How to Use a Web Design CMS pt.2

Your web design should have a main menu which points to articles page. This is a great start but for the web design to be a success, more components must be added to the web design so viewers get more information, as well products if this is an e-commerce venture.

So far you have a web design with a top menu, or side menu depending on the web design template, and a bunch of content pages that the menu links to. It is now time to add what are called web design modules. Modules in CMS web design are basically like building blocks to piece the web design together. For instance, lets say your template web design layout is as follows: top menu(position1), banner under menu(position2), article under banner(base page no position always same spot), three boxes on top of each other on the right of the web design beside the article(body1, body2, body3). Well in this scenario, everything is a module position in the web design except the article. If there are no modules set, the article in the web design will take up the entire page, but by adding a module to web design position body1, the article will be squashed left to make room for that module in the web design. This is how you build your web design with CMS. You add modules with specific code, such as article categories, menus, or custom html, to specific areas of your web design. Once you have created a module you decide which pages it should appear on in your web design and your set. In this web design example there where only a few modules, but in some template web designs you will have more than 20 to choose from to add pieces to your web design.

Remember, since you are just learning as you make this web design, it is a good idea to save and check how everything works after each step to see if any modification must be done to the web design modules.

Now, the next part will help add special functionalities to your web design, but can also get a bit complicated. This part deals with web design modules as well but in the form of extensions. An extension for a CMS web design is an add-on component that can provide the web design with specific extra functionality, such as a shopping cart, or login form. These extensions are one of the reasons why CMS web designs are becoming so popular all the features you will ever need can be added. As far as extensions go, you can find free web design extensions and paid web design extension, it al depends on the feature you are trying to add to your web design. Once a web design extension is added to the CMS you can configure it and, if it contains a module, add said module to your web design and voila, extra feature added.

These are the basic steps that you must take when beginning a web design a CMS. These are also the steps to take if you are migrating a website to a CMS, the only difference is the content from the old web design must be copied and pasted to the new web design as pages or custom html modules. Either way, once the web design is finished, since you used a CMS, any updates or changes required can be done quickly, without the use of code.

And if this seems to complicated for you then do not stress

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