FusionCMS is currently in an open beta state and under heavy active development.

Control Panel Tour

After installing FusionCMS and logging into the Control Panel you will be greeted by the Dashboard. The Dashboard is a centralized location for announcements and website activity.

FusionCMS Dashboard

Recent Activity

Most activities commited by users that happen on your website are recorded in the Recent Activities. These range from sign-ins to individual content edits so you're always aware of what's changed since your last log in. Use the Search to filter down by action, user, or date.

Recent News

Straight from our blog to you! Our contribute to keeping you up to date on any announcements or updates to FusionCMS. You can learn more by clicking the Read More link to navigate to our Blog.

Sidebar

To the left you'll notice the Sidebar component. This will be available on every page (with some exceptions; i.e. Customize). Click the hambuger icon to collapse/expand the Sidebar.

Tip: To pin your Matrix to the Sidebar enable Show as Sidebar (under Appearance) from said Matrix.

Tip: If you pin a Matrix to your Sidebar, choose an icon to make it stand out!

Quick Links

Quick Links will live at the top of your Control Panel Dashboard. These are for Matrices that you visit frequently.

Tip: To pin your Matrix to the Quick Link area on your Dashboard enable Show as Quicklink (under Appearance) from said Matrix.

Content

In order to have a functional and useful website, content is key. FusionCMS has a several main content portals to get you setup in creating content for your website. Let's quickly summarize each one to get you started.

Matrix

The majority of content will be configured through the Matrix as either Singles or Collections. Once a Matrix is fully configured, then one to many entries can be added to that Matrix.

Singles are one-off pages (i.e. an about page or landing page for your blog), while Collections offer multiple pages per configuration. Furthermore, a Collection can be assigned as a child to a Single to create a composite module with a landing page and several entries (view the Create a Blog tutorial listed below).

Guides & Resources

  • Documentation: Singles
  • Documentation: Collections
  • Guide: Creating a Blog
  • Guide: Setting up comments.

Fields

When a Matrix is first created, it'll have several generic fields (name, slug, publish date) to get you started. Fields will allow you to custom tailor you Matrix even further with a wide array of different Fieldtypes. For example, add a Textarea Fieldtype and name it "Description". Presto! Now your Matrix will have the ability to collect more content.

Fields are internally organized through Blueprints > Fieldsets > Sections to better organize and customize your Matrices. Hence, the topic of Fields is a bit extensive, and is broken down in the links listed below.

Guides & Resources

Taxonomies

After setting up your Matrices the next step is to organize your content through Taxonomies. Taxonomies will provide you with the ability to group certain content entries together, or filter content (e.g. through a site search).

Guides & Resources

Forms

The best way to collect data from users is through Forms. This can be through lead generation (i.e. contact forms) or general information gathering (i.e. surveys, feedback).

Guides & Resources

  • Documentation: Form

Assets

File Manager

The File Manager is the central location for managing assets on your website (i.e. images, videos, documents). Quickly drag 'n drop some assets to get started. You can organize existing assets into folders as well as quickly find assets through the search & filter tools.

Guides & Resources

Users & Permissions

Users are any active account on your website. These can be admins editing content to users viewing your webpages. Furthermore, permissions can be granted through Roles and individual Permissions.

Roles

FusionCMS has several Roles included on a fresh install. These are:

  • Owner: There can only be one! The owner has access to the Control Panel and every aspect of the site. The owner is assigned upon install and can only be re-assigned by the owner themsevles.
  • Administrator: Control Panel access and several pre-assigned permissions.
  • User: A logged in active user.
  • Guest: A non-logged in active user.

Permissions

Permissions are used to allow (or deny) access to certain areas of your website. For example, Users with the backups.delete permission will be able to delete a backup. Modules are responsible for generating their own Permissions, and it will be up to you to assign them to Users or Role.

Have questions?

We're always happy to help with code or other questions you might have. Contact support or chat live with us on Discord.

Last edited on Thursday, March 25, 2021 (7 months ago)