WORK IN PROGRESS
To begin a new line without an extra space hold the SHIFT key then hit ENTER
By convention all links to pages that are not internal (to pdf’s and outside websites) the checkbox for Open link in a new window/tab is selected when creating the link.
Area’s where changes are made:
In the editing view there is a sidebar on the left where there are several options.
Under Manage you can access all the site pages and blog posts for editing, and easily see all the Media (pictures and documents) on the site.
Under Personalize you can access the theme and change the menu items.
Under Configure you can use People to see the email addresses of people who are ‘following‘ or have signed up to receive blog post emails.
You can also use Settings to access specific blog post options (‘Writing’)
As a side note on the main editing page there is a button on the top right that says Write this is a shortcut to create a blog post. It functions the same as the Add button next to ‘Blog Posts’.
General Page Editing
In the sidebar of the editing screen next to Site Pages select add this will automatically open a new page.
When you give the page a title that becomes the URL name of the page and you will see it appear below the title.
By convention all the headings on the website are Heading 3 which can be selected next to the Add button where it currently says “Paragraph”.
You can add images and text to the page as well as links to other pages.
Make sure that after you’ve finished making changes you select Update in the top right hand corner.
To add a URL link to a page select the text that you want to link to the URL then select the link button at the top of the editing page (Insert/edit link) – this will allow you to paste the URL of the site you want, or select an internal page to link to.
Adding Media to a Page
Both Images (.jpg or similar) and Documents (.pdf, .doc or similar) are considered Media, and managed from the same editing page.
To add Images or Documents to a web page go to the editing view of the page and there will be a plus sign next to the word Add; select that and there will be several options. Select Media this will open the media library to add new media select Add New at the top left hand side
Inserting media that has already been added is done in one of two ways:
- PDF’s, if you are adding a pdf to the page select the pdf and select Insert in the bottom right corner. A link to the pdf will be added with its given name, to change the link name select the text and click on the pencil there will be two boxes: URL and Link Text. Change the Link Text box to be whatever you want name the link, then check the box labeled Open link in a new window/tab. By convention all PDF links on the site have been set up this way. The new tab can then be closed by selecting the link and hitting the x.
- Images can be added in a similar way, select the image and hit Insert once inserted to the page the image can be resized by selecting the image and dragging the box in the top right hand corner toward the lower left hand corner of the image. There are also several alignment options when the image is selected and this will change how the image is displayed in relation to the text. The caption button will add text to the bottom of the photo which is how the description is displayed on the photo’s & images page this text can be hidden.
Media can also be added from the main editing screen, in the sidebar you can select Media and view all the media on the site or select Add and add new media from there.
Adding pdf’s as Images to a Page
Before a pdf can be displayed as an Image on a page (including the photos & images page) it needs to be converted to a jpg file. This can be easily done through this website, just select Choose a PDF file and select the pdf from the files on your computer, then select Covert PDF to JPG once its done a new page will come up and on the right hand side will be several options one of which will be Download select that and save the jpg. This can then be added as an image using the above instructions or to the photo’s & images page using the below instructions.
Editing the Photo’s and Images page
Images & Photos: This page is a photo library and each photo is displaying the caption which was given to it
Open the Photos & Images page and select one of the images, once you do that a gray box will appear around all the images with a pencil and an X at the top
Select the pencil, a new box will appear and in the top left corner it will have an arrow with Media Library select that and then at the top select Images to view all the images uploaded to the site
Select the images you want and a number will show up next to the selected ones which will be the order they will appear in on the page, after you’ve selected all the images you want select Continue in the bottom right corner.
On this page you will be able to see how the images will appear, make sure under “Layout” Thumbnail Grid is selected, under “Columns” select 2, and under ‘Size’ select Medium.
To change the text that appears under the images select Edit then you can select the text under the image and change it. From this page you can also drag-and-drop the images to adjust the sequence in which they appear.
Once its done select Update in the bottoms right corner, which will return to the Photos & Images page editing screen. Then again select Update in the top right corner to post the changes.
Creating a Blog Post
The easiest way to create a new post (when logged in) is to click the ‘Write’ button at the top right, from any page. This launches a fresh editing page for your post, with all the familiar functions.
If you do not wish to publish the blog post immediately you can set it for a later date. To edit the page setting select the gear icon at the top right of the page next to Preview. Under Status you can change the date associated with the post or set it to be posted at a later date. Under Categories & Tags you can select which categories the post appears in; by default all posts will have the ‘All Blog Posts’ category selected. From this area you can also create new tags.
Updating and Editing Categories
To edit or delete categories associated with blog posts you will have to go the editing screen and scroll to the bottom of the sidebar and select Settings this will take you to a page with several sections select Writing then select Categories. This page will show all the categories if you select the 3 dots on the right you will be able to edit the category name or view all the posts in the category
NOTE: there must be a default category
Changing Menu Items
To change the menu items, from the main edits screen on the sidebar under ‘Personalize’ select Customize this will take you to the page where the theme of the site is edited. Select Menus then Primary here you can see the menu layed out you can add items by selecting Add Items at the bottom then select the page you want to add. The name in the menu defaults to the name of the page but can be changed by selecting the menu item and changing what is in the ‘Navigation Label’ field. You can move menu items around by selecting and dragging them, if an item is indented it will appear under another item this is how the Library items are displayed. To remove an item select the menu item and at the bottom select remove. Make sure to hit Publish at the top left of the page once you are done making changes.
Adding a Make a Donation button linked to PayPal
Instructions to add a paypal button here
This may be a little advanced as the HTML will have to be edited to make the button work, but I wanted to leave it on here as an option because you would have to upgrade your plan to add a payment button through the Add button when editing pages.