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How to change homepage content

Your homepage is your first impression. You might want to put basic information about your club, a welcome letter from your group’s president, or a brief profile of your organization.

  1. Edit “Home” (Website > Pages > home) 
  2. Click “Content”
  3. From here you can change or add text, photos, and other information.

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How to change featured content sliders

The large images that rotate across the top of your homepage form your rotator slide.  It’s a place to put evergreen or semi-permanent content that shows compelling images (either of Columbia or your club or both) and a brief message.  You can find some Columbia imagery for this section in the image bank.)

Rotators are set within the "Home Feature" page. Each slide consists of a label, a headline/call-to-action, a destination link and a photo.

  1. Edit "Home Feature" (Website > Pages > home_feature)
  2. Click the Featured content sliders tab
  3. Fill in the text fields to reflect the caption and the destination URL when the image is clicked on  (Want to link to offsite content?)
  4. Upload an image (image will scale; the proportion should be 2x1 and ideally 900 x 450 pixels when possible)  
  5. Save

Drag and drop existing sliders in the list on the right  to re-sequence them.

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How to change side nav names

  • The buttons on the side of your page can be turned on/off using specific check boxes in each post’s window. If you would not like them displayed on your home page, you may visit Home, view the settings tab, and unselect the “Show sidebar” checkbox. This will remove the buttons from your main page. Subsequent pages may have the same option.
  • If you would like to rename or redirect your sidebar buttons, please visit the main page of your dashboard, select the Supporter nav tab, and you will have the option to edit the three buttons that appear as the sidebar.
    • Please note that you will need to know the slug of the page to which you are linking, in order to edit the path of these buttons.

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How to reorder Top/Sub Nav sections

  • Under website, select your club’s page, and go to the Top nav tab.
  • Drag and drop to change the order of the pages that will appear in your navigation bar.
  • For subnav, click on whichever subnav page you would like to reorder content.
  • Next, select subpages, and make sure you are on the Sub nav pages tab.
  • You will be able to drag and drop to change the order of the pages.

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  • You may designate certain pages to show up as “footers” at the bottom of your site (similar to top nav, but at the bottom).
  • To do this, you must “tag” those pages as footers when you create them or at any time you decide to add/remove them from the footer list.
    • Go to Calendar from the main dashboard, click on the settings tab, and scroll down to the Tags box.
    • Type in the word footer and save the page.
    • The Calendar will now be linked to the bottom of every page on your site.

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How to create "Top Nav" pages

    • Under website, choose your club’s page, and go to the pages tab.
    • Select +new page.
    • Create a name, slug, and type based on which content you would like featured on the page.
    • Check if you would like it to be featured in the “top nav” and/or “supporter nav”
    • Create page.

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    • “Sub-Nav”’s are the dropdown pages under a “top-nav”
    • To make sub-nav pages underneath a page on your homepage, you must be within that page’s profile.
    • Select subpages, then click on new subpage.
    • Create the name, slug, and type.

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How to create news

Your ‘news’ page is a place to post articles, announcements, or other types of content. The most recent piece will appear at the top, and old news will cycle down the page; once there are more than 10 posts, your site will automatically create a ‘next page’ prompt for older content.

Some ideas for your ‘news’ page include updates on membership, events, alumni profiles, or other timely items or announcements you want to share.

  1. In your main menu (pages), click News
  2. Click New Blog Post on the sidebar of the front end of the website OR go to Posts & Subpages in the admin dashboard of the News and click New Post.
  3. Enter an article title in Headline. 
  4. Slug will populate automatically. 
  5. Set Status to "draft"
  6. Click Create Blog Post and the page will be saved.
  7. Enter content on the next screen
  8. Before the flip: the content shown on the News page
  9. After the flip: the content shown when a visitor clicks "Learn more" to read the full article
  10. Once content has been entered and proofed, publish the page by going to settings in the dashboard of your blog post and changing the dropdown to Published
  11. Save

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  • Under website, choose your site, and under the pages tab, select "Gallery."
  • Click the "Posts & subpages" tab and select "New Post."
  • This will create a blog post, where you can add pictures and text as content in the gallery.
    • You may copy/paste picture files into the dialogue box using mouse or keyboard shortcuts
    • You may also click on the “Insert/Edit Image” – tree – icon and post your image URL. This will also allow you to set the size and alignment of your picture.
  • If you drop a YouTube link or a Flickr image gallery to your gallery post, the system will automatically recognize the link and process the video/gallery as such in your post.

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How to upload a Flickr gallery and YouTube

  • Adding a Flickr gallery or YouTube video is similar to adding a single picture.
  • Under website, choose your site, and under the pages tab, select "Gallery."
  • Click the "Posts & subpages" tab and select "New Post."
  • This will create a blog post, where you can add pictures and text as content in the gallery.
  • Copy and paste a YouTube link or a Flickr image gallery link as text (if it remains hyperlinked, click on the “unlink” – broken chain icon to remove) to your gallery post.
    • When you save, the image/video will populate into the “live” site.

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How to upload an image

    • Enter or copy/paste text
    • “Save Content” located at the top of the page. Yellow button
    • Click on “files” to upload images (this can also be step one before copy/pasting text)
    • Return to “Content”
    • Click on “insert/edit image” icon (square tree icon located in the tool bar)
    • Click on the “image list” dropdown, select picture to be used and “insert”
    • To resize, click on image and drag corners in. You may resize when you are inserting the picture if you know the dimensions.
  • To make image inline with text
    • Follow steps 1 – 5 above
    • Click on dropdown “image list” and select picture
    • Click on “alignment” dropdown and select position for text
    • Example: Left – picture will be to the left of the text; Right – picture will be on the right of the text
    • “Save Content”
    • Use Live site and admin site to adjust text alignment. Text won’t display exactly how it appears in the admin tool
    • Adjust text size by using CSS editor on the tool bar

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How to link to a file

You might want to link to a file that users can download, like a PDF poster or copy of your by-laws in Word format.
Here's how:

Upload the file and get a link to it:

  1. Uploaded a file to a page using the "files" tab
  2. Once the file uploads, it will appear in a list
  3. Right-click on the file name and copy the link

Add the link to your page:

  1. Edit the page using the "content" tab 

If you are linking to existing text:

  1. Select the text you'd like to link to the file.
  2. Select the link icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar
  3. Paste the file url (on your clipboard) into the "File URL" field
  4. Click "Insert"
  5. Save the page

If you are typing in new text to link:

  1. Type the text you want to link to the file, then select it.
  2. Select the link icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar
  3. Paste the file url (on your clipboard) into the "File URL" field
  4. Click "Insert"
  5. Save the page

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How to embed content that rejects

  1. Copy the content to embed (iframe, etc)
  2. Edit the target page, selecting the "template" tab
  3. Look for the "content" tag, which will be named according to the content type, like:
    {{ page.basic.content }}
  4. Paste the embed content below the content tab.

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How to add tags to posts

  • You may select to “tag” certain posts to make them easily available for administrators to view. For instance, if you wanted to tag your Holiday Party event and Holiday Party blog post/gallery pictures as “Holiday,” you would be able to view all three, just by clicking on the “Tags” tab on the main dashboard.
  • One prevalent tag is footer, which will allocate certain posts/pages to the bottom navigation bar, but if you would like to group other pages/posts together, you may select a word and tag each separate page as such.

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SEO Meta-data

See a thumbnail of how the site will be seen by search engines here.

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