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All edits to the homepage are done within the Homepage Options. Once you have opened the homepage to edit, you will find the Homepage Options drop down menu at the top of the page.

Working With Homepage Text

To edit your text on your homepage:

  1. Edit your homepage.
  2. From the Homepage Options, drop down menu, select Homepage – Text.
  3. Click Load.

From here, you can edit:

  • Home Title: Text that appears in the red bar on your homepage
  • Top Text: The text that appears below the red bar and above your quick links.

Best Practices

  • Use keywords.
  • Try to ink to sections within the site off those keywords.
  • The first paragraph should not exceed 4 lines (ie the user should not have to scroll)
  • Do not insert slideme’s, video or tables into the opening paragraph.

Working with News & Events

Here you set whether you want to display your news in a scrollable column, or pull them onto the page with excerpts.

To customize your news & events on your homepage:

  1. Edit your homepage.
  2. From the drop down menu under Homepage Options, click Homepage – News/Events/Videos/People.
  3. Click Load.

From here you can:

  • Select whether or not you want to show news/events
  • Change the title of your news/events
  • Select how many news stories or events you want to appear (3 appear by default for news, 4 for events)
  • Select the categories you want to pull in

Best Practices

News:

  • Titles – be short and concise (64 character maximum), be descriptive, use keywords and place these at the front of the title if possible
  • Categories – your category will show up in the red bar, so put thought into these titles

Events:

  • Short titles
  • Hours for events need to be in military time
  • Take advantage of the content editing box for more detailed information

Working with Quick Links

Quick links are the four boxes on your homepage.  In this template you must chose to display four boxes, or no boxes.  Watch our video on working with quick links.

To edit your Quick Links on your homepage:

  1. Edit your homepage.
  2. From the drop down menu under Homepage Options, select Homepage – Quick Links.
  3. Click Load.

From here you can:

  • Change the title
  • Show or hide quick links
  • Change the icon, title, URL and description of each quick link

Best Practices

  • Link to sections within the site that do not appear on your first level navigation.
  • Use Google Analytics to view popular sub-navigation pages that would be suitable for your links.
  • For the 4th box, rotate this one with news stories or hot topics of the month (keep content fresh)
  • Use keywords in the links

Working with Videos

Here you can decide if  you want to display videos on your homepage.

To add Videos to your homepage:

  1. Edit your homepage.
  2. From the drop down menu under Homepage options, click Homepage – News/Events/Videos/People.
  3. Click Load.

From here you can:

  • Scroll down to view the video options
  • Add a title (if blank, videos will not show up on homepage)
  • Choose to show 3, 6 or 9 video thumbnails
  • Add a feature video by inserting YouTube URL
  • Display or hide video descriptions
  • Order videos sequentially or randomly
  • Link to more videos

Best Practices

  • Use short, descriptive titles on your videos
  • Choose the best thumbnail in YouTube
  • Link to a video room/gallery showcasing all videos (“more videos” in options)

Having trouble? Contact the CCS Service Desk at ccs.service.desk@carleton.ca