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System messages allow information to be shared across multiple pages through the use of short code tokens.  With a system of tokens (short codes), messages can be created that can be re-used across multiple pages.


Accessing System Messaging

To access and manage your System Messaging navigate to the gears icon  and click on System Messaging.

Creating Pages

Pages display the visual content found throughout your application. You can edit the contents of your page or post a System Message by using the Disclaimer Shortcode on the Page you want it to show up on. Shortcodes also make it convenient to add interactive content to your pages. For more information on Shortcodes scroll to the bottom of this page. 

  • To create a Page click the Create Page/Message button at the top right of the Manage System Messaging screen. It doesn't matter what tab you're on when you do this as you will specify the Page Type when you go to create the page.    

  • Once you click this button OPS-COM will take you to a different section where you can set the properties and content of the page. Below is a detailed description of the options available to you when creating new Pages

Page AttributesShort Description 
TitleThe Title of the page you wish to create which will be the name displayed on the user navigation bar. 
Path

The path after the domain. i.e.

login → This is the home page 

Changing this to lockers/area/1 will display login/lockers/area/1 as the URL for that page. 

VisibilityYou can toggle the visibility of your pages which will make it so your users can't see the page anymore, but you can still edit it.
LanguageUse this to select between two language options for a specific page. Tomahawk currently supports English and French
LayoutYou can select the layout of your page here. Usually, you will have the Default Layout selected. For more information on Layouts see Templates & Design
ContentYour content will be the text on the page you are currently editing. You can also use Shortcodes here to display a body of material or feature. For example, a user login form could be displayed on your homepage. 


  • Important: Make sure you select Page under the drop-down menu next to Page Type and not Message. Below we will go into detail on how to create a Page field by field. The images below give you a good visual example of what field is being explained, if there is a certain field you are unsure about you can easily find the picture and read from there. 

  • Start by giving your page a Title and specify how you would like the URL at the top of your page to be displayed. 

     What is a URL?...

    A URL is text found at the top of your browser prefixed with http:// or https://

    Providing a Path such as about/myparkingteam/1 will display a URL like /mysitename.parkadmin.com/about/myparkingteam/1


  • Adjust the visibility of your page by toggling the Visible button on/off. The Page will still be editable in the System Messaging section but it will not be visible to your users who are on your Page or System Message

Toggle On(Visible Page)Toggled Off(Invisible Page)


  • Toggling the Page as invisible will show it under the Messages tab like this to signify it cannot be seen by your users. 

  • Select the default Language and Layout of your page. For more information on how Layouts work see Templates & Design. If you are not sure which template to use you can leave it as the Default Layout. 

  • Provide the content of your page in the editor found under the page settings. This content will be the main content of your Pages; you can use Templates & Design to edit the other portions of your pages such as the Header-Content and Footer-Content for more info see Template Layout

  • OPS-COM uses Shortcodes to display a section of interactive or static content like a User Login or to display a users registered vehicles. For a detailed description on Shortcodes, you can scroll to the bottom of the page or click here

Content Placement

Depending on where you place your content it can appear each time differently. OPS-COM's smart editor reads content top to bottom, left to right. Meaning that placing a user login Shortcode before your content will look dramatically different than the Shortcode being placed last. You can see a few visual examples of how this works below. 

By Example: Shortcodes Before Content

 We are going to use the Lot Information Shortcode to display our available lots before our text content. 

As you can see this displays our lot information before our content. 

By Example: Shortcodes After Content 

Once again we are going to use the Lot Information Shortcode to display our available lots after our Content

 

As you can see this placed the Shortcode after the lot information

Editing Pages 

You can edit your pages attributes such as the Title, Path, Visibility, Language, Layout, and Content after it has already been created.

  1. To Edit a page, simply click on the Edit button next to the page Title you want to edit. As seen in the image below we are going to select and edit the Appeals Message page. 



  2. You can now make any changes to the Pages content or attributes that you like. See Creating Pages near the top of the page if you are not sure what a specific field does.



  3. If you have not made any changes to the page you are Editing, you may go back to the Page List by clicking Return to Page List at the top of the screen. Clicking this button will discard all changes recently made. 



  4. Once you have finished editing the page, click Save Messaging for your changes to take effect. 

Creating System Messages

Important

Users will be brought back to the Users page if users do not agree with a System Message. Meaning we use System Messaging as a convenient way to offer agreements and disclaimers before users make purchases of permits or lockers. 

System Messages and How they work with Pages 

 How do System Messages work?

System Messages and Pages work together using Disclaimer Shortcode's. When you create a System Message, you give that message a unique IdentifierSystem message identifiers may be used in junction with Disclaimer Shortcodes to display your System Messages onto Pages. The idea may be daunting at first, but once you get a better understanding of how these features work together, it will make more sense. 

Visual Example

  1. The System Message gets created. 

  2. The System Message is given an Identifier to be used with a specific System Message so we may access it on a Page.

  3. We add the Identifier to the Disclaimer Shortcode on the Page that we want to display the message on. 
    1. Shortcode Example- [disclaimer name=lockersDisclaimer dismiss=never]

    2. Shortcode Example- [disclaimer name=vehicleDisclaimer dismiss=session show=".add-vehicle"]

  4. Shortcodes may also be used on System Messages to display useful content such as a detailed description of the current vehicles registered to the user. See below for a list of supported Shortcodes.  


System Messages provide you with a convenient way to add alert messages to your pages that pop-up when a user clicks the page. You may create System Messages to be displayed on specific Pages using Disclaimer Shortcode's. 

Message AttributesDescription
TitleThe title that will be displayed across the top of the System Message when users navigate to that page. 
IdentifierThe identifier is used to know which page you want to display the message by using Shortcodes
VisibilityThis section toggles the visibility of your page which will make it so your users may not see the page, but you can still edit it.
LanguageSelect between two language options for a specific page. Tomahawk current supports English and French
ContentContent is what will display on the actual page. You may use Shortcodes here to view predefined static or interactive content. For example, a user login form could be displayed on your homepage. 
  1. To create a System Message merely click the Create Page / Message button on the top right of the Manage System Messaging screen.



  2. Make sure to select the Page Type from the drop-down menu and change this to Message. It is essential that you do not select Page when creating a System Message.



  3. Create a Title for the message.

  4. Give the message a unique Identifier so it can be accessed on your Pages using Disclaimer Shortcodes. Shortcodes are codes used to link our Pages and System Messages together. For more information see OPS-COM Shortcodes.

  5. Once an Identifier is created, It is essential to note that you may not use it anymore or you will get an error message.

  6. You may modify the visibility of your System Message by toggling the Visible button on or off. 

    Toggle On(Visible)Toggled Off(Invisible)

  7. Toggling a System Message as invisible ensures your users won't see it. Although, you can still edit and view the System Message on the admin side, but it will be displayed as seen in the image below. 

  8. Select which Language you would like your content to be in. OPS-COM currently supports two languages which are English and French.

  9. Edit the contents of your System Message in the editor found below the messages fields. This is the content that your users will see. Once finished, click Save Messaging. 

Warning

Clicking Return to Page List before Save Messaging will discard all the changes you just made meaning that the System Message will not get created or your changes will not occur. 


Editing System Messages

You can manage your System Messages Title, Identifier, Visibility, Language, as well as modify the content to include text, images, or Shortcodes.

  1. To Edit your System Messages click the Messages tab under the Manage System Messaging page.

  2.  Select the Edit button next to the System Message you wish to edit. For this example, we will be editing the Admin Dashboard. 



  3. You will now be able to adjust the message your users will see using the System Messaging editor. Below are the fields in which you can use to edit the System Message

    Message AttributesDescription
    TitleThe title that will be displayed across the top of the System Message when users navigate to that page. 
    IdentifierThe identifier is used to know which page you want to display the message by using Shortcodes
    VisibilityThis section toggles the visibility of your page which will make it so your users may not see the page, but you can still edit it.
    LanguageSelect between two language options for a specific page. Tomahawk current supports English and French
    ContentContent is what will display on the actual page. You may use Shortcodes here to view predefined static or interactive content. For example, a user login form could be displayed on your homepage. 





  4. You may use the Title field to change the Title of the System Message

  5. You may use the Identifier field to change text used to display a System Message to a Page. but this will require you to modify all Disclaimer Shortcodes using the old unique Identifier for the message you are replacing.  

  6. You may click Save Messaging when you are finished making your changes. 

    Warning

    Clicking Return to Page List before Save Messaging will discard all the changes you just made, which means that the changes made to that Message will not occur.

 


Add System Messages to Pages using Shortcodes

Now that you know how to create your Pages and System Messages you can bring them together using a Disclaimer Shortcode. A Shortcode is a small body of code surrounded by [ ] used to display complex templates or features. Shortcodes limit the technicality of our system by offering a convenient way to add interactive content without having to know how to script or code. 

Please see the Disclaimer Shortcode article for more information on how to use System Messages with Pages.  

Please review the OPS-COM Shortcodes for a detailed description of how shortcodes work. You can also find a list of Shortcodes currently available to you by going to the OPS-COM Shortcode Documentation


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