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WARNING: Because of the large sizes of sound files, you may want to keep your bandwith usage in mind on your account so you don't go over any limits if your site gets very popular. Also, all sound files used on AllWebCo hosting MUST be legal for you to use and not infringe on any copyrights.
EDIT FLASH ANIMATION: | Click for more details
Open the "flash.txt" file with Notepad and change the text following "logo=" to match your name or company name and also the text following "&logo-subpages=". Be sure not to delete the "logo=". You can also change the "&slogan=" to anything that you would like. Be sure not to delete the "&slogan=" or any of the code text for each line. You will also edit &line1, &line2 and &line3 to change the Flash intro. For the intro page mp3 player (index.html) you will edit the playlist.txt, more details are in step 6. This will change the Flash logo on all pages. If you wish to use a graphic logo, there are instructions later in this document.
EDIT COPYRIGHT: | Click for more details
Open the "copyright.js" file in Notepad or any text editor, and change the "Your Company" phrase to match your name or company name. This will change the footer info on all pages. Edit all ".js" files with a plain text editor.
EDIT CONTACT INFO: | Click for more details
Open the "phone.js" file in Notepad or any text editor and change the company name, address, phone number and e-mail address. This will change contact info on the contact page.
EDIT THE CONTACT FORM: | Click for more details
If you are setup with an AllWebCo hosting account. Go to your control panel at "http://your-domain.com/cgi-bin/plusmail" and install the free script "Formail" then edit the contact page and replace "your-domain.com" in 3 places with your domain.
If you are not set up with AllWebCo hosting or do not have "Formail" installed. You can either setup the contact form to use another contact script, install "Formail" on your server or you can remove the contact form from the pages between the comment tags. Click for more details
If you wish to change the sizes of the form elements you can open the "corporatestyle.css" in Notepad or any text editor and change the ".shadeform" ".textarea" and ".dropdown" width numbers.
REPLACE THE GALLERY PICTURES: | Click for more details | Thumbnail Help
The best way to setup the pictures in the gallery is not to actually edit the HTML pages and change the pictures on each individual page. The fastest way is to simply replace the pictures in the "gallery" folder with your own by overwriting the files that are in there now and using the same generic names.
In the "gallery" folder, replace the 36 "Fgallery" pictures with full size photos. Replace the 36 "gallery" pictures with your thumbnails. The thumbnails are now 70 x 47 pixels but you can make them any size that you prefer.
There is a section later in this document that explains how to change the pictures on each page.
EDIT THE SOUND:
The intro page (index.html) is using a Flash mp3 player that is linked to the 5 homepage-?.mp3 files in the "sounds" folder. Simply replace these 5 files with your own .mp3 files to update the intro. Edit the "playlist.txt" to change the 5 song titles. Edit the text following "&song1=" but do not delete the "&song1=" code. NOTE: Make sure the sample rate of your mp3 file is 44.1khz. For more on this player see options below.
SOUND GALLERY: | Click for more details
EDIT THE MP3 PLAYER PAGE: | Click for more details
You will edit the "player-home.htm" in the "sounds" folder with your band info. Replace the 4 "player-image??.jpg" files in the picts folder with your own images. These images are 350 x 58 and 50 x 50 pixels. This will update the "samples" page mp3 "player" window.
EDIT SIDEBAR: | Click for more details
The sidebar is the area on the right side of some pages with the gallery links and the small image. You will find 9 options in the sidebar.js file. Some are turned off. For example, 3 images can be shown by choosing "yes" for the showimage option. Basically you can add anything you want to the sidebar including more links and notes. See the notes in the sidebar.js for adding links.
EDIT PAGES: | Software choices | Notepad Editing
Change the text on all pages to match your information. You can use Frontpage, Dreamweaver, GoLive, any wysiwyg HTML editor or a text editor like Notepad. Take care not to delete any of the HTML tags that surround the text.
EDIT TITLES, DESCRIPTIONS AND KEYWORDS: | Click for more details
Open each of the pages in Notepad and change the titles (at the very top of the page) and also the description and the keywords to match your product or service. (in Frontpage use "file" "properties" and hit the "custom" tab and "general" tab) You can edit one page and copy and paste to the other pages. Be careful to only change what's inside the "" so you don't disturb the html code. Keywords are very important so your site will get a good listing at msn and other search engines.
UPLOAD: | Click for more details
Upload the pages on to your hosting company's server using ftp software like CuteFTP or Coffee Cup (free) or your control panel. Be sure to make a folder called picts on your server and put the pictures into that folder.
USING A GRAPHIC LOGO:
You can replace the Flash logo with a graphic logo. To do this, delete or rename the "header.js", then rename the "graphic_header.js" to "header.js". In the picts folder you will find a graphic called "logo.jpg". Edit this graphic with your logo. It's best to keep the graphic the same size that it is now unless you edit the image size numbers in the new "header.js".
THE INTRO PAGE PLAYER:
The index.html player is setup to play 5 songs. More can not be added. The "playlist.txt" includes the song titles for these selections. Also in this file: You can change the &playstart=YES& to "NO" if you do not want the sound to start when the intro page opens. You can also change the song file paths in the "playlist.txt". This is the code after "&loop1=". A file called "BACKUP-playlist.txt" is included in case you make en error in the "playlist.txt".
THE INTRO PAGE PLAYER SKIN:
The "index.html" player is skinnable so you can customize the look of this player. In the flash folder you will find the "mp3_player_skin.jpg". Some optional skins are included and you can create your own as well. To replace this "skin": Edit or delete the "mp3_player_skin.jpg". Then create a new .jpg file, call this "mp3_player_skin.jpg" and place this in the "flash" folder. A layered "mp3_player_skin.PSD" Photoshop file is included in the "flash" folder for editing.
USING NO SOUND ON THE INTRO PAGE:
If you would like no sound on the intro page of your website, open the "intro.js" in Notepad and change the "showplayer" variable to a "no".
EDITING THE MP3 PLAYER VARIABLES: | Click for more details
You can control the size of the player popup, or make the player full browser size. Open the "pop-closeup.js" in a text editor and edit the variables near the top of this file.
USING THE SOUND PAGES FOR VIDEO:
You can make a copy of any sound.htm page and set this new page up for video.
Most .js files included in this template have variables at the top of these files. These variables can be changed. You will find .js files in the main template folder and in the "sounds" folder. You can edit audio/video sizes, popup sizes and colors in these files. Edit .js files in a plain text editor. Click above for details.
FONTS: | Click for more details
You can change your font colors and sizes by editing the "corporatestyle.css" with a text editor. You can find other font colors by clicking here. You can also change the font sizes in the "corporatestyle.css" file. Change the "TABLE" px size to change the copy on all pages. Change the "title" px size to change all the title sizes.
CHANGING / ADDING MENU BUTTONS: | Click for more details
You can change the names on the buttons like "samples" or "services" to other page names by editing the "menu.js" in Notepad. Only change the one instance of the name and not the name with the ".htm" after it unless you are adding a new page. Whatever you change in the menu.js will change every page on the website. Keep the names short so they don't go outside the menu. You can even add more pages by copying one button in the menu.js and pasting it right below the next. Be sure to back up your .js files before you edit them.
PICTURES: | Click for more details
You can replace the pictures with your own. The pictures are now mostly 750 x 80 pixels but you can use any size picture you want and the pages will size them to fit automatically. Each page has it's own picture which is named according to the page it's on. There are also 4 cd.jpg pictures to replace with your own cover art for the "Purchase CDs" page. You will find all pictures in the "picts" folder.
ADDING PAGES: | Click for more details
You can add pages to your website by copying and pasting any one of the pages and renaming it to whatever you need. You can then add links from the other pages or even add the page to the menu by opening the menu.js and copying and pasting one of the buttons below another. There are notes in the "menu.js" to help you add a button.
SETTING UP ALBUMS FOR PURCHASING: | Click for more details
You can have your cd pictures link to paypal so visitors can purchase them. Forms have been created on the "cd.htm" page so it's easier to setup. This template is setup as a shopping cart.
STEP 1: Set up a paypal account and get the HTML code you need to setup purchases from your site. You will need the info between the "<form>" and "</form>" tags from paypal.