Tutorials – Learning Composr

A Detailed Look at the Composr Calendar System Go to tutorial

The Calendar in Composr has a wide range of different options which can be used for a wide range of purposes. As you can create many different event types, it allows you to use this for just about any purpose from displaying a list of fixtures for a sports club, a range of tour dates for a band or even a personal diary.
by Steve
Tags: Calendar, Content
1st October 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Add a New Poll to Your Composr Website Go to tutorial

Adding a poll to a community based site is probably one of the most common tasks you will need to complete. Polls can be a fun addition or used as a more important vote for an award or something similar.
by Steve
1st July 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Add a Survey to a Composr Website Go to tutorial

Surveys make up an important part of many website types. They can be used to obtain feedback and information from your community members. A business can get important feedback.
by Steve
1st July 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Adding an Image Slider to Composr Go to tutorial

Many websites now make use of sliders to convey information to their visitors. It's incredibly common especially in the world of eCommerce as it allows several items to be displayed neatly together.
1st September 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Adding New Page Options in Composr Go to tutorial

Adding a new page is one of the most common tasks you will need to do with any website. This process is quite simple and explained in this tutorial.
1st August 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Adding standalone pages of content (via Comcode) Go to tutorial

How to add new pages, using Comcode. It couldn't be simpler to do: Comcode pages almost look like plain text.
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Advanced Comcode Go to tutorial

Some of the more advanced aspects of the Comcode system explained, for those who already know the basics.
by Chris
Tags: Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Advanced galleries Go to tutorial

We go through some of the advanced features in the gallery system, such as batch importing, and personal galleries.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Advanced news Go to tutorial

Details on some of the more complex features available for news, including blogging and syndication.
by Chris
Tags: News, Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Advanced provision of downloads Go to tutorial

We go through some of the advanced features in the downloads system, such as batch importing, and download selling.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Aggregate Content Types Go to tutorial

How to set up complex content types, by linking standard Composr types/structure together.
by Chris
1st May 2013
Core Doc; Difficulty: Expert

An Overview of Galleries in Composr Go to tutorial

Like many other key elements of popular websites, Composr Galleries are included as a core feature of the CMS. The Gallery in Composr supports both Images and Videos.
by Steve
1st November 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Authors Go to tutorial

Find out how authors are different to members, and the tools available to you to create and manage them.
by Chris
Tags: News, Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Build a Download Library in Composr Go to tutorial

Composr offers a fully equipped and well-rounded system for uploading your files and sharing them to your website visitors.
by Steve
1st November 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Catalogues in Composr Go to tutorial

If you want to create your own mini-database, a Composr catalogue will allow you to do it. This tutorial steps you through with some examples.
by ocProducts
1st May 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Choosing how to publish Go to tutorial

Details on different publishing features available in Composr, and their advantages/disadvantages.
by Chris
Tags: Content, Pages
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Comcode and the attachment system Go to tutorial

Create dynamic effects and display rich media, without having to write any XHTML, CSS, or JavaScript.
1st September 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Configure the News Display in Composr Go to tutorial

This tutorial explains how the main_news block can be configured to show different formulations of news.
by Steve
Tags: News, Content
1st December 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Converting a Composr Gallery to a Carousel Go to tutorial

A task which I do on most sites I build with Composr is to convert the existing gallery block display so it displays as a carousel. This tutorial shows how.
by Steve
1st March 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Custom Comcode tags Go to tutorial

How to extend Comcode using Custom Comcode tags.
by Allen
Tags: Content
2nd January 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Custom structured content (via catalogues) Go to tutorial

The catalogue system lets you set up your own databases on your website.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Custom structured content (via Wiki+) Go to tutorial

The Wiki+ system is Composr's equivalent to a wiki, but extended with additional features.
by Chris
Tags: Wiki, Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Embedding a Google map Go to tutorial

Tutorial showing how to embed an HTML widget (Google Maps in this case) into a Comcode page.
by Allen
Tags: Content
2nd January 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Explaining the Composr Quiz Module Go to tutorial

Quizzes in Composr have multiple purposes. For example, collecting data, fun, giveaways and competitions.
by Steve
1st July 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Finding Your Way Around the Composr Admin Zone Go to tutorial

One of Composr's biggest strengths is its large amount of features. However, to a new user the Admin Zone may initially look a little overwhelming. This tutorial is a brief walk through it.
1st April 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

How to Add an Information Block to Composr Go to tutorial

Composr websites, like most websites are made up of information. Composr achieves this through displaying a range of content blocks.
by Steve
Tags: Content
1st April 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Integrating a YouTube Channel to Composr Go to tutorial

Composr offers an addon to be able to display videos from a specific YouTube channel on your website. This tutorial shows how it works.
1st October 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Practical page editing (a walk through) Go to tutorial

In this tutorial I show how to make some edits to the Composr front page, while crossing into many important techniques and concepts for Composr and in general.
1st November 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Providing downloads Go to tutorial

You can make large files available to your visitors using the Composr downloads system. Read about it.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Providing galleries Go to tutorial

A gallery system is provided for the storage, organisation and viewing of images and videos. Read about it.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Quizzes Go to tutorial

How to add competitions, surveys, and tests.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Releasing news & running a Blog Go to tutorial

How to use the news system for website news, press releases, blogs, or any other kind of article.
by Allen
Tags: News, Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Running a calendar/diary Go to tutorial

How to create a community calendar, or let your members maintain online diaries.
by Chris
Tags: Calendar, Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Searching your website Go to tutorial

Find out how Composr's search engine can make it easy to search all the content on your website at once.
by Chris
Tags: Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Set a Recurring Event in Composr Go to tutorial

Composr has an inbuilt calendar system which is quite straight forward to use. The calendar system also allows for repeat event and for quite complex recurrence sequences.
by Steve
Tags: Calendar, Content
1st October 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Set Up a Workflow in Composr Go to tutorial

For larger enterprises and companies the ability to have multiple levels of sign off for website content can be important. This is covered by the workflows addon (which out-of-the-box supports only galleries, but is extendible.
by Steve
1st November 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Setting Timed Content for Composr and Your Arvixe Webhosting Go to tutorial

This tutorial explains how to set up Cron, and therefore scheduled postings, on a real webhost (Arvixe in our example).
by Steve
Tags: Content, Content
1st May 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Setting Up Classified Ads on Composr Go to tutorial

Depending on the purpose behind your Composr website, it may be you will want to generate revenue from your site. Classified ads is one way to do this.
by Steve
1st June 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Setup a Wiki in Composr Go to tutorial

Wikis are great for large community driven websites for sharing information. This tutorial provides some basic information on Composr's Wiki+ system.
by Steve
Tags: Content, Wiki
1st September 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

SU and the if_in_group tag Go to tutorial

How to switch users under your admin login, and how to customise page contents based on usergroup membership.
2nd January 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Taking a More Detailed Look at Composr Catalogues System Go to tutorial

Composr's inbuilt catalogue system is a very useful tool and can be used for a wide range of tasks relating to the display of information on your Composr website.
by Steve
1st August 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Using blocks Go to tutorial

How to add dynamism and inline content to your pages, using blocks.
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Using the if_in_group in Composr Go to tutorial

We give an example of showing different content to different usergroups.
by Steve
Tags: Content, Security
1st February 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

WYSIWYG editing Go to tutorial

This tutorial provides some advanced information on the WYSIWYG editor, for those wanting to push it to the limit.
by Chris
Tags: Content
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

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