Presentation on theme: "January 14, 2011. Introducing RedDot Allows you to edit pages in the system. Provides greater flexibility and control over your content. Allows the reuse."— Presentation transcript:
Introducing RedDot Allows you to edit pages in the system. Provides greater flexibility and control over your content. Allows the reuse of content, maintaining a more up- to-date site. Includes restrictions that help ensure consistency across the site.
Logging On Log in with your username and password. http://red.otc.edu
Getting Familiar with the Home Menu The “Home” Menu is the RedDot menu located on the left-hand side of the screen. Homepage Asset Manager Search Tasks Log Off
Homepage Allows you to get a snapshot on the pages you’re working on. Provides access to Asset Manager. Manually submit tasks from this page.
Asset Manager Asset Manager allows you to add files to your folder that you can link to from your web pages.
Search Search for pages. Is not case sensitive. Is spelling sensitive.
Search It’s possible to have multiple choices with the same name. There are ways to determine which one is the correct option.
Tasks You must submit your tasks to the system in order for them to appear on the live site when it is published.
Log off After you’ve made all your edits and submitted your tasks, you may log off the system.
Understanding the Interface Editable regions are denoted by red dots. Foundation Teaser Text Elements via form Body Content
Open Foundation Make changes at the page level. Add elements (paragraph text, lists, external lists, etc). Add teaser text that will appear on other pages. Add an image that displays at the top of the page.
Edit Teaser Text Click on the red dot next to Edit Teaser Text to add text that identifies the purpose of this page. Displayed in a bulleted list on a separate page.
Edit Elements via Form Allows you to edit several elements in one location.
Add/Remove Body Elements This dot is used to add elements to the page. Connect to existing pages, create new pages, edit page order, and disconnect page from lists.
Content Classes Your list of content classes will depend on your permissions.
Popular Content Classes You’ll use the following content classes the most: Links – File Download List Links – Large Bulleted Link List Links – Small Bulleted Link List Text H3 (Main) Heading and Paragraph Text H4 (Sub) Heading and Paragraph FAQs – List of FAQsList of FAQs
Understanding the Text Editor The RedDot text editor is not a WYSIWYG. Can copy and paste from Microsoft Word. Will need to reformat bullets, numbers, and apostrophes.reformat bullets apostrophes
Text Editor Limitations Allows very basic functions. Right or left justification – do not center. Choices in bullet styles. Bold or italics; no underlining. Right click does not work. Must use shortcuts or icons. May create tables and links.
Creating Tables Inserting tables is easy but limited. You can add and remove rows and columns. You cannot control the look of the table. You can adjust the width percentage. Defaults to 75%. You’ll usually want to increase to 100%.
Using Hyperlinks Use hyperlinks to link to email addresses, internal document and pages, and external sites. When inserting an email address, always put mailto in front of the email address. Example: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. mailto:email@example.com To insert a hyperlink, click the hyperlink icon.
The Insert/Edit Link Box If connecting to an external site or document, paste the url in the href box. If connecting to an internal page, click the page icon. If connecting to an internal document, click the image icon.
Best Practices Determine the layout of your page prior to putting it in RedDot. Unless you plan to use teaser text, use the small bullets.teaser text When possible, use two column lists.two column lists Chunk your information, which will make it easier for others to use. Chunk Use headings to show a hierarchy.headings
Best Practices Avoid ALL CAPS if at all possible. Avoid underlining in the text. People associate underlined text with links. If you’re going to insert an image in the space provided, make sure it’s of high quality. We will remove it if it is not.
Questions? If you have any issues with the system, please send them to the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, it’s helpful to put WebServices: [Issue].email@example.com