.com/index.php/login/

Tip

Keeping URLs nice and clean

The two preceding links point to the same page but one has an ugly index.php in it. That's because all requests are redirected through that file. Luckily, it's not difficult to get rid of that. concrete5 can make use of mod_rewrite that makes it possible to remove parts of the URL.

In the dashboard, enter pretty in the little search bar at the top of the page and select the Pretty URLs item. On the screen which appears, check the only checkbox and save the changes. This is shown in the following screenshot:

After you're logged in, you'll see an almost identical view of your site, there's just one major change. Now there's a toolbar at the top, allowing you to access the dashboard as well as the editing options related to the current page:

 

Dashboard to manage concrete5


While you edit most of the content of a concrete5 site in the in-site editing mode, there's still a dashboard where you can manage a lot of different things. If you want to create a new user, group, manage your files, or change some permission, this is where you want to go.

The dashboard has two parts, a small part where you can see the most-used functions. Just hover over the Dashboard button and it will show up:

At the bottom, there's a View Full Dashboard link which will show you the entire dashboard. You can also get to the same screen by clicking on the Dashboard button at the top. The entire Dashboard screen is shown in the following screenshot:

If you like to explore things on your own, go on and click around to get familiar with the dashboard. We'll cover some parts of it in this book as we need them, but we aren't going to look at every single option, as this would be a topic for a whole book itself.

Tip

Managing dashboard favorites

In each screen of the dashboard, you'll find an icon looking like a star at the top-right corner, seen in the following screenshot. If you click on it, you'll mark that screen as a favorite. All of those screens will be listed in the dashboard menu which appears when you hover over the Dashboard button. This makes it easier to access often-used functions.

 

How to edit content


This is the part where concrete5 differs a lot from most classic content management systems. Many traditional systems have a clear distinction between the frontend and backend.

If you edit content by selecting the object you'd like to amend in a tree-like structure and see some fields structured like a database application you'll see a different concept. There's an in-site editing mode in concrete5 where you can update almost any content in a layout which looks a lot like the actual site, thus making it easier to actually understand the changes you're making.

You've already seen the toolbar at the top of every page. As you might have expected, the Edit button is what we need. The button has a menu which appears if you just hover over it. You'll see a small panel where you have a few functions to use, as seen below:

We'll use some of them later in this book, but to give you a first impression about what's here, the following is a short explanation for each item:

  • Edit this Page: You want to change the content and not just look at it? Click on this button.

  • Add a Sub-Page: This is the button you need if you want a new page underneath the current page. There's another way to manage the structure of your site, which we'll look at later in this chapter.

  • Properties: A page has properties, such as a name or a meta description used by search engines as well as custom properties, for example, a background color you want to add to change the color per page. We'll create our own custom attribute later in this book.

  • Versions: Once you change some content, concrete5 will automatically create a new version. This feature allows you to see all previous versions and even offers you the ability to compare them and go back to an older version.

  • Delete: You don't need that page anymore? Delete it! You can restore pages that you've accidentally deleted in the site map. Display system pages there and you'll find an item called trash where you'll find the deleted pages.

  • Design: A page can have different layouts, single column, two columns, and a lot more. This is where you can change the layout. We'll also create some of them later in this book.

  • Speed Settings: There's a lot of caching functionality in concrete5 to improve the performance. Unless you have a big and complex site, leave these settings the way they are.

  • Permissions: If you want to hide your vacation photos, concrete5 lets you easily set permissions to keep things private.

  • Move/Copy: In case you want the current page to appear somewhere else on your site.

What are blocks

In concrete5, you can insert many different elements, starting from simple HTML content to videos and even small games by using blocks . There's pretty much no limit with blocks.

In other words, almost all content you place on your site is wrapped using a block. When someone wants you to add a picture, you'll need to select a block. If you want to add a guestbook, you need to insert a block.

You can see a list of all installed blocks if you navigate to http://www.your-site.com/index.php/dashboard/blocks/types/. To get you a quick overview, here's a list of all the default blocks, including a small description of their basic usage:

  • Auto-Nav: This is what you need to add navigation to your site. By using this block, you make sure that new pages automatically appear in the navigation once you add them to the sitemap.

  • Content: Probably the most used block, based on the HTML editor TinyMCE, this allows you to add formatted text, including links to other pages as well as embedded pictures. There are plans to replace TinyMCE with Redactor, but TinyMCE will probably be kept in the code to maintain backward compatibility.

  • Date Navigation: This block groups a specified set of pages by their date, mostly useful for blog-like sites.

  • External Form: If you need a custom form you can use this block, but please note, you'll need to write PHP code to actually use it.

  • File: You can add links to files using the Content block as well, but if you just want one file download, this block is easier to use.

  • Flash Content: Not very popular these days, but if you still want to embed your Flash file, use this block.

  • Form: In addition to the External Form block, this block allows you to build a basic form without any knowledge of web technology such as PHP or JavaScript.

  • Google Map: Add this block, supply an address, and your website visitors will be able to see where you live on a well-known Google map.

  • Guestbook/Comments: This block provides a traditional guestbook, mostly used in blog posts, to allow your visitors to post comments. Includes e-mail notification as well as an approval functionality if required.

  • HTML: For those of you who still want to hack their own HTML snippets into some pages. This block shows you a simple text area to enter your HTML code and nothing else.

  • Image: This block allows you to add a picture with an optional on-state picture as well as the option to scale it.

  • Next & Previous Nav: This block consists of a basic navigation to jump to the next page in the sitemap or chronological order.

  • Page List: Unlike the Auto-Nav block, this block builds a flat list by using several filter options. It has two major usages:

    • List all pages of a certain type (for example, all news pages to build an overview of the latest updates).

    • List all pages underneath a page to build a simple sub-navigation.

  • RSS Displayer: Fetches the latest updates from another site by using an RSS feed.

  • Search: Inserts a search block with which you can run a full-text search across your site. Please note that you need to run a job to index the content of your site! Type jobs in the intelligent search box, if you click on the first result, you'll find a screen where you can execute several jobs (the search indexer included).

  • Slideshow: This block helps display several pictures as a slideshow. You can also add a link to each slide, allowing your visitor to navigate away to a subpage by clicking on a slide.

  • Survey: Want to find out if your visitors like the new desert recipe you've just posted? Add this block and you'll get the answer in no time!

  • Tags: When building a blog, you usually assign tags to each post. By using this block, you can list all of the tags and find posts connected to them.

  • Video Player: Have a look at this block if you want to embed a video on your site.

  • YouTube Video: If you want to insert a video which is hosted on YouTube, use this block and your visitors get access to your favorite YouTube videos.

  • Blog Date Archive: Much like the Date Navigation block, but it doesn't display the actual page/post and just links to an overview page where all of the matching pages are shown.

Tip

Getting more blocks from the marketplace

If you look on the screen where you can see all of the installed block types, there's also a button called More Add-ons. When you click on this button, you're asked to connect your site to the concrete5.org marketplace. This is a step you just need to do once per site. After that, you can access the list of add-ons right from the site and install more blocks if needed.

What is an area?

In concrete5, you don't specify where a picture or HTML text belongs; you simply define where the content managed by the user is located. A place where content can be placed is called an area .

If you look at the following screenshot, you'll see red rectangles marking a block. There are three blocks, one in the main area and two in the sidebar area. At the bottom, there are Add To Main and Add To Sidebar links. These links are part of the areas that let you add new blocks.

Adding and updating blocks

While you might want to look at all of the different options, this part is the one you and your clients need the most. Let's change the heading of the home page! If you're not in edit mode yet, click on the Edit button and the layout will change, as explained in the earlier paragraph.

Another change is shown when you click on an existing block. Each block has a menu where you can see a few options:

What are these options? They are explained as follows:

  • Edit: This is obviously the menu item you need to edit your block. Each block has a different interface where you can update its content. There's an example after this list.

  • Copy to Clipboard: This is like the clipboard you have in your operating system, but it's not connected to it. It basically copies an instance of a block into a holding place which you can later use to insert a new block with the same content on another page.

  • Move: Each area can have several blocks and sometimes you want to change their order. This menu item changes the interface to a different mode where you can rearrange your blocks. You can also move a block from one area to another.

  • Delete: This menu item removes blocks from the page.

  • Design: This menu item lets you use some CSS-design features to change the border, alignment, font, color, and more.

  • Custom Template: Each block has at least one template which is responsible for its output. However, a block can have more than one template which allows you to change the output in no time.

As we go on, we'll create our own templates for existing blocks to change the appearance, but for now, we'll just look at the basic editing function.

If you click on the block where the heading is, you'll see the preceding menu. Click on the Edit menu item and a new dialog pops up:

This dialog looks different for pretty much each block type, as most blocks have a different purpose as well. However, almost all of the blocks are easy to understand, and someone who has worked with computers for a while should be able to use them without any instructions.

The Content block you can see in the preceding screenshot is using TinyMCE to give you a word processor-like interface. Compared to the default TinyMCE editor, there's just one change on the top. There are some links such as Add Image which are concrete5-specific. They allow you to embed an image from the concrete5 file manager as well as add a link to another page of your site.

After you've changed the heading or content according to your needs, click on the Save button and you'll see the changes within the page layout. At this point, the changes are visible to you, but as they aren't published yet, website visitors won't see them.

Adding a new block is pretty much the same, you look for the area where you want to add a new block. If you want to add another content block to the sidebar, click on the Add To Sidebar link, as shown on the following screenshot:

You'll see a list of all available blocks. Pick the Content block and you'll see the same block interface again, but this time without any content in it. Enter everything you need and confirm it by clicking on the Add button.

 

Publishing changes and managing versions


Once you've updated your content, you probably want to publish the changes at some point. You can leave the edited page without publishing it, keeping a draft version of the changes, but let's look at how you can make the changes available to the public. The toolbar at the top changes a bit when you're editing a page. The Edit button changes its text to Editing and a few elements in the menu underneath it change as well to make it possible to publish the changes:

The button that jumps out at your eyes the quickest is the one you'll probably use the most in this situation. The Publish My Edits button will automatically make all of your changes available to the public. If you want to keep track of your changes, you can also replace the default text Version 2 with a comment of your own. It's just a comment which will be listed when looking at previous versions, it doesn't have any functionality connected to it.

The other two buttons that are only visible in the edit mode are:

  • Discard My Edits: Made a mistake and don't want to save the changes at all? Use this button.

  • Preview My Edits: This button will save the changes but not approve them. Logged in editors can see and choose to continue editing, but normal users only see the approved version.

If you accidentally published a change you didn't want to release yet, don't worry, there's an easy way back! In the menu shown in the preceding screenshot, click on the Versions link and a new dialog will show up:

There are four buttons available:

  • 1: This is the compare versions button. If you select two or more page versions, this button will become active and shows you every selected version within a tab in a new dialog.

  • 2: This is the approve button. Select a version which isn't approved at the moment (including older versions) , and this button will be active, allowing you to change the publicly-visible page version. Thanks to this button, there's always an easy way back.

  • 3: This is the copy version button. Select one version and this button will make it possible to copy an existing version into a new one.

  • 4: This is the delete button. Select a page version that isn't approved at the moment and this button allows you to delete the selected version.

 

Managing files


A site without any pictures or files could look a bit boring, but luckily we have plenty of options to change that. If you navigate to the dashboard, you can see a File Manager link which will forward you to the default file manager screen in concrete5:

If you're used to working with another CMS, you'll probably have worked with a hierarchical folder structure known from most operating systems. In concrete5, things work a bit differently. You don't have folders, but rather sets in which you can place files. You can build a completely flat structure, but try to think about the sets you'll need before you have tons of files.

Unlike folders, a single file can be a part of several sets. This might sound a bit unusual, but once you're used to it, you'll probably realize that this can have advantages.

Uploading files

Let's have a look at how the usual process to upload a new file works. Right at the beginning we have two options. If you want to upload several files, you might want to use the Upload Multiple button where you can select as many files as you want and upload them in one bulk operation.

We'll use the traditional single file upload. Start by clicking on the Choose File button and select the file you want to upload from your local hard drive. After that, you only need to click on the Upload File button and you'll see another dialog where you can update the metadata of your new file:

If you click on one of the attributes such as Title, you'll see an input field where you can update the attribute value. Click on the icon on the right-hand side to confirm the changes to the value.

There are more attributes in the second tab, Other Properties. They all work the same way. Click on the attribute name, update the value, and confirm the change by clicking on the icon.

In the last tab Sets, you have the option to assign your new file to an existing set as well as a new set which you can create there as well. If you upload multiple files at once, you'll see the same dialog. However, if you assign a set after the upload process is finished, you'll assign that set to all of the files. This is especially handy if you upload an entire gallery in one step. Just upload all of the files, assign the set with one action, and pull all of the files from that set into a slideshow.

 

Working with stacks


A stack is basically a collection of blocks you can reuse in multiple places on your site. Let's start by creating a new stack. You'll easily figure out the idea behind it with this little example! You can use the intelligent search bar at the top which you can focus by using the Tab key. Type Stack and concrete5 will search for all of the choices containing the keyword stack:

Click on the first entry, Stacks. In the next screen, type the name of the new stack, for example, Contact Data in the Name field. Hit the Add button, click on the newly created stack, and you'll be forwarded to the following screen:

In this screen, you can add new blocks by clicking on the Add Block button. Adding new blocks works the same way as always from this point. Once you've added all of the blocks you want, you'll need to confirm the changes you've made to our stack by clicking on the Approve Changes button, seen here:

Click on the Return to Website link at the top-left corner to navigate back to your home page. Go to the page where you want to insert the Contact Data stack, click on the Add To Sidebar link, and select the Add Stack menu item, as shown in the following screenshot:

Select the Contact Data stack we created before and you'll see a new dialog. In this dialog, you either insert the entire stack with all of the blocks, or just a single block from the stack. This is, of course, only useful if you actually have more than one block in your stack. In our case, select the Add Stack menu item to insert the stack with all blocks.

If you click on the stack again, you'll see a menu which is slightly different from the menu you see when you click on a block. The first item is called Manage Stack Contents instead of edit. If you click on this item, you'll be redirected to the dashboard page where you've previously managed your stack. Here you can add, edit, or remove blocks, and once you approve the changes, the update is visible on all of the pages where this stack has been added.

If you need more detailed instructions, go to the following page and you'll see a video as well as some screenshots:

http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/using-concrete5/in-page-editing/block-areas/stacks/

 

Change the layout and style of your pages, areas, and blocks


While most of your pages share the same logo as well as certain design elements, the content is quite likely to have a different structure. One page might have a sidebar, another page might have three columns, and another one might just have one big picture.

In concrete5, there are several ways to arrange your content in different structures. Each tool has certain advantages, and depending on your needs, you should pick the right one. We'll look at all of these tools in this section, making sure that at the end you'll know the right way to build the page structure you want.

Page types

Every page must have one and only one page type, never two or more than that. A page type is used in different ways. There are two applications for page types:

  • A page type is a logical entity which you can use to build lists. Imagine you have a type called news. If you place a page list block in an area, you can build a list of all pages of that type and you'll have a news list. You can also use them to build something less obvious. In case you have your own car collection, create a page type car, insert a picture and some text to these pages, and you'll have a nice showcase to present your wealth or collection of toy cars.

  • It's not a must, but most page types have a theme template as well. You can define a certain HTML structure and use it for a page type. This makes it easy to define the most-used layouts, such as a two-column and three-column layout.

Let's have a look at the pretty much self-explanatory screen where you can select the page types. You can open it by hovering over the Edit button in the concrete5 toolbar and clicking on the Design link:

In the upper part of this screen, you can see all available types. Each type has a thumbnail assigned to it to give you an impression about the actual structure you're going to assign to your page. Select the one you need and confirm it by clicking on the Save button and you'll immediately see the new layout.

To get a better understanding of page types, look at the following block diagram:

Every page type has an actual template, making sure the content is found in one or more containers. However, not every page type has its own template. As just mentioned, sometimes you just need a page type to make a group of certain pages and don't need a different HTML structure, and thus no PHP file.

The name of the page type is slightly different from the name of the matching template. If we take the Full Width page type, you'd need to replace all of the spaces with underscores, convert the text to lowercase, and append .php. The Full Width page type becomes full_width.php.

If there's no template that matches the page types, concrete5 will simply use default.php as a fallback. This is also why you should try to keep default.php as simple as possible and avoid adding too many fancy things.

Design to customize the appearance of blocks and areas

concrete5 has a feature which allows you to change some of the CSS properties without touching a single file. The design menu you need to see for this feature can be found in different places. There are three different places where this menu can be found:

  • Clicking on an existing block

  • Clicking on a stack you've inserted

  • Clicking on the Add to… link at the end of an area while you're in edit mode

The screen you'll see is always the same, as shown in the following screenshot, but the element and the styles that are applied differ depending on the element where you've opened the design menu.

In this dialog, you can see a number of different properties. All of them are based on basic CSS rules with which you might be familiar. For those who want to go beyond the usual usage, there's a tab called CSS where you can enter your own CSS rules. Click on the Save button once you're done and the layout will change immediately.

Splitting content in different columns

Sometimes you might need a column structure different from anything you've seen available in the page types. You could create a new page type, but if it's a structure you just need once, it's probably better to use the layout feature. Let's have a look!

First, you need to navigate to the page where you want to split up the area. Change into the edit mode and click on the Add To… link underneath the area you want to split. Click on the Add Layout button and you'll see a dialog like this:

Specify the number of columns and rows you need as well as the spacing between the cells. You can later change the width of the columns by dragging handles above the area. If you want fixed widths, tick the Lock Widths checkbox. In case you want to use the same layout again, enable the last checkbox and enter a name. You can later select the previously created layouts again. After you've added the layout, you'll see more areas, as shown below:

The Layout 1 : Cell 1 and Layout 1: Cell 2 areas work like any other area, they are just half the size of the original Main area. Drag the handle in the middle to the left-hand side or to the right-hand side to change the column widths. The layout can be edited, removed, reordered, and locked by clicking on the plus icon at the top-left corner.

 

Creating and managing pages


While the default page structure is okay for a basic site, you'll probably want to have a different site structure. In concrete5, you can manage all of your pages in the in-site editing mode, but it's probably easier for most people if they have a hierarchical structure to look at.

Luckily, concrete5 offers this as well. Hover over the Dashboard button at the top and click on the Full Sitemap link in the little panel underneath the button. You'll be forwarded to a screen where you can see a common tree-like structure of all your pages, as shown in the following screenshot:

In this screen, you have all of the functions you'd expect from a tree-like structure. Each node with child elements can be expanded and collapsed. While this screen looks rather simple, there are a few hidden functions. Click on a node with your left mouse button and you should see a menu such as the one shown in the following screenshot:

What's available here? The available options are explained as follows:

  • Visit: This option opens the page in the current browser window.

  • Properties: This option edits the page name, meta title, and any other attribute you've assigned to your pages.

  • Speed Settings: This option shows the various caching options to improve the performance of your site. There's usually no need to worry about it unless you have a big site.

  • Set Permissions: This option shows different options to hide a page from certain groups.

  • Design: This option displays a screen where you can change the page theme for a page or switch the page type.

  • Versions: This option displays all available page versions. It also offers the option to undo a change by reapproving an old version.

  • Delete: Tired of that page? Remove it with this function. You can restore pages that you've accidentally deleted in the site map. Display system pages there and you'll find an item called trash where you'll find the deleted pages.

  • Add Page: This option allows you to add a new subpage underneath the one you've selected.

  • Add External Link: The site structure you build in the sitemap is directly used to build the navigation. This is the reason why you do not only add pages to the tree, but also external links. Want to open http://www.concrete5.org/ from your sites navigation? Add an external link!

Adding a new page

Let's have a look at the process for adding a new page to your site. If you're not already in the site map, hover over the Dashboard button at the top and click on the Full Sitemap link.

Click on the page underneath where you'd like to have a new page. In this example, we want to create a new page showing the location of our office:

In the first step, you need to select the page type you want to use as the new page (as shown below). Your choice doesn't really matter much and you can change it at any time if you are not content with your decision:

Before the page is created, there's one more step where you need to enter at least the name of the new page:

The URL Slug field is automatically updated while you're entering the name. The value in this field is shown in the URL of your new page. If you're creating a new page about the services you offer, as shown in the preceding screenshot, the URL will look like this:

http://www.your-site.com/services/

Tip

URL slug for better search engine visibility

Search engines scan the URL of your pages as well as the content. Having the right keyword in the URL is one of the many indicators for search engines that make your pages relevant for that keyword.

If you're testing cars, you better use a URL slug such as car-testing-services instead of services.

The Public/Date Time field is only informative by default, but can be used in custom blocks to sort or filter pages. We don't need that part and use the default value.

If you create a list of pages by using the Page List block, you'll see a link to the page as well as a description, if available. The description shown in the page list block is pulled from the Description field. Enter a summary of your page if you intend to show it in a list, for example, a news list.

 

Adding default blocks to page types


When you create a new page, there's usually not much in it. Depending on the theme, you'll only see the logo and maybe some information in the footer. It is sometimes helpful if there's some default content in a new page. Imagine if your site has a header picture in every page, wouldn't it be nice if there was a default picture for new pages?

Hit the Tab key to focus the intelligent search bar at the top and enter page types. Select the first item and you'll see a screen similar to the following screenshot:

Click on the Defaults button and you'll see a screen much like the edit mode of a page we worked with before. Everything works like on a normal page, but the blocks you add here will show up when you create a new page of that type. More about this feature can be found at the following location:

http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/using-concrete5/dashboard/pages-and-themes/page-types/defaults/

 

Summary


In this chapter, we had a quick look at the different features in concrete5 to get familiar with editing content. Take your time with this chapter as it's important that you understand how you can edit content and work with page types before you continue with the next chapter.

If the instructions in this chapter were too short, the official concrete5 site has some more detailed tutorials as well as videos. Check out the following link if you need more information:

http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/using-concrete5/

About the Author

  • Remo Laubacher

    Remo Laubacher grew up in Central Switzerland in a small village surrounded by mountains and natural beauty. He started working with computers a long time ago and then, after various computer-related projects, focused on ERP and Oracle development. After completing his BSc in Business Administration, Remo became a partner at Ortic, his ERP and Oracle business, as well as a partner at Mesch web consulting and design GmbH. At Mesch—where he's responsible for all development-related topics—he discovered concrete5 as the perfect tool for their web-related projects and has since become a key member of the concrete5 community. You can find his latest publications on http://www.codeblog.ch/.

    He has also authored concrete5 Beginner's Guide and Creating concrete5 Themes.

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The book is for an older version of Concrete5. there's nothing available for the latest version of C5