- Public Area: the part of your website where stories are displayed, which can be viewed by anyone
- Admin Area: the part of your website only accessible to administrators; used to change and update the public area
- Basic Page: a web page that is not part of a story
- Slug: a short amount of text used in URLs to specify a basic page or a story
To change your account information, click on your username in the links at the top of the page.
Your username, email address, URL and password can all be changed. If you have just installed Sequence, you should change your password to something other than the default, and add your email address (this is the address that your new password will be sent to if you forget it and need to reset it). Your URL is a link to your personal website - in future versions, it will be displayed in the public area whenever your name appears.
You must enter your current password in order to save your changes, but you do not need to fill out the "new password" and "confirm password" fields if you are not changing your password.
To change or add a user account, click on "users", and then select either the account you wish to change, or the "new user" button.
You can change the same attributes of other users' accounts that you can when changing your own, and you do not need to fill out a password. It is also possible to change the role of other users' rolls. Admin users have access to all admin area features. Banned have the same privileges as users without accounts (they can view published pages in the public area, and nothing else). You cannot change the role of your own account.
To change settings that affect your entire website, click on "settings" in the sidebar.
- Site Title: the title of your website. It is displayed at the top of every page in the public area.
- News RSS Feed: the URL of an RSS feed that is displayed on a news page and/or home page (optional)
- Show News on Homepage: check this to include the news posts in the RSS feed on your site's homepage
- Homepage Format: specify the order that stories, homepage text (see below) and news are displayed in on your site's home page (if you have not specified a news feed or "show news on homepage" is not checked, the "news" area will be omitted
- Story Update Format: The latest story pages in your stories can be displayed on your homepage to make it easier for readers to find them. This option decides which parts of the story page are shown on the homepage.
- Homepage Text: Write a short amount of text to display on your site's home page
- Time zone: Select your time zone to ensure times are displayed accurately.
To create a story, click "Create Story" in the sidebar. (You will be asked to specify the story's title.) To modify an existing story, click the story's title in the sidebar, and then click "edit story".
The story's "short title" and slug are automatically generated from the story title when the story is created, but you can change them if you wish. The short title is displayed instead of the full title in places where there is not space for a long title, such as navigation links. If your story's full title is short, the title and short title fields can be the same. The slug is the name the story is called in URLs. It must be under 20 characters long, and contain only numbers, lowercase letters, underscores and dashes.
A synopsis of your story can also be written here. It will be displayed on the story's page in the public area, above the links to individual story pages.
- Archive Display Settings determine what text and images are displayed with each story's link on
the story's page.
- Check show synopsis to display the story synopsis (the text in the text box above)
- Check show cover thumbnail to display thumbnail images with links to cover pages
- Check show cover thumbnail to display thumbnail images with links to regular story pages
- Check show page title to display titles with links to regular story pages
- Check show page number to display page numbers with links to regular story pages
- Story Page Display Settings determine what is displayed along with individual story pages
in the public area.
- Check show previous/next page links to include navigation links that go forward one page and back one page
- Check show first/last page links to display links to the first and last page of the story with every story page
- Homepage Display Settings determine what information about the story is displayed on the homepage. Check announce updates to this story on the site homepage to show the title, thumbnail and/or body text (according to which you specified in the site settings) of the latest published story page on the home page.
To add a new story page, click on the title of the story in the sidebar, then "New Page". To modify an existing page, click on the title of the story in the sidebar, then "edit pages", then the title of the page you wish to edit.
Check the cover box if this story page marks the beginning of a story or chapter, rather than being part of the story proper. If you want to be able to display a small image in links to this story page, use the thumbnail upload. (This image will not be displayed on the story page.) To remove an existing thumbnail image the next time you save, check the remove check box next to the thumbnail image upload.
The body is the main content of your story page. If your story is text-based, write the text here. If it is a comic, insert the comic image into the text area using the text editor's image upload button (it looks like a drawing of mountains). You can also add a large cover image this way.
Author Comments will be displayed below the story page's body in the public area. Use them to say anything that is related to this page, but not part of the story proper - talking to your readers, leaving footnotes, etc.
Story pages will not be visible to non-admins until they are published. To publish a story page immediately, check the publish now check box before you save the story page. You can also specify a future date and time, and the story page will be held as a draft until that date and time, and then published automatically. If you want to hold a story page as a draft indefinitely set the publish time to 0. (0 is the default.)
Other Web Pages
Web pages that are not part of stories are called basic pages. To edit a basic page or create a new one, click "basic pages" in the side bar, and then click "New Page", or click on the title of the page you want to edit. If you want to create a new page, you will need to specify the title first, as when creating a new story.
The title, short title and slug of a basic page behave the same way as those of a story, and have teh same requirements. (see "Stories") Like a story page, the body contains the main content, and the basic page will not be visible to non-admins until the publish date and time arrives.
The "View Story", "View Story Page" and "View Basic Page" buttons next to the edit forms can be used to see how the content you are editing looks in the public area. (They will open the content you are working on in a new window or tab; this will not interrupt your work.)