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Graffiti Fundamentals

Learn how to navigate Graffiti and find out about the basic Graffiti tools and functions.

Control Bar

The control bar is comprised of tabs that provide you with quick access to the Graffiti features. However, the navigation bar tabs will vary depending upon your user role assignment. The following control bar shows the full range of tabs available to users with Admin roles.

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Users with Manager or Contributor roles will see the following control bar.

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The control bar appears on every page of the control panel, so that you can always navigate to any feature regardless of where you are in Graffiti.

Content Options

Note that the control bar tabs are sectioned. This design is intentional and reflects the major tasks for which you will use Graffiti: to create content and to design and manage your Web site.

It does not matter to Graffiti whether you prefer to create your directory structure and content first, or whether you prefer to design your Web site appearance before publishing your web pages because Graffiti provides you with the flexibility you need for creating your Web site however you want to.

When you install the Graffiti, Graffiti automatically assigns a default theme. You can begin by assigning a different theme from the Graffiti theme catalog or creating your own theme; or you can simply begin creating categories and posts using the default theme and modify your Web site appearance afterwards.

With the exception of the Dashboard tab, the left side of the control bar represents the create content options:

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The right side of the control bar represents the options for designing your Web site’s appearance and managing your Web site:

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You will always know where you are in your workflow because Graffiti renders the active tab gray on the control bar. For example, if you are working with categories, Graffiti renders the Categories tab gray.

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Graffiti provides breadcrumbs to help you navigate the Graffiti work area. When you are working on the web design portion (or right side) of the control bar and select a tab, you will see that Graffiti gives you additional options to work with in the work area. For example, the Site Options tab opens a page that looks like this:

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Note that the Site Options tab is gray and the work area provides you with additional options. When you make your site option selection (Email Settings, for example) and your browser opens to the Email Settings page, note that Graffiti provides breadcrumbs under the page banner so you know where you are:

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You can click the links in the path to return to the preceding page of your workflow. However, if you do not save your settings or modifications to the current page, you will lose them when you return to the preceding page.

Workflow Tab Descriptions

The control bar workflow tabs include:

Dashboard – Opens to the Dashboard page, which provides statistical and post status information about your Web site.

Write – Opens to the Write a Post page, where you can begin entering content for a new post.

Posts – Opens to the Posts Published in All Categories page, where you can view all posts created for your Web site.

Categories – Opens to the Your Categories page, where you can add categories to your Web site.

Comments – Opens to the Published Comments page, where you can view the list of comments posted to your Web site.

Your Account – Opens to the user’s profile information. This tab is available to users with Manager and Contributor roles. These users can modify only their personal account information, such as email address and login password.

Site Options – Opens to the Your Site Options page, where you can modify your Web site’s system settings, including: Presentation – Opens to Your Site’s Presentation page, where you can specify the settings that control your Web site’s appearance, including:
  • Themes – Allows you to create, modify or download your Web site’s theme.
  • Widgets – Allows you to manage widgets for your Web site.
  • Navigation – Allows you to create links to your Web site’s categories and posts.
People – Opens to the Manage People page, where you can add a new user and specify administrative privileges. This is available only for users who have an Admin role.

Reporting – Opens to the Reporting for the Last 30 Days page, which provides statistical information about user activity on your Web site.

Help – Opens a new browser which contains help documentation.

Content Nomenclature

It will be helpful for you to understand a couple of things about nomenclature as it relates to Web site content in Graffiti. You may have certain expectations about what things are called depending on whether you are creating a Web site or a blog. Regardless of whether you are creating a Web site or a blog, the Graffiti workflow for both is the same.

Category
Graffiti uses categories to organize your published content. In Web site design terms, categories are the equivalent of a directory. As you create your categories, you are creating your directory. When you create content, you will usually assign it to a category.

Write and Posts
Posts are the published content of your Web site or blog. In Web site design terms, a post is equivalent to a web page. You access Write on the toolbar to create your posts.

Last edited Apr 2, 2010 at 10:19 PM by jkillebrew, version 3

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