The Example app that you are given as part of your download or Cloud Trial is much more than just a webpage ready to be edited.
We figure that you have already experienced what Content Management feels like as a user.
The Example gives you some immediate experience of manipulating Components, and working with Layout Elements; seeing how a site is constructed and generally getting into the mindset.
It's all straightforward, step-by-step stuff, and it will give you an excellent introduction.
Here you will find out how to ...
- Create your first application
- Login to your app to edit it,
- Change the appearance of the app,
- Add, and move pages around the app,
- Modify the content on the pages,
- Get started with data handling - tables, forms, queries, and emails.
You simply start following this short walk-through - the first few steps are fully detailed, but as you work through we increase the pace - so you don't get bored.
You'll need to set aside about half an hour or so for this first Tutorial.
How to use this Tutorial
Use your Smart-Phone
Each page in the Quick-start walkthrough has a QR code on it. Simply point your Android barcode reader app or iPhone barcode reader app at it, and the walkthrough page will open on your phone. Open the site on your computer and follow the walkthrough on your phone.
Use your printer
Each page in the Quick-start walkthrough has a printer link on it. Simply print out the walkthrough page then open the site on your computer and follow the Tutorial on your print-out.
Use two monitors
If you are lucky enough to have two-screens available on your computer, or another monitor near-by, then the easiest way to use the Quick-start walkthrough is to have it open on one screen, and your Example neatComponents site open on the other.
... notice the floating Toolbox in the lower left corner of the window when you are logged in to your own site - it's the key to working with neatComponents. You can mouse-over to display its menu.
Dialogs are context aware
The dialogs that control the behavior of neatComponents are context aware. This means that you are presented with only the controls you need for the task in hand. As your task changes, so the available controls change - automatically.
As you build more advanced applications the appropriate control dialogs will become available. You are never faced with a large array of confusing controls.
Use the default settings
neatComponents has been designed to simply work - many actions work automatically by default. If you are coming from a traditional hand-coded relational database environment you will find that many common tasks happen automatically.
You do have fine grain management over all controls, but you will find that the default settings are often already optimized.
More advanced usage
This example is of a very simple usage, so you can quickly see how things work. 'The Guide' online documentation also contains detailed information for more complex uses:
- Form construction,
- Data integration, email - RSS - XML - Twitter feeds and aggregation.
- Data manipulation, and custom web and data applications
- Creating your own e-commerce sites, membership management.
- Replicating microsites.
- SaaS service reselling sites (including setting up automatic billing).
- Search engine optimisation, site-maps, direct-URLs.
- ... and much more.
You will find detailed information, tutorials and configuration advice in 'The Guide'.