My First Time Using Silex

What do I do now?

You have downloaded Silex and launched it in your browser. What’s next?

Access to your Manager

When you launch Silex, you arrive on a default publication: the “Silex business card”.
This publication is here as an example so that you can see how a publication is built. Don’t hesitate to play with it.
Till then, if you want to access your Manager, just click on the following icon: Manager icon

Your Manager is now opened!

Note: you can change the default publication of your Silex server. If you want to open the manager by default, you have to define it as publication by default.

To do so, open your manager, select the “Manage” section and choose “Utilities”.
Select “manager” in the list and click on “Set as default site”. Save and it’s done!

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Create your first site!

With Silex, you have 2 possibilities:

  1. Create a site from a template
  2. Create a site from a blank page

To make everybody happy, we are going to see both.

Create a site from a template

You went on the exchange platform and saw a template you want to use? Great!

But before using it, you have to install it.

1- Install the wanted template

To do so, connect to your Manager and choose “Exchange platform” on “Home” section.

Select “Exchange platform” again and then click on “Themes” category.

Browse the list until you find the wanted template. When found, just click on it. Then click on “install this item” > “Start installation” and confirm by clicking “Yes”. Wait until you have this message “The installation processed successfully”

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2- Use the template for your publication

Once the installation is done, go in the “Create” section. Click on “create a site from a template” and select the wanted template in the list. Name your publication and click on “edit”.

Your publication opens in a new window and you can change it as you want!

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Create a site from a blank page

Connect to your manager and choose the “Create” section.

Click on “create a site from a blank page” and name your publication. Save and click on “edit”.

Your publication opens in a new window and you can now edit it.

PS: it’s a full blank page and it’s totally normal

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Upload your medias!

To edit your publication you might need some medias.

It can be png, jpg, swf, flv, mp3, etc…
To do so you can use Silex’s ftp. Just click on the dedicated icon: FTP icon

Then, create a new folder for your publication and upload all the needed files.

Note: to create a new folder, click on “Create Dir”, name your folder and click on “ok”. Then access to your folder by clicking on it and choose “upload files”.

To access your medias from your publication, open the wysiwyg, click on “add component” and select your media category (click “images” if you have imported jpg or png files for example). Browse the folders, choose the wanted one and find your medias.

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Import medias on your publication!

To import medias on your publication, open the wysiwyg. Pass on edition mode by clicking on the white arrow (left side bar), select the layer* on which one you want to add a media and click on “add component”.

*layer: Silex works on layers and sublayers principle as Illustrator or Photoshop. Most of the time, a layer corresponds to a specific page of your website. When you create a publication, a first layer is automatically created. His default name is “start”. For the following example we will use the “start” layer.

Select the wanted category (“Images” for jpg or png, “Text” for a text component, etc…) and click on it.

Note: for some categories (Images for example), you have to select the category, browse your folders, select the media and click on “import” to import it on your publication.

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This first overview of Silex is over. You are able now to create a publication and import medias on it!

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