Creating a New Webpage
This information is provided for 505 sailors with admin access who have volunteered to act as webmasters for the site.
1. Control Panel
To create a new webpage, you must be logged into the admin backend. The admin link is provided in the footer menu. Once logged in, the first screen you will see is the admin Control Panel. In the Control Panel you will see a menu item, "Article Manager". Click this link.
2. Create a New Article
This will take you to a master list of all the web pages (called articles) created on the site. You can see if an article is published, displayed on the frontpage (website homepage), the access level (whether public or not), the section and category the article has been placed in, the author, and when it was created. To create a new article of your own, click on the New button as show below.
3. Enter Title, Copy and Article Details
In this example, we are going to create a new News item.
First, enter in the article Title. Next from the section dropdown, select "News". This will show the article automatically in the Latest News section of the website. if you want to publish the article on the homepage, check the "Frontpage" option. Use the Parameters (Article) options to create a publishing start and finish date, etc. If unsure, use default Global settings. To add an image, use the Image icon at the bottom left-hand side of the test editing area.
When finished adding your text, make sure you hit the "Save" button to exit. The article will automatically appear in the Latest News.
One Last Thing
If you cut and paste text from a MS Word document into a webpage/article you might be creating, our friends at Microsoft ensure there is a mountain of superfluous HTML code gets added to the webpage. This code is totally unnecessary, bloats the page and creates all sorts of formatting issues when displaying the page. The trick is to either -
- type your text directly into the text editing area, or
- if you must cut and paste from a MS Word document, use the "Paste from Word" icon in the toolbar. Using this will strip the excess code and maintain the integrity of the website formatting for each page created.