Directions on using the template packager come in the SBI Rss Tutorial. You learn basic and advanced editing techniques and tips to help you along. There are also help files in the Easy Blogs software itself that show what each command or variable is for.
Use and operation of the easy blogs template packager is in the help files in the software. However BWT has written and published many 'how to' articles that can be found at SBI Articles
Open - opens an existing blog. When clicked on this button opens a file manager dialog in the proper directory. All blogs end in the extenstion '.zdb'.
Save - saves your template. Use this button whenever you make any changes to your template. the easyblogs template packager will prompt you to save if you forget to save your changes. If you do not save your work it will be lost if you exit without saving.
Saveas - allows you to create a new SBI easyblogs template from an existing blog. This can be very useful if you are creating mini-websites that are all published under one domain name. Saving as a new template requires that you change the file name to something new.
Preview - generates a new browser window with the easyblogs template in it.
You may want to have certian elements on all 'Article' pages but not on the 'Archive Index' pages. Conversely you may want something special on all the 'Archive Entries' pages but not on any other page.
Note that the 'Default Layout' pagetype can be used for all other pagetypes. In other words you can use the 'Default Layout' for all pages. Or you can style each EasyBlogs template pagetype individually.
Each sub-template has 6 sub-sections to control different areas of the webpage. The editor also has 95 pre-programmed commands that you can use to program with. Don't worry if this sounds complicated, it really isn't. Once you see how it all ties together you'll be creating your own fancy designs in a short time.
Go through the slices and inset variables and functions as needed. For most templates, you will only need to do the default template. For extreme flexibility you can create separate templates for your home page, Section Index pages, Section Entry pages, Article pages, and Static pages.
As I mentioned this is advanced technical programmical information, and beyond the scope of this tutorial. If you need help more information can be found in the User Manual that is internal to the EasyBlogs software.
Commands are at the heart of why EasyBlogs is a great HTML editor and blog creator. Behind the scenes is a C++ editor/compiler that uses HTML as the primary language. Any programmer with experience should be able to pick it up quickly. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I will be happy to reply.
Using this tool is for those that just want the programming to be easy. For advanced users this function is merely optional. We recommend programming images and support files to reside in their own directories. This is recommended to optimize file management.
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