Creating New Pages
Some pages (such as Courses) are very long with many fields; some are far simpler (such as Wiki), which just has a title and content. However, the following are common to most new pages, although you will need review the specific constraints of the different formats of certain pages.
This will be rendered at the top of your page in a blue bar to people viewing your new page. It is also the main text that Google (and other search engines) will index your page by. So it's important to make a unique, concise and helpful phrase (incorporate keywords you could imagine people typing into a search engine to find your page).
('Body' - sometimes an 'Overview') - there is a simple text editor, where you can apply simple formatting (bold, italics...), embed hyperlinks, upload and embed images or use the preset formats (dropdown under 'Paragraph'). Use much in the same way as Word.
When writing body content, bear in mind Google analyzes the text from the top down, and prioritizes headings from Heading1 down to Heading6. So put your most important text first, and most important heading as Header1 (and sections under Header2, sub-sections under Header 3 ...).
- Hover over the text editor buttons to see what functionality each gives.
- If you paste from Word, use the 'Paste from Word' button - cleans up a lot of the formatting embedded by Microsoft.
- You can write pure HTML either using the 'Edit HTML source' button, or by Disabling rich text (hyperlink at foot of text box); note that a lot of HTML and CSS tags are stripped out for security and style reasons - see more detail about your options for formatting text.
For detail on embedding images into your text is at www.semel.ucla.edu/help/uploading-files.
To embed a hyperlink, either:
- Type a valid URL and it will automatically be converted to a web link when the page is saved.
- Select some text (with your mouse), and click on the hyperlink button in your text editor bar: . You need to enter a valid URL in the dialog box with an http:// prefix (unless you understand relative addressing) and - preferably - a title for website accessibility.
Page Extras (Tabs)
- File attachments/Associated resources (tab) - allows you to upload and attach certain files to your web page.
- Vocabularies (tab) - this allows you to classify the page using appropriate taxonomy terms - such as DSM4, Residents' Curriculum, or General [common] terms.
- Groups (tab) - you can optionally select which Group site this page will appear on - this also affects who can edit it. You can only post content to Groups you belong to.
- Book outline (tab) - Advanced Users only... You can optionally create a book, that can have 'Child' pages to form chapters, sections and sub-sections. Useful if you are creating a handbook or reference guide, especially if you intend it to be printed out. See Structuring your pages for more help in this area.
- Meta tags (tab) - Advanced Users only... Some search engines are looking for embedded meta data, which is not visible to human viewers, but helps put your page into a context in search listings. Of most use is the 'Description' as this is the descriptive text that will appear under you listing on a search engine
- Revision Information (tab) - on certain page types you can save any subsequent edits as a new version. Group admins can review and/or revert any changes. Wikis - by default - always save a new revision.
- Publishing options (tab) - If you unpublish a page, only you (the editor) can see it: useful if you are drafting a page that you want to keep secret. Well, not entirely secret: the site admin can view all content.
Note that some pages are cached overnight by the website server so that the public see web pages real quick. The downside to this is that some changes you make to existing pages may not appear until the following morning. If there is an urgent need to clear out the cached page, contact your Group Admin who can manually 'Flush' the page.