Website Primer

Login to the the Google Sites Content Management System (CMS)

  • if you don't already have one, obtain a Google account... ask the webmaster to provide your Google account with Edit access to the site
  • go to google.com and Sign In (upper right) with your Google account (with your Google email or other email address linked to that account)
  • go to inclinetrails.org... at the bottom of the page, Sign In

General Guidelines for Web Pages

  • In general:
    • "dynamic, newsy" content should NOT go on the website but rather the Facebook page
    • "events" should be entered into the Calendar (via Google Calendar)
    • "static, permanent" content should go on the website
  • With the exception of specific Events and dated News Articles, avoid "dating" of the material... leave out "year such-and-such", "yesterday", "next week", etc.... this just sets you up for an out-of-date page that you or a colleague will forget to edit.
  • Unless it's obviously important, avoid specific use of people's names and titles... assignments change often and therefore we again are setting ourselves up for out-of-date pages.
  • Remember the "one place" principle... information should be stored on the site in "one place" only. If we replicate information on multiple pages, chances are that when edits come along we'll forget to change the replicated pages and once again we have pages out-of-date.
  • Text
    • stick to standard Formats
    • Heading 2 for page header
    • Heading 3 for subheaders
    • Normal for body text
    • only use Bold and Italics when absolutely needed (they become too loud if overused
  • Links
    • the general objective here is to preserve the visual comfort zone provided by our attractive site
    • if you are linking to a page outside our web, then have it open in a New Window
    • if you are linking to a PDF file (in or outside our web), then have it open in a New Window
Important Note on Cut/Paste
If you copy/paste from Word or from other webpages you will most likely also inherit (ugh) the formatting of the source. You must avoid this via:
  • do a Copy from the source document or page
  • Edit the webpage
  • Paste your clipboard content... select that content... in the menu bar right side, click "Tx" (this removes formatting)
  • add desired formatting (line returns, bullets, etc)

Editing an Existing Page

  • go to the webpage you want to edit
  • at the very bottom of the page, make certain you "Sign In" (or are already signed in)
  • in the upper right click the "pencil" button ("Edit page")
  • make edits like you would in a word processor
  • when you're done editing, click the blue "Save" button in the upper right

Creating a New Page

  • at the very bottom of the page, make certain you "Sign In" (or are already signed in)
  • in the upper right click the "New Page" button (to the right of the pencil)
  • make edits like you would in a word processor
  • when you're done editing, click the blue "Save" button in the upper right
  • now you'll likely want to add your page to the menu navigation:
    • pull down the More button (upper right), to "Manage Site"
    • on the left, "Site Layout"... click the link "edit horizontal nav content"
    • select the desired parent menu item... "add page"... select your newly created page
    • move that page up/down, indent, etc within the menu structure
    • click the red "Save" button near the top... the click "< (our website)" to return to the site

Creating a Calendar Event

The Calendar is managed via Google Calendar.
  • go to calendar.google.com
  • login in to your Google Account as needed
  • in the left hand Other Calendars area, click the down arrow to the right of the "Incline Trails" calendar... and select "Display only this Calendar"
  • click in the calendar area on the day for which you want to add an event
  • type a brief title (try to stay less than 30 characters) of the event (e.g. 3:30pm Board meeting)
  • make sure the proper calendar (i.e. Incline Trails) is shown in the pull down
  • click "Edit Event"
    • set the When and Repeat fields as appropriate
    • for Where, try to enter mapable locations:
      • 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV
      • Aspen Grove, near Lakeshore Blvd, Incline Village-Crystal Bay, NV 89451
    • for Description, you can type in new information and/or Cut/Paste from other documents
    • "Save"

Editing a Sidebar Block

  • click "More" in the upper right, then "Edit site layout"
  • select the sidebar to be edited
  • make edits to the content of the sidebar... then "OK"
  • in the upper right, "Close" the site layout editor
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