Creating and updating pages

How to create pages of different types, using the rotary-site.org template

An important thing to remember - these tutorial pages give you advice and a lot of detail - this might make things look more complicated than they really are! Creating pages is just a matter of filling in onlinre forms.

If you need to create a new page, you will already have an idea of what type of page it's going to be - a 'weekly meeting' an 'event' a 'main page'. Project type sites do not see the menu option to add weekly meetings

In order to add a page, first choose the correct page type from the 'public pages' menu: 'weekly meetings' or 'what we do pages' etc. Once on the appropriate page type, you can then create new pages of that type.

About page types...

The layout for each page type is similar, though different functions are available for different page types. For example, if you go to the meetings page, there is the option on the left-hand menu to 'add one meeting', 'add several meetings' or add 'multiple recurring weekly & council meetings', whereas on the 'main menu' pages, there is the option to 'add a new MAIN page' - but the layout of the rest of the page is similar.

''Main Menu' pages' - these are the most important pages, telling visitors about who you are, what you do etc.  These pages will form the main menu structure of your site and are available from the drop-down menu on every page. You can associate a main page with a committee, and grant one or more members of that committee access to edit the main page and any pages below it.

If you are associating pages with a committee, it is more 'user friendly;' to visitors to give the public pages meaningful names rather than the committee names; for example, 'opportunities for young people' is more meaningful to the general public than 'Youth Services'.  'What we do around the world' might be a more meaningful title than 'international committee'.

Weekly meetings are shown in the 'meetings' list, but also on the home page (in two areas, last week's meeting and 'in the next 30 days', as appropriate). The current week's meeting is also displayed in the members area of other clubs in your district - so if a member can't make your club night, he/she can see what's on elsewhere and attend a different club if they wish. You can add meetings individually or many simultneously.

'Events' - this is anything with a date that isn't a weekly meeting! It might be an annual fund-raiser you run and want to add information for the specific date. By providing the date, it will appear in several places:


Common elements on all page types...

The page title

The URL 'slug' - this is VERY IMPORTANT, as the page will not be added if not supplied. It's not as complicated as it sounds! It is used to create a friendly name for your page, which is better for search engine results. 

The 'brief details' field is important; not only is it used to provide information about the page on 'list' pages (future events, weekly meetings etc) it is also used as 'tooltip' text in menus - when the mouse hovers over the menu item, this text is displayed. This is a help in getting your pages indexed by the search engines, so make sure your brief details are worthwhile.

Feedback options

You can get feedback about the page in 2 different ways. You can choose either (or both, or none);

  1. select a member from the 'contact member' drop-down list, which only shows members with an email address). A form is displayed on the page and emails are sent to the member NB - the email address is not disclosed.
  2. tick the 'allow comments' = 'yes' button. A comments form will be displayed on the page. Visitors to the site can then add a comment which once approved by the club administrator is then displayed, with other comments, on the page

The HTML Editor

The large area is for the body of the page where you can copy/paste information from another source (Word etc), upload files and pictures. See the tutorials about 'using the Editor' and adding pictures/files

Below the main contents area, you can choose if you wish to make this page 'sticky' so it is highlighted on the main page.

As with the rest of the template, you can update and change things easily - so don't worry about trying to do everything in one go.

Once a page is added, when you go to update the page, you can add a 'main picture' to it, create a slideshow etc

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