Before you can go through the online setup, you must first publish an Armadillo page to your website.
For Stacks users
- Create a new Stacks page in RapidWeaver, or select a pre-existing Stacks page in your project.
- Open the Stacks library, locate Armadillo, then drag and drop the Armadillo icon onto your Stacks page.
- Select the Armadillo stack on your page (if it isn't already selected), then enter your database details (more about this below), and choose the web hosting company where you will be publishing your site.
- Publish your website, then visit the page where you added Armadillo. A link will be displayed where you can complete the online setup process.
Armadillo uses a database to store your content. This database is created through your hosting company, via the hosting control panel they provide for you. Make a note of the connection details for your database (the details you'll need are listed below), as you'll need to either enter them in stack settings, or via the online setup process.
If the database details you entered via stack settings are incorrect, or if you didn't enter database details into the stack before publishing your site, then you'll need to follow a short, three step process on your website. A link to this online setup is automatically displayed on your Armadillo page, and helpful tooltips are provided during each step.
In order to complete setup, you will need the following information:
- Database Hostname: This is the 'address' where your database is located. For many web hosts, the database is on the same server your website is published to, so 'localhost' should work just fine. But some hosts (GoDaddy, 1&1, NimbleHost, etc.) put the database on a separate server, so this value may be different from 'localhost'.
- Database Name: This is the name of the database you've created (or that has been created for you) to use with Armadillo.
- Database User: The username Armadillo should use when connecting to your database. Depending on your web hosting provider, this may be the same as your database name.
- Database Password: This is the password needed to login to your database. Make sure this password is alphanumeric as MySQL has difficulty handling special characters such as %, $, #, &, etc. If you must use special characters for the database password, please limit them to
If you entered database details into the stack, then Armadillo will try to connect to the database with these details. When successful Armadillo will display a single form for you to complete, to specify the admin password and email address, along with the timezone.
If the database details are incorrect or missing, then Armadillo will display a three-step process to collect the required information, which is described below:
- In this step you will be asked to enter your database details, as described above. If you do not know this information, contact your webmaster or web hosting company, and they should be able to help.
- Here you will be asked to create a password for the admin user, and enter your email address. Please double-check your email address for accuracy, as it is the only way to reset your login password.
- In this step you will need to select your timezone from a drop down list. If your exact location is not listed, please choose the closest option.
After finishing setup an email will be sent to the address you specified, and will include your login details.