Tutorials and Features
Tutorial pages showing to create your website. Having just done a redesign, I will need to update the tutorials!
Note that these screenshots and instructions need updating to refelect the updated layout styles and features.
I am in the process of writing the tutorial pages. The screenshot below shows the basic layout of your homepage and some of the features available.
Logo: depending on your choice of site when you registered, the correct logo and hyperlink is automatically displayed, for example the Rotary Wheel takes you to www.rotary.org
Site Title: chosen at registration, but you can edit this in the 'Site Home Page' update page.
Header Picture: the default picture is shown, but you can upload your own and create links to other sites or pages. These are then displayed at random when any page on your site opens. If you don't have any, the default is always shown and if you only have one of your own, that is always shown!
Navigation Tabs: you can choose whether or not to display club officers and the diary, but all others are fixed and go to specific pages. Once you have added members, they log in by after clicking the 'Members' tab.
Site Search: a quick search facility
Body of the page: obviously the most important bit! You can add text (often quicker if you have written it first on your word processor and do a copy/paste), upload pictures etc. The home page does NOT show slideshow imagess automatically, but every other page does. See the Polio demo slideshow page
Visit Counter: each time the page is viewed, this increments by one. This is also on every page on you site.
Menu: as you add pages, the menu expands. You can put pages below others, so that different menus appear. Not showing on the screenshot are the 'latest pages' (because there weren't any when I did the screenshot!). Whenever a page that is NOT at the 'top level' menu is updated, it will be shown in the 'Latest Pages' area for 5 days. Regular visitors to your site will be able to find new information easily. If they aren't regular, they will ave to burrow through the menus! A lot to be said for being regular!
The home page: you can choose 'blog style' or 'traditional'. Blog style will produce a list of pages/postings made in the last 30 days - though you can also mark any page as 'sticky' so it is permanentl displayed in this section of the home page. 'Traditional' display is like any other page and you can add any information you want. If you choose 'blog style' you can also have the 'traditional' content displayed above the latest or sticky posts - but you should keep this content short, or people may not notice the 'blog' area.
Other pages have additional features; in addition to the slideshows, whenever you add a page you can choose whether or not to make it available to members only (so only your members can read it after they have logged in). You can also choose to allow comments from visitors about each page - the comments are not displayed until they have been approved, just in case. Meeting and events pages are automatically archived by Rotary year, so future meetings/events are displayed by default - you can even adjust your time zone and preferred date format (dd/mm/yyyy or mm/dd/yyyy). I hope to have the pages available in different languages shortly.