Schools Website Service user guide

9 Site settings

Changing site settings

You can only perform these actions when you are logged in as an editor and on the home page.

School name, motto and mission statement:

To change your school name or add a motto or mission statement:

  • Click on the Change site settings button in the Admin panel

  • Use the option to Change the name and / or include a motto (or mission statement) for your school

Changing site colours

  • Preview the new settings using the Preview button to see the changes in the Heading.

  • If you are happy for these changes to take place press ‘Change’and then 'Continue' to finalise

  • If you are not happy with your changes press ‘Cancel’.

School Custom Banner:

To apply or change your own school's 'banner':

  • Select ‘yes’ on ‘Full-width school banner’

School banners

  • Press ‘Preview’ and ‘Change’ to finalise.

  • Edit the banner in the picture wizard in the same way you would edit an image.

Please note that if this is applied it will replace the School Name and Motto text in the Header.

Banner Size Specifications

It is recommended that banners are made 108 pixels in height and 974 pixels in width in order to fit on the SWS templates.

 

Hiding Pages in Navigation

You way wish to hide links to certain pages in the navigation toolbar, particularly if they are referenced within the content of other pages.

Moving a page

To change this select Toggle page visibility and select Hide page to complete.

If you wish to restore the page link back into navigation you can locate the page by clicking on the Sitemap link.

 

Change the site colour and site template

You can only perform these actions when you are logged in as an editor and on the home page.

You can modify the colour of the website and apply a new layout from selecting the available templates.

  • Click on the Change site settings button in the Admin panel

  • Use the option to choose a new colour and / or a new layout:

Changing site colours

  • Preview the new settings using the Preview button.

  • Save those settings once you have found a combination you like using the Change button.

This will cause the following confirmation and warning messages to appear:

'Colour changed to (your chosen colour displayed) and layout changed to (your chosen layout displayed) ...

NB.colour changing involves writing to the database and so it may take a while before you can see the change applied to the whole website'.

  • Click the ‘Continue’ button to see the changes you have made to the site. If the site doesn’t change, hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key while pressing the ‘F5’ key. This will refresh your browser’s cached version of the page.

The site will now reflect the new settings.

 

The site logo

For the site logo to work, the site logo file must be named in the format XXXX-schoollogo.gif:

XXXX is the school's DfES number, followed by ‘-schoollogo’ and it must be stored as a .gif file

We do not recommend that you edit the logo from within the ‘Picture Wizard’.

It is best to get the picture how you want it (using Microsoft Paint or Paint Shop Pro etc) before importing it into the website. If you create the logo using software that does not allow it to be saved as a .gif file, then copy it into another programme (such as Microsoft Paint or Paint Shop Pro which does allow it to be saved as a .gif file. Then import it into the website.

We recommend you use http://eddie.hants.gov.uk/sws/imageresizer/ to resize your logo.

Change the site logo

You can only perform these actions when you are logged in as an editor

  • Go to the top of any page and click on the ‘Picture Editor’ beside the logo to invoke the PictureWizard screen.

  • Click on the New Version button to create a new version of the logo.

  • Click on the ‘show picture object properties’ button. Picture object properties icon to invoke the Edit Picture Properties box.

Picture properties window
  • Click on the ‘Update’ button to invoke the standard windows ‘Open file’ box.























  • Browse to the file you want to use, select it, and click on the ‘Open’ button.

  • Click ‘OK’ to the Information box telling you that the file was uploaded successfully.

  • Click ‘Yes’ to the Question box that appears.

  • Check that the state of the page is set to ‘Active’ before clicking ‘Save’ and closing the picture wizard.

 

Change the email address for feedback

You can only perform these actions when you are logged in as an editor and on the home page

  • Click on the ‘Change Site Settings’ button in the Admin panel

  • Click on the ‘change email address’ link that appears, to display the following screen:

Changing email address

  • Click on the ‘Editor’ button next to the email link to load the text wizard.

Selecting Link Properties

  • Right click on the email link in the text wizard.

  • Choose ‘Link properties’ to display the 'Edit Link Properties' box:

Link Properties window

  • Change the email address in the URL box

  • Click ‘OK’ to save the changes before closing the text wizard.