Domain of One’s Own: Scalar

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 1:42 pm.

Scalar is a content management system that lets you create non-linear digital books on the web.

This guide will help you with:

Installing Scalar

To get started, login to the Digital Bryn Mawr page with your Bryn Mawr username and password. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be brought to your Dashboard.

Navigate to the Applications section in the left-hand toolbar or under the Software section,  select Installatron Applications Installer. This will take you to the My Applications section where your already installed applications will be located. In the right hand corner of the screen you will see Applications Browser.

Click on it, and you will be brought to a page with all the available web applications. Scroll down to Apps for Content Management and you will see the Scalar icon in the top row.

When you click on the Scalar icon, you will be taken to the Scalar information page. Click install this application.

Screenshot of Install this application button

On the next page the installer will ask for some information about this install. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide where to install it. If you’d like to install Scalar on your main domain, you can leave the directory area empty. If you created a subdomain, you can select it from the dropdown menu. You also have the option of installing Scalar in a subfolder by typing in the folder name in the Directory field. Click here for more information about subdomains and subfolders.

In the version section, select the most recent version. By default the installer will automatically backup your website and update it anytime a new version comes out. While we recommend you keep this option, it is possible to only do minor updates, or turn them off completely. The installer will also create a database for you automatically, but if you’ve already created one for this website you can choose “Let me manage the database settings” and enter the details.

Screenshot of Advanced Setting Management menu. It gives to options Automatically manage advanced settings for me and Let me manage these settings

Finally, in Settings, you’ll need to enter your name, email, and a password, then click Install.

Screenshot of Settings for your website. You need to enter your email address, full name and administrator password

Once the installer is finished loading, you will be taken to the My Apps section of the dashboard. Here you’ll find links to login to your Scalar site. The second link, the one ending with /system/login leads you to the admin login page. This is where you login in to edit your website and create books.

Screenshot of My Apps menu

The first link (without the system/login) takes you to the front-end of the website – essentially what other people see when they visit it.  The last link ( leads you to additional help from Scalar.

Creating a book

To get started in Scalar, you will need to create a book. Log in to Scalar using the email and password you set up during the installation process.

Screenshot of Scalar login page

Go to the top right corner and click, Dashboard.

Screenshot of Scalar's top right corner

Select the My Account tab and, at the bottom of the page, type in a Title for your book. Don’t worry this title can be changed later if needed. Click Create.

Screenshot of the Create New Book page

From there you will be able to build your Scalar book. We recommend visiting the Scalar guide for more support information. For more information, or to set up a consultation or workshop, contact digitalscholarship@brynmawr. Scalar is fully supported at Bryn Mawr.

Filed under: Domain of One's Own by Nathalia Santos

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