How do I know which type of content to select when adding a new section to my website?

When creating a new website folder, one of your first tasks will be to select the type of content your folder will contain. Once you choose the content type, you will not be able to change it later, so it is important to select the correct type.

Several options are reserved for iConstituent's support staff, but the following options are available for you to use when creating your website content:

  1. Basic - Basic content is the most commonly used content on your website. You can use basic content for your biography section, committees, issues pages, constituent services pages, and even for content you'd like to embed. (For instance, if you have a youtube, picassa, or flickr feed, the code is copied from the main site and pasted in the source code of the introduction.) If you just need to add an additional menu item to your site where you can include a page of content, then this is what you'll select.
  2. News - News content is very similar to basic content, except it provides a few additional features relevant to news content such as press releases, in the news, op-eds, and speeches. Typically these sections don't just have one page of content. Instead, you'll have the main section that contains multiple content items within it. These are the most frequently updated and often visited areas of your website. A couple settings you'll notice is the ability to choose how your content will display: default, group by month and year, or group by month. (See How do I add a press release or other news content to the website? for more information.)
  3. Events - Events is not used by everyone, and if you do plan to include events content, you will most likely only have one events section on your website. Similar to news content, you typically add each event as it's own content item, and can then choose how your content will display: default, event calendar by date, event calendar by week, or event calendar by month.
  4. Basic Blog - Similar to events, blog content is not used by everyone, and you will most likely only have one basic blog section on your website. Each blog post will be added as its own content item. You will also have a few settings for comments: enable comments and/or enable CAPTCHA.
  5. Forms - Form content is different than basic content. You will not work with a WYSIWYG editor. Instead you will progress through a series of selections to build a form and an optional survey. The form will capture data that you can download into an Excel spreadsheet. Similar to an Introduction, you can only have one live survey within a section at a time.
  6. Link - Link content allows you to create a menu item that will link to existing content, whether on your site or somewhere else on the web. (It is also a way to create friendlier URLs to important content.) You will be able to set the target to open up in a New Window (recommended for content not hosted on your site) or to ope in the Same Window.
  7. Photo Gallery - Photo galleries can appear anywhere on the site, but many offices now rely on other sites such as Facebook, Picassa, or Flickr, which are typically embedded within a basic page to avoid having to update photos in multiple locations. The Constituent Gateway website publishing photo gallery most users work with is the photo gallery displaying your home page slide show photos or home page button sliders. Similar to News, you do not typically have an introduction aside from the title of the section. You also don't have the option to "Add Content." Instead, you will "Upload photo." A few gallery examples display below:

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