Although the Edit Page form looks complicated, it is very easy to use. Not only can you create or edit website pages with this form, but you also have the ability to optimize search engine features.
The same form is used for Adding a page and Editing a page.
The following list describes each item on the page:
On the left hand menu and top menu (if your template has one) a short title is used for each page. Since typical titles are too long to properly fit in the screen space for a menu, this field allows you to enter a short title which displays in the menu(s).
This is the title of the page that will appear at the top of the page when displayed for your user and will be listed in category indexes or archives. Internally, this is also used to generate the HTML Title keyword used by search engines.
This item is only used to improve search engine results and generates the description meta-tag. Some search engines use this for ranking pages and/or display on search engine results. Just include a brief description of the contents of the page.
Another item used internally to improve performance with some search engines. This field generates the keywords meta-tag. When you create a page, default keywords appear. If desired you can change or add to them. If your page has a major theme, such as Memorial Service it would be beneficial to add each word separated by commas to this item. If you don’t understand this yet, just use the defaults.
The page category is used to group your website pages for the left hand menu. Notice how some of the menu section contain a group of related pages. When you use this item to select a category, it will be grouped with other pages in the same category when the menus are built. You have the ability to add, change or remove categories.
The Page Status is very simple. If it is active, your users can see the page. If it is inactive, your users can not see the page. The default is “Active.” If the page is incomplete or needs to be reviewed, you can set the status to “Inactive” and only Administrators can see the page.
The Effective date is the first day that the page will be displayed for users and the Expires data is the last day that a page will be displayed for users. This provides the ability to “preload” date critical pages and to automatically remove information when it is no longer useful. An example would be an Expires date just after an event occurs on the Event Announcement page.
Text Editor - Creating the Page
This textbox is where you copy & paste or type your page. It is somewhat similar to most word processing packages such as, Microsoft Word, Notepad, OpenOffice, etc. The row of icons at the top are the various edit tools and there are options to set font and font size. On websites, font size 2 and 3 are used for most text. One size larger or Bold can be used for subheadings. The most common fonts used are Arial and Times Roman. This page is Times Roman at size 3.
Images can be inserted and there is a help file on images. Audio and video will be supported in upcoming versions.
Saving Page when finished
When you are finished, you have two ways to continue. Click the “Save” button at the bottom to save the page. If you click the “Back” button, any changes you have made will not be saved.
For some administrators, some of this may be confusing. But don’t be hesitant to give it a try. If your new page doesn’t turnout, you can edit it, or remove it and create another. There is an option to remove the pages you create or edit. When you first start working on pages it can be useful to use the Print Page option to make a hard copy of these help files for reference. Typically after you do a few pages, it becomes very easy. We are always available should you need additional help.