How to use AllWebMenus with your Web Authoring tool
AllWebMenus has a simple way for adding your menus to your web pages.
The mechanism is broad enough to be applicable for a variety of Web Authoring tools, with minor adjustments for some tools only.
Step 1: Specify your "Site Root" folder in AllWebMenus
AllWebMenus needs to know where your website is locally stored, so that it compiles your menu files there.
Suppose that your website is under the C:\MyWebSite folder (locally).
Open "Tools Project Properties", select "Folders", click the "Edit" link and choose C:\MyWebSite for your menu's "Site_Root folder".
Note: If your tool does not use source HTML files prior to publishing (NetObjects Fusion for example), choose any folder on your hard drive (or create a new one) as "Site Root" folder. Your menu files will be compiled there and you will then add them to your website project through your tool's related commands.
Step 2: Compile your menu
Click on "Tools Compile Menu" to compile your menu:
Once you compile, the necessary AllWebMenus files will be generated inside the C:\MyWebSite folder (or whatever folder your specified as "Site Root"):
These files are:
- the menu.js file (or whatever name you specified as "Compiled menu name" in "Project Properties Folders")
Step 3: Link your menu to your web pages
In the "successful compile" form that appears after compile, select the button that allows you to link the menu to your web pages (you can also do this later through the "Link Menu" button).
This opens the following form, where you can select the web pages that you wish to contain your menu. You can select many pages at once and link to as many pages as you wish:
Note: If your tool does not use source HTML files prior to publishing (NetObjects Fusion for example), choose the option to add the menu-linking code yourself:
Note that "linking" the menu is not the same as "positioning" the menu.
You can specify the method that positions your menu by selecting the <Positioning> property of the Main Menu Group:
Step 4: Publish (FTP) your updated web pages and your compiled menu files
Use your Web Authoring tool or your favorite FTP client to upload all the necessary files to your web server.
Remember that the AllWebMenus-related files should be uploaded at the exact same position as they are inside your local site structure (i.e. inside the C:\MyWebSite folder).
After uploading all necessary files, your remote site should appear as follows:
Enjoy your menus online!