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Full Classic CommonSpot FAQ


We are currently using CommonSpot V8. The differences between V6 and V8 are almost entirely in areas other than what we have documented here, so the guides linked below should still be quite useful.

We have begun the process of updating the documentation; see the V8 guides for classic CommonSpot, which is organized quite similarly to this FAQ page.



This FAQ provides an alternate set of paths into our V6 CommonSpot user documentation. Each link points directly to the step-by-step instructions for that task. The specific questions are grouped by topic:


Topics


Finding Pages

  1. How do I find pages with pending actions?

  2. How do I locate my own pages?

  3. How do I locate subsite pages?

  4. How do I locate page by walking the template hierarchy?

  5. How do I find subsite pages by CommonSpot keywords?

  6. How do I find a page by text or keyword searching?


Keeping Track of Pages

  1. How do I subscribe to a page?

  2. How do I use and maintain page contacts?

  3. How do I use and maintain personal notes?


Working with Version History

  1. How do I inspect version history?

  2. How do I use version history to recover?

  3. How do I set the subsite-level version history lifetime?


Working with Subsites

  1. How do I create sub-subsites?

  2. How do I set security for a sub-subsite?

  3. How do I restrict access to a sub-subsite?

  4. What file (page) and folder (subsite) names must I avoid?


Creating New Pages

  1. How do I create a new page on an existing template?

  2. How do I create a new page by copying an existing page?

  3. How do I set the page background color?


Working with Existing Pages

  1. How do I modify a page?

  2. What changes take effect immediately?

  3. How do I copy and paste whole elements?

  4. How do I delete elements?


Pages' Life Cycle

  1. How do I mark content as expired?

  2. How do I rename a page?

  3. How do I re-build a page on a new template?

  4. How do I change a page's ownership?

  5. How do I deactivate a page?

  6. How do I clear and update cache for all pages in a subsite at once?


Working with New Templates

  1. How do I create a new template?

  2. How do I design for authoring and browsing performance?

  3. Why would I lock down a template?

  4. How do I lock down elements?

  5. How do I lock down layouts?

  6. How do I lock down pop-ups?

  7. How do I safely revise a template?

  8. Why would I use blank pages?

  9. How do I create a blank page?

  10. How do I use a blank page?


Working with Links

  1. How do I create links?

  2. How do I use mailto links?

  3. How do I upload a new binary file in advance, ready to be linked?

  4. How do I make links to binary files?

  5. How do I mark and use jumps to the start of a CommonSpot element?

  6. How do I mark and use jumps to the inside of a Formatted Text Block?

  7. How do I mark and use jumps to non-CommonSpot pages?

  8. What about printer-friendly version links?

  9. How do I check whether the links on this page are valid?

  10. How do I identify pages that link to this page?

  11. How do I use pop-up menus?

  12. How do I create and populate page sets?

  13. How do I use page sets?

  14. How do I manage page sets?

  15. How do I work with browser-side imagemaps?


Working with Images

  1. How do I inspect the images available for me to place on a page?

  2. How do I add an image to that collection?

  3. How do I use image elements?

  4. How do I use image grid elements?

  5. How do I work with browser-side imagemaps?


Working with Other Specific Elements

  1. How do I add a simple text block?

  2. How do I use the RTE to import or edit existing content?

  3. How do I use tabular layout elements?

  4. How do I use HTML fragment files?

  5. How do I "float" a Flash element?

  6. How do I use scheduled elements?

  7. How do I use a global edit text field [still V5.1]?

  8. How do I use "Simple Forms" [still partly V5.1]?

  9. How do I use Video from our Flash Media Server?