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Web Designer Testing Environment

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Version 9.25.00 of Theatre Manager is the minimum requirement.

Many of our clients engage the services of, or have in-house, a web designer who prefers to customize the online ticketing web site themselves. Arts Management Systems is often asked how to set it up so that web designers can work independently and off site in a testing environment and see the effects of changes to the online ticketing web pages before making it live. The following outlines the steps to take to create a Web Designer Testing Environment:

Step #1: Duplicate the Current Web Templates

The directory for all the online web pages is located on the Web Server and depending on the platform:

MacHD >> BoxOffice >> WebPages >>1 if your Web Listener is Mac and
Local C: >> BoxOffice >> WebPages >> 1 if your Web Listener is a Windows machine.

  • Duplicate the WebPagesEN folder.
  • Change the name of the folder from WebPagesEN to WebPagesTS (where TS denotes Test).

Step #2: Company Preferences Setting in Theatre Manager

In Theatre Manager, under Setup >> Company Preferences >> Web Listener Tab you will see a section called Web Languages. Add the language TS for Web Testing.

Click to add an new language.

Windows7

A pop-out will appear, add TS for the Language code and Web Test for the Language description.

Windows7

Click

Windows7

Click from the tool bar at the top.

Step #3: Setup Remote Access

You will need to consult with your IT Department to establish a way to get web pages to the web server. WE=e recommend a Git repository established through artsman so that you push your web pages ot our site and they are then migrated to your web site.

Step #4: Testing Changes in a Web Browser.

With access to the new document folder, Web Designers can access the WebPagesTS files, make the desired edits and test to see their changes without effecting the live web templates.

Using this URL in their web browser they will see their changes as they make their edits: https://tickets.myserver.com/TheatreManager/1/online&event=0&lang=TS, where tickets.myserver.com is replaced with your ticket subdomain.

To compare with the live pages use https://tickets.myserver.com/TheatreManager/1/online&event=0&lang=EN to see the standard pages.

Step #5: Place the newly edited files.

When completed, replace all the WebPagesEN templates with the WebPagesTS templates by swapping out one for the other. The new templates should now be named WebPagesEN.