Additional Tips & Tricks

1. Changes you make to the articles and the images will be reflected in the live site immediately. So think about the changes, have a plan, before you start.

2. Once you are finished, log off. If you don’t log off. If several users are updating the site, a file opened by a user that did not log off, will be locked to the rest of the users until that said first user logs back in and opens the file. They are "checked out" and won't be available to anyone else until you login again and open them.

3. When you see this type of code on your page {gallery}portrait{/gallery} (text in brackets) please, leave it alone. It is the code that lets the server know to show your gallery, or any other module or plugin, in this spot. Your location map module uses this code. If you accidentally delete it, your have accidentally killed your gallery, video, etc. please contact me right away so I can fix it.

4. If you make a mistake and you don’t know how to fix it, just get out of the editor without saving (click close). Your changes will not be saved. Start over again. It is good to save as you edit by clicking on the “Save” button. If you have done a lot of work and you make an error and have to cancel, at least you won’t be canceling a lot of work. Save saves the content, but leaves you within the editor. Save & Close, closes out the editor and takes you back to the Article Manager.

5. Don’t upload images that are wider than 650 pixels wide at 72dpi in your articles. They are too large and will mess up your page. They also take a lot longer to load. Modules require that you don’t load images wider than the images they now contain.

Images saved at 300dpi should be reformatted to 72dpi. They are High Resolution and meant for printing only... they don’t belong on the Web. You want to save your photos as JPGs for Web. Do not use PNG or GIF for photos, reserve GIFs and PNGs for graphics such as logos, banners, etc.

6. To make the process easier, open a browser tab for the live site. Open another browser tab for the editor. This way you can easily see your the changes you’ve made to the site by toggling from one to the other.

7. If you are on a PC, stay away from Internet Explorer. It is the worse browser ever made, full of bugs, and unless you are using IE9, it never adhered to Web Standards*. Choose Firefox instead. If you are on a Mac, Firefox is still the best.

8. Do not publish Modules, Menus, or Plugins that are unpublished. They are unpublished for a reason. They need to be there to add functionality to certain parts of the site in the back end, but need to remail hidden.

If you have any questions, please contact me. I will be glad to answer your questions.

Enjoy your Website

Betsy Arvelo


* Web Standards: Founded in 1998, The Web Standards Project (WaSP) fights for standards that reduce the cost and complexity of development while increasing the accessibility and long-term viability of any site published on the Web. WaSP works with browser companies, authoring tool makers, and their peers to deliver the true power of standards to this medium. The purpose of the Web Standards is to make the Internet accessible to everyone regardless of browser or computer platform. Making the Internet more like TV. It has taken a very long time to get everyone to comply, but it is finally happening. Microsoft and AOL single-handedly kept the Internet from standards refusing to adapt to them and continuing using their “protected” codes.  Internet Explorer has finally made progress in a good direction, but have still has a ways to go before it is fully compliant. AOL is not the force it was so it isn’t vital.