Configure Web Site

Webaptive's ground-breaking architecture lets you CMS-enable an ASP .Net web site/application simply by following the basic steps below.

Enable Webaptive CMS

A web site can be CMS enabled in "Live" or "Edit" mode. In "Edit" mode, Webaptive inserts additional UI elements to the web site to allow a user to configure, edit and publish web pages using a supported browser. Changes made and published in Edit mode are displayed in a copy of the web site running in Live mode on the same or different server but pointing to the same CMS DB.

Enable Webaptive CMS
To enable Webaptive, first launch the Site Administrator (it will auto run right after the installation is complete or can be launched from the program menu). The left panel of the Site Administrator lists all the web sites and applications running under the local IIS instance. To CMS-enable a web site/application, select it in the list and click the "Enable Edit" or "Enable Live" button in the top menu. "Enable Edit" will configure the web site to be editable; clicking "Enable Live" would configure it to be in Live mode displaying content created and published in Edit mode.

Start by configuring a web site to be editable by clicking "Enable Edit" and following the prompts to create a blank Webaptive CMS DB. To configure a copy of the web site to be live, click on "Enable Live" and pick the just-created DB when promoted.

Creating CMS DB

All configuration and content added to a site in Edit mode is stored in a SQL Server DB and that information is retrieved and displayed in Live mode. The first step in CMS-enabling a web site on a fresh server is creating a connection string to a Webaptive DB using the connection builder. The connection builder will be automatically displayed by on clicking the "Enable Edit" or "Enable Live" button when no connection string are registered. If no Webaptive CMS DB exists, create a new one by picking the New option and clicking the Create button. 

Creating CMS DB
The top section of the Create DB form lets you create the CMS administrator account for this DB. This account would be used to initially log into Webaptive in Edit mode via a browser. 

Creating CMS DB
The next section lets you pick a SQL login account for Read Only and Read/Write access. The same account can be picked for both.

Tip: To enhance security, create two separate SQL accounts. Use the SQL account associated with Read Only for building the connection string for the Live site and the Read/Write account for the Edit site.

Tip: If you do not have SQL full text installed, do that before creating the DB. The DB can be created without full text search, but the searches will be relatively slow and less accurate.

Creating CMS DB
The last section lets you configure some of the advanced SQL options, including the location for the data and log files. Click OK to start the DB creating process. After the DB is created you will be prompted to enable full text search; if you do not have SQL full text search installed, skip this step.

Finishing Configuration

After the DB is selected Webaptive will warn you that it will need to updated the machine and web config files. The selected website is now CMS enabled, browse to the website to view/edit content.

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