News, events, and notes can be published either from your Homepage or from your Webmaster Center.
- When building your site or editing existing pages, the Content Manager in the Webmaster Center provides easy access to the tools for publishing news, events, and notes to the homepage of your site.
- Click the appropriate button to add news, an event, or notes and fill out the simple forms before clicking the Submit button.
- News published to the homepage will also appear on the portal of all users and in their daily email.
Publish to Other Sections of the Website
- To add news, events, or notes to other sections of the website, you must first add the appropriate Element to a page in the section.
- Let's use this scenario as an example: The principal wishes to publish a weekly message to the community.
- As the webmaster, you decide to create a page called Principal's Message under the top level section titled About Us.
- To this page, you have added a Notes/Blog Element as pictured below.
- Whenever you wish to publish a new message from the principal, click the Add Notes button on the page.
- This example illustrates an important detail about the School Loop system for building websites: along with the site homepage, each section or sub-section has its own separate news, events, and notes.
- The notes published on the Principal's Message page does not appear on any page outside of the About Us section.
- It is also important to point out that every page in the About Us section that includes a Notes/Blog Element displays the same set of notes.
- Generally, it is best to use the News, Calendar, and Notes/Blog Elements on only one page per section.
Publishing from your Portal
- Publishing news and events as described above is convenient if you happen to be working on the Webmaster Center or a section of your website.
- You can also publish news and events from your portal homepage.
- For news, click the Add News button in the News section on the right side of your portal.
- The left side of the Add News page lists all of the places where you can publish that item:
- For webmasters, all sections and subsections of the site are listed.
- Check the appropriate boxes to publish to one or more sections of the website.
- For events, click your Calendar icon at the top of the portal.
- When you add a General Event, you are presented with the same list of places where you can publish the event as with news.
NOTE: The News element can be locked down by the author by checking the "Only Author Can Move, Edit, or Delete" option.
Q: How do I publish news or events to parents and students of a particular grade level?
A: Use the Grade Level choices in the Audience section on the left when publishing a news item or event. The item will automatically be published to all students and their parents for the selected grade level(s).
Q: Can events repeat forever?
A: No. There is a limit of 2 years and 300 total instances for repeating events.
Q: Can I change the start and end dates of a repeating event?
A: You may change the start date but not the end date. In most cases, it is best to delete a repeating event and start over rather than trying to make edits.
Q: Can I delete individual occurrences of a repeating event.
A: Yes. You will also see the option to delete all future instances as well.