Site Administrator's Guide: Site Configuration

The Site Options, accessible from the Configuration drop-down allows you to edit your site's settings, as well as set your site's current theme.

Screenshot of Site Options

Wheelhouse will automatically load any available themes, allowing you to customize your site's look and feel. Click Choose Theme to select the desired theme. If your theme is not appearing, check that is installed to the correct location.

Development Mode allows you to protect your site whilst it is still under development. When enabled, visitors who do not have an admin account will be prompted for a password when accessing the site.

Editing Snippets

Snippets are reusable pieces of content that can be referred to in your theme's templates or layouts. This allows you to define content that can be displayed on multiple pages in your site.

Some examples of appropriate usage of snipppets include:

  • Footer text (e.g. copyright notices or additional links)
  • Site header (e.g. logo and tagline)
  • Common links to social networking sites

To edit your site's snippets, choose Edit Snippets from the Configuration drop-down.

Screenshot of Edit Snippets page

As a user with Developer privileges, you will be able to create new snippets as well as edit existing ones. The Snippet Reference you choose should match the reference used within your theme's templates.

Users with Administrator privileges are able to edit existing snippets only.

Managing Redirects

When upgrading or reorganizing your site (from another CMS or static HTML site), many of your page URLs may become invalid in the process. For example, your old web site might have used page paths such as /Content.aspx?id=1395 or /aboutteam.html whereas Wheelhouse encourages you to use search-engine and user-friendly paths such as /about/the-team. As a result, any links or search engine results to those pages in your old site will no longer be accessible.

To address this, Wheelhouse lets you define redirects within the Manage Redirects section from the Configuration drop-down.

Screenshot of Manage Redirects page

With a redirect in place, Wheelhouse will forward any hits matching the From path to the To path. Wheelhouse includes some defaults to automatically handle .html extensions (typically used for static sites) and the site index.

Regular expressions (with back references) are also supported by ticking the checkbox in the Regex? column. Capture groups can be referred to using $1$2, etc. The default redirects include an example of this. Note that regular expression redirects have a lower priority than regular redirects.