Easy Content Management with SeaMonkey
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
There are some pretty sophisticated content management systems out there, but not every site demands a sophisticated approach, nor every customer.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time learning how to use the back-end functionality of a content management system, but you do want to be able to change the text on your home page from time to time, you’d do well to consider using Seamonkey.
SeaMonkey is a free, open-source web browser developed using the same code that powers Firefox. What makes it special is that it allows you to edit pages and publish them directly to a web server.
You’ll need three bits of information before you start.
1. FTP Hostname (typically something like ftp.yourdomain.co.uk)
NB. SeaMonkey refers to this as the "Publishing address" (see Step Five, below)
2. FTP username
3. FTP password
Right - got your FTP logon credentials? You’ve backed up your website? Downloaded and installed SeaMonkey? Then you’re well on the way to editing your own site.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to updating your website with SeaMonkey.
We don’t really edit the inframes.com web site using SeaMonkey, but let’s pretend we do…
Browse to the page you want to edit and, from the File menu, select Save Page As...
Save it on your computer.
When prompted, select “Web Page, complete” from the Save as type menu.
Be sure to use the correct file name because in STEP FIVE you will be publishing the file to your live web site and if the file name is different, the old file won’t be overwritten.
From the File menu select Open File… and browse to the file you just saved
Now select Edit Page from the File menu:
You’ll now see a version of the page that should look very much like it did before…
But now you can simply click on the words in front of you and start typing…
And when you’ve finished, click the Save icon:
Of course, at this stage, the page is still on your computer and the rest of the world cannot see your changes.
That’s where we need SeaMonkey’s Publish function.
Click the Publish icon.
The first time you do this, you’ll need to click on the Settings tab and enter the FTP logon credentials you should have ready.
In the Publish tab, make sure you have got the correct file name. Remember, you are going to overwrite the file on the live server, so the file name needs to be the same.
I recommend you uncheck the box marked “Include images and other files” unless you have added new images to the page.
Finally, click the Publish button and your page will be uploaded to the server for the whole world to see.
SeaMonkey is not a professional web page editor, but for the enthusiastic amateur who simply wants to be able to edit a web page without learning all about the inner workings of the internet, it's a pretty easy entry-level tool that gets the job done.