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Edditt 101: How to add a site

So you’ve decided to use Edditt. Great! This post will walk you through everything you need to know about webspace and database setup, and a few things you may not be aware of in Edditt itself. 

First things first; make sure that your database is setup, accessible, and configured to allow remote connections. It’s also important to ensure that the Edditt webservice will be able to write to the filesystem and create folders – if this isn’t done, you’ll not able to complete the set–up. More information on system requirements can be in the documentation

Edditt creates a number of tables in your database. These are life blood of Edditt and contain everything that the system needs to run. In addition, Edditt will create a cmsfiles folder in the root of your webspace where all files in the ‘local’ area of the file manager will be located. 

The Add a site buttonNow that you know what’s going to happen, you’re ready to add your site. Login to your Edditt instance, go to Account and then click Add a site

First up, you’ll be asked to enter a couple of URLs. The site URL is the address of the site you want to setup and the development URL is the temporary URL of the site while it’s being developed. If you’re not intending to use a development URL, you can leave it blank. Neither URL fields should contain http:// or trailing slashes. 

If you’re using a development URL set In development to yes. Edditt will then attempt to connect to the webservice on the Development URL rather than the Site URL. 

The next stage in the process is setting up the web service. Without this, Edditt can’t operate. 

Make sure you upload the webserviceIn terms of the Path to the webservice, you’re free to use whatever path you want, e.g. edditt/ws.php. We also recommend downloading the webservice every time you add a site. There’s a couple of reasons behind this. The most important reason behind this is that we regularly update the service with bug fixes and system–level improvements. Secondly, we pre–fill the webservice with your subdomain and custom URL details. 

Auth–code is the password used to authenticate your site to Edditt. Again, you can use your own code, but to make it easier just click on the generate button which will add a random and long winded code to the auth–code field. Saves you having to think of one! 

You can change this later if you wish however, please make sure to update Edditt if you change the webservice–config in the future. 


Database setup


The penultimate step in the process is setting up your database connection and if you have all your details to hand and your database is setup correctly, this should be pretty straight–forward! 

Database Server refers to the address your database is hosted at. You can use either a URL or IP address for this. Generally this will be the same as your domain name, however some hosts provide databases on separate servers. 

Insert the Name, Username and Password associated with your database and then choose your Database Type. At the moment, MySQL functionality is available. We are open to others and can add more when needed; so let us know!  

Table Prefix refers to the prefix we add to all the tables that Edditt creates to run. This can be customised to be whatever you want to be. We’d recommend that you get Edditt to setup these tables for you. However you may also decide that you don’t need to create these tables. Be careful! If you don’t set these up correctly, Edditt won’t work! 

Deploying your siteSo with that all done, everything should be in place to add your site to Edditt.  All that remains is for you to Deploy and your site will be added to Edditt. 

If Edditt has encountered a problem in the setup process, you’ll be told and you’re able to go back and review your settings before deploying again. 

So there we have it, you’ve added a site to Edditt. Here’s to many more!

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