Site Check List

This will be in the near future a short check list for a new site. Not to forget any step necessary…

1. Site creation - the beginning of a new site.
2. Save your start page - this is a good idea to know later what advices wikidot has given.
3. Create menu bars - where and how to store the navigation menu.

1. Site creation - the beginning of a new site.

Steps to do How and where to do Comments
1.0. Site creation:
which name?
On [] key in your wished site name( the url-part) in the input field at the right top (instead of "your-wiki") Note: the opening new window ask you for some informations: the url and the "site-name" should not greater then 30 letters! In the url adress part there is no space allowed. Only letters , digits and some connecting minus are allowed in the Site name. Other tip: []
1.1. Tagline ? On the "new-sites" creation window there is the input-box: "Tagline:" The content of this field is display under the "Site name" on the top header of your wiki-site. it is more a short description of your site and has nothing to do with "Tags". Please - do not enter too much text!
1.2. Short Description On the "new-sites" creation window there is the input: "Short description?" Note: You can enter 290 characters of a short description and can change it later in the Generall settings of the "site manager"
1.3. Site content language? On the "new-sites" creation window there are the check boxes: "English or Polish" (only here at this step available! ). You have to decide in which languages the "internal" controls for you as an admin will be created and used.
This has nothing to do with the used language later in the Site (with the exception of some special buttons…). If you have not a good knowledge of polish you should decide (at rel 1.5 now) to use English for the beginnings and all automatic created pages.
1.4. Private or Public Site ? On the "new-sites" creation window there is the check box: "Private Site?" Note: You can let it "public" for the first step now and change it later in the "site manager" screens. Or vice versa - let it be "private" now from the beginning and change it later if the site layout is finished.
The result is a big difference: "Private" sites are only "visible" to site members and to no other people or robots like Google or other search machines! If you want your site reachable by such robots you should set it to "public". But then everybody ( even anonymous!) can find and read all your pages. There is no trick (rel 1.5) to prevent some specific "public" page & categories from being readable!

2. Save your start page - is a good idea to know later what advices wikidot has given.

Steps to do How and where to do Comments
2.0. Save your start page! Your start page after the creation of your site is by standard set to "start" and contains important first tips from wikidot.
You should create your own start ( and Welcome) page, but before doing this you should save this automatic created first start-page.
a) "Edit" ( or use buttons "+options" - "view-source") the welcome page (your open first start page) and "mark & copy" all the source text into your intermediate storage.
2.1. Create your "archiv" start page ("Rename" in this situation is perhaps a dangerous task, new visitors can not know which dependencies will arrive and what to do with them) b) Create a new page "start0" ( as an example) - best is key in the new name on the adress-bar behind the … __ and press "Enter" on your keyboard.

c) this opens the "New page window and offers you the "create page" button:
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The page does not (yet) exist.
The page ……….. you want to access does not exist.

create page
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d) Click on the create page link and the Edit window opens.

e) "Paste" the text-source from the original start page into this input window and

f) Change the "Title" of the page to "Old welcome" and

g) click on save !
Note1: now you can change the original "start" page to your own wishes!
Later you will perhaps build an extra menu-link to find the "old welcome" page under "…".
Note2: the start page (often called "Home page" ) is the "normal landing" page when people type in the URL-"Site name" in the adress bar. But there is no real neccessarity to name it "start". You can take every page as the landing page for normal usages (there is another landing page for unallowed visitors) and have only to set the page name of this "custom landing page" as the "start" page in the Site manager for your site. On the other hand - using a different name for the Home page could be confusing later for yourself and other people too!

3. Create menu bars - where and how to store the navigation menu.

Steps to do How and where to do Comments
3.0. Create menu bars! With the "Site creation" 2 navigation pages were created: "nav:side" and "nav:top", using the special namespace called category "nav". To change this pages key in the name on the adress bar after the … and press "Enter". This pagenames are default and can later be renamed in the "Site manager" ( not recommended). You can always have a look on the navigation pages of the Wikidot Community site: or nav.side. Click at the bottom of the pages on "+options" and "view source" , or use the "src" button at the top of the left side menu.
3.1. Create your own menu structure This menus are stored on these pages. Be sure you know what you plan for the future It is a good idea to save & use the standard menus from wikidot. Think of the visitors who will come to your site and will have at the first entry no idea what to read first and where to go… "Do not let them think too long"…
Note1: you can change the used navigation pages in the "Site manager" under "Appearance" - "Navigation_elements" for every category extra or like the _default. But changes in naming convention is not recommended. If you want no top bar menu than you should clear the page name here.
Note2: You have to consider the appearance of your site in coordination with the themes - again for every category extra (or like the _default). You do this in the "Site manager" under "Appearance" - "Themes". here you can shoose and test some layout themes with or without the navigation bar. The top bar usage you can remove on the navigation elements.

following :
- general settings
- Permissions for -default and others
- Politics for application ( system:join)
- forum
- Invitations

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