This document provides a brief overview for regional organisers using the TC website.
The goal of the site is to provide an easy way for people to provide information to club members and others. The site has been designed so that Regional Organisers and others can easily add information without in-depth web site knowledge. Most information is added using simple form based entry.
Regional Groups have the ability to edit their own Whats on entries as well as the facility to add their own news and pictures. Regional organisers: Please contact The Tandem Club Web Group for a login on the site. Also we can set up your Region if it is not already present.
The site will have bugs ... Please email The Tandem Club Web Group with these.
In order to administer the groups information you will need a login account for the site with permissions to edit your groups information. More than one person from your group can be setup with the ability to edit the information. Contact The Tandem Club Web Group to set up an account.
Once setup you can login to the system using the Username and Password fields in the Account section in the left hand menu area.
Once logged in the left hand menu area provides links to functions that can be performed.
Go to your Groups main page via the main menus "Groups" entry.
The system has a WYSIWYG type of web page editor. This presents a word processor like interface with a set of toolbar entries along the top. Normal word processing features such as paragraph style, bold, Italic, bulleted or numbered lines etc can be used. The system can also create hyperlinks to other website pages or off website pages.
The groups main page can be edited using the "Edit page" link. Simply type in the information and format it as required using the menus at the top of the editing area. Note that using tables are useful to columnate or block the content in an easy way. There is a table icon in the menu. Table borders can be set equal to 0 to eliminate these. Right clicking on a table brings up a menu. The "Table properties" entry allows the border and other parameters to be configured. It is normally worth setting the table for 100% width (Set to "100%").
There are some special "script" entries on the page that include the RO's information,Documents, News, Showcase and WhatsOn live information. Be carefull not to delete these (they look like a gray bar). To edit/move these you will need to edit the page source with the "Source" button.
Pictures can be inserted with the "image" menu button. You can either use a picture existing on the web system or upload new pictures using using the "Browse Server" button. The "Browse Server" button pops up a simple file browser with an Upload area in the bottom left hand corner. To select a picture simply double click on it. By default the File Browser will be located in your groups directory on the web system.
When uploading images, the images can be resized prior to sending to one of a set of sizes using the size field. By default they will be resized to 1024x768 when they get to the server. It is better to make the pictures about the right size prior to sending them as this improves download times for users. Also make sure the orientation is correct before uploading them. Once uploaded, selected and inserted into the document they can be resized to the exact size required if needed by clicking on them and using the resize handles at the image corners. Inserting images into table cells is usefull for including multiple images.
As well as images, links to onsite or offsite information can be inserted using the link button. Also maps, videos etc can be inserted.
If needed, and if users have an understanding of HTML formatting, the "Source" mode of editing can be used for more control over the page layout and contents. Use the menus Source button to access this.
Make sure you click on the Menu's save button or the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page to commit your work before moving off this page.
The "Add Page" button can be used to add a new webpage. A link will be added at the bottom of the current page to link to it. Once you have edited the new page you will probably want to edit the parent page and move/format the link as desired.
The "Add Directory" button can be used to add a separate directory with inital page. this is useful to structure your additional information.
Special, website generated, blocks can be included using the following code entered in "Source" mode:
There are a few functions that can be used. These currently include:
|groupContact()||The groups contact|
|whatsOnList(3)||The next 3 entries from the What's On list|
|documentList()||The next 3 entries from the documents|
|newList()||The next 3 entries news items|
|showcaseGroup()||The next 3 entries from the showcase|
|picturesRandomImage(width=300px)||A random picture from the system with given width|
This is designed to add news "snippets" to the system. News items are listed on a most recent first and in most pages the most recent 3 or 4 entries are displayed. They can be created, edited or deleted using the "Edit news" link in the left hand side.
The Whats On system is designed to allow regional group and other events to be added to an events database and be displayed to site visitors. It also provides the facility to list these events in a suitable form for direct inclusion in the TC Journal.
Regional Organisers can add and edit entries for their group. General site administrators or whatsOn administrators can add and edit any of the entries.
The system automatically displays only those entries that are in date.
To Add and entry:
For the TC journal there is a "Journal List" link that allows the journal entries to be displayed in a form suitable for a simple copy/paste action into a word processor.
The system arranges pictures in named showcases. These have a group name as well as a title and description. Pictures can be uploaded one at a time or as a batch using the "Add pictures" link. This brings up a Java based picture uploader that will allow the pictures to be rotated prior to upload. It also pre-scales the pictures to 1024x768 resolution for speedy upload.
Titles of the pictures can be edited by selecting the showcase and using the "Edit showcase pics" link. As well as titles and descriptions, the picture can be marked as good. When so marked it will be show by the random picture display system.
The documents system is designed for PDF, OpenOffice/LibreOffice or Microsoft Word text and spread sheet type documents. It allows the documents to be uploaded with automatic conversion to PDF format. Multiple versions of a document can be uploaded.
Please see the Website Style Guide for information on style.
More detailed technical information is available: help/index.html