Quick Start

This section is for those who don’t want to read this guide (yet). The following will help you access the Administration Console to create a new page and place it on your site. It does not cover broader topics and available features supported by ShoutCMS.

Access the ShoutCMS Administration Console

Managing your ShoutCMS website is done from the ShoutCMS Administration Console. The console is accessible online from any internet browser (we recommend Chrome or Firefox).

To access the ShoutCMS Administration Console for your site:

  • Navigate to: http://YourSite.shoutcms.net/admin where “YourSite” is the domain name that you provided when your ShoutCMS account was created.
  • For the username, enter the email address you provided when you created your ShoutCMS account.
  • The password will have been provided in your welcome package. If you do not have the password, contact our support team for assistance.

The ShoutCMS Administration Console

Create a “Hello World” Page

Follow the instructions below to create a new Page, add it to the Navigation Menu, and display its featured summary on the Home page of your new site:

  • Open a browser tab to the Administration Console for your site (see above).
  • Login using the account credentials of the account"s Primary Contact.
  • Once you have logged in, click on the "Website" icon located at the top of the screen.
  • Click on “Add Page” (orange button) – the Page Designer will display a new blank page.
  • Enter “Hello World” in the Title field. Note that the Search Engine Friendly URL (“hello-world”) is entered for you.
    • Click on the “+” to see the URL or to change it to any unique name on the site.
  • Upload a Featured Image to the Image Gallery. This image is displayed when the Page is featured on other Pages (e.g the home page) on the site:
    • Click "Edit" located beside the "Images" input box.
    • Click on "Upload Images". Use the file manager on your workstation to locate the image to be uploaded (images with a 5x3 aspect ratio work best).
    • Drag the image(s) that you want to the Image Uploader, then click "Upload".
    • Click on the star icon to select the featured image.
    • Click on “Okay” to save the changes to the featured image (and gallery images).
  • Add the Page to the site Navigation Menu:
    • Click on the “Select Placement” button.
    • On the Site-tree, click on the “Main Navigation” radio button.
    • Click on Okay.
  • Add “This page says Hello World” in the "Short Summary" text area.
  • Scroll down to access the Content Editor. Type in “Hello World” (or other text that you want to have displayed on the page).
  • The remaining fields/controls are optional – leave them “as-is” or experiment as you like.
  • Click on the “Save” button.
  • Open another tab in your browser and navigate to your site (http://YourSite.shoutcms.net) to see "Hello World" on the main menu. Click on the link to open the page.

Link your "Hello World" Page as a Feature on the Home page

  • From the Page Designer, click on the "Website" icon at the top of the screen to display the Site-Tree.
  • Click on the “Home” page to open the existing Home page.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and expand the "Manage Related Content" section.
  • Scroll down to the “Medium Feature” and Click on “Add” (or "remove" to remove an existing feature).
  • Click “Select” next to a blank Feature.
  • In the pop-up, locate your “Hello World” Page and click on the radio-button beside the name.
  • Click on Okay to close the pop-up.
  • To change the order of the related content, drag-and-drop the entry using the up/down arrows.
  • Scroll to the bottom (or top) of the Page Designer and click on the “Save” button.
  • Refresh your site’s home page to see the changes you made.

Other ShoutCMS Features

The Quick Start has only scratched the surface of what ShoutCMS can do. These are some of the topics covered later in the guide: