How to use and edit this website

Questions people have asked about how to do specific things on the website; and processes that have changed recently.

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Click on "edit" at the top of the page, if you're not already in the editing window.

Click on the table. A bunch of buttons in the text editor will become available, that were greyed-out before. They're for adding and deleting rows and columns, merging cells, etc. To find out what a button does, let the mouse linger on it and a label will appear.

The calendar is automatically filled from the information on "events" pages, so to change the calendar you have to change the page that it's getting its information from.

Each event in the calendar, whether it's a one-off or a regular practice, has its own page.

You need to open that page, and edit it. One way to get to that page is to click on the item in the calendar. A small display will pop up with extra information about the event. Click on the title, and it will take you to the page you need to edit.

Open the editing window (click on "edit" at the top of the page), and scroll down to the section marked "event date and time".

You should see a "from date" and a "to date". Just alter these to adjust the dates on a one-off event.

For changes to regular events, you might need the "repeat" section - it's immediately under the "from date" and "to date".  You can change the repeat structure (e.g. from fortnightly to weekly). Under "advanced" you can also add exceptions (useful if you cancel a class, or take a break over the holidays), and extra dates (useful if you have meetings that aren't at their usual time).

We have a bug: in recurring events, any listed exceptions and additions (but not dates in the usual sequence, e.g. every Thursday) clock back one calendar day every time you edit the page. So if you want to add an exception, you'll also need to update any other exceptions or additions that are already there (don't worry about historical ones - just the ones in the future).

How do you upload images to the webpage to use in building a page? - Eleanor

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  • Go to "photo gallery"
  • Select the third gallery, from the small menu on the right-hand side - "3. Website imagery".
  • Create an album for yourself.
  • Create whatever internal albums you like (I use one for each project - once you've linked to images, you'll break the links if you move photos between albums, so it's worth creating a good filing system from the start).
  • Upload photos.

Link to your photos from the text-editor on the page you're working on, using the "Insert G2 image" button.

 

I've been using Inkscape to make lace patterns and diagrams. These instructions are the method I've found - there may be other, better ways (and there are certainly other programs).

But, for those of you who would like to use .svg files in your posts:

  1. Upload your files to your personal gallery, as usual. You'll get the same little logo as a thumbnail for each - you won't be able to see your diagram - so give them useful names and captions. You make even want to create a separate sub-album for each image (or have some similar way of keeping track); more on this later.
  2. Use the "G2 image" button to select your diagram. Under "insertion options" and "how to insert image" select "fullsized image only - no link" (the default, and the one we usually use, is "thumbnail with link to image").
  3. Move/align/resize your image as you like, in your text editor.

Problems I've encountered:

The diagram is there, but there is a lot of blank space around it.

You need to change the page-size in the program that made the diagram. In Inkscape, open "document properties", and select "page" - "resize page to content". You should get a version of your diagram with no extra space around it. Save it, upload this new file to the gallery, check that it works in your post, and delete your old file.

Instead of the diagram I just got a logo.

You selected an option with a thumbnail when you inserted the image. You need "fullsize file - no link".

I made a whole album full of diagrams, and I can't tell them apart in the "Gallery2 Image Chooser window"

I don't have a good way around this one. Know what order they're in, or create lots of sub-albums with useful names?

Diagrams don't show up in Internet Explorer

Some versions of Internet Explorer don't recognise svgs. It might be worth including a note to that effect, if you use them on your page. If you're feeling nice, add a link to a pdf (or similar).

You need to upload the file to the server (if it isn't there already), and then create a link to it in your post.

  • Write, say "pdf version" in the text editor.
  • Highlight "pdf version" and click the button to make it a link.
  • Instead of entering a url, click the "browse" button (it looks like a little square, at the end of the URL box) in the window that appears. You will get a list of files and directories that are available. You probably want something in "file" [some sub-directory]
  • If you want to add a new file, make an appropriate folder if one doesn't already exist.
  • To upload a file from your computer, click "upload", select the appropriate file from your computer, then click "upload" on the pop-up window. It may take a minute or two to finish this.
  • Once the file is uploaded, click on it, and then on "insert file" - the URL for that file will appear in the window on your text editor.
  • Save, check that the link works as expected, and you're done

 

The way you format images has changed a little, since we've updated the text editor.

  • Add an image to a page using the "G2" button.
  • Select the image
  • Left-click on the "Image" button (not the G2 button)
  • A menu will appear with all the usual options for formatting the image - alignment, dimensions, border, vertical and horizontal space.

Custom in formatting pictures:

  • no border
  • 10 horizontal space
  • 5 or 10 vertical space

You don't have to follow these customs, but doing so (unless there's a reason to do otherwise) will help the site look consistent.

We welcome photos from events and workshops! You will need a login to the website. If you don't have one, please ask the web minister (web@ildhafn.lochac.sca.org).

  • Login to the website
  • Go to the photo gallery
  • For photos of events, you want the main gallery, labelled "Photos of and by the people of Ildhafn"
  • If there is not already an album in place for the event, click "add album" in the menu on the right-hand side. Give the album a name, like "St Catherine's 2012". Dates are useful to distinguish recurring events. If there is already an album for the event, open that one. If you want to keep your photos separate from those taken by other people, you can create a sub-album
  • Click "add items" in the right-hand menu
  • Use the "browse" buttons to find the files you want to upload on your computer. You can upload several at a time. If you want to upload lots, you might want to look at the "windows publishing wizard" tab at the top of the page.

If you have time, give your photos sensible (short) names and captions. If you name people please use SCA names, not modern names. Don't post photos of children with identifying details (e.g. their names) without the express permission of their parents.

Lots of photos are good, but avoid duplicates - if you have seven shots of the same thing, choose the best. All the photos in the gallery will occassionally appear on the front page of the website.

To link to anchors on the page you are editing:

  1. Check that "input format" is set to "full html" (it defaults to "filtered html" in some cases). Input format is the first menu underneath the text-editor
  2. Insert the anchors
  3. Link in the usual way (highlight the bit of text you want to make a link, click on the icon that looks like a link in a chain). One of the options that comes up will be "anchors". There's a drop-down menu with all the anchors on the page. Select the one you want.

To link to anchors on a different page:

  1. Link in the usual way
  2. Add #[name of anchor] to the end of the url you are linking to, e.g. http://ildhafn.lochac.sca.org/node/344#Lace

Particularly relevant for multi-day events, since if you put in a start and end time, the event will appear to start and end at that time each day.

If you make the Start and End times both 00:00, then it will be displayed instead as "All Day"

Use the "page" content-type to make an event proposal. Under "event" check "new proposal" and the event itself (if there is a term for it). If you need to, ask the webwright to add a term for your event to the list.

Your proposal should show up under "group resources" - "event proposals", at the top of the list.

Once it's been approved, you or the webwright can remove the "new" tag. Then it will just appear under the heading for the event itself.

You can cut and paste the content of your proposal into a "Group Event" to make an advertisement that will appear on the front page, once the event is approved.

Any member of the populace of Ildhafn can have a login to this site. All officers and stewards should have logins.

To get a login, ask the webwright, $WEBWRIGHT_SCA_NAME$ (web@ildhafn.lochac.sca.org).

You can do nested lists, by using the "list" button and then the "indent" button. E.g.

  • lists are nice
  • nested lists can be good because
    • there are more things you can do
    • sometimes you need lists within lists
  • hit enter to get a new item, hit enter again to "back" one level