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Create your first website with open bi CMS

This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple “Hello World” website with the open bi CMS. It follows the instructions for setting up a CMS as described in Create a new CMS.

Create the design

This step has already been described here: Create a CMS Master Page.

In the open bi Configurator, we navigate to CMS, open the CMS Item Templates node and then the PAGE node. We click on the context icon next to the node and choose Add. We only have to maintain the Id "helloworld":

Then we double click on the new "helloword" subnode to maintain the HTML:

This is the source code that we used for the "helloworld" website:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge"> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> <title>Hello World</title> <link href="//mycdn/helloworld/css/bootstrap.css" rel="stylesheet"> </head> <body> <div style="background-color: #bbbbbb;height: 60px;"> <a href="/" title="Home"> <img style="float: right;padding: 10px;max-height: 50px;" src="//mycdn/helloworld/img/bi_logo_weiss.png" /> </a> </div> <div style="margin:20px;"> <content></content> </div> </body> </html>

Set up the structure

This step has already been described here: Create a Role.

For our "Hello World" website, we create a role named "helloword":

For the role we create the following structure:

For each node you can explicitly set a Position. This will be in particular important for the navbar, sitemap and footerbar HTML Items.

Then we create our own host header, as described in Create a Host Header. We choose the CMS Master Page and the Role that we have just created:

Add the content

Now we can double click on each folder to edit the page content. For this tutorial, we are using the HTML editor of the open bi Web Configurator.

For the content page we include a “Hello World” in red and bold:

For the other pages, we add a simple text, for example:

Now it is the first time to test our website. Following the host header definition, I call the website and receive the following result:

You can see that open bi merged the CMS Master Page with the HTML that has been defined in the role tree.

Add the navigation

It is pretty obvious that the website is missing navigation possibilities. The open bi CMS provides an HTML item to automatically include a navigation bar:


To render the menu, the navbar automatically uses the subtree with the lowest position of the CMS role!

In our example, we add it simply to the header:

And the result is as follows:

To render imprint, sitemap, contact, etc. automatically to the footer of the website, you can use the footerbar HTML item. It uses the subtree with the second lowest position of the CMS Role!

Add the sitemap

The open bi CMS provides an HTML item to automatically render the sitemap:


In our example, we add a new page...

... and add the HTML Item to it:

And the result is as follows:

Of course the website is neither styled nor complex. With open bi CMS, you of course can:

  • Add custom CSS
  • Change the rendering of the HTML Items
  • Use additional HTML items, e.g. for logon, data visualization etc.

These topics are described in other Web Development tutorials.

Thilo Knötzele
Author: Thilo Knötzele
Creation date: 27.07.2021
Category: Web Development
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