Fort Hays State University > Creating HTML Content
There are many concepts covered in this section. Here is a summary list of the topics found below:
Add the Content ItemTabsMetadataAliasesSchedulingTemplatesCreate the ContentStyles & Headings
Line SpacingPaste from WordLinkingBookmarksCommon Editing FeaturesTablesInserting Images
Content is added in the workarea under the content tab. The most common content item is HTML content. The procedure to add HTML content is described below.
The Content Area is at the bottom and there is also a row of tabs above the Content Area. Each of these areas will be described in detail in the steps below.
Content Tab: This tab is where you will enter the actual content for your page. Summary Tab: This tab can be left blank, or you can create a custom summary for your page. If left blank, the Summary will be the first few sentences of your pageMetadata: Metadata is descriptive information about your content. Search engines use this information to index your page, so it is very important that the metadata is descriptive for the content of the page. Three key pieces of metadata are required for every page created on the FHSU site. Keywords, Description, and Title. You will not be able to save your page unless you have filled in this information.
Aliases: An alias is the name that is used for the website address. For example, www.fhsu.edu/cmstraining. “cmstraining” is the alias that is assigned to that particular page. Every page created, is assigned an automatic alias. Using the automatic alias, the name will just be the full title of the page. However, sometimes it is more convenient to have a web address that is short and concise to make it easier for users to navigate to and remember. This is when a manual alias should be used. Leave blank if you want it to be automatically created. To create a manual alias follow these steps:
Schedule: If a page is created that should only be “live” for a predefined period of time, then the schedule tab can be used to set up the page to automatically be removed on a certain date. In the same sense, a page can be created and set to go live on a particular start date. To set up a specific schedule for a page, fill in the corresponding date information with the date boxes on the right.
Comment: Can make comments on changes made when editing content. This information will not show up live on the website. Templates: Each department/administrative unit is assigned one or more templates to be used in designing web pages. Choose the template that should be used for the new content.Once all necessary tabs are filled in, the content can be created.
The editor provides many features to help with designing pages. Many of these features are very similar to the features used in Microsoft Word or other Word processing suites. For example, the editor has the following features:
Customized Fonts, sizes, and colors are not included in the editor. A style sheet was created with type specifications and background colors that cannot be changed. They provide much flexibility as far as size of type and use of bold and italicized type. The style chosen is very clean and readable on any browser or platform. This adds to the consistency throughout the site. It also ensures that viewers can see your pages correctly as the Web only supports a select group of fonts.
Headings: As previously mentioned, the font size, style, etc. are predefined. You have the options to select a Heading style. All pages should contain a Heading 1 Title. If you have a subtitle, it should be in Heading 2. Try to use the Headings in order to organize your page. Search engines look for the heading tags to index your content. Line Spacing: To start a new paragraph, press enter. This will move you down 2 lines. If you just want to move down one line, press Shift + Enter and this will insert a line break. Pasting from External Editor: Do not use the paste from Word feature. Microsoft Word attaches its own coding to your content that is not fully compatible with Ektron and will cause problems. If you want to prepare text outside of the Ektron editor, use Notepad or another plain text editor. You can paste from notepad into the CMS editor without issue. Linking: You can create links to internal pages, documents, images, bookmarks, emails, or external sites. Follow these instructions to create a link:
Create a Bookmark Link: A link can be created that will direct the user to a certain paragraph within a page. This is useful for FAQ’s, or other pages that contain a lot of content.
Clear Formatting: Highlight the area that you want to clear formats and click the clear formatting icon. Common Editing Features: The editor contains the basic editing functions like Bold, Italic, Underline, Lists, and alignment options. These function as they would any other word processor. Tables: Tables can be used for tabular data. Do NOT use tables to format and or align images and pages. To add a table click the table icon and draw your table. Add your content to each cell by clicking inside the cell. Right click anywhere within the table to bring up the list of formatting options.
Smart forms are currently being designed to make layout, and standard pages easier to accomplish. When these forms have been completed, the instructions for each form will be added to the training.
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