Advanced Template Manager

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Introduction

This application has been designed for more advanced website designers who want to use highly customizable templates which can be edited by applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash MX and Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.

It is recommended that beginners, or intermediate-level website designers who are not yet familiar with the required software, use EasySiteWizard instead. EasySiteWizard provides a more guided process for template-based website creation, which does not require the use of any additional software.

When you first launch the application, you will be provided with three viewing options: Templates, or Royalty-free Images. A brief description of each option follows:

Templates are select EasySiteWizard templates, but are provided in a format which allows a higher level of customization. Again, these templates generally require the website designed to have access to Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX. There are no restrictions on the number of templates you can download.

Royalty-free Images are pictures which are free for use online; these pictures are the same ones available through EasySiteWizard, but can be downloaded directly to your website through the interface provided by the Advanced Template Manager.

Designer Templates

The Designer Templates interface allows you to preview and download highly customizable templates which generally require the website designer to own or have access to Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX. The number of template downloads per customer are limited by the interface; the number of downloads available are displayed above the template thumbnail images. Advanced templates can be viewed by category; to do this, select the desired category from the drop-down menu located below the thumbnail image window.

To preview a template before downloading, click on the thumbnail you wish to preview. A medium-sized preview of the template will be displayed on the right side of the interface.

If you wish to see a large-size preview, along with more detailed information concerning the template, click once on the medium-size preview image. The larger preview image will be displayed in a new window; when you are finished looking at the preview, close this window. You can preview as many designer templates as you wish.

Templates

The Templates interface allows you to preview and download customizable templates which generally require the website designer to own or have access to Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX. There are no restrictions on the number of templates you can download.

Templates can be viewed by category; to do this, select the desired category from the drop-down menu located directly beneath the thumbnail image window.

To preview a template before downloading, click on the thumbnail you wish to preview. A medium-sized preview of the template will be displayed on the right side of the interface.

If you wish to see a large-size preview, along with more detailed information concerning the template, click once on the medium-size preview image. The larger preview image will be displayed in a new window; when you are finished looking at the preview, close this window. You can preview as many templates as you wish.

Royalty-Free Images

The Images interface allows you to download pictures which are free for use online; these pictures are the same ones available through EasySiteWizard, but can be downloaded directly to your website through the interface provided by the Advanced Template Manager. While there is no limit on the total number of images you can download, there is a limit of ten images per download transaction.

These royalty-free images can be viewed by category or searched by keyword. To view by category, select the desired category from the drop-down menu located directly beneath the thumbnail image window. To search images by keyword, enter the keyword you wish to use, and press the "enter" key on your keyboard. The screen will refresh to display images which match your keyword. For example, using "chair" as your keyword will allow you to view images of chairs. If a particular keyword does not give you the results you expected, try using an alternate word to describe the category of images you wish to view.

The keyword or category you select will likely return more images than can be displayed at once; you can look at these additional images by using the "next" and "back" links located at the top-right corner of the Images interface.

You can preview an image by clicking on the magnifying lens icon beneath the thumbnail you want to preview.

To select an image to download, click once on the thumbnail; the thumbnail will be displayed with a checkmark superimposed on top.

To deselect an image, click on it again; the checkmark is removed. You can select up to ten images. The images you select selected do not all have to be on the same page. Refer to Downloading Templates and Images for complete details on downloading.

Downloading Templates and Images

To download the template you are currently previewing, or to download the images you have selected:

  1. Click on the "Next" button. You will be taken to the download interface.
  2. Your files will be downloaded to a directory on your website, images will be download to your PC. You can select the specific directory by using the drop-down menu provided. Please note that if the directory you select is not currently empty, there is a chance that some of the existing files may be lost. Please ensure beforehand that any existing files in the chosen directory have been properly backed up.
  3. Click "Install" to install your files in the directory you have chosen.

Once you have installed your files, you can use an FTP program to download the template to your computer for customization. For information on how to transfer files via FTP, see the General Help section titled "Uploading with FTP".

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