It's quite common for businesses to want to publish a set of articles on their website. These articles are a great way to build credibility online, while adding high value content to your site for Google bait.
So why not build a searchable article database? It's easy to do using Web Apps. In fact it's probably THE most simple Web App around :)
So here's how:
1. Go to Content->Web Apps-> Create your own Web App.
2. Give your Web App a name like "Marketing Articles" or "Fishing Articles" depending on what your articles are about.
3. Click Save. And then - "Move on, nothing to see here..."
Yep, Believe it or not, that's it. Skip the "Fields" tab entirely, you don't need anything else but what's in a default Web App.
Now you've got your article database. Go to Content->Web Apps->Fishing Articles. Or whatever you called the Web App.
1. Click Add New, give your article a name, and select a template.
2. Click Save.
3. Go to the "Editor" tab, and enter in your article's content in the editor.
4. Click Save.
Now you've added an article. Sweet.
But wait.. there's more. I did promise to make these articles searchable.
Firstly, adding these to a page (as a list) is done via the Module Manager. Simply click on Content->Web Pages. Select your page and load up the editor, then click on the Module Manager. Under "Web Apps" you can see "Web Apps" - this will allow you to add a list of articles. But there's also "Web Apps Search Box". Select that, choose your articles app and insert it into the page. Once in the page you can customize the search form's look and feel.
And we're done - a searchable database of valuable articles for your business, in less than an hour. Next time you see a coder, challenge them to create the same web app for you in the same amount of time :)