Content - content types

The website allows the creation of several different types of content. Use the links below to find out more about the options available.


Basic page (including 'Resource' pages)

These are the simplest forms of content - a basic 'webpage'. Choosing 'Basic page' from the 'Add content' option on the top panel will allow authorised users to create a new webpage that can be linked into any part of the site. You should also choose 'Basic page' if you wish to create a resource that will appear on the 'Resources' page (see 'Linking options' below for more details).

The following fields should be completed:

  • Title. The page title, which will appear as a header at the top of the content.
  • Body. The page content.
  • Images and documents. Images and documents can be uploaded and displayed in the 'Body' field above. See Images and documents for further information.

You can also assign a URL to a new Basic Page - see URLs for information on how to do this.

Clicking the 'Save' button at the bottom of the page will add your new webpage to the system. You'll be able to find it via the 'Find content' shortcut on the administration panel, but it won't be linked from anywhere yet. However, you can easily link to it from other pages on the site or create a menu link (see Menus).

Linking options

You can add a Basic Page to the main site menu (see Menus) or link it from a page's text, but the Basic Page edit screen also offers two additional linking options. These appear as two expandable fields underneath the 'Title'. The first option creates a graphical 'button' link to the page from the homepage (similar to the existing buttons alongside the homepage's Facebook panel). If you wish to create a homepage link, you will need to fill out all of the fields here and provide an image. Also, these links on the homepage are arranged quite carefully, so exercise caution when adding links or consider removing an existing homepage link from one of the other pages.

The second option allows you to specify that this page appears as a resource on the 'Resources' page. You will also need to upload an image (which will act as the thumbnail image on the Resources list) - this can be a duplicate of one you've already uploaded to include in the 'Body' field if required.

Ordering 'Resource' pages

If you are creating a new resource page, you may wish to alter the order in which the resources appear on the 'Resources' page. Each page has a 'weight' number associated with it - accessible via the 'Weight' tab at the bottom of the edit screen. Select a weight from the drop-down list - '1' will appear first, followed by subsequent numbers. It may therefore be easier to view/change the weight via the 'Find content' facility (accessible via the Administration Panel at the top of each page), where weights can be changed in the drop-down boxes to the right of each page.

Note: Be aware that changing the weight of a page may mean that subsequent pages must also be changed to reflect the new order - unfortunately this is not done automatically!

Creating/editing a basic page (click to enlarge)

Project

Project pages work in a similar way to Basic Pages, above, in that they allow you provide a page title and body text (which can also include images, etc). However, a shortened version of this information also appears automatically on the Projects page list.

When creating a project page it is required to complete the follow fields:

  • Title. A title for the project.
  • Project description. This field has two elements that can be utilised depending on how you wish the project's description to appear in the list on the 'Projects' page. The first is accessed by clicking the 'Edit summary' link next to the 'Project description' heading, which will reveal a box where you can enter a short summary of the project. This summary will appear in full on the 'Projects' page feed (so try to keep it relatively short!). Alternatively, you can leave this summary blank and the system will use the first 300 characters of the main 'Project description' field. The 'Project description' is where the main project content should be entered - this will be visible in full on the project page itself.
  • Images and documents. Images and documents can be uploaded and displayed in the 'Project description' field above. See Images and documents for further information. Note: the first image uploaded will act as the thumbnail image on the 'Projects' page list.

The URLs for projects are automatically assigned and are derived from the project title. They are also given the prefix '/projects/'. These URLs can be changed (see URLs), but it is not recommended unless the URL is especially long, unwieldy or unrepresentative.

Publication

Publications are displayed as a list on the 'Publications' page of the website. To create a new publication, click 'Publication' from the 'Add content' options and complete the following fields:

  • Publication title. Enter the title of the article/publication.
  • Publication date. Enter the year and month in which the piece was published (this is used primarily for ordering the 'Publications' page list).
  • Authors. List the publication's authors.
  • Journal and citation info. Enter the journal in which the article appears, and/or any other citation information.

Click 'Save' after the completing the above fields - you will be taken to a confirmation page detailing the information you entered. The publication will now be visible on the 'Publications' page.

Publications are also automatically assigned URLS and can be reached individually. However, they are not usually accessed in this way since all the relevant information is visible on the 'Publications' page list.

Rotating banner image

Additional images can be added to the rotating banner on the homepage (although remember - if there's only one image available, the banner will not, of course, rotate!). To add an image, you will need to complete the following fields:

  • Title. An identifying title for the image. This title will not be visible publicly and is only used for identifying the image in the 'Find content' screen.
  • Image. Upload the image itself from your computer by clicking the 'Browse' button and finding the file. Uploaded images will be automatically resized and cropped to 730 x 340 pixels to fit the required space, so it is often a good idea to roughly crop an image to these dimensions before upload to ensure any unwanted cropping doesn't occur. You can upload much larger images if you wish, but be aware that they will be shrunk then cropped!

Ordering rotating images

You can also alter the order in which the rotating banner images appear. Each image has a 'weight' number associated with it - accessible via the 'Weight' tab at the bottom of the edit screen. Select a weight from the drop-down list - '1' will appear first, followed by subsequent numbers. It may therefore be easier to view/change the weight via the 'Find content' facility (accessible via the Administration Panel at the top of each page), where weights can be changed in the drop-down boxes to the right of each rotating image.

Note: Be aware that changing the weight of an image may mean that subsequent images must also be changed to reflect this - this is unfortunately not done automatically!

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