"Church Pages" are Pages that appear on the Church Pages Menu. These provide general information about Church programs, staff, etc.
The steps in creating an Page are described below. Entering Pages is quite simple. You could probably figure it out simply by following the first two steps and then reading your screen. These instructions will seem much simpler if you read through them WHILE you are entering an Page rather than reading them in first.
- Login. Only registered users can create a Pages.
- On any website page, scroll down to the "Create Content" menu at the bottom and click on "Page." This takes you to the "Create Page" screen.
- Enter the Title of the Page. The Title should describe the Page in as few words as possible,for a Staff person's page, just their name "Pastor Mike" is sufficient.
- To put the Page on the Church Pages menu, click on "Menu Settings" under the Title.
- Enter the name you want to show on the menu under "Menu link title."
- Under "Parent Item:", click on the down arrow to show list of existing items on menu. Click o the item this belongs under, for example, "Ministries" or "Staff."
- "Weight:" determine how high or low your new item will fall on the menu. Leave at zero initially. You can raise or lower its position on the menu by changing its "Weight" (lower weight rises, higher weight sinks) by updating the page or having a site administrator arrange items on a menu.
- Enter the Body. This is a more detailed description of whatever the Page describes. You do this in an environment that emulates a typical word processing program. The commands are up top, but don't worry about all the commands up top, unless you need them (which you DO if PASTING an Page Body, see below).
- IMPORTANT IF PASTING FROM WORD: Pasting from Word will usually create "garbage" before and after the pasted text. You cannot see this garbage in the edit mode, but it will appear when you save. To eliminate it, you must look at HTML code by clicking on HTML (second to last icon on editor menu). When you do, the first line will say something like "<!--[if gte mso 9]>". Starting at this line, select (highlight) that text for the next twenty or thirty lines until after a line that says "<![endif]-->". Most of these lines begin with "<w:" or "<m:" (meaning they are Word or Microsoft code. Delete all this selected text. Now go to the bottom of the pasted text. You will see another line that says, "<![endif]-->." Select from this line UP through the document for over a hundred lines that will mostly begin with either "mso-" or "w:" Delete all these lines. You can now return to regular editor by clicking the Hide HTML button.
Do you have a picture you want on the Page? You can upload it and attach it to the Page by clicking to expand the "Attached images" section.
- If your picture is already used elsewhere on the site, a description appears in the Existing Images section. You can select any existing image by clicking on it. Select multiple image by pressing CTRL as you click.
- To upload a NEW image from your computer, click "Choose File" button. This will take you to your file browser. Browse to the picture you want to upload and click on it. When you return to the Create Page page, you will see the name of the file next to the "Choose File" button.
- Rename your image to better describe it by entering an Image Title. Often the image on your computer is called by a number assigned by the camera. For Events, using the title of your Event itself is a good practice.
- Click the "Upload" button to upload the picture from your computer to the website. The picture is automatically resized but uploading extremely large pictures can take time (and waste storage on the system) so size can be an issue.
Do you want to upload and attach a file other than an image, for example a PDF or DOC (MS WORD) file? Click on "File attachments" to expand that section.
- The link to the file uploaded will be the name of the file you upload, so make sure that the name of the file on your computer will make sense to page readers for example, "Schedule_for_10-22-11.pdf" might be better that simplyy "10-22-11.pdf." You can use the Body of the page (see 8 above) to describe to user what to do, adding something such as "Click on links below to see weekly schedules."
- To upload the appropriately named file from your computer, click "Browse" button. This will take you to your file browser. Browse to the file that you want to upload and click on it. When you return to the Create Page page, you will see the name of the file before the "Browse" button.
- Click the "Attach" button to upload the file from your computer to the website. The system automatically uploads your file and creates a link to it that is displayed (along with the file size) to the user. The system is set up so, when clicked upon, some files (such as PDF) are displayed in the browser while other files, such as .doc are downloaded to the users system and loaded in the appropriate program (MS Word).
- To see what your Page record looks like, click the Preview button at the bottom of the form. Correct anything you want to change at this point.
- YOUR PAGE IS NOT YET STORED. To store your page, click the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen. This will Save the page. It will now appear on the Church Pages Menu, if you created a menu item for it.