Adding pages and content to your association’s website in StarChapter


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Adding pages and content to your association’s website in StarChapter

Video Transcript

Speakers in this video: Jimmy (GetApp) and Ryan (StarChapter)

Ryan: You would imagine we would click on "Content" - this is the largest menu in our Admin area. And, we have worked it up into various sections.So, we have the Page Manager and, of course, we provide training on our concept of Content Management. Page management, the page content, navigation manager, form builder, automatic sitemap generator. But then you have other pages - these are content pages that may be on the side that have specialized content - like a “newsletter”. It's a central piece because you have a monthly newsletter and you need to manage the content, so we don't want them to create static newsletters and have to move them around and archive them. The newsletter manager handles this on its own along with articles, blogs and forums - so all that is specialized content. Then you have advertisements and sponsorships and logos and things you need to place. So that's kind of managed here. Media and documents, photo galleries, videos and other slideshows and things like that. And then there is a more advanced design manager which allows people to really change the look and feel of their site without having to be a programmer. But to answer your question, the page content will give you a list of pages. You can filter or add a new page. I am just going to pull up and see the "About Us" page, and, as you can see our action area, we are going to have “Content & Layout”. When I click "Content & Layout", what it's going to do is give me a representation of the page and its structure. Now it's just the main content area. As we know it, in any website, there is going to be a header and footer, and I could show them as well by checking that off, if there is any specialized header and footer content to manage. But in general, you leave those alone and you just focus on the content in the middle. In this case, you have two columns. So, you have navigation, member spotlight, and "About Us" text which would be going to the edited, puts into focus here so we can make those changes and a WYSIWYG (What You See If What You Get) editor shows up how we can edit and do what we need to do and then continue. So, I can just save that and what if I want to change the structure and add something to the right - I would switch to layout, and now we are just looking at the structure of the page. I can edit this two-column look and switch to three columns and change that. Now, I would squish the about stuff into this middle section, add it a blank column to the right and I can switch back to content. Now, click on my Plus sign and add a lot of different kinds of content that might fit on this right side column. For example, it could just be a blank piece of text that I want to put in there with my own information, or an empty box or, navigational elements, search box, quick navigation, so lots of different types of content that can automatically be pulled in or dynamic content like meeting information with details. Of course, I would not want to change that every day or every month, but I always want the most upcoming meeting showing up in that right column. I could do “Meeting List” and it will just always be updated. Social media, sponsored ads - I could add, tick or horizontal stuff, as well as news and articles and blog list. So, if you want to just add in a blank area. I could just call this "Hi Mom" and hit “Add”. Those are "Hi Mom" text and we could of course preview that. And those are structure and our "Hi Mom" column and it's really that easy to manage content on their site. We could do publishing or delete a draft, or just continue and leave it as a draft version - maybe somebody else can come in here and edit it. So the other activity that is really common is the newsletter. So, again, we can see, we have a list of newsletters and sometimes chapters fall down on the newsletters, and, keeping them going about a month and then they just stop. The reason they stop is because it’s too much of a hassle to find somebody to pull out the articles together and not just write them, to format them, get them onto the website in a timely manner and then archive them to make them accessible and sometimes they go to a PDF round that could be a lot of extra work. So, we guide them into the HTML version of that newsletter which could be easily emailed and really manage without a lot of effort. So, each future edition like the January edition that is not active yet can be managed here by clicking on it and then you have this wizard here where we are at the "All Done" stage. We get to see all the different definitions we have come up with. So, we have the letter from the president, community outreach, legislative action, welcoming the new members. Now, this is really simple articles put together and then you can click edit and actually manage the newsletter starting with the order of things. So, easy drag and drop if they want to reorder or move new members to the top, they can add a new section. If they want to edit something, they can just click Edit. Get the familiar content - a WYSIWYG editor, the Excerpt is good to use because it pulls in information that we show up on a homepage or a listing with a read more button and it is really that simple to manage the articles and now they have a simple way to get the content onto the website and manage it effectively going forward and can build a nice rich history.