Editing Content

Members with a login account are able to sign up for meeting roles.  Some users will also have the ability to create and edit content on the web site.  Content that can be edited includes stories on the front page and pages linked throughout the site. Login accounts are only available to MarathonMasters members.

Signing up for a meeting role

The most common use for your account will be to sign up for roles.  To sign up for a role, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Agenda link at the top right corner of the page.
  2. Click the date of the meeting for which you want to sign up.
  3. Click the Edit button above the agenda.
  4. Fill your name into the roles you want to fill.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.

Posting a story on the front page

To post to the front page, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Create Content link on the left sidebar below your name.
  2. Click Story as the type of content you want to create.
  3. Provide a title and body for your story.  The text in the body works much like a word processor.  The interface is provided using an extension called CKeditor.  To learn more about how it works, read its documentation at http://docs.cksource.com/FCKeditor_2.x/Users_Guide
  4. Stories can have a teaser.  A teaser is a portion of the entire story which is displayed on the front page.  If you have a large story, please use add a teaser break so only the first one or two paragraphs show on the front page.  To add a teaser break, put your cursor where you want the break to occur and click the Teaser button on the editor's toolbar.  Everything above the teaser break will be shown on the front page along with a Read More link.  When a user clicks the Read More link, they will see the entire story.  If you don't want the teaser included in the full story, uncheck the Show summary in full view check box just above the editor.
  5. Once you're happy with your story, click the Preview button at the bottom of the page.  If you're happy with the preview, click Save at the bottom of the page and you're done.  Otherwise, make additional changes and preview again.

Adding a page to the site

Adding a new page to the web site works just like posting a story with a couple exceptions.

  1. You need to select Page as the type of content to create.
  2. You will most likely want to add a menu entry so visitors can find your page

There are two places you can add a link:

  1. The Links menu on the left side bar
  2. The Primary links at the top edge of the page (this is where the Agenda link is with the small triangle above it).

To select a location, locate the Menu Settings tab (should be just above the editor).  Click the small triagle to its left to open the dialog.  The Menu link title is what will be displayed on the page.  Keep it short - one or two words.  The Parent item dropdown defines where the link will be displayed.  To put it on the left sidebar, select "<Links>".  To put it at the top of the page, select "<Primary Links>".  Please don't put anything in the Primary links section without clearing it with your webmaster first.

You can also nest menu entries under other menu entries.  To do so, just select the menu under which you want your link nested.

Adding a picture to a story or page

  1. Click the image icon (Image button) on the editor's toolbar.
  2. Click the Browse Server button to see what images are already on the server.  If you need to upload an image, click the Upload button at the top left corner of the window, and select the image from your local hard drive.  If the image is large, check the box labeled Story to create a scaled down version of your image suitable for including in the story or page you're creating.  Once all that's done click Upload to send your picture to the server.
  3. Images must fit within the guidelines:
    1. Images should be no wider than 200 pixels, and a reasonable height.  This can be done by creating a Story thumbnail and selecting the resulting image whose filename begins with story_
    2. No image on the server should be larger than 1 MB.  In general I would expect images to be around 50 KB.
  4. Select the image you want and click Send to ckeditor.
  5. Briefly describe your picture in the Alternative Text field.
  6. If you want to inline the image in your text, you're done.  If you want text to flow around the image, select either Left or Right from the Align dropdown menu.  You will probably also want to set the HSpace and VSpace to 5 to give the picture a little padding.