To add new content to your website, navigate to the correct section, and select the name of the folder you'd like to add content to. (If you do not yet have a folder for your content, see our article on creating new menu items.)
Most content on your website will be created in an area of the section entitled "Introduction." Whatever gets added to the introduction displays in its entirety on the section's landing page. (You can only have one introduction per section.) To add a new introduction, click the Add Introduction button. If you already have an introduction that needs updating, click on the "Headline/Title" for the introduction.
"Content" within the Constituent Gateway Website Publishing System adds links to the current section that would appear below the introduction. Each link would lead to a full page of content. This is most commonly found in news sections like your Press Releases, Op-Eds, Blogs, Events, and others where you would need to frequently add new content items. There is no limit to the number of content items you can add to a section. If you need to add a new item, click the Add Content button. If you need to edit existing content, select the "Headline/Title" for the desired content.
Whether you're adding an Introduction or Content, you will work with the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor in the same way.
Working with the Editor
Although this is a WYSIWYG editor, there is a recommended order of operations to achieve proper formatting: (1) Add plain unformatted text, (2) Add images (use tables for placement and spacing if necessary), (3) and format text (including hyperlinks).
NOTE: To work with the HTML code instead of the WYSIWYG editor, click the Source button in the upper left-hand corner.
You can type directly into the editor, but many prefer to compose their text in another program such as Word prior to adding it to the website. To ensure you are pasting plain text into the editor to avoid errant code carrying over from other programs, use the Paste from Word or Paste as Plain Text icons in the toolbar.
Adding Tables and Images
If you plan to include an image, you will need to upload the image to the server. You can also use tables to set up your desired layout. See our article on adding photos with captions to your website.
Formatting Text and Adding Hyperlinks
The last step for creating and editing basic content is formatting your text.
- Formatting is similar to formatting in most word processing software. Highlight the text you want to change, and select the style. You have dropdown menus below the toolbar with style, format, font, and size options, as well as icons for bold, italicize, underline, and strike through. You can also change the alignment of your text.
- To create a hyperlink, you’ll highlight the desired text, and click the hyperlink icon.
- When the “Link” window appears, type in the URL.
- If you are linking to a different website, it’s a good idea to set the target to open up in a new window so that when the viewer closes that content, he/she will still see your website.
When you're finished editing your content, click Save. Your content is automatically added to the website.
Viewing Your Updated Page
After you've saved your changes, you'll be returned to the section. You will see 2 URLs at the top of the screen. The Site URL will open up a new tab to your Home Page. The Section URL will open up a new tab to the section you are working on. Saving your edits instantly updates the site, so click the Section URL to view your changes.