Create Website Page

From you web pages module, you can create a web page by clicking on the Add a new Website Page button.

Alternatively, you can view any pre-existing page and click on the Add Sub Page button.

Positioning a page in the Sitemap

Select Parent

When you first start using the Web Pages module and click on the button, you be creating a top-level page. However, if pages already exist, then Ascribe will ask you exactly where in the sitemap you wish to place this page. Below is a screenshot of what you would see.

If you wish to have a top level pace, click on the Create as top level website page button on the upper right. Otherwise, find the page under which you'd like this page to fall under then click on the Select as parent button on the right side of that row.

Select Peer Rank

After you've selected the parent page, Ascribe will want to know where in the order of that page's child pages you wish this new page to be placed. You will be shown a list of the the parent page's child pages as shown in the screenshot below. You can choose either to place it at the top, at the bottom or after any of the listed child pages.

Website Page Form

Once you've established where in the websites's hierarchical sitemap you wish this new page to be placed, you'll be shown the form to enter the website page. Below is a screenshot of the top portion of that form.

Page Headline

The the Page Headline is a prominently positioned headline (or main title) of the page, displayed inside the HTML content of the page.

Technical Information: In the theme's HTML template, your page headline will be inserted wherever the curly brace field placeholder is found.

Short Page Name

A short name for the page used in the menu navigation links. Normally your menu will look better if you do not use long names for this page here. Enter a short version of the page's name here for the sake of its representation on the top or sub menus of the website.

HTML Title Tag

Whenever you visit a web page in a web browser, you will see the title of the page listed at the very top of the browser. The HTML Title Tag is the page title your page will have in search engine listings. It is also the title of your page that website visitors will have stored in their browsing history. Proper wording of each page's HTML Title Tag is crucial for your website's search engine optimization.

File name or link

Enter the file name you wish to use for this page. The file name should end in the .html extension and should be properly formatted for use in URLs. Do not use any spaces. It should be alphanumeric (i.e., upper and lowercase letters and numbers). The only punctuation marks you should use are the underscore and the hyphen as word separators (such as our-service-times.html). In recent times, underscores have become unpopular; hyphens make your file names more readable.

For File Name Or LinkFile Name Or Link page types, use any valid, complete URL (or web address). This "page type" will simply be an item on the menu Ascribe generates for your website. You can use this page type to add a complete link to a page on a third-party website. For example, https://news.google.com/

Theme

The theme can be set for each page. This means that different parts of your site can have a different look. Just configure themes as needed and set them here to the appropriate pages.

Page Type

Ascribe supports eleven page types.

  • Web Page Web Page
  • File Name Or Link Link
  • Events Calendar Events Calendar
  • Announcements Announcements
  • Group Directory Group Directory
  • Households & Organizations Households & Organizations
  • Blog Blog
  • Photo Gallery Photo Gallery
  • Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions
  • Form Form
  • Member Portal Member Portal

The first page type, Web Page, is a normal static web page. The second isn't a page at all; it's simply a link to some other page, file or graphic that is not a web page. All nine other page types are dynamic, database-driven pages that let your website visitor interact them them. The database-driven pages hook into their respective modules within Ascribe.

Editor / Web Page

When you are working on a Web Page page type, just below the Page Type field you can edit the content of the static web page. The Editor checkbox will let you swap between the "rich text" HTML editor and a plain text box.

Break Frames - for advanced users

For the most part you can ignore this field and leave it checked (as it is by default).

Technical Information: Normal web pages are static HTML files published to the server. All other pages are database-driven pages are run as a PHP script included in a simple HTML web page which includes the PHP script in a 100% frame. If a website visitor on a database-driven page clicks on a link somewhere within the same page, the URL on in the browser will not change. However with the Break Frames setting checked, Javascript will be added which breaks the visitor out of the frame to reveal the next page's real URL in the browser's address bar.

Misc Tags - for advanced users

By default, Misc Tags is left unchecked. However, when you check this setting, three additional text boxes are revealed:

  • Head Tag
  • Description Meta-Tag
  • Keywords Meta-Tag

HTML web pages consist of two main sections: the head and the body. The head section is invisible while the body is the visible part of the a web page. You can add a variety of important but hidden information in the Head Tag (e.g., CSS style rules and Javascript).

To add CSS style rules to your page, make sure you add the following code.

<style type="text/css">
<!--
    ... add custom CSS style rules here ...
-->
</style>

To add Javascript to your page, add the following code directly on the page.

<script type="text/javascript">
    ... add custom Javascript here ...
</script>

Some services offer you an option of verifying your site ownership by adding something to the Head tag. For example, to verify to Google Webmaster Tools that you are the owner of a website, you may add a custom Google meta-tag to the head tag. Use the Head Tag setting to install it.

    

The description and keywords meta-tags have traditionally been used by search engines and website directories to describe web pages listed in search results or directories. Google ignores the keywords meta-tag at all as early as 2009. However, Google does utilize the description meta-tag for a snippet description of your page. So in your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts don't forget the description meta-tag.

Activated

If the Activated field is checked then this page will be included in the website when you publish it. If it is unchecked, then it will not appear in the website. It will be visible on the menu if an Ascribe-powered menu is used and if this page's Show on Menu setting is checked.

Private

You may check the Private setting on any web page (including static and any database-driven page) in order to prompt the web page's visitors to sign into the site before being allowed to view the contents of the page. Using this feature, you can create a members-only section of your website by checking the Private setting for pages in that section.

Show on Menu

If the the Show on Menu setting is checked, then then when the website is published and this page is Activated and this page's theme includes an Ascribe-powered menu, then this page will be included on the menu.