Using the Editor

Once you have permissions to edit your site and are familiar with the basic editing steps (access the page, open the editor, make your changes, save, and publish) you can use these tools to add and format your page content.

Basic page editing cannot be used to edit your Homepage, Events / Calendar, QuickLinks, or Contact Us information . Please do not check out or try to edit these pages, or you will cause issues for your website. If you need changes to any of these sections, please get in touch with School Web Support.

Show Ribbon

This step is important because it will always show you your status of the web page you are working on and if another user has it checked out.  Once it has been turned on you don't have to worry about doing this step again. If you can't see the ribbon, click on the SharePoint Settings gear icon and give the order!

Start Editing

To begin editing, click the gear icon by the page title and select Edit Page:

Page Layout

Do not change the layout of your page - this could crash your entire website!

You can add and edit content in two places on the page:

  • The main content area of the page can hold text, images, and videos
  • The right sidebar can hold links/QuickLinks, attachments/files, images, and videos 

Editing the Main Content Area

You can use the editing toolbar to format your text or add other elements to the main content area of the page. 

Working With Text

Add text to your page by simply typing it in to the content editor area, or pasting it in from another source. You can adjust the size, colour, placement and other aspects of your text, add links, and include tables using the SchoolBundle editor tools. These are similar to the tools you are used to in Word, Outlook, or other applications - see the Working with Text page for more detailed instructions. 

Save often! Remember to save any changes you make. Get in the habit of saving frequently so you don't lose your work if you encounter browser, computer, or network issues, and since this is an online application, it will "time out" after a period of inactivity (usually 15 minutes) so make sure you save if you need to turn your attention elsewhere. 

Images & Video

You can add images to the sidebar area of the page, or to the main content area. The image and video icons in the editing toolbar are used to add images or videos to the main content area. You can use videos from YouTube or Vimeo, and images from the internet (considering copyright and other legal and ethical standards), from your computer, or, if you're working with a mobile device, directly from your camera. Check out the Images & Video page for more details. 

CBE Image Library

We know that it can be difficult (copyright law, media releases/permissions) or expensive (stock photography) to find pictures to brighten up your website. We've created a special library of CBE images that you can add to your pages when you don't have your own pictures but want to add some colour and life to your site. You can find them in the Student Showcase section of the Sample Site. If you're looking for an image based on a particular theme (like science), object (locker), or even colour, just use the search/find-on-page function of your browser to identify images tagged with your keyword. 

When you find an image you want to use, click on it to view the full-sized version (not just the thumbnail in the gallery page), and then right-click and copy the image location and use that URL to add the image to your page.  

Editing the Sidebar

You can add links (including QuickLinks), PDF files, images, or video to the right-hand section of the page (called the sidebar). To do this, use the icons below the main content section:

Tags, Share To and Scheduling

Please don't use the tag, Share To, or scheduling tools for basic page editing and management. 

Images & Video

As with the main content area, you can include images from your device or from the internet (including the CBE Image Library),  as well as video from YouTube or Vimeo to the sidebar. Check out the Images & Video page for more details about working with that content. If you include multiple images, they are treated like a gallery: once the user clicks on one to view it, they can easily move forward and backward to see the other images on the page as well. 

Attachments & Files

You can add related documents or files (like PDFs) to your page to provide additional resources for your visitors. Just keep two things in mind:

  1. If you can, put it in the page. Only use a document for information that won't work in the page (charts and tables that need a certain layout, large amounts of content that would be overwhelming within your site, or items that legally need to show a signature to be valid). Page content can be translated and scale to work on mobile devices; documents can't. 
  2. Information kidnapping in not a victim-less crime. If the file or document you want to refer to is from another site, always link to the original document, rather than saving a copy. That way, if the document is ever updated (or removed), you're not left unknowingly providing your users with outdated information. 

See the Attachments & Files page for details on how to work with these items. 

Useful Links & QuickLinks

You can add supplementary links to other pages in your website (always use the URL for the public view, of course  ). You can also link to other websites, or online documents or files. 

In addition, you can add QuickLinks, like these, to your page.  

See the Attachments & Files page for details on how to work with these items. 

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