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By roddruce - September 26, 2010 - edited: October 1, 2010

The concept of "Instant Website" is fantastic and opens up a whole new ball game for building company websites. I am in the process of clenching a major company contract to build websites for their subsidiaries over the entire country.

I was intending to build my own templates but now along comes "Instant Website" add on.

I detest the exclamation "WOW" but I have to use it now. "Wow", what an extremely effective and professional way to build a website for those who have little or no web skills but require a professional well constructed website. You have done it with this project.

But there is a problem that you may like to consider. For my prospective clients a major concern would be the design colour (styles) aesthetics.

In <Layout & Design<>Website style> the 5 style options are not usable for most company or business websites. For this reason alone I cannot use Instant Website template just yet.

But if you had several plain colour options ranging from Black down through the greys and up through the main colours you then have a truly professional product that will be ideal for hundreds of instant websites for small business. Your present choice of styles is a little design unfriendly.

If you can see your way clear to add plain style colours or the ability to make colour changes I can see you selling a lot more CMS Builder scripts.

Regards - Rod

Re: [roddruce] Instant Website - Must Have!

By Chris - September 27, 2010

Hi Rod,

Thanks for the kind words! :)

It's actually fairly easy to add your own styles. I whipped up this simple_black.css style in only a couple minutes by removing all the images from teal.css and changing the colours around. Granted, it's nowhere near as professional or nice as the other templates (it doesn't use any images at all,) but maybe it will help get you started?

To try it out, upload it as common/css/simple_black.css in the same directory as the other styles (e.g. "teal.css"), then login to CMS Builder and go to Admin > Section Editor > General Info (iw_config), modify the Website Style field, and add the line in red to its List Options:

simple_black|Simple Black
green|Green
multi|Multi
red|Red
teal|Teal
wood|Wood


Save, then go to your General Info section and change your Website Style to your new option!

I hope this helps! We'll look into the idea of adding more Website Styles. Please let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
Chris
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Re: [chris] Instant Website - Must Have!

Can you add this Simple Black css to your live demo?
Cheers,
"Insanity is doing the same thing over-and-over while expecting a different result."

Re: [chris] Instant Website - Must Have!

Chris, I need to upgrade my demo version of CMS Builder from 2.1 to 2.6.

How do I go about doing this?

Then next I will purchase "Instant Website" add on to complete my website demonstration.

Rod

Re: [Donna] Instant Website - Must Have!

By roddruce - September 28, 2010 - edited: September 28, 2010

Donna,

I upgraded CMS Builder to V2.6 and bought Instant Website and all is working properly. The black style sheet Chris created also works perfectly.

However, since the upgrade I have lost my demo settings. I didn't see anything on the upgrade page where to upgrade the demo version.

How can I rectify this?

Rod

Re: [roddruce] Instant Website - Must Have!

By Donna - September 28, 2010

Hi Rod,

Can you go into more detail about what demo settings you lost? Do you just need to switch it back into demo mode? That's done via the settings.dat.php file in the /data/ directory. See this page for more details:

http://www.interactivetools.com/docs/cmsbuilder/demo_mode.html

Otherwise, if you can let me know exactly what settings you've lost, we can help you sort that out. :)
Donna

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Re: [Donna] Instant Website - Must Have!

Donna, everything is fine, just forgot how to turn demo mode on/off.

Rod

Re: [chris] Instant Website - Must Have!

By roddruce - September 28, 2010 - edited: September 28, 2010

Chris,

Design Styles

Is there any reason why I can't design my own style/s and drop these folders into <common<>css<>img> folders? I would make the image pixels the same as you have done in the other styles.

Default Font

Can I change the default font to verdana 11 or 12?


Rod

Re: [roddruce] Instant Website - Must Have!

By Dave - September 28, 2010

Rod,

Here's a file we're working on for the next version release of Instant Website. We're also work on a few new styles.

This is from "how to create new styles.txt".

HOW TO CREATE NEW STYLES
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This is an advanced topic, but for experienced web developers these docs will
show you the basic steps to create a new website style or theme.


1) INSTALL CMS AND TEMPLATE SET
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Firstly, make sure you have the latest version of the CMS installed, and that
you have also already installed the template set.


2) CREATE NEW FOLDER AND FILES
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
First, create a new directory for your new template style.

- Decide on a name for your template style. Be sure to use the same name
everywhere. Use lowercase letters and no spaces.

- Find the /common/ folder in the directory as your template viewer (index.php).

- Copy /templates/common/img/green/ to /templates/common/img/YOUR_STYLE_NAME/

- Rename all the files you copied and replace "green-" with your style name.

- Copy /templates/common/css/green.css to /templates/common/css/YOUR_STYLE_NAME.css


3) MODIFY IMAGES AND CSS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Go through each of the images in the new folder and modify them to match the
new style you are creating. Be sure to maintain the same file extension for
each file (jpg, gif or png)

Next, edit /templates/common/css/YOUR_STYLE_NAME.css and replace "green" with
your new style name.


4) ADDING YOUR STYLE TO THE CMS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- Log into the CMS and go to: Admin > Section Editors > General Info

- Modify the field: Website Style

- Go down to "List Options" and add your style to the bottom of the list. Add
your style like this "mystyle|My Style", where the first value is the name of
you style and the second value is what you want the user to see in the CMS.

- Save your changes.

- Now go to: General Info, select your new style, click save and refresh your
website to see your new style.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
end of file
Dave Edis - Senior Developer
interactivetools.com