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Table of Contents Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Login………………………….....................................................................................................2 Editing…………………………...................................................................................................3 Navigation……………………………………………………………………………………..3 Pages…………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Blocks………………………………………………………………………………................5 Text………………………………………………………
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   Table of Contents Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Login………………………….....................................................................................................2 Editing…………………………...................................................................................................3 Navigation……………………………………………………………………………………..3 Pages…………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Blocks………………………………………………………………………………................5 Text……………………………………………………………………………………………..6 Images………………………………………………………………………………………….6  Accessibility…………………………………………………………………………….............7  Publishing Changes………………………………………………………………………………… 10 Technical Support……………………………………………………………………………………11  Introduction Welcome to the Concrete5 Beginner’s Training Manual. This document will debrief readers on the updated web platform the College of Arts and Letters now utilizes, and will increase departmental efficiency of individual management of their affiliate web pages. The purpose of this training manual is to assist departmental representatives in not only navigating their sites, but adding and customizing new content. Users should be able to successfully login, locate navigational tools, upload new documents and images, add new pages, and publish new changes. In addition, this tool will introduce the concept of accessibility, and specify where users can receive technical support. Welcome to Concrete5, the open source content management system that the College of Arts and Letters has selected to upload information and web pages to the Internet. Concrete5 was selected for it’s level of ease and efficiency as far as usability. The key component to its accessibility is the option to edit content directly on the page, minimizing HTML and CSS frustrations and maximizing optimal content publishing. Login  As earlier specified, the new College of Arts and Letters web presence can be found on the platform called Concrete5. To access your site, the CAL website is located at http://www.cal.msu.edu/ The login page for the website is at   http://www.cal.msu.edu/login/ Use the username and password assigned to you during your content editing training session to access the editing mode. If you want to test content or experiment with the system please do so on our test server at   http://calweb.dev.cal.msu.edu/login/  Editing In this section, you will learn how to edit your department’s page by adding new pages, blocks, textual content, and images. Navigation Before you can add new content, it is important to first understand how to navigate the Concrete5 editor. Once you have logged on the the Concrete5 College of Arts and Letters website, you will be brought to the homepage with a navigation bar on top. This bar contains important links to edit the page that you’re on, access the dashboard, and to sign out. To edit the page, in the top left corner select the button “Edit” button that features a pencil next to it. You are now in editing mode and will be able to do several things in this mode including adding, editing, and deleting content. Note: It’s important to realize that the CAL navigation bar drop-down menus do not work in edit mode. Navigation must be achieved either through links on the page, and navigation structure at the bottom of each page, or through the site map on the dashboard. To access the sitemap, first enter into editing mode where you can access the navigation toolbar, and select the “Dashboard” button located in the top right portion of the page. Once you are there, find the “Sitemap” rectangle, and click on “Full Sitemap.” The Sitemap will show you all of the main pages of the site, including some that feature small plus signs next to them. These plus signs represent additional pages that can be found under the selected main page. To navigate to a page click on the name of the page you wish to visit, and select “Visit” when the pop up menu appears.  Pages  After mastering the proper way to navigate the CAL website and selecting your department’s page, you can learn to add subpages within your specific web page. There are two ways to add a new page to the Concrete5 system. One option to add a web page is by navigating to the parent page that will host the new page and clicking the add page button. The other option is to add a page through the dashboard. This section will offer instructions for both methods of adding the page. To add a page from the parent page, navigate to the parent page and hover your mouse over the “Edit” button. A drop-down menu will appear, but do not   enter into editing mode. Before you edit, a button will appear that reads “Add a subpage.” Selecting this will bring up the add page window. First, you’ll notice that you are required to choose a page type. The page types have icons associated with them that are roughly related to the layout of the page.   You will notice there are three different pre-designed layouts to choose from including Right Sidebar, Subpage No Sidebar, and Subpage Right Sidebar. Right sidebar should be used on main (home) pages for departmental sites that clearly shows the navigation to site subpages. For pages with no additional subpages, Subpage No Sidebar is desirable. However, if the subpage has additional secondary pages, Subpage Right Sidebar is the best option. Once you choose the desired page type you’ll need to give the page a name. The name of the page can be a long name with two or more words, however you may want to adjust the “alias” that it generates from that long name to be something shorter. For instance, I may name something “fall semester 2011 workshops” and Concrete5 will create a URL that looks like “fall-semester-2011-workshops.” This is a very long page name. Instead, we can adjust the URL to be something shorter such as “fs11workshops” so the link to the page would appear as http://edtech.cal.msu.edu/ fs11workshops/. This is a much easier link for people to remember and to include for documents. The second option to add a page is by first navigating to the Sitemap which can be found in the Dashboard. Once you have access to the Sitemap, select the parent page
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