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Section types

Select the blank section type

The greeting or home page, news and contact us sections are created automatically when a site is first set up. Those who have super-administrator access can modify these and create other sections and subsections as desired.

Below are how section types are set up by default, however these can be redesigned in whatever style is required. Use the Administration > Sections > Add section and select the desired section type, as in screenshot.

If you have a question or would like a new section type developed, please feel free to contact us.

blank  |   blog  |   events  |   gallery  |   generic  |   newsfeeds  |   newsitems  |   persons  |   properties  |   publications  |   resources  |   support

blank—use when a section has no content of its own except its subsections

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blog—writing about anything that adds value to your company, for your audiences...

Example—Platypus blog

Blog showing all posts, monthly stats, search, tag cloud
  • synopsis of each blog item
  • monthly statistics
  • ability to search
  • tag cloud of key terms

Blog post with an image added

Blog post with an image added
  • select title to view blog and comments
  • administrators can change the privileges of a trusted registered user to enable them to write a blog and comment on a blog item

Form to add a blog post

Form to add a blog post
  • add title, content and key terms (for use in tag cloud)
  • check highlight if blog is to be displayed on sidebar
  • select a file from site's private document store
  • or add a new document or image

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events—displays a calendar of events and visitors can step through each month

Example— Real Music Club calendar

Events showing calendar, list of events for a month and event details
  • view current month and events
  • select event for more details
  • view other month's events
  • users can register

Form to add an event

Form to add an event
  • provide event details and cost
  • select date from calendar
  • start and end times from dropdowns
  • select the category and location
  • request registration—default is none

Add event categories and locations

Add options for an event category and locations
  • pre-define category (type of event) and location for easy selection in dropdown menu when adding an event
  • if necessary make inactive—so does not appear in Add blog post dropdown menu

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generic—used if no other section type fits your content layout

Example—An interview with Jamie Guiney

Screenshot of web page, An interview with Jamie Guiney
  • displays text, links and images
  • if selected, sidebar is included—can display news and blog snippets

Add content through the editor window

Add any type of content through the editor window
  • use editor window—familiar formatting options available
  • add and remove links to documents
  • add images
  • use Font format to select the site's headings styles
  • override site's styles with formatting options
  • view and edit the HTML directly

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newsfeeds—displays relevant news from other news sites on your site

Example—Platypus newsfeed

Platypus newsfeed
  • view title and news snippets from other sites
  • selecting title displays full news item

Add newsfeed sites

Add newsfeed sites with number to display
  • add the site's newsfeed web address
  • choose the number of items to be displayed from each news feed
  • select the newsfeeds that are to be active

Select news items to display in sidebar

Select news items to display in sidebar
  • newsfeed items titles and date published displayed for each newsfeed
  • select the news item to be highlighted on a sidebar
  • sidebar displays the title and a news snippet

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newsitems—displays timed content, when an expiry date is reached, it goes into an archive

Example—Eco-Schools NI news

http://www.eco-schoolsni.org/cgi-bin/newsitems?instanceID=2
  • displays the current news items with post date
  • documents and photos are added and displayed
  • Archive displays past news items

Add a newsitem

Add a newsitem
  • publish and expiry dates are selected
  • title and content (using editor window to format as desired)
  • add new document or image using the Choose file option
  • specify link to image in document store, by using Add image icon in editor menu
  • select Highlight to display news item on a sidebar

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persons—displays staff details such as name, role, contact details, biographical info

Example—Our team

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful staff
  • displays the photos and staff details
  • if provided, location, email addresses, Twitter and Skype handle are marked up
  • when each selected, the appropriate application on the user's machine will start

Form to add a person's details

Form to add a person's details
  • name, role, biographical information, location, email address, phone, Twitter and Skype handles can be provided
  • use the Choose file option to upload a photo
  • if multiple persons sections available, select the section the photo should appear
  • decide on the relative position on the page of the person being added

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properties—displays properties, ability to set your own search criteria to help users find what they want

Example—Screenshot of property list

Screenshot showing list of properties
  • customised search displayed
  • views each property—title and description
  • hovering over title displays a synopsis of the property details
  • document added with a property is available to download and view

Property descriptors and their values

Screenshot of forms showing how to add Property descriptors and their values
  • to set up the search criteria, use Manage descriptors to define the descriptor types most suited to the properties
  • use Manage descriptors values to add values to each of the descriptor types
  • these appear when adding a property and then a user can select when searching

Form to add property details

Form to add property details
  • add a title and description
  • if prepared, use the Brochure upload option to upload a PDF document
  • upload an image of the property using the Graphic upload option
  • select the values for each property in the Metadata

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publications—lists documents and images previously uploaded in the site's private document store

Example—Peace polls publications

Peace polls publications
  • documents are displayed in a list
  • title, summary, date updated, file size and document type icon displayed
  • key terms are displayed in tag cloud—documents of same term are listed together

Publish a document into publications

Screenshot of form showing how to publish a document or image into publications
  • to add a document, go to Administration > Documents
  • add document's title, key terms (associated with its content) and comment
  • select Publish checkbox to display in Publications

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resources—displays any resources, users can browse through or search using pre-defined criteria

Example—Platypus Workshop finder

Screenshot of Platypus Workshop finder
  • could be products, services or other resources that an organisation offers
  • customised search displayed, by default (though can be removed)
  • view each resource—title, description, image, link
  • hovering over title displays a synopsis of the resource details
  • if document added with resource—available to download and view

Resources descriptors and their values

Screenshot of the form to fill in to add/edit the resources descriptors and their values
  • to set up search criteria, use Manage descriptors to define the descriptor types most suited to the resources
  • use Manage descriptors values to add values to each of the descriptor types
  • these appear when adding a resource and then a user can select when searching

Form to add a resource

Form to add a resource
  • add a title, brief description and link to more information
  • upload an image of the resource using the Graphic upload option
  • select the values for each resource in the Metadata

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support—a simple contact form for user to make an enquiry

Example—Activefeet Contact form

Activefeet Contact form
  • a simple contact form with default input fields
  • form submissions will be emailed to the email address specified in the Administration > Settings > Contact address

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