1) What is a Post?
a) A post is a newsworthy or information item that shows on the main page.
b) Posts will display in reverse chronological order but can be made to “stick” at the top. Posts can contain media, tables, forms, links, etc. Posts have categories which can be used for filtering when users view the site.
c) All posts are permanently kept in the database and can be retrieved by using the search options at the bottom of the page (search by keyword, category or month).
d) Posts can be saved as drafts and will appear when published. Publishing can be immediate or scheduled for some time in the future.
e) Post visibility can be Public, Private or Password Protected. (Personally I can’t see the reason for a Private Post!).
f) Once a Post is published it is sent to the CRU Twitter feed.
2) What is an Event?
a) An event is just as it says, something coming up that involves the Club. It can be a Game, a Club event, activity or function, in fact anything with an associated time/date.
b) You can enter an event for a single day, or a recurring event. The associated options for recurring events are fairly comprehensive as you can see from the option menus. In addition specific dates can be excluded from the recurring events.
c) Once entered the event can be modified.
d) Events have a location, a cost (which if unchecked does not appear) and contact details. In combination with the time/date information should give a complete picture of the particulars of the event.
e) An event has the same descriptive capabilities as a post (uses the same editor, ‘look & feel’ is the same)
f) An event has categories for searching – very useful for quickly finding relevant information, and has the same publishing options as a Post.
3) How do people see an ‘event’?
a) Events are published in the calendar
b) In addition “Upcoming Events” are displayed on the main page.
c) Clicking on an event in the Calendar or Upcoming Events takes the user to the ‘Event Page’ where the complete information is displayed.
d) Users are able to ‘subscribe’ to the CRU calendar (Outlook or Google Calendar) using the “subscribe” and “add to Google” buttons at the bottom of the calendar display. (If the user sets a default filter, then only the filtered results are sent to their calendar. e.g. ‘Senior Women’ category)
e) All display of events is dynamic. This means that every time a webpage is accessed the latest information in the database is displayed, allowing any changes to be immediately viewable.
4) What are Tables and why use them?
a) Tables are a convenient way of organizing tabular information for display in Pages, Posts and/or Events.
b) An update to a Table is immediately reflected wherever that Table is used.
c) Information can be imported from Excel (and exported as a CSV file).
d) Rows/Columns can be added & deleted from the table.
e) The Table can be sorted by column, and rows/columns can be repositioned by ‘drag & drop’ of the row number or column character.
f) Links and/or images can be inserted into table cells. (If you really insist HTML code can be included, for say a special “button”, etc.)