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Getting Started, Helpful Tips, and FAQ

The Pages icon (tab), on the black admin bar to the left of your website, allows you to add new pages, view existing pages and reorganize pages. 

Note: this is the only way an unpublished or page not included in navigation can be viewed.

How the Pages page is organized#

At the very top of Pages is a line that starts with a Search option. As you add pages and your site grows, this Search can come in handy. Instead of searching through all your pages for the one you want to edit, Just type whatever you remember of the page title you are looking for in the Search field. All the pages with your search term will display.

To the right of the Search field is a list of Page Statuses and how many pages have that status. You may click on the status to see the pages that have that particular status applied.

And to the far right is a blue 'Add Page' button.

Directly under the top row you will see a list of all the pages on your site, including the page title, when it was published, and status. To the right of this information is an 'Edit' button and to the right of the 'Edit' button is a small down arrow.

  1. Click the page title to open the page for viewing.
  2. Click the 'Edit' button to open the page in edit mode.
  3. Click the down arrow to:
  • View - Opens the page. Same as clicking the page title
  • Trash - Takes the page off your site. Pages can be recovered from the trash, but once the trash is emptied, the trashed pages are gone permanently.
  • Unpublish - Makes a page unavailable to everyone except the site administrator.
  • Relocate - Moves a page to a different place in the outline of your site. This eliminates most of the need for deleting and re-adding a page.

The page list is organized similarly to an outline. Main navigation pages to the far left, child pages of a given main navigation page indented and listed directly underneath and the child pages of child pages indented further, etc. As you add / trash pages, this list will be updated automatically as will the status references on the top row of Pages.

If you have more than 20 pages, a third row will appear at the bottom of the Pages page. On the left will be the number of pages on your website. To the right will be numbers that link to additional pages of page titles, as well as 'Previous' and 'Next' links.

Remember you can also use the search at the top to find a specific page.



Page History and Backup

You can see all previous versions of each page by checking the page history. Here you can roll back to any previous version. The preview does not apply until you publish that preview.



Page Settings

There are two panels on the right side of the page editor for your page settings. The title can be set in the preview area, or in the title field. The description allows you to add a paragraph of text which can be used in teasers and in other locations that can link to this page. The featured image is used as a thumbnail for the page and will often display in the header (depending on the layout selected for the page).

The Advanced settings allow you to change the layout, the hard-coded URL, and the page's viewer permissions. You can also change the list order of child pages, from alphabetical to manual order.



Adding and Editing content

Have some text that you would like to make into a link? First, select (highlight) the text you would like to convert into a link. A box should pop up from the very text you have just selected. Next, click the button all the way on the right. This will bring up the link options. On the left, the Upload button brings up various social and cloud storage providers to link to. The search bar searches for items to link. You may also preview, remove an existing link, or confirm changes. 



This same pop-up menu provides you with several other options for editing the text appearance. There is Styles, Bullets (both numbered and un-numbered), Bold, and Italics.


Bullets or Numbered Lists:

To start a bulleted or numbered list, simply type the first item in your list, and select it. Then in the formatting popup, you will see two icons, one for bullets and the other for numbered lists. Select the one you want, and the numbered lists begins. Pressing enter will create a new item. If you want you can go back into the list and add an item, and press Tab, to indent that item. An item can be unintended by pressing Shift-Tab.



When you click your cursor into the content window, you will now see a floating "plus" sign that appears at the margin. When you click on the "plus" you will see a menu of items that you can "add": images, galleries, media, lists, social, podcasts, columns, tables, text rules, notices, quotes, maps, forms, embeds, and HTML code.


Adding Images:

To add an image to your page, you can do it as a block as above, and click the image icon. You can also drag an image from your computer onto the page in edit mode. Then you can move them to the right or left with the block alignment menu items.


Uploading a PDF file, and linking to it:

If you want to upload a file, all you need to do is type the text you want to be the link, then select that text, and click on the link icon. From this you will see the URL window, and at the far left of the box, you will see a cloud icon. This icon will allow you to upload files, and link to them. Once you finish the upload process, you will need to click the link check mark to confirm the file link. Note: this link will automatically generate, but you will still need to use the checkmark to confirm it.


Link Anchors:

Anchors are places within a page, like a heading or new section title to where you can link directly. The use case would be a long page of content with headings, and you wanted to link down to a specific heading down the page,  and have that heading be at the very top of the view as that page is loaded.

You can do this with the Heading Anchor tool. All you have to do is highlight your heading text and set it as a heading style, and the system will automatically create an anchor on it when the page is published.

Publish the page, and mouse over the headline you want to link to. You will see a # icon show up at the right of the headline text. When you click this icon, you will see the complete anchor in the URL. You can copy this and use it for a link which will load the page with that headline in view.

Note: If you are making a TOC on the same page and when you are logged in as an admin, it may not appear that the anchor links are working. This is a known bug, and relates to your being logged in as an admin, and having the same page already loaded. The anchor will work perfectly to your website visitor.