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Basic CMS Administration


Introduction to CMS3 Administration

The OWT CMS3 is a content management system (CMS) from One World Telecommunications. This product has evolved for about 15 years and version 3 was initially released in 2013. Since then updates have been made frequently and many new features have been added and many features have been strengthened or enhanced. 

Version 3 (CMS3) is a significant evolution over previous versions as it brings a lot of standardized behavior to the system. Previous version were frameworks that had to be extensively modified for a particular customer making upgrades more difficult and customization time consuming. CMS3 features easy customization from a standard package that allows for a continual evolution of features and support for the latest web technologies.

Throughout this site we will try to address the issues that a site administrator might have while trying to maintain their site and make typical changes. OWT does not provide this software as a build-it-yourself system as we have not endeavored to make the design features simple for non-designers. Design requires knowledge of HTML and CSS and maybe even JavaScript or jQuery and while all of this can be done within the CMS3 we do not provide a great deal of support for these advanced capabilities. OWT will deliver your site with the feature set you have ordered and allow for significant expansion of that content but if you need a specific feature documented on this site that is not present your implementation please contact us and we will enable whatever you might need to make that happen.

Throughout the CMS we have tried to be consistent in the way features function and are organized as much as possible. There are always going to be exceptions and sometimes it is just best to memorize some of that but for the most part we urge you to learn the basic concepts through a bit of study and a experimentation. This way you will be able to handle issues and not have to constantly refer to this documentation. 

If you are hoping to find some way to quickstart your editing and jump right into using the CMS that is fine but PLEASE read this chapter anyway.  You may know some of it already and some of it may be intuitive but so often when we see people struggle the main reason is they missed some small basic concept that would make thing so much easier for them.  


Cascading Style Sheets were created to deal with the style and formatting limitations of HTML.  While CSS offers tremendously more styling and formatting options it also brings quite a bit more complexity and is commonly used to provide a common set of formatting rules for a site.  If content has a specific style to it then content within that content will generally have that format as well but every element can be given specific formatting. 

HyperText Markup Language is the main language of the web.  Most website are programmed in HTML to some extent. In many programming languages used on the web those programs will output HTML if the site is not actually coded in HTML.  Your web browser will interpret this HTML and render the webpage accordingly. HTML mostly just tells your browser how to render the content with "tags" that specify color, size, alignment and other layout features along with some other funcationality.