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Text File Page

Text File Pages are designed to allow editing of a physical text file on the server. Although permissions must be changed appropriately for the CMS to edit the file, there is no additional configuration required for updating the files through the CMS.

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How to Set Up a Text File Page

Text File Pages are a way to edit an existing text file that has been uploaded into your file manager. You can create a text file containing the html you want (look at the Main.css panel or under Exam Tracker for an example of an e-mail text file page), then upload it to the file manager.  From the text file page you create, you can link to the text file you uploaded, so it can be edited through the CMS instead of re-edited and re-uploaded every time it's changed.  Any kind of plain text file can be edited in a text file page (.xml, .css, .html, .txt). 

Advantages of Text File Pages

Advantages of using Text File Pages in the CMS as opposed to physical access to the file, include:

  • The approval process in the CMS can be used to track and audit changes
  • Publish History can be used to revert to a previous version of the text file
  • Text File Pages can be moved to a location in the Components or Pages area of the CMS for categorizing them by purpose as opposed to physical location
  • CMS Role Page permissions can be applied for exclusive access to the text file
  • No physical access is necessary through services such as FTP, or Remote Desktop, this helps to prevent security and maintenance issues

Editing Text File Pages

 

The Data Source area contains options for handling the assignment of the physical Text File. Here you can specify the Relative Physical Path, and also the Link handling options if the file is intended to be used as a link on the website.

The File Text area displays the contents of the text file and also has an Edit as HTML option. If the contents of the physical Text File do not match the version in the CMS, an error message will appear and you can use the Reload button to work with the updated contents.

Text File Pages always Act as a Link, you can prevent them from displaying in navigation by unchecking the Show in Navigation Global Page Property. Once the page is published it will write to the physical file specified in the relative path field in the Data Source area.

Final Thoughts

Text File Pages are excellent for allowing advanced users to modify CSS, XML, HTML, and Configuration files. Text File Pages are handled similarly to Application Pages. In this sense they are only available to CMS Users assigned to an Administrative tier CMS Role. Because Text File Pages are an advanced feature, a technical person may have to handle initial creation of the Pages. If you do not have the Text File Page type installed in your CMS, please contact support.