Starting Your Staff Web Page

 

Note: To be able to work on your webpage, it would be best to use “Front Page”. This is not normally installed on the lease computers but can be requested to be installed. In lieu of Front Page, you can use MSWord. For basic stuff, Word will work fine. For today's training, I have installed "FrontPage" on the workstations for you to use.

 

 

 

  1. Open your “L” Drive (Go to Start/My Computer, then your “L” Drive) 
  2. Open your “Webshare” folder  
  3. Right click and “edit” your “Default” file.

     

    1. Hopefully this will open Front Page on your computer.
    2. If the icon is generic (not associated with a program,) then you will need to “Open with…” If you have installed Front Page, it may just be a matter of using the "Open with..." one time to associate the file to open with that program.
    3. If you do not have Front Page, open an editor....preferably one that is similar to Front Page or MS Word. Technically, you could use WordPad...but then you are going to need to know HTML editing.
    4. The steps to use MSWord are very similar as the following.
  4. The “Default” file is your “Home Page” such that when people type "staff/yourname" or "staff/beaumont.k12.tx.us/gloker" they will go your "Home Page".
  5. Create a new page for a subpage, like Contact Info, or Assignments, or a particular class. Take a look at how I have mine set up as a sample...not necessarily a good sample...just something to look at: staff/gloker Notice how I have created major sections for the two courses I teach as well a sections for general information, student recognition, student work, etc.
  6. Save your new page with a one (1) word name. Don't use any spaces or underscore. Example: "cdcover" instead of "cd cover" or "cd_cover" Although an underscore is permissible, it will be hard to see as the underline for a URL may make the underscore hard to see. Be sure this file is saved to the "Webshare" folder of your "L" drive. When you save, the save dialog box will give you a chance to change the title. This is particularly important if you are working on an existing file and you are making a new file out of an old file. I do this all the time. That is, open an existing page that is similar to a new one that I want to do, and then do a Save As. Be care with this strategy so as to not erase the contents of the older, existing file. Be sure to do a SAVE AS before making any changes. So, once you have the Save As dialog box in front of you, click on the button "Change Title". Changing the title to reflect more accurately what is on that page is important for two reasons. 1) This is what will show at the top of somebody's browser window and 2) will be what the person sees when the make a Favorite or Bookmark of your page.    
  7. An easy way to create a nicely formatted page if you have already formatted an assignment in MSWord is to simply copy and paste the text directly from MSWord to your Front Page document. Newer version of FP or other HTML editors may do a better job of helping you format your pages, but at least the version I use is NOT WYSIWYG. So, sometimes, it is helpful to create your document in MSWord, then copy and paste. This is also helpful if you plan to maintain a hard copy for making copies as printing a webpage is rarely as efficient as printing a Word document.
  8. The key at this point is to create links to any new page that you create.
    1. Plan your Home Page as far as to what major sections you would like to use. You don't want to clutter your home page with too much (I know, mine is too cluttered) but then you also do not want to make it too difficult for a person to get where they need to get. I have created a pseudo index for my site to help organize the many pages I have created. I say pseudo because I have to manually create an entry for each page I create.
    2. To create a link to the page you just created, type out some text on the Home Page that will refer to the new page, like assignments, or assignment 1. Then, highlight that text and right click. Click on Hyperlink. When the dialog box comes up, if you still have the new page open, it will be listed at the top. Otherwise, scroll down to find the page you just created. And you now have a linked page. When you close out that dialog box, your Home Page reference to the sub-page should be now blue and underlined.
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    4. On your new page you just created, you will want to include a reference back to your home page, like the blue Home you see at the bottom of this page.
    5. As a tip, I like to keep a empty page with basic stuff like a link at the bottom to go back to my main page. This way, when you are ready to create a new page, open the empty page, do a "Save As" and start making your changes.
  9. Be sure to save your changes. Working on a file in your Webshare is very dynamic...as soon as you save...it will be "online" for the world to see.
  10. Be sure to backup. Periodically, drag your Webshare folder to an offsite storage device, like a thumbdrive. This is also the only way you can work on your website off campus. When you get back to work, just copy the changed files over to your Webshare folder and they will then be live.

 

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