Avada – The Theme customization settings. Posts – All blog posts are managed here. Media – All images and pdf’s are stored here Pages – All static pages are managed (not blog or people pages) People – All employees, staff and administrators Appearance – Widget and menu management Plugins – Software (modules) that add functionality to your site Users – Manage the people that have access to your site Settings – access to site backup and recovery (UpDraftPlus Backups) Slider Revolution – Manage slideshows on the home page
Page Builder Overview
Creating a Page
the easiest way to make a new page is to duplicate an existing one.
1) find a page in the site that is similar to the one you want to create. Preferably in the section you want to add it in. 2) duplicate that page. — dashboard – pages – find the page you want to duplicate 3) click Duplicate this
Edit the Duplicated Page
1) change the page title 2) change the permalink (Important!!!) 3) edit the content 4) save your work (publish button) 5) review your work
Adding the Page to the Menus
If you want the public to see the page you created you’ll need to add it to the navigation elements (menus).
dashboard — appearance — menus.
There are a lot of menus for the site.
Main Menu — the main menu when in full screen mode Mobile — the main menu when it’s in mobile mode. side-giving — side navigation for the giving section side-sig-progs — side navigation for the signature programs section side-about — side navigation for the about section side-academics — side navigation for the academics section side-admissions — side navigation for the admissions section side-alumni — side navigation for the admissions section side-blog — side navigation for the blog section side-families — side navigation for the families section side-why-ncs — side navigation for the Why ncs section top menu — the top menu with the parents alumni…
Creating a New Blog entry
1) log in and navigate to the dashboard. 2) click posts 3) Duplicate the newest page with the same category (in the news or this week at NCS) 4) click edit the open page you just created (it should have the page name then –Draft) 5) change the title 6) IMPORTANT! change the permalink – click edit then alter it. make sure you don’t use capital letters or spaces (for spaces use a hyphen instead) 7) edit the copy and add your images. 8) under the publish section (top right) — click edit after Publish immediately. — this tells the system where you place your article in the blog 9) change the date to the current date 10) add the featured image. this is the thumb nail for the index page 11) click publish 12) review your work
Adding a New Employee
1) log in and navigate to the dashboard. 2) click People 3) Duplicate a page (faculty, admin, staff) 4) click edit the open page you just created (it should have the page name then –Draft) 5) change the title to the new persons name 6) IMPORTANT! change the permalink – click edit then alter it. Add the persons last name hyphen first name allen-chris — all lowercase no spaces. This determines the placement in the index page. 7) edit the copy and add your images. 8) make sure you check the correct category (staff, administrator or faculty 9) add the featured image. 10) update the information under excerpt — this is what pops up under their name in the index page. 8) click update. 9) review your work.
This area lets you delete users, add users, and change access privileges.
Change access privileges
Users — click the member you want to alter
Role – (very Important)
Administrator: Full access to the content management system (limit these for security) themes, plugins, widgets, core files, all content.
Editor: full access to the content but not the themes, plugins, or widgets
Author: Publish edit or delete their own posts, but not others content.
Contributor: can edit their content but it needs to be approved.
Subscriber: Used if you have sections that people need to log on to view, or post comments.
Create new user
Dashboard — Users
click “add new”
fill out required fields
Save your work.
Working With Images
For best results it’s recommended that you process all images before you bring them into the site. Photoshop is not necessary but highly recommended. Your pages will load faster and you’ll get better search engine rankings.
Optimize – make it web friendly
Image size recommendations. Try and keep this consistent so the site continues to look professional and polished.
Full browser 1920 by 1280 pixels used in the home page slideshows
Full content area (without sidebar)
1200 pixels wide controlled through slideshow
Full content area (with sidebar) 870 pixels wide
Featured image for blog 870 by 580 pixels
People — main image on their page 900 by 600 pixels
People — featured image (thumb) 700 x 700 px
Slider revolution was used for the 2 home page slideshows. It’s not the easiest environment to work in, but it was the only option for getting the overlay colors consistent with the original design.