C4SF Frequently Asked Questions

If I paste in two paragraphs of type, and the type style does not match what is already on the page, why can't I format it within the editor by using the type styles and sizes that are available there? Is it simply a matter that you cannot copy and paste into the editor?

Short Answer: No, you CAN copy-n-paste into the editor. But it's not exactly the best approach...
Here's the simplest thing to do: In the editor, click on HTML mode, and paste your text into the SOURCE CODE. Ideally, there should already be a start and stop PARAGRAPH tag; if not, create one:

<p>*** PASTE CONTENT HERE***</p>

Then, make the line bleaks <br><br> between paragraphs, which is not "structurally" correct buy will visually give you new paragraphs without creating new p-tags.

Again, you CAN use the editor, but for updating content it will take much more time and will ultimately mess up the style consistency between pages, trying to match styles across browsers using the WYSIWYG editor. Clients should worry about CONTENT, not STYLE; the style has already been created, and you are really creating more work with unreliable/inconsistent results by messing with the style when all you really want to do is add the copy... limit your styling to the bold/ital/underline tags for best results.

The only way to match style across browsers is NOT through inline styles, but through separate style sheets. So don't add inline styles through the editor, just tags... it's the KISS (keep-it-simple, silly) approach.

Of course there are other issues with this approach; but all WYSIWYG editors add unnecessary code; The best way to worry JUST about content is to avoid most styling techniques altogether and let the existing style sheets do their job.

Why can't I see my new page after I've created it?

If you create a new page, and you don't see it in the menu bar of your web site, it probably means that you did not click "Show" in the Show/Hide Options of the page editor. Once a page is created, it will be hidden from the public until you choose to show it.

If, on the other hand, you click on the page in the menu bar, and the you get a "Page Cannot Be Found" message, it means that the actual file for that page was not created. This could be due to a permissions issue on the web server, or some other problem. If a page has been created (shows up in your list of pages in the control panel) but does not show up when you click to it in your browser window, go to "http://www.YourDomainName.com/c4sf_v2/" and a script will be activated to put that page where you need it on your web site. Contact Tony Wirebach so that we can check the permissions on your site.

What in the world is a "PARENT" ??

Think of a multi-level menu like a FAMILY-TREE, where top-level pages are the 'parents' of various children or sub-pages. Your Site Map and your menu system are the same as the table of contents of a text book in print: Larger documents/sites are broken down into sections, chapters, sub-sections, etc... each 'page' of your story is a single item in the menu/site map. Each page can be broken down even more within the page, but when it comes to PARENTS and CHILDREN and SIBLINGS here, we are referring to the page-hierarchy in the menu.

If I want to show an image on my site, do I need to do anything to get it ready?

Short answer: No. To use an image, just upload it and use the editor to add the image-code to your web page...

But if you have any concerns with the size of the image (pixel dimensions, file size) and the amount of time it takes to load an image on your visitors' screen, you should crop, edit, and resize any images that you add to your site BEFORE using the "upload a File" button here. Just adding an image to your content may create undesired effects, as in where the image falls on the page, how text wraps around it, if at all, and how much space it has around it all require a little bit of tweaking in the code. Since an image is not unlike a block-level element, that can either wrap or shift down to its own line in the text, you *might* consider adding a text-based placeholder to your content first, adding margins, padding, border, and background color, as desired. Next, use the "Click to get copy-n-paste code for this file now..." button to get the image code, THEN use the preview panel below to select the placeholder, now styled within a block level tag, and replace the text with the image code inside the new box area.... It sounds like a lot of work, but that's why web developers make the big bucks, right?