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Explaining how Contao works internally to display a website can be fairly complex. We could say that the Contao page consists of a layout (made up of CSS, modules and themes) and the article that contains the content (text, graphics or other media), but this in-depth understanding of the structure can be slow and difficult to understand for the novice. To give you a quick general start on the system, this tutorial will give you only general steps on putting together a website based on modifying the default template with the Contao CMS.
When you install Contao, you will be able to setup a test site that comes with a theme, user data and the other general structures that will be part of a typical Contao website. The template provided with the install can be quickly modified to create a specific website to meet your needs. We will be using the default site in order to familiarize you with using Contao by modifying the header image of the default theme and changing menu structure.
There 3 main sections with each section highlighted in gray and labeled as: Contao Open Source CMS 3.0.0 (the top menu bar), Back end modules, Contao open Source CMS (the largest window). The window on the right will change as you select items in the Back end Modules section.
At the top menu bar, click on FRONT END PREVIEW. The preview shows the default website:
Click back to the back end interface and we'll summarize each section before starting to add a page to the website.
CONTENT Module - The screenshot below shows the list of content found in the articles section:
ARTICLES - You can click on the articles in the list above in order to get to the actual content that actually makes up the article. Additionally, it is important to remember that when creating a new article, you will be creating an article ID section (which contains the many of the settings and identification information for the article) in addition to the article content as seen in the screenshot below.
The other section of the interface that you will quickly begin to use is the SITE STRUCTURE within the Layout section. This is where you will be adding pages that will become the parts of the menu that link to the other pages within the website.
This is a partial capture of this section. Take a look at the options that you have for modification. Scroll down until you see the following:
For the purposes of this tutorial, the header image will be replaced. If you wish to replace it with an image of your own, note that the image is 670x273 pixels. Click on the edit option (looks like a pencil icon) next to the HEADER IMAGE.
The image will be changed to the following file name: amherst-apptrail.png. In order to change the image, the text in the file above has to be changed to the new file name. This is done by clicking the editor and editing the text. The alt text should also be changed to reflect the new image.
<div id="top_image"> <img src="/help/files/music_academy/amherst-apptrail.png" width="670"height="273" alt="View from the Appalachian Trail in Amherst, Virginia"></div>Click on a SAVEoption at the bottom of the page in order save any changes. The following screenshot shows the change in the front end:
As you can see, the change is relatively simple and quick. The picture also includes text that can be added with a graphic editor to help quickly change how the user will identify the website. Notice however, that the text under the header image still says "Music Academy>Welcome to Music Academy". We will change this next. In the back end interface, go to the Site Structure menu and return to the view of the tree view of the Site Structures that make up the website.
As you can quickly see, the appearance of the front end can be quickly changed to become a more personalized website by simply making changes to the default Contao website. You can see that it is easy to make changes to the appearance and menu structure. If you want to continue using another quick start guide, go to the Quick start to Creating a Page in Contao.
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