Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Handling downloadable documents, part of Getting Started with Dreamweaver CS5 and Business Catalyst.
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A major part of online businesses is disseminating information: product manuals, setup guides, year-end reports; all of these types of documents and more must be made available to the customer. Business Catalyst includes a robust module called Literature for managing downloadable documents, which can be easily integrated into your Dreamweaver design pages. Best of all, the Literature feature keeps track of all downloads and makes that info available to clients via an online report. So let's start in the Business Catalyst Admin page, and we'll select Modules.
Once you roll over it, you can go directly to Literature and create a new literature item. Here we will enter the name for that item, which is "Explore California brochure," and after I press Tab, the calendar for the release date pops up. We can, of course, set this into the future, so that you don't want this to appear until to that date. I am going to accept the current date. I'll scroll down a tad, just so I can click the Close button. Of course, you want make sure that it's enabled if you do want it set up.
The Literature Type shows the different types of literature that can be uploaded, and each of these entries corresponds to a specific icon for that type. Since I am uploading a PDF file, I'll keep it at Adobe Acrobat. The Weighting field is used just as within with blogs, where if you have multiple articles on a page, you can sort them if you don't want to default alphabetical sorting. All right, we'll leave our expiration date at the first of January, in the year 9999, and go ahead and click Save.
At this point, I want to go ahead and upload my Literature, so I'll click Upload Literature from Action Box and then choose Select in the Upload Manager. We will navigate over to my site, Explore CA, and all these files are stored in the Resources folder, so I'll open that up, and there is my Explore California brochure. Click Open and Upload. Now that it has been uploaded successfully, I can click Close and Refresh.
All right, our work here in Business Catalyst is done. Let's switch back to Dreamweaver. So, I am going to open up the Assets panel, so that I can create a new page. Right-click and choose New from Template. And now my module code is again going to go in where this content is already placed, by selecting the code on lines 33 and 34 and pressing Delete and leaving my cursor in the main article div. Now let's open up the Business Catalyst panel, and I will scroll down to see the Literature module.
Let me go back up just a tad and expand that. Now, I can just double-click on the Literature module, and you'll see that it has a wide range of options, including Individual Item, All Items, All Items in a Specific Category, and so forth. Let's just leave it at All Items and click Next. My module is ready to be inserted. I will click Insert, and there's my module code. So now I'll save the page. Go up to the File > Save, and let's call this "literature.html." All that's left is to put the page online.
I'll click Put, and there are no dependent files again. Now that the file is up, let's go back to the browser, open a new tab, and go to my Explore California home and type in "literature.html", and there is my literature listed, ready to be downloaded. If I click on it, a system message comes up asking if I want to open it or save it. Let's take a look at it. I'll click OK. And after it downloads, there's my PDF.
Business Catalyst's Literature module has several advantages over just linking to documents for download, including the ability to categorize the documents and the built-in download tracking.
Prerequisite: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training.
- Exploring the capabilities of Business Catalyst
- Modifying Business Catalyst modules and templates in Dreamweaver
- Extending to clients the ability to modify their web pages in the browser
- Managing downloadable documents with the Literature module
- Utilizing Business Catalyst's customer and content management features
- Creating email marketing campaigns
- Building a store catalog
- Setting up a payment gateway
- Customizing the checkout experience