Getting Started

Now that you have your site set up, you're probably anxious to learn how to update and add new content to your website. This help site is here to help get you on your way to using Convergence. 

Want to jump into the Convergence modules instead? Check out the Using Modules section

Logging in to Your Site

  1. In your browser, go to this url:
    http://YOURSITE.convergencecms.co/login
    (where YOURSITE is the url of your website, so for the “demo” site, the login is http://demo.convergencecms.co/login ).
  2. Enter your USER NAME
  3. Enter your PASSWORD
  4. Click LOGIN



 

Adding a Page

(NOTE: Only for sites with the Page module activated)

  1. Login to your site
  2. Click the PAGES link near the top right-hand corner of the screen
  3. You should now see the SITEMAP for your entire site. Your home page is shown in black. Purple pages are main menu pages, and their “children” are underneath in blue. Third-level pages are shown in green. Fourth-level pages are in Orange. On the right under the grey “Other Pages” are other pages that aren’t children of a main menu page.

  4. Click the green link + ADD PAGE


  5. A form appears, enter the PAGE TITLE
  6. After you type in the PAGE TITLE and click anywhere – you should see the link for this page appear. The link is auto created, but you can click on it to change it to whatever you like (be sure not to choose a page link that is already in use on your site).
  7. WHERE DOES THIS PAGE GO? - choose where your page should go in the sitemap. To add a page that won’t appear in the menus, choose – Other Pages -
  8. WHAT WILL THIS PAGE LOOK LIKE? - choose from one of the template files on your site, eg. for a page under the About Us section, choose “Internal”
  9. I’D LIKE THIS TO OPEN TO A DIFFERENT PAGE / SITE – only use this if you want your page to send users elsewhere... for example a /chase-bank link that sends users to http://www.chase-bank.com (check the checkbox and type http://www.chase-bank.com in the text box)– or it can even be a page on your site... like a /contact page that sends users to /contact-us (check the checkbox and type contact-us in the text box)
  10. USERS HAVE TO LOGIN TO SEE THIS PAGE – only check this box if you want only certain users to be able to access this page.
  11. Click Open this page in a new window if you'd like the page to open in a different browser window from the one you are currently viewing the page in.
  12. Click Add this page
  13. That’s it! You’re done!  

*Note, once your pages are added you can drag and drop them to form your desired sitemap structure.

 

Editing a Page in the Sitemap

  1. Login to your site
  2. Click the PAGES link near the top right-hand corner of the screen
  3. You should now see the sitemap for your entire site. Your home page is shown in black. Red pages are main menu pages, and their “children” are underneath in blue. Third-level pages are shown in green. On the right under the grey “Other Pages” are other pages that aren’t children of a main menu page.

  4. Hover over the name of the page you would like to edit.  A tool bar apprears.
  5.  
  6. Click the Edit icon (paper/pencil)
  7. A form appears, edit the PAGE TITLE

  8. After you edit the PAGE TITLE and click anywhere – you should see the link for this page appear. The link is auto created, but you can click on it to change it to whatever you like (don't choose a page link that is already in use on your site).
  9. WHERE DOES THIS PAGE GO? - choose where your page should go in the sitemap. To add a page that won’t appear in the menus, choose – Other Pages -
  10. WHAT WILL THIS PAGE LOOK LIKE? - choose from one of the template files on your site, eg. for a page under the About Us section, choose “Internal”

  11. I’D LIKE THIS TO OPEN TO A DIFFERENT PAGE / SITE – only use this if you want your page to send users elsewhere... for example a /chase-bank link that sends users to http://www.chase-bank.com (check the checkbox and type http://www.chase-bank.com in the text box)– or it can even be a page on your site... like a /contact page that sends users to /contact-us (check the checkbox and type contact-us in the text box)

  12. USERS HAVE TO LOGIN TO SEE THIS PAGE – only check this box if you want only certain users to be able to access this page.

  13. Click Add this page
  14. That’s it! You’re done!  

*Note, once your pages are added you can drag and drop them to form your desired sitemap structure.

 

Sitemap Structure

Once your pages are added to the sitemap, you can drag and drop them to form your desired sitemap structure.

  1. Login to your site.
  2. Click the PAGES link near the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. You should now see the sitemap for your entire site. Your home page is shown in black. Purple pages are main menu pages, and their “children” are underneath in blue. Third-level pages are shown in green.  Fourth-level pages are in orange.  On the right under the grey “Other Pages” are other pages that aren’t children of a main menu page.  If you don't want your page to show up in the menu or sub-menu, then you should put it under "Other Pages".
  4. Once you've added all your pages, you can easily re-arrange them.  Hover over the page you would like to move.  When you see the hand icon appear click and drag the page to it's new location.
  5. Dropping a page directly on top of another page makes it a sub page of the one you dropped it on. (See below: Reservations is being dropped on Gallery making it a sub-page of Gallery.)
  6. Dropping a page between two existing pages will actually place the page in between the two in the sitemap. 
  7. Use the colors as your guide - before you drop the page that you are dragging make sure the place you want to drop it is highlighted in yellow when you hover over it.  Once it changes color to indicate that is where the page will be dropped, let go of the page.
  8. That’s it! You’re done! 
 

Setting Up Your Domain

Now that you’re ready to make your site live, there’s just one last step – changing you’re A Name to point to our servers. The A Name, also known as A Host or A Record,  simply points a domain name or sub domain to an IP address. These instructions are very general, as each domain registrar site is a little different. Please see your domain registrar's help site for more detailed instructions on how to change your A Name.

  1. Login to your domain registrar, such as GoDaddy.com.
  2. Select the domain that you would like to edit.
  3. Click on the link to edit your DNS.
  4. Edit the A Name to point to: 205.186.160.219. Be sure that you DO NOT forward the domain, but rather point it to the IP address provided above.
  5. Save your changes.

Below are links to some of the most popular domain registrars' help sites, detailing how to change the A Record.