There are two ways to reach the page attributes form.
- Create a new web page
- Edit the page attributes of an existing page
Find out how to create a new web page.
To edit the page attributes of an existing page:
- From the Treeline homepage click Edit existing content
- Click Manage a content page
- Search or browse the page you want to edit
- Next to the page name, click the Edit page attributes icon
How to define (or edit) the attributes of your page.
These are details about your page which tell Treeline what page template you want to use, where you want the page to go, what you want the page to be called, etc.
It also includes some information to help search engines to find the page.
Important note: your website will not perform as well if you don't set search engine details.
The page attributes page contains a form. Don't worry - it might be a relatively long form, but each element of it is very simple. Read carefully from top to bottom, and just enter content where it's asked for.
All of this can be edited later.
- Choose what type of page template you want to use. For this exercise choose Content page. Other page templates may include different form fields, but each one will be explained on the page.
- Enter a name for your new page. It doesn't matter what it's called for this exercise, so just give it your own name (e.g. David's Page).
- Choose a section of the site where you want your new page to go. These sections should already exist, but later on you can create more sections if you need to.
- If you have tags in your website's tag library, you can add tags to the page. A tag is a way of classifying the page. Treeline will suggest tags from the tag library that match what you type. So if you type "don" and the tag library includes the tag "donate", Treeline will suggest "donate" to you as you type. If no tags are in the library just proceed to the next step - you can always edit and add tags later on. Read more about tags.
- Add a description. This is the text which appears in Google as the information about the page (see examples here). As you're only creating a page to practice, you don't need to type anything in the description box, although you can if you wish to. Read more about optimising your site for more information about search engines.
- You can now click Next step, or if you want to you can use the "Optional extras" in the rest of the form.
Important note about names
Some names are already used by the standard parts of the website structure, so they cannot be used as names for content or sections created by you. If you have trouble creating a page, panel or section of the site, it may be because you are attempting to use a name that's already in use elsewhere on the site.
You can choose to use any of these optional extra, or just skip past them and click Next step.
- You can create a Web shortcut. This is a way of creating a simple URL (web address) for the page you're creating. For example, the actual address of the page might be something like www.mywebsite.com/canada/events/2014/september/name-of-event. But if you're promoting the event in print, you would prefer a short address that's easier to remember, such as www.mywebsite.com/name-of-event. So you can create a short address by entering it into this field (only enter the part after your domain name, such as name-of-event, not the full address). Be careful, because you can only create short addresses, you can't delete them, edit them, or apply them to another page. So only use them sparingly, in case you use up a vital shortcut while practicing.
- By default, all pages are displayed as links in the website's menu system. But sometimes you want to create a page which doesn't appear in the menu - perhaps you'd prefer to link to the page from a discreet link within the content of another page. Check the Hide this page box to ensure the page doesn't appear in the menu.
- If you need to take the page offline to edit it (perhaps the content is no longer applicable, or needs to be reviewed) you can check the Take offline box. This is more useful when you edit the page than when you create it, but the Page attributes form is part of the editing process as well as the creating process.
- If you want this page to only be visible to members, choose the type of member from the Members only pulldown list.
- If you want visitors to the site to be able to add a comment to the page, tick the Allow comments checkbox. You will be able to moderate and delete any comments.
When you've completed this form, click Next step. You will be taken to the Menu Manager.
Read about the Menu Manager