Creating a new topic

1. Go to

2. Enter login (full email address) and password

3. Choose Add Topic from the left-hand side menu, then fill out the following fields:

TOP OF SCREEN: Topic Title (note, the URL field will auto-complete), Author, Source (optional) - For example, if the page is copied from another site or publication, put the attribution in Source.

RIGHT SIDE OF SCREEN:  Choose either Live or Not Live, select a category from the drop-down menu.  We are not currently using the "verified by" field, and the SEO stuff auto-completes.)    You can set a different "Publish On" date if you need to, the default is to publish right away unless the page is Not Live.

4. Enter the page content. 

  • Most of the icons on the top of the screen are self-explanatory - B for bold, I for italic, etc., and they all have text descriptions that appear if you hover the cursor over the icon. 
  • The Source button here is a toggle that lets you switch between the WSIWYG interface and the HTML code. 
  • To insert an image,  you must upload the image first (see below).
  • To insert a link, it's easiest to open the page you want to link to, then copy the URL, then come back and insert the link. The same link dialog box for inserting links to other pages, to anchors on the current page, and to email addresses. 

5. Click Submit (lower right) when you are done.

6. Click View on Website to see what the published page looks like or to test links. 



This system places all uploaded files (PDFs, HTML, images) into a single folder.  Please make sure to name uploaded files clearly.  For example, schematic.jpg isn't helpful - KlopfensteinSchematic.jpg is much better. Also, its always a good idea to search for the file name before uploading to see if anything else is already using that name or not.  In the steps below, we'll add a picture called "coffemug.jpg" to a file called "prizes". 

1. You must be logged in to the backend.

2. Once logged in, click the File Uploader option from the left-side menu.  This will open a new window.

3. Check to see if the file is there already.

  • In the box that says "Search by file name" type in some or all of the file name.  In our example, you could search for coffeemug.jpg or just coffee or just mug.  If that file is already there, it will be displayed in the list.  You may see other files, too, which can be very useful.  For example, the search for jug may also turn up jughandle.jpg and littlebrownjug.gif.
  • From the list of files, you can click on the file name to open a window with that file in it.  This lets you see what each image looks like. It will open in a new window, so you can just close that window to return to the File Uploader. 
  • If the file you want shows up in the list, you can select and copy the file name, then paste it wherever you need it to be. 

4. If the file you want does not show up in the list, click the cloud icon to browse to the file you want to upload, then click OPEN.  The file appears at the top of the list on the right, and the file name appears beneath the cloud icon.  In our example, it's going to be

5. The easiest thing to do is to click "Click to Copy" (right under the cloud icon), to copy the most-recently uploaded file URL to  your clipboard. 

6. Go back to the Add/Edit screen and click the Link icon.  Paste the URL into the URL field. 

7. Continue editing as necessary, and click Submit when you're done.  The system will automatically update the encyclopedia with the name of your new page. 




Author : Brenda