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Creating Flash Website with Moto CMS Standalone — Part 1

Tina Zennand 10 March, 2011

With this post we are starting the series of articles that is going to cover all the steps and aspects of a Flash website creation with Moto CMS (standalone version). And today we would like to present you the CMS overall, its main components and utilities as well as give you a short description on how to install Moto CMS to the local or remote server.

Moto CMS standalone version has been created for making Flash developers’ lives easier and turn the process of a Flash website creation into a pleasant, exciting and easily accomplished task.

The standalone version mainly aimed at experienced developers. It contains the set of components, utilities as well as several design samples that can be used in Flash CMS website development. There is no need to install additional software — all you need for the website development is already included into Moto Flash CMS.

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In order to start a Moto CMS based website creation process, a developer will only need:

  • Adobe Flash CS3 (or higher);
  • Moto CMS (standalone version or free Trial);
  • Website design in .PSD format (Adobe Photoshop is required).

MotoCMS grants an opportunity to try the standalone version free of charge during 30 days. The Trial Version has no limits and completely corresponds to the original product. So, you are not limited within the control panel, can freely create a complete CMS based Flash website, and then edit and manage it with no limits.

You will get the following set of components within the standalone version:

Components — the folder with the MXP component that runs on the basis of Adobe Extension Manager;

ControlPanel — a folder with all the control panel files;

— the folder with the API documents;

— the folder with complete Flash websites based on Moto CMS with all standard modules, widgets and tools embedded.

Templates — the folder that contains five web templates that can be used as a basis for your Flash website:

  • Moto Template 01 – one layout with transitions between pages;
  • Moto Template 02 – two layouts without returning to the first one, with transitions between pages of the second layout;
  • Moto Template 03 – two layouts with returning to the first one, with transitions, between pages of the second layout;
  • Moto Template 04 – two layouts with returning to the first one, with transitions between pages of the first and second layouts;
  • Moto Template 05 – three layouts without returning to the first one, without transitions between  pages of the second, with returning from the third to the second and with transitions.

Readme.txt — the text document that describes the components that are in the box, the installation requirements and the process itself as well as the Help & Support links.

The Moto CMS package includes the set of advanced components that make the website development easy and comfortable. The system opens the widest opportunities for developers; they can create manageable Flash websites or components for them. Moreover, with Moto CMS it is possible to maintain already created Flash website.

In order to start working with Moto CMS, you need to download the files by registering the Trial or purchasing Moto CMS standalone, and launch on localhost the website template from the samples you have downloaded with other Moto CMS files, or you can use your own website design in .PSD format.

To install Moto CMS (a standalone version) either to the local or remote server or you should take the next steps:

1. Copy the «admin» folder together with the control panel to the server. Copy any website sample (for example, exampleswebsiteExample_04) into the same folder overwriting the existing files. Then go to http://yourwebsite.com/admin/ to access to your control panel (if you get the access for the first time, you will be asked to activate it).

2. Please, activate your product on http://accounts.cms-guide.com/ (Your account details will be sent to your e-mail after you have purchased Moto CMS), and refresh your browser page.

3. In order to start the website creation please install Moto Flash CMS components (MotoCMS.mxp).

4. Start your work with Moto CMS by trying to compile the suggested website samples from Flash IDE. Use moto.flp for simultaneous .fla files compilation.

Learn more about Moto CMS installation process on http://www.cms-guide.com/installation-manual/

If you are not an experienced developer, but would like to try create a Flash website without a professional’s help, we would recommend you to choose a Flash Template from the premium Moto CMS collection. A 30 day FREE Demo is available.

Please read the Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 of the tutorial.

To be continued…

Author: Tina Zennand
Tina is a writer who has been working with MotoCMS since early 2010. In her articles she covers various aspects of web design and web development. She is also a marketing guru for MotoCMS websites. You can follow her on Twitter.