Website Builder

Create your own community website entirely within Sonoran CMS!
Sonoran CMS - Custom Pages
To access the website builder, navigate to Administration Panel > Website Builder

Page Editing

To start editing a page, either add a new page or click on an existing page in the page to open up the page editor.
Sonoran CMS - Page Editor

View Your Page

Once your page is created and saved, you can add it to the toolbar or copy the URL to access it.
Sonoran CMS - Copy Page URL
On public pages you can copy the URL after going to a page and share it with anybody, they don't even have to be part of the Sonoran CMS community!
To add sections to your web page, simply drag and drop your desired section type in from the left hand side. The following section types are available to use:
Element Type
The text section includes a rich editor for including blocks of text. In this editor, you are able to set font sizes, bold, italic, underline, strike-through, and more!
Image sections allow you to insert one image into your page, just paste a link to the image in the text box.
Image Carousel
Allows you to insert multiple images in the space of one, automatically cycling between them.
The video section can be used to insert YouTube links into your custom page, just paste a regular YouTube link (or a shortened one) into the text box.
Forum Category
Forum Category sections allow you to have a section to display all associated posts to the selected forum category.
Button sections allow you to put individual buttons on your page that can be directed to an external page, custom form, or custom page.
Button Group
Button Group sections allow you to have a group of buttons together on your page that can be directed to an external page, custom form, or custom page.
Allows you to add and customize "cards" which can be configured to display information on members or characters as well as links.
Information Block
Information Block sections allow you to add multiple blocks to provide information for, these can be configured to grab "Total Community Members", "Total Department Members" or "Custom". "Custom" allows for customizable text.
Gallery sections are the first element for the gallery system, this allows you to show all posts in the gallery category.
If you know HTML you can further customize your page by directly adding HTML code. To edit the HTML you must click on the element and input your HTML into the text box for. Please not you are limited to certain element types.

Basic Information

From the website builder's toolbar you can change the page's title, path slug, and privacy setting. Additionally, you're able to add new sections, and change the preview size of the editor to visualize different size settings.
Sonoran CMS - Webpage Toolbar
The device preview feature allows you to choose from a list of devices, or set your own custom resolution to give you further control over designing your community's website with mobile responsiveness in mind!
Sonoran CMS - Webpage Toolbar - Device Preview

Section-Specific Styling

Sections are containers for elements that exist within a webpage. You can add multiple sections and resize / move them however you'd like.
You can customize the margin and background styling of specific sections.
Margin refers to the space outside an section. It can be used to create space between sections on a page or to push elements away from the edges of the page. In your page editor, you can change margin options for different areas, such as top, bottom, left and right.
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Edit Section Margins
You can also dynamically resize and position sections by clicking any of the boxes around the edges and dragging them to your desired position.
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Resize Section
There is also a button at the top of the section that allows you to click and drag to move the section:
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Move Section

Element Sizes, Alignment and Background

You can also control the size of individual elements using the same method above, and you can click and drag to move any element wherever you'd like.
Elements will also snap to center lines within their respective section to assist with positioning.
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Resize & Reposition Element
In the top right corner of the button element above, you can see an orange lock icon. This means that this element is locked to the section its in. To move an element to another section, you can click this button to unlock the element, drag it to the section you desire, and then re-lock it.


If you wish to add buttons to your page, you can add a button or button group section to your page. Each button has several settings that define how the button looks like and acts. Each button can be direct users to external websites, custom forms and custom pages.
Button elements can have individual styles and button group elements can have all group styles.
You can customize by clicking on it. The styling of a button is set in the Styles tab, the target link a button leads to is set in the Target tab.
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Button Editor
For Button Group elements, you can add as many target links as you need, and re-order or delete them using the controls on the top right of each entry.
Sonoran CMS - Website Builder - Button Group Targets

Privatized Pages

Only Private Pages will have customizable permissions in the Department Editor
Pages can now be privatized and require permissions to view. When editing a page, you can select whether the page is public (and can thus be viewed by anyone in the community) or private.
Sonoran CMS - Visibility Button
If it's set to Private, you can use the dropdown to the right to select what ranks are allowed to view this page.
Sonoran CMS - Open Rank Selector
Sonoran CMS - Select Rank to View Page

Default / Landing Page

Sonoran CMS allows you to easily customize the landing page/dashboard for your community, this page is the first page your members will see from signing into your community. This allows the full customization of a custom page for your landing page.
Sonoran CMS Custom Page as Dashboard Page
To set a Custom Page as your homepage, navigate to the main page for the Website Builder and look under the section titled Website Pages. Locate the page you wish to use as your homepage and press the grey home button, this will turn it orange and set it as the landing page.
Sonoran CMS - Set Homepage

Custom Page Paths

Custom Pages can now have a custom path to the page, this path will append to the Sonoran CMS URL. If you're using a custom domain it'll detect that and provide the proper URL.
Sonoran CMS - Page URL Slug

Custom Domain

Sonoran CMS allows you to display your community website on your own domain!


Sonoran CMS allows you to customize the top toolbar with buttons to link your users to whatever your community needs.

HTML Elements Limits

HTML elements get sanitized before they're saved, displayed or manipulated. There's several HTML tags that are stripped and now allowed, below is the list of allowed HTML tags:
"address", "article", "aside", "footer", "header", "h1", "h2", "h3", "h4",
"h5", "h6", "hgroup", "main", "nav", "section", "blockquote", "dd", "div",
"dl", "dt", "figcaption", "figure", "hr", "li", "main", "ol", "p", "pre",
"ul", "a", "abbr", "b", "bdi", "bdo", "br", "cite", "code", "data", "dfn",
"em", "i", "kbd", "mark", "q", "rb", "rp", "rt", "rtc", "ruby", "s", "samp",
"small", "span", "strong", "sub", "sup", "time", "u", "var", "wbr", "caption",
"col", "colgroup", "table", "tbody", "td", "tfoot", "th", "thead", "tr", "iframe",