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Quick Links

Step-by-step tutorial for setting up, managing and promoting your new SpaceNode:

The following is a list of URLs (hyperlinks) related to your SpaceNode. Note: substitute ‘yoursite.com’ with your real domain name:

  • http://yoursite.com/ - The homepage of your SpaceNode website
  • http://yoursite.com/?dc=login – The login link to your SpaceNode
  • http://yoursite.com/?output=FEED - The main feed coming out of your SpaceNode
  • http://files.yoursite.com/ - Your UserNode file space (premium accounts only)
  • http://mail.yoursite.com/ - Webmail login (setup on request)
  • http://bugs.spacenode.com/ - Submit error-reports to a SpaceNode technician

Glossary

  • Blocks – A block is an extra-bit of content on your website and is often used for displaying menus, news feeds, reviews and web links. You can choose from several Block Plugins which are mini-applications which can update your block automatically. To position the block, your SpaceNode comes with several different Block Zones to choose where it will display.
  • Block Plugins  – A block plugin is an application which you choose when setting up your block. An example would be the ‘RSS Block Plugin’ for displaying news feeds from other websites.
  • Block Zones – The position on the page where the block will appear. When adding or editing a block you can position your block to appear in different areas of the page. Some themes or modules do not support all block zones.
  • Pages & Folders – A page is one document on your SpaceNode (eg: http://yoursite.com/alex.htm) whereas a folder may be one page or contain a number of sub-folders and sub-pages (eg: http://yoursite.com/alex/). Each page or folder on your SpaceNode runs a module which is an application plugin. You can have as many pages or folders on your SpaceNode as you like.
  • FTP Client – A piece of software for transferring files across the Internet. Used to send files from your computer to your UserNode file server.
  • Modules – A module is an application that runs on a page or a folder. The simplest example is the ‘StaticPage Module’ which allows you to add one page or folder to your SpaceNode.
  • SpaceNode – Your website.
  • Theme – The look and feel of your SpaceNode can be customised by selecting one of the many Themes available. Professional accounts have access to a ThemeCreator module allowing you to create new and unique Themes.
  • UserNode - A web file server for storing your static files such as images, static HTML files and downloads. Premium accounts only. You need an FTP Client to access your UserNode. The UserNode is accessed via the web on http://files.yoursite.com/ and also include ‘Special Directories’ for bringing content directly into your SpaceNode.

Logging Into Your SpaceNode

Click the “login” link on the top-right of your SpaceNode and a login box will popup allowing you to enter your login credentials. Once logged-in the login link will change to your username email address.

For an easy-to-follow step-by-step online video tutorial Video Tutorial to logging in and any difficulties you encounter, please visit:

SpaceNode Structure - Home Page, Folders & Pages

Basic Concepts

Your Home Page is what people will see when they type in http://yoursite.com/ into a browser.

So that your SpaceNode can grow to thousands of pages of content and still be easy to manage you can create as many Folders and Pages in your Home Page as you like.

The difference between a Folder and a Page is that Folders can contain other Pages and Folders.

An example is if you want to break your website up into three sections:

  1. http://yoursite.com/family/
  2. http://yoursite.com/friends/
  3. http://yoursite.com/work/

Each one of these Folders can contain their own Pages and Folders:

  1. http://yoursite.com/family/
    1. http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/Daniel.htm
    2. http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/Greg.htm
    3. http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/Joanna.htm
    4. http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/Hannah.htm
  2. http://yoursite.com/friends/
  3. http://yoursite.com/work/

Note: In the example above, http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/ is a Folder and http://yoursite.com/family/cousins/Daniel.htm is a Page.

Modules - Making Your SpaceNode Clever

Every Page, Folder and the Home Page is automated by a Module which makes your SpaceNode clever.

The default Module is called the ‘StaticPage Module’ which is responsible for displaying one page of content. You could quite easily create your entire SpaceNode website by just using this one module, but you would miss out on features such as Contact Forms and Search Engines.

The second most common module is called the ‘Articles Module’ which is useful for displaying Blogs, News and other lists of content such as Products and Photos. You separate articles into ‘Article Groups’ and each group is separated into ‘Article Categories’.

The Article Module can only be installed in a Folder or on the Home Page and then can generate a page for each article you have uploaded.

For example, you could set up a blog here:

  • http://yoursite.com/blog/

And then you could add two articles and these might be available here:

  1. http://yoursite.com/blog/article_one.htm
  2. http://yoursite.com/blog/article_two.htm

The Articles Module makes it easy to have thousands of Pages of content and also supports RSS feeds if another website would like to syndicate your content. They would go to there website and enter the RSS url:

  • http://yoursite.com/blog/?output=RSS

To add new Pages or Folders to your SpaceNode, or to edit the Home Page you need to:

  1. Login to your SpaceNode
  2. Click on ‘SpaceNode’ and choose the ‘Structure’ tab.
  3. You will be shown the structure of your SpaceNode, eg:
    SpaceNode Structure
  4. To add/remove/edit Pages, Folders or the Home Page you need to right click to be shown a list of options

When adding a Page, Folder or editing the Home Page you will be given the choice of which module to choose, with the StaticPage being the default.

Note: The Articles Module needs to be installed in the Home Page or a Folder and is not available on a single Page.

Blocks

Blocks are the extra-bits of content around each page on your SpaceNode and are often used for:

  • Menus and Site Navigation
  • RSS Feeds - Display news and article feeds
  • Extra information about a page
  • Displaying advertising

Each block can be automated using "Block Plugins" which are like special programs that run separate to the main Page Module.

Your SpaceNode page is divided up into separate 'Zones' for customising where the block will display in relation to the page content.

The current list of zones are:

  • Page Top - The very top of the page
  • Page Masthead - Underneath the page masthead
  • Page Banner - Many themes allow a banner next to the page masthead
  • Page Left - The left of the page (Default)
  • Page Right - The right of the page
  • Page Bottom - The very bottom of the page
  • Module Top - Before the module displays content
  • Module Header - Below the page title
  • Module Summary - In-between the module summary and the module content. Some modules do not support this
  • Module Bottom - After module displays content

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UserNode File Server

If you are on a premium SpaceNode package then you will have been given some web-space to hold your files such as images and downloads.

You can upload via your FTP program using the login credentials:

  • Host: files.yoursite.com
  • Username: yoursite.com
  • Password: yourpassword

The files you upload will be available for download from:

  • http://files.yoursite.com/

There are also a number of ‘Special Files & Folders’ setup on your SpaceNode which enable you to upload your own files into the SpaceNode itself.

Special Files & Folders

We have created a number of special files and folders that suck out (proxy) content from your user file space into your SpaceNode.

List of Special Files

There is currently only one special file:

  • http://yoursite.com/favicon.ico

Changing the favicon.ico image allows your site to have a unique identity when displayed in tabs and bookmarks. To learn more about favicons view the wikipedia entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon

To upload a new favicon.ico image you need to store the file on your UserNode File Server.

List of Special Folders

There are two special folders:

  • http://yoursite.com/files/
  • http://yoursite.com/images/

These suck out the content (proxy) from your UsereNode file space into your SpaceNode. The following examples are the same file:

  • http://yoursite.com/files/alex.pdf = http://files.yoursite.com/files/alex.pdf
  • http://yoursite.com/images/alex.jpg = http://files.yoursite.com/images/alex.jpg

Email

Your SpaceNode will not be automatically setup for email so if you would like an email address such as you@yoursite.com then you need to contact customer services for more information.

Once setup you will have full-access to your email account from anywhere in the world via your web browser, or connect by using your mobile device or desktop program providing they support standard mail protocols.

To access your web mail account go to:

  • http://mail.yoursite.com/
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