The events pages and chapter pages were set up to pull events based on tags. DO NOT CHANGE THOSE PAGES OR AREAS ON THE PAGES. You input events through the "Events" option. When you use the right tag(s) for the events, they show up on the appropriate event type page and the right geographic (or chapter) page. The beauty of this system is that it automates this distribution of links to events, and automatically expires them to reduce the time needed to clean them up.
For future portability to another system, we're trying to minimize the number of web pages created in this content management system. Anything that does not contain links does not need to be on a web page and can be created as a Word document and both Word document and its PDF file can be stored in the appropriate folder as described below. Examples are the "Wildflower in Focus" series and field trip plant lists.
In general, external links to web pages should be opened in the same window so that users can use the back button, but PDF files should be opened in a new window, since they're using the Adobe Reader. Use ' target="_BLANK" ' in the links, or use the "Document" button on the editor to insert a link to the document to do this for you.
When you click the "File management" option, you will see the directories set up for this web site.
Wild Apricot allows you to modify the settings of the menu and background fonts and colors. It also allows customizing the styles further. A copy of the file is stored in the /Documents folder as "MNPS.css". This is not what the content management system uses; this is a backup in case they lose our custom stuff. You need to also modify it through the "Settings" -> "Customize" option.
The system automatically creates fly-out menus based on how you assign web pages in the hierarchy under the "Web pages" -> "Page Mangement" option. Each page subordinate to another is an item in a fly-out menu from the superior page on the sidebar.
All subordinate pages should be directly linked to the superior's page. This will duplicate the fly-out menu links, but when the user clicks on the sidebar item, the user won't get a blank page, but a page showing the fly-out menu options.
If you don't want to put a page on the fly-out menu, drag it to the "Admin Miscellaneous Pages" item. This has been marked as visible only to the administrator, which means the pages subordinate to it will not be seen in a menu, but can be referenced by name.
We are using Google Apps for redirecting mail on our domain. The following mailboxes are used for the specific purposes stated:
The search engine on the Search page is a Google widget. To maintain good search results, the file sitemap.xml in the root directory should be periodically maintained and resubmitted to Google.
Note: Files that are Board/Admin or Member-only should not be included in the site map file.
Instructions for How to Maintain the Search Engine
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