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Editing the homepage

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How to change the title, description and body text of the site's home page.

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If you've successfully logged in to edit your site, you should see a green border surrounding the central content section of the page. At the top of the green box you should find the action tabs.

Action Tabs

Two of these tabs are important for our current purposes.

  • The View tab: click on this tab to see the public view of the content; and,
  • The Edit tab: click on this tab to edit the current content.

Click on the Edit tab to open a form that will allow you to edit your home page.

Editing Form

This form has three fields (editable areas): Title, Description and Home Page Body Text. (The body text field has been vertically compressed in the illustration above.)

This is the title for the page. It will appear at the top of the page's text, in the title bar for the browser and in navigation lists and search results. This field is special on the homepage because it also sets the title for the site.
A short, generally only a sentence or two, summary of what the page is about. This shows up at the top of the page's text and in content lists and search results.
Body Text
The bulk of the text for the page. This field is special because it may be more richly formatted. The green-shaded formatting button bar controls formatting.

Editing the title and descriptionLet's make some changes. First, change the title as necessary to get your organization's name correct. In this case, we're just adding "The" to the beginning.

Then, put the shortest introductory text you can manage into the Description field.

NullNow, move on to the Body Text field. Type some text into the field. Don't worry about formatting except to press the Enter key at the end of each paragraph. Make your first line be something that you'd like to use for a header.

You should be able to edit the text you've entered via conventional text editing commands.

Now, let's turn that first line into a header. Position your editing caret (which marks the point of action) in the first line and click in the style-selection drop-down (which will initially read Normal).

Style MenuThe drop-down style menu should offer some basic text formatting choices.

Choose Subheading from the menu.

Simple StylingThe result should be something like that in the illustration at the right: the current paragraph will be bold and larger.

If it doesn't look exactly like this, or what you want, play around! Get a feel for what the styling buttons do to the current paragraph or selected text.

Saving Your Work

Save ButtonLook at the bottom of the form to find the Save button, which will be in a group with Next and Cancel. Press the Save button.

After the server and its content-management system do a bit of work, you'll be returned to the View action page.

Changed Homepage


Note our new title, description and body text.

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