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Creating a Development Website

This tutorial takes you through the steps required to create a website on your development workstation. You can use websites like these to create and modify functionality before transferring to other environments, like QA, UAT or production.

You should already have your workstation configured with IIS and Contensive. If you wish to use PHP to control the Contensive framework, it should already be installed.

Creating a New Site

  1. Start Contensive Application Manager

    Click the start button > all programs > Contensive > Application Manager

  2. Click the Local node on the Application Manager

    On the left side of the Contensive Application Manager, you first see the Enterprise node at the top. Under it, you should at least see a grey Local node. Click it to connect to your Local Contensive server. This node represents the Contensive applications running on your local machine.

    If you already have applications running, a [plus] sign will appear that you can open to see each application.

  3. Add an application to the local Contensive Server.

    To add a application, right click the Local node and select "Add/Import Site"This will start a wizard that include up to eleven dialog boxes.

  4. Select a Site Name

    Select a one word name for your application. It must be unique to this server and it can not contain any spaces or special characters. For this demonstration I will use MySampleSite as the site name.

    In most cases when creating a new development site, this is the only screen you will have to change. All the following screens you can leave the default and just hit Continue.

  5. Enter the type of Site

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    Enter which type of page you prefer using, php or asp. The site is created entirely within Contensive SMS, but scripting technologies are used create and control the Contensive Framework. In most installations, there is only one scripted host page created for each site. Having a host page written in a familiar technology gives you a very 
    versatile, very rapid environment to handle emergencies.

  6. Pick the IP Address

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    Set to 127.0.0.1 for development sites. They are not typically viewed from other machines. If you will need to others to view the site from other machines, pick an IP address on your machine.

  7. Pick a Domain name

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    For development sites, the domain can be simply the Site Name from the earlier step. Contensive will configure your computer's host file so on your local machine you can just type the site name and the browser will use the local site. For sites on public machines, enter the primary domain for the site.

  8. Enter the Html documents folder

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    This is the folder where the web server will look for the host page created in an earlier step.

  9. Enter the content files folder

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    This is where Contensive will store a majority of your content.

  10. Enter an ODBC connection string

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    A blank ODBC connection will cause the wizard to create a new site.

  11. Enter the ODBC DSN file folder

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    This is a location to store the ODBC information about the new connection that will be created automatically.

  12. Enter the database file folder

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    This is the folder where Contensive will store the new database file created for the site.

  13. Enter an SMTP Email server

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    If you have an SMTP email server configured on your machine you can include it here. Contensive SMS has extensive email features. Be aware if you configure the SMTP server that if you add email features to your development site, it may send email to the users you configure.

  14. Enter your email address as the Admin Email address. The site will begin building itself. That will take less than 5 minutes.

    You can hit OK and accept the default in most development site cases.

    You can skip this if you do not plan to enable email on your development workstation

At this point, you should have a running website on your local IIS server that uses Contensive SMS to create pages.

Accessing Your Site And Updating Your Username and Password

  1. Open a browser and go to

    http://MySampleSite/admin

    (where MySampleSite  is the site name you used in Creating Your Website, step 4)

    You should see the Login box.

  2. The default username and password are:

    username: root
    password: contensive

    When you log in, be sure to edit the record and change them as you need. This log in account will expire in 7 days.

  3. To edit the default user account, open the Navigator on the left to

    Manage Users >> click on People

    You will see a list of the users configured for the site. If it is a new site, there will be only the root user. To edit the user account, click the edit icon in the left-most column of the row. You are now editing the user account. Click on the Permissions tab and update your username and password. You can also update the name field in the details tab if you wish.


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