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    How do EZ-Pages work?

    Hi all,

    I have a stupid request.

    So, for a while, I have not need the sample EZ pages, which is integrated into the distribution as sample. I have deleted it.

    But, from now, I have to create some EZ pages with the TOC and chapters feature, somethig similar as in the initial distribution.

    So, could someone help me how can I do that, or where can I find a description about this?
    Unfortunately I have no possibility to install ZC again, because I have limited access to the server and I have only an on-line shop which have to go on.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Default Re: Silly request

    Here is the EZ-Pages explanation that comes bundled as part of the demo database
    Summary

    EZ-Pages is a fast, easy way of creating links and additional pages.

    The additional Pages can be for:

    * New Pages
    * Internal Links
    * External Links
    * Secure or Non-Secure pages
    * Same or New Window

    In Addition, there is the ability to create "related" links in the format of a Chapter (group) and its TOC (related pages/links).

    Link Naming

    Links are named by the Page Title. All Links need a Page Title in order to function.

    If you forget to add a Page Title, then you will not be able to add the Link.

    If you do not assign an Order for the Header, Sidebox or Footer, then the Link will not display even if you have a Page Title.

    Link Placement

    While you have the option of adding Additional Links to the Header, Footer and Sidebox with EZ-Pages, you are not limited to these three Link locations. Links can be in one or more locations simply by enabling the Order for the Location(s) where the Link should appear..

    The Link Location Status for the Header, Footer and Sidebox is controlled simply by setting these to Yes or No for each setting. Then, set the Order in which the Link should appear for each location.

    This means that if you were to set Header to Yes 30 and Sidebox to Yes 50 then the link would appear in both the Header and Sidebox in the Order of your Links.

    The Order numbering method is up to you. Numbering using 10, 20, 30, etc. will allow you to sort the Links and add additional Links later.

    Note: a 0 value for the Order will disable the Link from displaying.

    Open in New Window and Secure Pages

    With EZ-Pages, each Link can take you to the same, main window for your shop; or, you can have the Link open a brand new New Window. In addition, there is an option for making the Link open as a Secure Page or a Non-Secure Page.

    Chapter and TOC

    The Chapter and TOC, or Table of Contents, are a unique method of building Multiple Links that interact together.

    While these Links still follow the rules of the Header, Footer and Sidebox placement, the difference is that only one of the Links, the Main Link, needs to be displayed anywhere on the site.

    If you had, for example, 5 related Links, you could add the first Link as the Main Link by setting its location to the Header, Footer or Sidebox and set its Order, as usual.

    Next, you need to assign a Chapter or Group number to the Link. This Chapter holds the related Links together.

    Then, set the TOC or Table of Contents setting. This is a secondary Sort Order for within the Chapter.

    Again, you can display any of the Links within a Chapter, as well as making any of these Links the Main Link. Whether the Links all show, or just one or more of the Links show, the Chapter is the key to grouping these Links together in the TOC or Previous/Next.

    NOTE: While all Links within a Chapter will display together, you can have the different Links display in the Header, Footer or Sidebox on their own. Or, you can have the additional Links only display when the Main Link or one of the Additional Links within the Chapter has been opened.

    The versitility of EZ-Pages will make adding new Links and Pages extreamly easy for the beginner as well as the advance user.

    While this page was made in HTMLarea editor, any HTML editor could be used.

    However, becareful ... HTML editors will often add the opening and closing tags for the and to the file you are working on.

    These are already added to the pages via EZ-Pages.

    External Link URL

    External Link URLs are links to outside pages not within your shop. These can be to any valid URL such as:

    http://www.sashbox.net

    You need to include the full URL path to any External Link URL. You may also mark these to open in a New Window or the Same Window.

    Internal Link URL

    Internal Link URLs are links to internal pages within your shop. These can be to any valid URL, but should be written as relative links such as:

    index.php?main_page=index&cPath=21

    The above Link would take you to the Category for categories_id 21

    While these links can be the Full URL to an Internal Link, it is best to write as a Relative Link so that if you change domains, are work on a temporary domain or an IP Address, the Link will remain valid if moved to another domain, IP Address, etc.

    Internal Links can also open in a New Window or the Same Window or be for Secure or Non-Secure Pages.

    EZ-Pages Additional Pages vs Internal Links vs External Links

    The Type of Link that you create is based on an order of precidence, where HTML Content will superceed both the Internal Link and the External Link values.

    The External Link URL will superceed the Internal Link URL.

    If you try to set a combination of HTML Content, Internal Link and/or External Link, the Link will be flagged in the listing with a read icon to alert you to your mistake.

    WARNING ...

    When using Editors such as HTMLarea, if you hit enter in the HTML Content area
    will be added. These will be detected as "content" and will override any Internal Link URL or External Link URL.

    Admin Only Display

    Sometimes, when working on EZ-Pages, you will want to be able to work on a Live Site and see the results of your work, but not allow the Customers to see this until you are done.

    There are 3 settings in the Configuration ... EZ-Pages Settings for the Header, Footer and Sidebox Status:

    * OFF
    * ON
    * Admin Only

    The Admin Only setting is controlled by the IP Address(es) set in the Website Maintenance.

    This can be very handy when needing to work on a Live Site but not wanting customers to see the work in progress.
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    Default Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    Hey! I had a hard time figuring it out too. It turned out to be far easier than I expected.

    First, in the admin, go to Tools-> EZ-Pages

    Open a new file.

    Decide where you want the page to be linked from, in the side boxes, header, footer, etc. and click yes/no button for each.

    Put any html content in the big box.

    Click 'insert'

    Poof! it is done!

    I hope that helps

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    Default Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    They're also very helpful creating menus with existing pages or even pages from outside your Zen Cart and maybe even outside your site.

    Just fill out the information at the top to say where you want the link to be displayed, leave the HTML box empty and enter a link in the internal ULR link field for links internal to your Zen Cart (e.g. the contact us page) or the external URL link field for other links. This is a really quick and easy way of building custom navigation menus.
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    Default Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    Any by the way, if your site is multilingual, check out Bunyip's excellant Multi-language EZ-Pages contribution.
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    Default Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    I would like to use the EZ Pages but when I make up a page the box title comes up as 'Important Information'. How do I change the box title to read something else? The page is listed just fine in the box but I don't wnat it to read Important Information.
    Thanks,
    Scribbles

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    Default Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    Quote Originally Posted by scribbles
    I would like to use the EZ Pages but when I make up a page the box title comes up as 'Important Information'. How do I change the box title to read something else? The page is listed just fine in the box but I don't wnat it to read Important Information.
    If you mean the box heading that reads "Important Links", just create an override file for your includes/languages/english/extra_definitions/ez_pages_definitions.php and change it in the new file.
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    Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    So I'm trying to use this to create a links page with different catagories.
    Can someone explain how that works? Im reading the above post about how it should work but Im not getting it. I can add a simple page or an external/internal link but not via the TOC and chapters.
    I want to make a LINKS page that opens a catagories page displaying the different link catagories. When I click on a catagorie, I want all links within that catagory to be displayed.

    Can this even be done or am I misrepresenting what I think it should be able to do??



    Thanks

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    Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    Also, is there a reason a page added in in EZ pages does not show up on the stite map??

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    Re: How do EZ-Pages work?

    Where do EZ-pages get stored? I want to make a back up but can't figure out where they are...

 

 
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