FRC team 5584. Est. 2014

 

 

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Website organisation

The i c robotics web site is based on a content management system (CMS). This means that the bulk of the content is managed as "articles". Each article is assigned a category which dictates which page it will appear on as the website user browses through the site. Each category has it's own layout / style.

Most of the pages are visible as top level menu items, for example:

  • "FLL"
  • "FTC"
  • "FRC"
  • "Media"
  • "Donations"
  • "Contact Us"

but there are additional categories / pages beneath the home menu:

  • "Team Info" (restricted - logged in users only - see below)
  • "Funding" (restricted - logged in users only - see below)
  • "Web Links"
  • "Downloads"
  • "Procedures"
  • "Events"

Access levels

Most of the i c robotics web site is publicly visible but there are some pages that are only visible to users who have logged on to the web site. These "restricted" pages contain sensitive information that is intended for use within the team and as such only team members will be provided with credentials (username and password) to login and access this information.

Pages that are currently restricted are: "Funding" and "Team Info".

Users are also assigned roles, the CMS has built in roles: Author (user can create or modify content), Publisher (same as author but can also publish articles so they are actually made available on the website). The roles are assigned on the following basis:

  • Members of the Business sub team are all Publishers
  • Other student team members are Authors 

Creating and modifying articles

You must first log in to the web site. When you do you will have read access to the complete site - that is the restricted pages / articles as well as the public pages / articles. Also, if you have been allocated the "Author" or "Publisher" role then you will be able to create new articles as well as modify existing articles. If you have the author role then you will need to ask a publisher to approve and publish your new / modified article before the changes becomes generally available on the website.

To create a new article:

  1. Select the "Log in" button and use the credentials (username and password) provided by the website administrator (Ian).
  2. Select "Submit an Article" in the user menu on the left of the page
  3. In the "Content" tab type some appropriate text in the title field
  4. In the "Publishing" tab select an appropriate category (this step is really important as it dictates which page your new article will appear on when you save your article)
  5. In the "Content" enter the article text in the editor panel
    • You can format the text using the buttons at the top of the editor panel - hover over each button to see the tool tip
    • You can view and edit text as raw HTML by selecting the "Toggle Editor" button at the bottom right of the "Content" tab
    • You can upload and insert images via the "image" button at the bottom left of the "content" tab
    • if you have a particularly large article you can insert a "read more" line at a salient point in the article via the "Read More" button at the foot of the "content" tab, this causes the article to be truncated by default when it appears on the web page but the user is presented with a "read more" link / button so they can access the remainder of the article
  6. Select "Save"
  7. If you are a publisher then your new article will be published immediately, if not then contact one of your publishers and ask them to review and publish your new article.

To modify an existing article:

  1. Select the "Log in" button and use the credentials (username and password) provided by the website administrator (Ian).
  2. Locate the article you wish to modify either via the search feature (top right of page) or by navigating to the appropriate category / page in the web site menu.
  3. Once you have found the article you wish to change simple click on the cog button to the right of the article title and select "Edit" from the drop down list.
  4. You will now be presented with the article editor, this has tabs for modifying the article content as well as the meta data associated with the article.
  5. Use the editor panel on the "content" tab to change the text and use the buttons above the editor panel to adjust formatting of the text. Hover over the text formatting buttons to reveal their purpose/effect.
  6. Select "Save" to commit your changes.
  7. If you are a publisher then your article changes will be published immediately, if not then contact one of your publishers and ask them to review and publish your modified article.

Uploading Images and documents to the web site:

For small numbers of image / documents you can do this one document at a time via the "Image" button at the bottom of the article editor:

  1. Open an article for editing as decribed above
  2. Click on the "Image" button at the bottom of the editor
  3. Select the "Choose Files" button and select the file to upload (you can repeat this step if you have multiple files to upload)
  4. Select "Start Upload".

When you upload documents / images in this way, be sure to write down the exact name of the file that you upload (including any capitalisation). If you selected a different directory to upload to then be sure to make a note of that directory too (otherwise assume the default which is "images").

Another option if you have a large number of images to upload or you want to create a "gallery" you will need to send your images to the web site administrator so that they can complete a bulk upload and if need be set up a gallery for you.

Adding images to your article:

If you have not previously uploaded the image(s) to the web site then do so as described above.

You can add individual images to your article by opening your article for editing as described above and moving the cursor to the point in the article that you would like to inert the image and then select the "Insert/Edit Image" button on the article editor menu bar.

In the popup window enter the path to the image file in the "Source" field. This path will depend on what you called the image when you uploaded it and where you uploaded it to. For example, if you uploaded your "sample.png" image to the "images" directory on the web server then the "Source" field should be set to "images/sample.png. You can leave the other fields blank, select OK to commit the link to your image.

Adding links to uploaded documents to your article:

If you have not previously uploaded the document(s) then do so as described above.

You can add links to individual documents to your article by opening your article for editing as described above and moving the cursor to the point in the article that you would like to insert the link then select the "Insert/Edit Link" button on the article editor menu bar.

In the popup window enter the path to the image file in the "URL" field. This path will depend on what you called the document when you uploaded it and where you uploaded it to. For example, if you uploaded your "sample.pfd" document to the "images" directory on the web server then the "URL" field should be set to "images/sample.pdf" (note that youi do not need to enter the complete URL here as we are referencing a document on the same web site). You can leave the other fields blank, select OK to commit the link to your document.