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The screenshot below is the CMT interface associated with the home page, which is considered the top-level category. The content owner can always return to this interface by clicking the "Categories" button, which is the first tab at the top.

Notice the light blue-gray buttons:

  • Add Subcategory - This button is used to add a category below the current category.
  • Publish - The content for this category resides in the database. After changes have been made to a category, the content owner can "publish" the changes using this button. The CMT retrieves the information from the database, reads the category's template file, to determine how to format the content, and finally creates the HTML that the viewers see.
  • Preview - After a change has been made, the changes can be previewed before they are published. This allows the content owner to make sure the changes are acceptable before the public sees them.
  • View - This button is used to view the current published category that the public sees.
  • Edit - Changes can be made to the current category using this button.
  • Delete - Deletes the current category and all subcategories. This button is not shown here because the system doesn't allow you to delete the home page as a safety precaution. Actually, the category is added to the "Archives" area. It must be deleted from the "Archives" to be completely removed. The archive can be used to keep a copy of a category in case it may be needed in the future.
The area below the "Log Out" tab at the upper right shows the status of the current category. The status can be one of the following:
  • "up-to-date" - all changes have been published.
  • "Changes have not been published" - changes have been made but not published.

The light blue area shows the category hierarchy of your current location. Since we're currently at the top of the hierarchy, only "Home" appears. You can move down in the hierarchy by selecting a subcategory from the list below the blue area. Two levels of subcategories are shown. You can think of these two levels as "children" and "grandchildren" of the current category. The double dashes "--" denote the "grandchildren" categories.

Notice that each category has a:

  • Category ID - a number that uniquely identifies this category. This number is also used to construct the URL for the corresponding Web page.
  • Title
  • Owner - the username of the person that owns the category. Only the owner can make changes to the category.
  • Template - determines how the Web page will look.
  • Subcategory list order - the method of sorting the subcategories. The list of subcategories can be sorted by title, date, or the content owner can manually specify the desired order by selecting the "Specify Order" button.
  • Item list order - order of items that appear on the page. Each category can include different types of items, such as products, photos, names, etc. This button is used to determine how to sort the list.
Some categories have several additional fields.

The Add button is used to add different types of items. The types of items that can be added can change based on the type of category. The interface architect determines the types of items that will be available, such as photos, names, dates, paragraphs, etc.

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