Using Whizzy

OK, so you've installed Whizzy, what next?

The first thing would be to click the Admin link near the top right of your Home page.

Whizzy will now ask you for the user name and password you gave during install:

If you ever forget the password, just click "Forgot" and enter the email address you gave . Whizzy will check that it's the same email it stored with your user name and send an email with a new password. Don't forget your user name or you'll have to reinstall.

Successful login brings you to the Admin page with the File Manager:Whizzy CMS File Manger - click to zoom (click image to enlarge)


There are 3 major components on view:

  1. The Whizzbar, a toolbar across the top of the page - it may look like part of your browser, but it's not.
    The Whizzbar
    The whizzbar remains on view as long as you are logged in. This gives you access to all the functions if Whizzy while you are browsing your website. If you are looking at your pages, the whizzbar has an extra link - Edit This Page - which enables you to quickly edit your website content from the "front end".

  2. The Pages list - only showing the Home page at present. The Pages List
    You will want to add more pages: you can click [New Page] in the Pages list or do the same thing from the whizzbar. 
    Whizzy stores pages in XML files in a hidden directory. Clicking the [Edit] button next to a page name will take you to the page editor. The page editor looks and works like a simple word processor, but it is capable of creating quite complex pages - this one for instance! If you prefer to edit the HTML directly, there is a source view in the editor. 
    To simply view a page, click its name in the Pages list.
  3. The File Manager, which shows the directories and files in your website. You will see that the installer has created a directory called "images" and some additional files:The File Manager
    • whizzy.ini contains the configuration settings for your site. 
      You can edit it by clicking Settings on the whizzbar. If you accidentally delete this file, Whizzy uses a set of internal defaults. You can make copies of this file with different settings to try out different configurations.
    • template.htm is the file containing the HTML for the default template. 
      You can set a different template file by setting "templatefile" under Settings.
      You can edit the HTML by clicking Template on the whizzbar. To edit a Whizzy Template you will need be familiar with HTML and understand the concept of Whizzy Placeholders. If you don't know HTML, you can still make many changes to the look and feel of your website by clicking Settings and playing with the settings that control fonts, colors and backgrounds. These settings always affect the appearance of Whizzy's administration functions and will change the appearance of your pages as long as you use a template with the appropriate placeholders. 
    • whizzy.htaccess contains the settings to enable the removal of  the "?" from your page addresses. 
      During installation, Whizzy tries to create a file called ".htaccess", which is used by the Apache web server to control its configuration. If there is already an .htaccess present, Whizzy will not overwrite it, but you can copy the contents of whizzy.htaccess into your existing .htaccess, then under Settings, set usemodrewrite=true ; - if it is already set to true then Whizzy successfully set it during installation and you need do nothing else.
      Most websites are powered by Apache, but if yours is not, then these changes will have no effect.
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