About Spark CMS

All CouncilConnect websites are powered by our very own CMS, Spark – Simply Simple! The CMS has been custom built by our web developers based on feedback from our clients, ensuring an easy to use platform that's been designed around you, the user.

Over 300 websites have been deployed using Spark to date. 70 of these sites are dedicated to local government authorities in Western Australia.

User-friendly and innovative is what makes Spark so unique, but there’s also more…

The inbuilt workflow engine handles all your content updates and allows administrators to track updates across the entire website. By forcing content to be approved prior to being published, the workflow engine saves any incorrect information being published and ensures the proper approval process is followed.

Your administrators will have freedom to create and edit templates via HTML and CSS with the template manager. The template manager gives you complete control on the website templates.

Content channel widgets allow your administrators to edit content within a website template that isn’t part of the normal content area such as the header/side/footer of a website.

When you become a CouncilConnect subscriber, not only will you benefit from exclusive pricing and support, but also the automatic upgrades to the CMS. To ensure Spark has the latest technologies and efficiencies, we constantly put the CMS under review to see how we can advance the platform. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to the CouncilConnect initiative.

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Base Spark CMS Features

Every new CouncilConnect website receives the following modules and features.

Page Centre

Browse existing and build new webpages within this feature-packed and easy to use What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.

The Page Centre provides all the formatting tools needed to style and build HTML web page content, including pre-made heading styles, bold and italics, font colours, font sizes, tables, lists, hyperlinks and uploading and inserting images and videos.

Advanced website administrators can also choose to view and edit the page code directly.

File Manager

Manage, upload, rename and edit images and other media in one easy location. The built-in image editor includes tools for adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation, resizing and more. This feature can also be conveniently accessed from the Page Centre during page editing.

Cascading Menus

Create or update your own menu structure through the Cascading Menus module. This module gives full control over the website’s sitemap in an easy to understand tree view. Administrators can edit menu text, temporarily disable menu items, change order and choose from an automatically generated list of links to CMS content throughout the website.

Content Search and Indexing

A built-in search functionality allows all types of content to be indexed and searched for. All modules integrate directly to the index ensuring new or updated content is made available through the search engine. Linked or documents (PDF, DOC, DOCX etc.) are also crawled and added to the search index.

Audit Log and Content Security

An audit log provides CMS Administrators a view of all changes to CMS content across all modules, detailing each change. This history also provides CMS administrators and editors the ability to recover a particular version of content.

Various access levels are controlled through user permissions and module access. Desired workflow control can be implemented, allowing content to be reviewed before being published live.

Administration Security

Create your own Spark CMS user logins for additional staff members to access and maintain your website.

Web Forms and Responses

This basic version of the form builder provides a great way to interact with your users online.

Spark CMS user manual

Quickly refresh your memory with a built-in online user manual.

Weather Information

Opt to have a weather feed appear on your home page, giving users more reason to return to your site.

Support Module

Request help from the Market Creations support team directly from within the CMS.