Operation Manual

  1.     Make a project
  2.     Make a project page
  3.     Make an event
  4.     Make an event page
  5.     Add content
  6.     Edit content
  7.     Add user
  8.     Edit user
  9.     Post a job
  10.    Approve a job
  11.     How the template and layout works
  12.     How to backup the site
  13.     How To Access Header Files -> click here

1.)  Make a project.  -  To make a project your first step is to create the project group.  The idea of a ‘group’ is to create a miniature website within the larger website of ucgis.org.  This effect allows the project in question to have a separate presence and look from the rest of the website, while still remaining apart of the main ucgis.org.  

You can make a project group here.  http://ucgis.org/node/add/project-group -> The fields needed are title and body (description).  This IS the home page of the project and serves as a basic overview of the project and setup for the subsequent pages that follow.  

This step must be done first before you can added project pages.

2.)  Make a project page. - A project page is a page you can create that adds itself to a specific project group.  You must create the project group first before you have the ability to add project pages to the project group.  This is the same concept as one must make a website first before web pages can be added to it.  Another example would be a house.  You must make the foundation first before you can add anything else.  Same idea here.  You must create the foundation of the project first (the project group), then attach pages to it second.  Once the project group is created the next screen you’ll see will be links in the left hand side bar under the heading of “Content create links”.  The link will say ‘Project Item’.  Please note, a project item IS the same thing as a project page.

If you need to add more pages in the future or at a separate time simply navigate to the project group in question and if logged in with proper permissions you’ll see the ‘Project Item’ link.  Any project item you add from the project group page will automatically be assigned to that project group.

3.)  Make an event. - To make an event your first step is to create the event group.  The idea of a ‘group’ is to create a miniature website within the larger website of ucgis.org.  This effect allows the event in question to have a separate presence and look from the rest of the website, while still remaining apart of the main ucgis.org.  

You can make a event group here.  http://ucgis.org/node/add/event-group -> The fields needed are title and body (description).  This IS the home page of the event and serves as a basic overview of the event and setup for the subsequent pages that follow.  

This step must be done first before you can added event pages.

4.)  Make an event page. -  An event page is a page you can create that adds itself to a specific event group.  You must create the event group first before you have the ability to add event pages to the event group.  This is the same concept as one must make a website first before web pages can be added to it.  Another example would be a house.  You must make the foundation first before you can add anything else.  Same idea here.  You must create the foundation of the event first (the event group), then attach pages to it second. Once the event group is created the next screen you’ll see will be links in the left hand side bar under the heading of “Content create links”.  The link will say ‘Event Item’.  Please note, a event item IS the same thing as an event page.  

If you need to add more pages in the future or at a separate time simply navigate to the event group in question and if logged in with proper permissions you’ll see the ‘event Item’ link.  Any event item you add from the event group page will automatically be assigned to that event group.

5.)  Add content. - The new ucgis.org website has many TYPES of content, also called CONTENT TYPES.  These different content types are used to collect various fields related to different types of content the website uses.  To see a full list of content types available you may visit here.  http://ucgis.org/node/add  Depending on your permission may effect the number of content types available to add.  Each one has a brief description of what the item is and what it is used for.

6.)  Edit content. - Editing content with the new platform is very easy.  You may edit content one of two ways.  First is by visiting here to view all content on the site and searching for the page you need.  http://ucgis.org/admin/content.  If your permissions allow you'll see a list of all content and a filter to filter down results to help isolate the content you are looking for.  If you add any content in the Add Content section, the resulting page will be added here.

7.)  Add user. - To add a user or manage user accounts one would go here:  http://ucgis.org/admin/people.  This area requires a high level of permissions to access.  From this page you can add users, delete users, block users, or change a user's role (with applies a different group of permissions to the user).

8.)  Edit user. - To edit a user you simply visit: http://ucgis.org/admin/people  and click on the username you want to edit.  If you are logging into you own account you'll see an edit button to edit your own profile.  To get to your profile at any given time simply click here.  http://ucgis.org/user

9.)  Post a job. - To post a job directly you can always go here:  http://ucgis.org/node/add/job-posting, or follow step number 5 above.  The option to create a new job posting exists with any authenticated user - or any user who is registered with the site.  Each job posting content type is by default set to 'unpublished'.  This is to ensure the job posting can be reviewed by administrators before it gets published for all to see.

10.) Approve a job. -  To approve a job one with the proper permissions can visit here: http://ucgis.org/admin-dashboard-job-postings or you can see this view form the administrative dashboard here: http://ucgis.org/admin-dashboard .  To publish or make the job posting go live, you'll find an area at the bottom that says "publishing options".  Check the checkbox for 'published' and the posting will become live.  NOTE:  You also have an option to schedule when the job posting is no longer available.  This can help ensure that old jobs that are filled don't stay on the site indefinitely.  This option is a few links above the publishing section.

11.)  How the template and layout works - The site has three templates in use.  One for the first page, one for the event pages and one for the project pages.  You can see all available templates here.  Be careful.  Changing things here can and will drastically change the way the site looks.

In addition to the three templates, you have two panels being used which can be found in the pages area.  The layout of the FIRST page of the site can be found and edited here.  The second page is used for the event pages and project pages.  The panel that control these layouts is found here.  You'll notice in the upper left hand corner Group Layout, Event Layout and Project Layout.  Each of these control the layout to the respective pages.  In other words, the platform is told to understand that IF a project or event page is being shown, then display it in the way the panel is laid out.

Finally, the third element that allows you to PLACE things or content in different areas or regions on the three templates.  The three templates use the same region names.  You can see the regions available here.  You place block (found here) inside the appropriate region you wish for it to show on.

12.)  How to backup the site - Simply go here and click 'Backup Now'.  Save the resulting file in a safe place.  This preserves the database only.  The database preserves all content, menu links, menu structures, etc...