BiblioSiteBuilder takes a block oriented approach to building web pages and web sites. What this is means is that BiblioSiteBuilder provides the user with a selection of pre-designed blocks, such as headers, content sections, forms, footers, etc. which are combined onto a canvas to create fully functional web page.
BiblioSiteBuilder uses an easy to use and intuitive drag and drop interface. Use the left sidebar to select your blocks and drag them onto the canvas. Once dropped onto the canvas, blocks can easily be re-ordered using the same drag and drop functionality.
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to edit all written content within certain elements (as defined by the script's administrator). To edit written content, simply switch to "Content Mode" and hover over the element you'd like to edit. If the element's text is editable, a red dashed outline will appear around the element. After clicking the element, a modal popup window will appear in which you can edit the content.
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to edit images within blocks as well (please note that the application administrator can define which images are allowed to be edited, so it could be that not all images are ediatble).
BiblioSiteBuilder makes a distinction between "user images" and "other images". User images are uploaded by users themselves and are stored in their image libraries. Other images have been uploaded the application administrator and can not be managed/removed by regular application users. When accessing your image library from the top menu, you will see two tabs, one for your own images and one for the other images.
When editing images through the drag and drop builder, make sure you switch to "Detail Mode" first as shown in the image below:
You can now choose the image you want to edit by clicking on it. Once clicked, the edit sidebar will slide out from the left of the screen. In the sidebar, click the tab labeled "Image" which will bring up the Image editing tab.
You can now click the button labeled "Use Image Library" which will launch a modal popup displayed your entire image library. To inset an image, locate the desired image and click the "Insert Image" button. Your newly inserted image will now appear on the canvas.
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to edit certain styling properties for elements defined by the application's administrator. Please note that the administrator defines which properties for which elements are editable, so do not expect to able to change every property for every element.
To edit styles for an element, again we'll need to switch to "Details Mode" as shown below:
Next, you can click the element which you'd like to edit. If an item has editable properties, a red dashed outline will appear around an element when moving over it with the mouse cursor.
Once the red dashed outline appears, you can click the element and the left sidebar will appear. Within this sidebar you'll automatically see all the available properties for the selected item. After making any changes, you'll need to click the green button labeled "Apply Changes" to see the changes take effect.
If you don't like the changes after seeing them in the canvas, you can click the orange button labeled "Reset" to restore the styling of the elements to it's original settings.
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to edit Youtube and Vimeo videos as well. To edit a video, switch to "Details Mode" and click the video you'd want to edit. This will open the left sidebar panel where you can enter a Youtube video ID or a Vimeo video ID. You can alter between these as you please, the application will detect which platform you're using and update the video accordingly.
HTML tables can edited when in "Content Mode".
Once in "Content Mode", locate the table you want to edit, if the table is editable, a red dashed line will appear around it when hover the mouse cursor over it. After clicking it, a text editor will appear in a modal popup allowing to edit the table and it's content.
The third button from the right side of the editor's toolbar will reveal the table option dropdown. In this dropdown menu, you'll find all the options needed to edit the table's layout, such as adding, remove columns, rows, heads, etc.
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to clone elements on the canvas. This comes in handy when working on a navigation for example, when you need an additional entry, you can clone the last item of the navigation.
To clone items, you'll need to switch to "Details Mode" first. Next, you can click the element you want to clone (if it's clonable, a red dashed outline will appear when moving the mouse cursor over the element). Once clicked, the left sidebar will appear. You can now clone the element by clicking the dark blue button labeled "Clone".
Please note that a cloned element will always get inserted right after the original element!
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to edit the source HTML of each block on the canvas. To access the HTML editor, first make sure you're in "Block Mode". Next, hover over the block you want to edit, and click the dark blue button labeled "source".
This will hide the block itself and bring up the HTML source editor. Click "cancel" to return without applying your changes to click "Save" to close and save your changes.
As of verion 1.4.0, the HTML editor comes with an HTML validator. When working on a blocks underlying HTML, the validator will automatically list validation issues below the editor (after a small time delay, which is configured in the /js/builder/config.js file).
As of v1.3, BiblioSiteBuilder allows admin users to create page templates which are accessible for all users. If there are any templates created, they will appear in the left navigation under the heading "Templates". To use a template, simply drag and drop a template onto the canvas. Please note that using a template will remove all other blocks you currently have on your canvas.
Once dropped onto the canvas, all the blocks can be used as any other regular block
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users configure certain settings for each page within a given site. To bring up the page settings window, click the grey dropdown button labeled "Settings" towards the right edge of the screen:
Click the "Page Settings" link from the dropdown menu which will open the page settings window.
Within the page settings window, you can configure the page title, meta description, meta keywords and add additional code to be included in the HEAD section of the markup when either exporting or publishing your page or site.
Next to settings for individual pages, you can also configure certain settings for an entire site. To configure these settings, locate the grey button towards the right edge of your screen labeled "Settings" and click it to display a dropdown menu:
Click the "Site Settings" link to bring up the site settings window. Besides the Site Name, you'll find a panel containing FTP settings. These settings are required if you want to publish your site using FTP to a live webserver. The first item, labeled "Public URL" is not required to publish over FTP (this is only used to display the external link). All other fields are required to use FTP publishing.
Using the FTP browser
If you're not sure what remote path to use, you can use the built-in FTP browser. To use this, make sure you have entered the correct server, username, password and port number (if you're not sure about the port number, just leave it at 21). Next, click the blue button labeled "Browser Server". This will bring up a small panel showing you the files and folders located on your server.
You can use the FTP browser to locate the folder in which you want your site to be published. Once done, click the green button labeled "Save Settings" to save your details. You will get a final confirmation letting you know if all is ok. Once you see this confirmation, you can now publish your site!
BiblioSiteBuilder allows users to export their sites at any given time. When you're ready to export your site, simply click the blue button labeled "Export".
Clicking the blue export button will bring up a modal window. Here, before you export your site, you can choose an alternative Document Type (by default it's set to HTML5 which is the recommended setting).
Instead of exporting your site, you can also choose to publish it to a live webserver using FTP. Please note that this function will only work if you have entered correct FTP settings. If you haven't entered FTP connection details yet or if you have entered incorrect FTP connection details, you'll see a notification like this:
Assuming you have provided correct FTP connection details, you can publish your site by clicking the dark grey button labeled "Export". If you have unsaved changes, you will be asked to save these changes first after which you can proceed to publishing your site.
The "Publish" button will bring up the publish window. Here, you can choose which assets and/or pages to publish. When you're publishing your site for the first time, you will want to choose ALL assets and ALL pages. After having published your site for the first time, you want to only publish those assets and pages which have been changed, as this will speed up the publication process significantly.
Introduced with version 1.4.0
Each time a page is stored, a copy of the previous state of that page is maintained as well (this applies both to pages saved automatically as well as to pages saved manually). For each page, you can access the existing revisions through the "Older revisions" drop down. For each revision, three are three buttons available (right next the revision date):
Introduced with version 1.4.0
BiblioSiteBuilder allows you to provide custom CSS to modify a single page or an entire site.
To apply custom CSS for an individual page, use the "Page CSS" field under "Page Settings".
To apply custom CSS to the entire site, use the "Global CSS" field under "Site Settings".
When supplying custom CSS, please do not include the style tags, as these are added by the application automatically.