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Adding and Editing Content

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 10, 2006 01:24 PM
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The LiveModern website makes it easy for registered members to add content to share with other members of LiveModern. Here's how to add new web pages, news items, events, and other content to the website.



Adding content to LiveModern is a simple process. In order to add content, you must be logged in to the site as a registered member and you can only add content in the parts of the site where you are allowed to (this is called having permission).

As a site member, by default, you will have permission to add whatever content you want to your member folder, so this is a good place to practice. In fact, you should start with the "home page" in your folder: it's usually used to provide a bit of biographical and/or contact information about you to other LiveModern members.

To begin adding content, make sure you are logged in to the site. Then, navigate to your member folder by clicking on "my folder" in the personal links bar in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Your folder will open in "contents view." This means you will see all of the items inside your folder. If you haven't added anything to your folder yet, the only item that will be in your folder is a document called "Your Home Page" (where "Your" is your User Name).

Above the document list there is a "Select" drop-down menu. This allows you to select new types of content, including documents, events, files, folders, images, news items, etc. to add to your folder (and thus to LiveModern).

To add content, Select a content type and then click the "Add New Item" button. A new page will appear allowing you to enter new content. Note that there is a new set of menu options at the top of the content page—view, edit, properties, etc. You are automatically entered into the edit mode when you create a new content item. (If you don't see these menu tabs at the top of any document on the LiveModern website, it means that you do not have permission to edit that document.)

All types of content will have a short name (or ID), a title and a description. The short name becomes part of the item's web address, and should be written in all lowercase letters with no spaces. The title will appear in the navigation structure and at the top of the page. The description should provide a brief summary—usually in 25 words or less—of the content and will appear beneath the title. Only plain text is used in the title and description fields.

Note that there are three options for entering content in the Body Text of some content types: Structured Text, HTML and Plain Text. Also note that you can optionally upload content created using your favorite text editor in any of the following methods. Normally you will enter text in the Body Text that corresponds to the body of a normally formatted HTML page.

  • Structured Text—This is a simplified way of formatting text following rules that are set by the technology we use. To find out how to use structured text, see the cheat sheet.
  • HTML—This is a very common way of entering content on the website simply because HTML is the universal language for coding web pages.
  • Plain Text—This is text with no formatting whatsoever. For fastest content entry, use this option, but be aware that neither links nor text or paragraph formatting can be included in your content.

(Alternatively, you can use our built-in content editor, Epoz, which will provide you graphical HTML editing tools in your web browser as you edit LiveModern web pages. To use Epoz, select it in the Content Editor option of your personal preferences. If you have Epoz selected as your content editor, you will not be able to use plain text or Structured Text to format your documents.Note that Epoz does not yet work with Safari on a Mac.)

Once you have the content entered in to the edit view of the page, click the "Save" button. When you do, you will immediately see the document in view mode. This is how the content will look when viewed by others in LiveModern.

After you are satisfied with your content, you may want to change its properties or, if you don't have the proper permissions, you may have to submit it for publishing, i.e., to change its state. Click on the appropriate drop down menu at the top right of the document. Finally, if your content contains links to URLs on LiveModern or elsewhere on the internet, you might want to check them by clicking on the Links tab.

There are many different types of content available on the LiveModern website. Probably the easiest way to learn about them is to play with them. In the meantime, here's a brief description of the ones you will use most commonly:

  • A Blog is a web journal.
  • A Document is simply a web page, like this one.
  • An Event is something to be added to the Calendar and Upcoming Events, such as a meeting, an appointment, or an open house.
  • An FS Image is a way to publish individual graphics files, like photos or digitized drawings.
  • An FS Photo is a special way to display a photograph, including the ability to resize it.
  • An FS Photo Album is an easy way to display a several related photos at once in a slide show.
  • A File is an external document type, such as a word document or a PDF file. You can add just about any type of file to the LiveModern website.
  • A Folder is a place to store any kind of content. Create folders to organize your content, just as you would on your own computer. For instance, you might create a folder within your members folder where you keep images.
  • A Link is a way to easily share URLs to web pages that are either on LiveModern or on another website.
  • A News Item is a special type of document that becomes visible on the "News" tab. This type of content type should be used for announcements of timely and compelling interest to all members of LiveModern.

There are several other content types that you will see in the pull-down menu, including Forum Folder, MPoll, Photo Album and PloneChat. No need to worry about these as they are generaly used only by the LiveModern management.




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