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Chapter 11 - Text Pages

Text pages are pages where you can add text based information. They can contain text and/or images or you can make the text page title into a direct link to another website or webpage.

CREATING A TEXT PAGE
Click on ‘TEXT PAGES’ from the top tab bar, then ‘add’. Enter the name and click ‘save section’.

EDITING A TEXT PAGE TITLE
Click ‘edit’ next to the title of the page you want to edit the name of. Edit the name and click ‘apply changes’.

DELETING A TEXT PAGE
Click ‘delete’ instead of edit, then confirm.

EDITING THE CONTENT OF A TEXT PAGE
Click the name of the page on the left sub menu. You will see a box with icons along the top which allow you to format text in a similar way to a word processor. There are some differences however and it pays to practice with this feature to get the best results.

USING THE TEXT EDITOR
The best way to enter text is by typing in your whole text content, then highlighting the parts you want to format by turn and saving between each format. This will give the best result.

FORMATTING TEXT
Once you have finished typing your text, highlight a piece of text that you want to format and click on the icon to apply the format - from the left of the text box toolbar: bold, italic, underline, align left, align centre, align right, text size, text colour.

ADDING LINE BREAKS
Adding a line break can normally be achieved by hitting enter on your keyboard, but this does not work on some computers so place the cursor before the text that you want to move down a line and click on the diagonal arrow icon on the toolbar. This will add a line break. If you want to add another you will need to re-place the cursor.

ADDING LINKS
You will need pop-up windows enabled to use this feature
To add a link first type the text that will form the link, then highlight it and click the link icon on the toolbar (a globe with a chain-link on its side). A dialogue box will pop up. Choose the type of link from the drop down menu - webpage is a standard web address, secure page is a webpage that begins with ‘https’ and email is an email address. In the address box type the URL (the address of the page you want) omitting any letters before ‘www’ or type the email address if it is an email link. The link text should be the text you highlighted. Click OK and the link is inserted.

ADDING IMAGES TO TEXT PAGES
You will need pop-up windows enabled to use this feature
Images can be added to a text page using the image tool (a tree). You will first need to upload images to the textsection image folder using the tools to the right of the text editing box.

Click on choose file and select an image from your hard drive. Choose a size that you wish the image to be shown at and then click add image. There will be a pause while the image is uploaded, and it will then appear in the scrolling box. Find the image you want to add to the page and select and copy the text in the box marked ‘URL’.

Place your cursor in the text edit box at the point where you want the image to appear and then click on the image icon. A pop up box will appear - paste the copied text into the box marked ‘Image URL’. The ‘Alternative text’ box is optional. Choose to align the image to the right or left (left is default) and click OK. The image will be added to your text page.

NOTE ABOUT IMAGES IN TEXT PAGES
Adding images to text pages can sometimes produce unexpected results. The way that images are handled (especially by Flash templates) means that the position of the image may not be what is shown in the text edit box. In this case you will need to experiment with positioning until you achieve the closest match to what you require.

IMAGE SIZE FOR UPLOADING
Images are resized to a maximum of 500 pixels on the longest side, depending on the size you select. You are advised to reduce the size of your images to just slightly larger than this before uploading them in order to save uploading time.

ALLOWED IMAGE FORMATS
You can upload images saved as PNG, GIF or JPEG. Jpeg is best for photographs, either gif or png is best for graphics with large blocks of colour. Only these three formats are available.

SAVING YOUR TEXT PAGE CONTENT
When you have finished editing your page, remember to click ‘apply changes’ to save the page. Because of the similarities to a normal word processor, it can be easy to forget to do this.

HTML MODE
Under the text editing box is a link to change to HTML editing mode. This allows advanced users to enter raw HTML code. This is not recommended for most users.

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