Anuko CMS User Guide


This section describes how to use Anuko CMS to maintain a website. Anuko CMS is a content management system for websites. With it, you can easily add, delete, or modify web pages on your site. You can do it yourself, without hiring a web designer. Anuko CMS is integrated in all our web hosting plans.

How to Login

If we host a website for you, there should be a small "Login" or "Edit" button or link in a corner of your website. To modify your content simply click on it to enter CMS. You may see a login screen. Type in your email and password and click Submit.

Note: all websites in Anuko CMS have an owner, who is identified by his or her email. An owner may have several websites and use the same email to login and manage them. This email must be real as all visitor feedbacks are forwarded to it.

In other words, the email you use to login to your website must be real. You should check it often for potential visitor comments. For example, a visitor may fill in the "Contact us" form on your site, which will send information to your mailbox.

Description of Anuko CMS Interface

If you entered your email and password successfully you will be taken to your site administration screen.

The menu entries under Home are as follows:

  • Home - takes you to your website.
  • Site Map - displays a site map with all your pages, organized in a tree-like structure. If you click on any individual page you will be taken to an edit screen for this particular page.
  • My Images - displays a catalog of images that can be displayed on your pages. This is a repository for all your graphic files.
  • Edit Site Menu - allows you to edit main (root) site menu. Note that there can be different menus in different locations of your site. The "Edit Site Menu" edits the main, top level menu.
  • Change My Profile - takes you to a page to edit your personal data such as your name, email, phone, and password.
  • Site Attributes - this is where you can change major attributes for your website such as site title and a design template. Normally, you would not want to change anything here.
  • Google Analytics - allows you to set up tracking of website visitors.
  • Logout - logs you out of Anuko CMS.
Most important entries here are Site Map (a catalog of your web pages) and My Images (a catalog of your images). Additionally, the following links to help materials are displayed in the menu:
  • Anuko CMS FAQ - frequently asked questions and answers about Anuko CMS.
  • User Guide - online user manual for the system.
  • Tips and Tricks - some tips about Anuko CMS usage.
  • Anuko CMS Forum - a public discussion forum where you can post questions and find answers.
  • Formatting Tags - describes tags that can be used to improve presentation of your content.
Also there are several online forms you can use to submit feedback to Anuko developers:
  • Anuko CMS Feedback - send a comment or suggestion about Anuko CMS.
  • Request New Feature - request a new feature, which is not yet available in the system.
  • Report a Bug - report a bug when something is not working.

If your website is set up for electronic commerce you will also see the My Shop menu with the following entries:

  • My Shop - to display your store.
  • Product Categories - to define product categories.
  • Products - to define products.
  • Delivery Areas - to define delivery areas for shipping.
  • Shop Parameters - to set shop parameters.

Editing Web Pages

You can edit content of a web page with 2 methods:
  • Click the Edit link in a corner of your website when browsing the page you wish to change.
  • Click on the page in the site map, which is available via the "Site Map" link in the site administration interface.

Editing pages is easy. Just type in or copy and paste text in the large text area titled "Text". It's that simple.

You might want to use a few occasional formatting tags to distinguish portions of your text when necessary. Other than that it's just typing. Click on the Save button below text area when done. You will now see the modified page.

If you don't like something just click on the Edit link again.

Creating New Pages

To create a new web page go to your site map and then click on the "Create new page" icon.

You will be taken to an empty new page in an edit mode. Provide a proper file name, page title, type something for content and click on the Save button below.

Here are a few tips: simple text will be displayed as simple text. If you want a header surround it with "equal" signs. If you want a list put an asterisk in the first position like this:
= Header =
Simple text.

* List item one.
* List item two.
A complete reference for Anuko CMS tags can be found on the Anuko CMS Formatting Tags page.

How to Name Your Files

These are general rules in organizing and naming your files:

  1. Use lower case letters for all file names. For example: user_guide.htm
  2. Use only letters, numbers and underscores in file names. These are all safe to use on the Internet. Image file names must have exactly one dot in the name (i.e. autumn_watercolour.jpg), otherwise it will be rejected as invalid. Do not use other punctuation marks.
  3. Do not have spaces in file names. If you must have something that looks like a space, use an underscore character, for example: user_guide.htm.
  4. Try to keep the name as short as possible whilst including as much information as possible.
  5. To be part of a gallery filing system, it makes sense for your files to be listed in a meaningful order. This way you control the order - they appear in alphabetical or numerical order on a website

Working with Images

Working with images is easy with Anuko CMS. First, upload your images using the "My Images" link in your site administration interface. Then, just reference them in your pages. For example:
you have an image of orange
<img orange.png> becomes

Or, if you want advanced image formatting, use HTML inserts to specify exact parameters for your image placement and look. Here, the same image with 1-pixel border, horizontally centered in the page:

<img src="$IMG_PATH$/orange.png" style="border: 1px solid gray; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;">

Note: A complete reference for Anuko CMS tags can be found on Anuko CMS Formatting Tags page.

Organizing Pages in Folders

If you have a big site you may want to organize it into several subfolders. For example, each subfolder may contain pages about one product or service you are offering.

It's easy to add additional directories to your site. You can do it on your site map. Just type a directory name into the field provided and click on the "Add directory" icon.

After creating new directory you will be taken to a screen where a new page in this new directory can be created. You must create at least one new page to keep your new directory. Anuko CMS allows for an unlimited number of pages and directories, which can contain one another.

Note: each directory can have its own navigational menu. When such menu exists it is displayed instead of the main (root) navigational menu.

To remove a no longer needed catalog (folder or directory where you keep your content pages in) simply remove all its content. The catalog will be removed automatically. To remove all content from your catalog click on the catalog name in your site map and then delete all pages, including special pages like .menu and .script if you have them. You can remove individual pages by clicking on them and then using the Delete button.

Working with Navigational Menus

Navigational menus allow your site visitors to get to website pages and sections. The root of your site and each folder within your site can have its own navigational menu. This way you can customize navigational links to be sensitive to context.

Note: navigational menus throughout your site don't have to be different. The main (root) menu can be shared for all pages and sections. If you only need one menu you do not have to create additional menus on folders. But if you need to have different navigational menus you can easily set them up.

How to Edit Root Menu

To edit the main (root) menu either click on the "Edit Site Menu" link in your site administration interface or click on the "Edit menu" icon located in the root folder of your site map.

You will be taken to menu edit screen, where you edit your menu by typing or copying and pasting in exactly the same manner as when editing simple pages. The same Anuko CMS Formatting Tags apply. For example, items enclosed in double brackets are links.

The format of the .menu file is as follows. Each block of entries defines one pulldown menu. An empty line between blocks of entries serves as a separator between different pulldown menus. For example, here 5 menus are defined with 7 pulldown entries under the second menu:

How to Edit Non-Root Menu

To edit a non-root menu click on the "Edit menu" icon in the site map located near the folder you want a special menu for. Each folder can have its own navigational menu. When visitors browse pages located in this folder, this special menu is used for navigation. When a folder does not have a special menu then the main (root) menu is used for its pages.

You will be taken to menu edit screen for the directory:

Creating News

Sometimes you may want to mark certain pages as news items to announce something. News headlines will appear in the News section of your site. Such news are automatically aggregated into an RSS news feed from your site. Visitors can subscribe to website news using the red RSS button visible on your site.

Working with news is just as easy as working with regular web pages. Just set page type to be a "news page" and provide headline and date in the fields that appear.

Creating Photo Galleries

Anuko CMS allows you to create photo galleries quickly and easily. To create a photo-gallery:
  • Create a sub-folder in "My Images" and upload a few photos in it.
  • Provide annotations for your photos using the "Annotate" links.

  • Create a new page and set its type to "photo gallery".
  • In your web page settings, select catalog under "Use images from this catalog" label.


Anuko CMS allows you to set up pages as blogs and do blogging. Read this document about How to Blog.

Selling Online

If you'd like to sell something from your website - it's easy! We have created a separate document that describes how to set up ecommerce on your website. With Anuko it is very easy to start selling online as we do not require you to open and pay for a merchant account. We provide you with a complete, turn-key, and easy to use ecommerce system.

Tracking Visitors

If you'd like to see visitor statistics for your website you can do so with Google Analytics. This separate page describes how to see visitors statistics in Anuko CMS.

Changing or Retrieving Password

How to Change Password

To change your password in Anuko CMS:
  • Login to your website to start editing.
  • Hover mouse over Home menu and select Change My Profile below it.
  • Type in your old password, your new password (2 times to confirm) and click Save.

How to Retrieve a Forgotten Password

To get a forgotten password:
  • Click the Forgot password? link on the login screen.
  • Enter your email address and click Submit. The password will be sent to your mailbox.

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