How to Create Content on EasyWeb
An overview of features and strategies you can use
Add a New Web
When you add an EasyWeb site, by default you are provided with three starter "pages" each enabled for a different content type:
- Announcements - date-driven text of any length
- Documents - files stored in your InternetContent folder can be linked to your site
- Links - any worldwide web URL
There are other content types described below. In addition, you can add up to four "zones" of other content types creating a page template.
By default, a Text Zone is built into the top of every page. The three default pages display one line of text (which you can delete) to reveal its presence.
Add a New Page
Using the Page Settings Tab: from the Select Web Page drop-down list, select Add New Page. Complete the form, including the "Content Type" (the form assumes a one-zone page to start with), and click Save to create the page. See below for a detailed description of the content type zones.
To add additional content type zones to the page, use the Template Zones Tab. The Calendar content type requires the full page width. However, there is always the Text Zone at the top.
Three strategies to build out a page:
- Use the Text Tab to create a page using tools similar to Microsoft. There is a graphics upload function and a link editor included.
- Use the built-in "Zones" of different content types, which automates the programming requirements for publishing documents and links. It also enables you to publish date-driven announcements or calendar dates by simply filling out a form.
- You can combine Text (a default zone at the top of the page) with zones below in columns.
Simply start at the top of the page and work your way down using the tools provided in the HTML editor to make tables, upload and insert graphics, insert HTML (by opening the source code view), remove Word formatting and more. Do not use Internet Explorer, as many of the HTML editor functions do not work in that browser.
Two ways to use the Text content type:
- Page Text: At the top of every EasyWeb page is a built-in zone called Page Text. This zone never needs to be added; it's always present and is the best way to build an entire page using the HTML editor.
- Zone Text: Sometimes you may want just one column of your page to have text. You must first add a Text Zone to your page using the Template Zones Tab.
To insert a link to a document from your InternetContent folder, use the built-in link editor (Anchor symbol). You will need the fully qualified URL to the document, not just the file name.
To derive the correct URL manually:
- Start with the base URL: https://apps.spokane.edu/
- Add the shared folder name: InternetContent/
Add the folder structure for your site.
- From the left menu, select Add/Edit Content link --> click on the Manage Files and Folders button.
- Browse to the file you are linking to. Your folder structure displays under ROOT FOLDER. Copy that into your URL.
- Change the back slashes (\) to forward slashes (/). EXAMPLE: AutoWebs\kamoric\ BECOMES AutoWebs/kamoric/
- Add the file name.
- EXAMPLE COMPLETE URL: https://apps.spokane.edu/InternetContent/AutoWebs/kamoric/MyFile.docx
- Now you understand why the Documents content type exists - it completely automates the construction of the URL for documents you post to that zone!
Built-in Content Types
There are six content types:
- Announcements: Add date-driven text, which includes fields for a website URL, contact information, and ordering the list of multiple announcements.
- Documents: Upload documents into a special folder (created by the Intranet Admins). Click on the document title in the editor to add it to a page zone, with optional header and description fields.
- Links: Publish any WWW URL that includes the protocol "http" or "https". This editor automates the process of creating the HTML for a hyperlink with clickable text.
- Calendar dates: Add an event description and other optional fields that display in the appropriate date box on your calendar.
- Graphics: Upload a graphic into a zone with optional caption that displays below it.
- Text: Described above in detail.
Add and Remove Content Type Zones
A layout diagram at the top of the pages helps you create your page template by adding zones and arranging them on the page. Four zones is the maximum, and all pages must have at least one zone. However, zones are not required to have content, which is a handy way to hide the zone when you prefer to build out your page using the Page Text option.
List EasyWeb under multiple authors in the Index
- Your EasyWeb site can appear under the names of as many instructors or staff as you want.
- Simply edit each owner to be "primary" and they will show up on the index.
Manage files and folders from anywhere!
- You can create, move and delete folders and files online.
- Drill-down to the desired folder, then click "Upload" to upload a file directly into it.
- You can choose to delete a file at the same time you delete the document or graphic from your web page.
- A visual display reminds you which zone is selected for editing.
- Use the Text Tab to edit text using Word-like tools for page text (top of the page) or zone text (one of the four possible template zones).
Create Menu Links
- You can add up to two menu links (to any URL) on your site's menu.
- Use the new Manage Menu Tab for easy editing.
- The Graphics Tab works just like the Documents editor to add a graphic to a zone.
- A button to the Manage Files & Folders editor is also provided on the button bar.
Mass Updates to Document or Link URLs
- Delete all selected files with one click.
- When you move files to a new folder structure, update all URLs in one operation.
- Use the Updates option to change all affected URLs.
Options when you move content to a new zone
- Move categories and links together.
- Create a new category for moved links.
- Just move the links (no category).
Calendar Display Options
- Choose between a Five-Day calendar or a Seven-Day calendar to include weekend entries.
- Add a new page, then select "Calendar - 7 Day View" as its function.
Article reviewed on 12/19/2016 by Cattadoris