Connect, Grow, Thrive

Adding your content

Writing your text

  • Depending on your working style, you might write your text directly into the page or you may prefer to write your text in Word and then copy/paste it onto a page.
  • Working in Word might be more familiar for some people, and it is easier to save your work and come back to it later while keeping it hidden from website visitors.
  • If you write in Word and include formatting in your text (bold, italics, hyperlinks, bullet lists, etc.) it will get lost when you copy it into the text editor for the website. 
  • Please see the page on Advanced hyperlinks and HTML for a shortcut to copy formatted text into our editor. 
  • Editing a page directly is the most straightforward method and produces the most predictable results. 

Formatting your text

  • We have a limited set of options for formatting our text. This makes everything look uniform and professional across the whole site. 
  • Click on the "Edit" tab on the top of the page you want to edit. Click here to review the basics of editing pages, click here to learn about making new pages. 
  • In the Body text (and the Summary text, which I'll discuss in the next section), you can make text bold or italic and make numbered and bulleted lists. In addition to that, there is a Format menu, which will let you change the size and weight of the text. "Formatting your text" (the title of this section, above) is written in "Heading 2", for example.
  • The Styles menu is exclusively for turning a link into a button. The menu will be empty unless you have highlighted a hyperllink in your text editor. The buttons look like this (both buttons will take you to the Help page): Button Big button
  • Use these tools to get your text looking the way you like it.

Uploading images--separate section

  • Handling images is a little complicated so I've made a separate section for info about uploading images.
  • Please see Adding images for those tips

Inserting links

  • Highlight the text you would like to turn into a link, then click the link icon in the text editor menu bar (it's next to the bulleted list icon). The link icon opens the link menu.
  • In the link menu, you will see 3 tabs. "Link info" is opened for you.
  • In "Link info", you need to choose the link type:
    • "Internal path" is a link to a page on the ETAS website. If you start typing, auto-complete will suggest pages from our site according to their title (the second line at the top when you're editing a page).
    • "URL" is a link to an external site, most of your links will be this type. Just paste the link from your browser into the field that says "URL". Don't worry about the "Protocol" menu, it will auto-adjust.
    • "Link to anchor in the text" is an advanced feature, if you want to link to a specific paragraph on a page on the ETAS website.
    • "Email" is for an email address. You must supply the address and you can define a subject line and some body text for the email, if you want to.
  • Choose the correct link type and paste your information.
  • To make the link open in a new tab (I prefer this for links to external pages), click the "Target" tab in the Link dialogue box and select "New window (_blank)" from the pull down menu that shows "<not set>" by default.
  • When you have pasted the link and set the target, click OK to save the link and close the dialogue box.
  • To remove a link, click on or highlight the link in the text editor, and then click the "Unlink" icon (just to the right of the link icon).

Save, save, save

  • Don't forget to save your work!
  • Save early and save often!

Summary text

  • Above the Body text editor is the Summary text editor. 
  • The body text is what you see on your page when you actually visit the page.
  • The summary text is what you see when there is a summary of your page on a different page. For example, the Regions and SIGs pages show summaries of each of the regional or SIG pages. 
  • When you are creating your SIG page (for example), if you leave the Summary text blank, the description on the Special Interest Groups page will just take the first 150 words from your page. This is not bad! But, if we want to give a nice, short summary of the group, that will entice people to click the page to get more information, we would write that description in the Summary text.