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Building a Content Page

The majority of your site will be built using the Content page template.

Two-thirds of the page, on the right, holds the primary content of the page. One-third of the page, on the left, holds the sub-navigationcalls to action, and spotlights (if used).

Start at the Bottom, Work Your Way Up

While you can move content around on the page (more on that later), it's easier and more efficient to build the page from the bottom up. When you add new content, it always lands at the top. If you build from the top down, you'll constantly be moving content.

1. To create a page, go to your site, hover over content until the drop-down menu appears. Hover over add content, and another menu will appear, to the right. Select Page from this menu.

2. To add a piece of content, whether it's text, a photo, or a video, select the Customize this Page button at the bottom of the page.

3. The page will re-open, showing a selection of blue boxes with a plus sign on the right. Select the plus sign in the area you want to add content.

4. This will open a box with a list of component types from which to choose. For example, if you want to add body text, select that option.

5. When you've finished working with your content, select the Finish button at the bottom of the editor screen. You'll see your content on the page. Note: If you don't select the Finish button, you will lose your work, as it will not be saved.

6. You must also select the Save button at the bottom of the page once your content is in. If you don't, you'll lose your work.

7. To add a photo, follow steps two, three, and four, above. However, instead of selecting a body text box, go to Media and select Content Image.

8. There are two ways to add a photo. An easy way is to have the (correctly sized) photo sitting on your desktop. You can drag and drop the image into box labeled Choose File. Another way is to select the Choose File button, then retrieve the image from where it lives by selecting upload.

9. When the photo has been uploaded, an alternative text or alt text box will appear. Write a few words about what is in the picture. This is not a caption; it's a description of what's in the photo that a visual-reader device, used by the visually impaired, will use to read our web page.

You must fill this in for Mason to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Putting Mason and other key words into the alt text also helps with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

To edit a piece of content that already exists, Customize this Page, then select the cog symbol in the upper left corner of the box containing the material, text, photo, or video, that you want to change. It will open the box to editing.

To move a piece of content from one part of the page to another, you'll use the crossed arrows symbol in the upper right corner of the item. Click and drag it up or down to place it where you want to go. Yellow boxes will appear as you approach a spot where the content can land. If you want to delete something, select the trash can in the upper left corner next to the cog.

Be careful; once something is deleted, you can't get it back.

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