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Welcome to the Admins page, which at present serves 2 functions.

 

 

The Contact Form 

So you can communicate with those of us who have offered to try to keep the website up to date and working. If you find anything amiss, a link not working, you get no answer from a message sent to one of the officers or tower contacts, things ambiguously worded or just plain wrong, please let us know. Also of you are trying to edit something on your page and it is unclear how to do it (having checked through the How tos below – then contact us. There are 3 of us who will try to help as soon as we can, your message will be sent to all of us.

 

The How Tos

Sort of help files to talk you through many of the editing functions you might need for Tower pages, how to change names, how to add files / photos etc. (Please remember to post the photos in the private section of the page – where the tower info is, unless you have obtained consent to put them in the public part of the page (GDPR).

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to edit your page but there will always be things we did not mention or worded ambiguously so please get in touch via the Contact Form

 

Bill Willis

Martin Spittle 

Christiana Hancox

 

Contact Form

How To …… 

ENTER AN EVENT ON THE CALENDAR (for those few with eventmanager usernames & passwords)

 

 Please do not try and access the calendar from the calendar scrolling on the home page because despite what it says, this does not work! Log In.

Colour Code – black for Guild and external events, purple for WD, red for ED, green for CD and blue for ND. This helps to make it clearer.

Log In – this takes you to (a limited) dashboard

Click on “St. Event Calendar” then click on “events”(WHERE, IF YOU SCROLL DOWN AND CLICK ON ANOTHER OF YOUR EVENTS, YOU MAY EDIT OR DELETE IT) and if you have the option, then click on “TDGR Calendar (id#160). Otherwise, click on “add event” which takes you the “general” tab.

Do what it asks, put in say “improvers practice”, leave the next blank and then

Click on the black square and then drag the arrows down to your desired colour. I suggest dragging the circle in the colour box to top right, then dragging the bar down till you find the right colour for your district.

Black for Guild events

Blue for Northern

Green for Eastern

Red for Central

Purple for Western

I cannot do this on an iPad because you need to click and drag. Should you wish to apply an icon then click on the arrow on the right of the colour select box.

Ignore “calendar default” x 2, have it featured if you so desire (it’s a bit silly), put your date(s) in by using the calendar pop up or by hand (it’s American style), probably ignore “repeater” and put in your key words eg. improvers practice”

Where this is not an all day event, untick the box and you will be able to put in start and end times. Should have put something like “improvers practice at Kenwyn” into “event name” and as “key words” you can happily click on the green “add event” box.

Add an image? At the bottom of the above page, ignore “add event”, scroll back to the top and click on “introduction”. Click on “add image” takes you to the image library where there are about 200 images. Best to put the name of your church into the search box and it will come up at which point you may click on it and then click on “pick selected” in the blue box on the right.

You want an image which is not in the library? Click upload files which takes you to your photo library where you may select your chosen image. Please avoid images of people.

Having uploaded and chosen your images (not obligatory) you may add text in either box by clicking in that box and typing. EG. you may wish to add information about tea, ringing times at various churches, directions for parking, method of the day —- whatever. YOU MAY NOW CLICK “ADD EVENT” AND IN 99% OF CASES YOU WILL HAVE PROVIDED ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION.

The external link would be the URL of say your church or organisation – an optional extra – the click “add event” —–

OR click on “location” at the top of the page or “schedule” or “guests” etc and add whatever is appropriate/necessary. On the whole you will manage to advertise your event on the calendar perfectly well by clicking on “add event” at the foot of the “introduction” or “location” tabs as above.

ARH 12/18

 

 

 

Remember – Every time you edit something –

On a Tower Listing – click the Red ‘Update’ button.
On a Page – click on the purple circle at the bottom of the screen, which then reveals a turquoise Save  button at the bottom Right of the screen to click on.
If you don’t click on Update or Save then your update will be lost as you come away from the visual editor.
This can however be useful. If you’ve made mistakes you can’t rectify –  if you close the visual editor without saving, then nothing changes on the site – so then you can open the visual editor again and start from scratch.

 

 

HOW TO add documents to pages on the website

 

Contents:

  •  Simple cut and paste or typing – to read on screen
  • Upload a document and create a link – to download or read in new tab
  • Multiple documents (essentially combine them into one document then upload and link)

 

 1 Simple Cut and Paste:

eg  Any text based doc you can copy and paste

 

eg .doc .txt. other wordprocessing docs.  (.xls selections will be pasted as an editable table however the structure is fixed) 

 These may be copied and pasted but the formatting is likely to be stripped out.

 

 Find the page

 

log in as editor – this will bring you to the dashboard

 Hover over pages and then click on ‘All Pages

 ‘Go to the page you wish to edit – put the name of the page in the search box eg. “eastern private” “standing committee” hit return or search.  or you may use the directional arrows bottom left to take you to that part of the list containing your page

 Hover the mouse over the page you want to edit and click on “edit” –  which opens up a page with a lot of codes and stuff, find the button that says “Build on the Front End” and click it.

 What eventually opens represents the structure of the contents of each page.

   

Overview of a page

 A page is split up into Sections  which contain Rows, which have Modules within them (which is where you type or paste your content) . Modules can contien text, pictures, tables etc.

 Try moving the mouse around the page, different colour control Buttons appear, and disappear.  As you move over Blue or Green buttins – wait and a blue or green box appears telling you how big his Section or Row is.

 Blue buttons are controls for the Section of the page, ie the whole width but only part of length.

 Turquoise/Green buttons control the Rows within the Section. Again the whole width. You can alter the column structure here, which affects where the modules can go.

 Grey buttons control the module – where your content is stored. If you click within a module you can type or paste content. On clicking within a module –  further up the page a formatting box also appears – sadly a bit too far up so you may have to scroll up the page to find it. Click lower down the page and you should see it appear.

  The advantage of this structure is you can move your content around, or change aspects of it as a block. – eg. you decide to change the paragraph order –  just drag and drop the module. Or  you decide you want 3 columns at a certain point of the page – you can change the structure of the columns in each Row.

 

 Create a new module to separate this from other content

 Scroll down with your mouse hovering over the content and you will find a grey circle with a + sign indicating the bottom of the module you were scrolling over. Click on the plus sign.

 This opens up a small window asking you to choose the type of new module, scroll down and click on ‘text’ (you can add images to a text module.

  

  • Add and edit your content

 Type or paste content into the large box.  Format using the format bar just above where you added the content.

 You can change all sorts of formatting here. Best to keep it simple to start with. Sadly, when you cut and paste a larger formatted document, all the formatting is removed as it need to be added in html (web page language) so you do need to reformat it. Text size often applies to the whole line.

 

 Click on “save”  Check mark in bottom R corner of new module box.

 (you can get back to this editing box by clicking on the setting button in the grey module control buttons)

  

 Preview your work

 If you want to , click ‘preview’ top Right which opens another tab to show you what your page will look like before it is finally updated, but it hasn’t yet been saved. Go back to the other tab to edit more and click UPDATE when you are happy.

 

Save

 Click on ‘Save’ button (Bottom R of screen – in Turquoise/Green.) If it’s not there click on single purple button in the bottom middle of screen. The save button should appear.

 If you don’t, then none of your edits will be kept.

 Good luck.         Email me etc if it is not going as planned. (Martin)

 

 

2 Your document is extensive..best viewed as a link…     is a PDF…

has lots of formatting eg. accounts, anything with tables in it or lists……… (if you upload an .xl .xls .doc or .docx file they will not show on the website but will download to your computer for viewing. A .pdf will open in a tab to view)

 You’ll need to create a link to it…

 Find the page you want to link to the file

 Hover over pages and then click on all pages

 go to the page you wish to edit – put the name of the page in the search box eg. “eastern private” “standing committee” hit return or search

 or you may use the directional arrows bottom left to take you to that part of the list containing your page

 hover over the page you want to edit and click on “edit”

 

Create a new module to separate this from other content

Scroll down with your mouse hovering over the content and you will find a grey circle with a + sign indicating the bottom of the module you were scrolling over. Click on the plus sign.

This opens up a small window asking you to choose the type of new module, scroll down and click on ‘text’  which opens up a new text module box.

 

Add your files

 Click on the “Add Media” button immediately above the grey formatting box. This will open the Add Media page, with a menu top left. Click on ‘Add Media’ if this is not already showing.

 You can either add a file from the media library or upload one from your computer. Click on the appropriate tab at top of page.

A reminder – .pdf and .jpg and .png files open within your browser so appear to still be within the website. All other files are downloaded to your computer to display, so will be saved on your hard drive first.

 If you choose to upload files you can either drag and drop them on the screen or select them using a menu of files and folders on your computer, eg  Explorer or Files app etc. {You can select multiple files, but they can come out with the links strung together.} In the bottom right corner click ‘Insert into page’.

 A link will appear on the page – usually in blue. The link text will be the file’s name. These can be subsequently edited, Copied and pasted, or Cut and pasted. Note although it is in blue on the editing box, it will be grey in the final page – if you want a blue link – then select the text you want blue and change the colour in the formatting bar.

 Click on the link to reveal the link box. At the right hand end of the box, click on ‘edit’ then click on the ‘cogwheel’ and you can edit the link text, and choose if you want it to open in a new browser tab. Click save.

 Select all the link text and you can change the font size or colour, italicize it or make bold etc using the grey box of formatting tools.

 Delete the text by mistake and you have to start again!

 

Save & Exit…………… click on “update/save”…………….

 

give the page a few seconds to refresh and either click ‘exit visual builder’ on the top menu bar then click ‘view page’ to make sure your handiwork is as you wished.

 

(Sometimes it’s sensible to save and Submit at intervals as you go along so you don’t inadvertently lose everything.)

 

 

It is also possible to upload to the media section directly

 

Advantage is you can load many files at once

then link to them from the page…. See above.

 Upload your files

 

log in as editor and in dashboard, click on “Media”

 click on “add new” (and “leave page” if that box jumps up)

 click on “select files” which takes you to your own files and you know how that works so do what is necessary and the document file(s) because you may add more than 1 will be uploaded – please make sure that they have a name which is easy to find as there are too many files which start with TDGR ….

 once you have uploaded your accounts, PDFs or even a simple report click on the X

 

3 You have several documents to upload….all to the          same place… 

      and you would like them all to open under one link

 

this could be the BRO uploading various documents to his page, the Guild Secretary uploading to the standing committee page or his own page for the AGM or District secretaries uploading for AGM as links rather than copy n paste……….

you’ll need to collate all your documents into 1 file (so this is a cheat really)

then log in and go to the page and the place on the page where you wish to insert the link  –  then create a link

 

The first part is word processing…………..

 Open a relevant document eg. the agenda on your home computer.          Rename it eg. documents for 2019 AGM,

 Go to the next document to be added, select all and copy it. Go to the first renamed document, scroll to the end, put in a hard page break and paste in your copied document. Repeat with each of the other documents and one at a time paste them in with a hard page break between each……….keeps it tidy! You may of course do one document at a time.

 Upload this file to the page (or to media)………see instructions above

and create the link as above.

  

Have a coffee break, congratulations.

  

Reviewed  2/2020 MCS