The new Austwick website has been designed to encourage local people to submit and edit their own content, in the hope that we can make the website a good source of up to date, useful and interesting local information. We are hoping that each club and village association will maintain their own areas.
If you would like to contribute to the Austwick website, please register via the Contributor's Menu. You'll will then be sent an email containing a link that you must click on to authenticate your account. Shortly afterwards, someone will be in contact with you to find out which areas of the site you will need access to and once the correct priveleges have been set up, you will be able to begin submitting and editing articles directly online.
If you would like any further information, or require any help please email me at
, or call me on 015242 51517.
- You need to be logged on to submit or edit articles. You can enter your username and password at the top of the screen, or from the Login link on the Contributor's menu
- Email and password details can be changed from the Contributor's menu
- Please contact me if you think your permissions are incorrect, or if you would like any new sections/categories to be added.
- Article submissions and edits will only go live on the website once they have been approved by one of the webmasters. This should be within 24 hours.
- Try to decide whether it makes more sense to create a new article or edit an existing article. For example, if the contact details for a club have changed, you would probably want to edit the existing club contact article because the old one is no longer relevant. However, if you were writing a newsletter, say, you would probably want to create a new article because any old newsletters may still be useful for historical purposes.
- You can submit an article from the link on the Contributor's Menu
- When you submit an article, please try to remember to put it in the correct section and category. If you don't you will not be able to retrieve it for further editing until it gets approved. If you think the article is front page material, click on the "Show on Front Page" radio button.
- If your article is only relevant for a certain period of time e.g. A poster for an event, then you can set a "Finish Publishing" date and the article will be automatically removed from the website on that date.
- If you have the correct priveleges, you can edit articles by clicking on the small pencil icon on the top right of the article (you need to be logged in). The pencil icon is orange if the article is live and blue if it is pending a approval from a previous submission/edit.
- Try not to use the browser's back button to end an editing session; always use the save or cancel buttons. Otherwise, the article can be left in a "locked" state, which will prevent further edits. If you find an article is locked, please contact me, and I will unlock it for you.
- Save regularly
- In general, please don't use too much formatting on your articles. For example, you shouldn't really need to specify your own fonts, font sizes and colours; you should really be using the default fonts for the website instead, unless there is a compelling reason not to. This will give the website a consistent look and feel. It is, however, okay to use italics, underlining, bold etc in moderation.
- Please use the default alignment for the site (left aligned) unless there is a good reason not to.
- If you want to use headings, please use Heading 2 for your sections, Heading 3 for your sub sections etc. Please don't use Heading 1 tags as these are used by default for the article's title.
- By default, if you hit the enter key you will begin a new paragraph, and you will notice that there is always a space between the new paragraph and the previous paragraph. Sometime this may not be what you want; if you just want to start typing on the next line, then hold the shift key down when you press the enter key.
- Images make a website look colourful and interesting, so the more the better, but please make sure you have the owners permission to use them and that you are not infringing copyright.
- Please can you resize your images to a sensible size before you upload them (using a tool like Picasa). This will significantly reduce the space and bandwidth they will take up and will result in pages that load quicker. No picture should really be wider than around 600 pixels, as this is about the width of the content area. Inline images (ones with text around them) work well with a width of 200 pixels.
- Please give your images sensible filenames, in lower case, with no spaces or strange characters.
- To upload an image to the website, click on the "Image" button just below the content editor (next to the "Pagebreak" button). A new window will appear. Scroll to the bottom and click on "Browse". Locate the image file on your own computer and then click on "Start Upload". Once the image has been uploaded, you will be able to click on it in the top part of the window. You can then give it a description and title (useful for the visually impaired), and decide if it should float to the left or right of the text. If you click on "caption", then a caption is automatically created next to the image from the title text, although you won't see this in edit mode, only when you view the article on the website. Click on the "Insert" button at the top of the window to insert the image into your content. The image will be inserted where the cursor was when you first clicked on the "Image" button
- If you wish to move an image around after you have inserted it into your content you can try to drag and drop it, but it often doesn't quite move to where you are expecting because of the way the text wraps round the image. Sometimes it is easier to toggle to HTML mode and cut everything between the HTML image tags and then paste it where you want.
- If you want to edit an image e.g. changing it display size, click on the image then click on the image icon in the editor's menus. This will then allow you to change the displayed size as well as other attributes. Remember the underlying image remains the same size, only the display size changes.
- If you want to add a lightbox effect to a small image, toggle to HTML mode, find the img tag of the image you want to display with a lightbox and type class="lightbox" after the img tag. You need to upload a larger image that you want to popup in the light box, which must have the same name as the smaller image suffixed by "_lightbox". Here's an image as an example - click on it to see the lightbox effect. The small image is called austwicksign2.jpg and the popup image is called austwicksign2_lightbox.jpg
- If you want a reflection effect on an image, type class="reflect" after the img tag. Here's an example