The pages under this section are example layouts. Rather than using a fixed layout for each page, it is possible to alter the content section of the page depending on what you are placing there. The things I consider when doing this is how to use the space efficiently without cramming too much in there, To this end space is quite important.
Pages are generally split into blocks. I may add borders around the blocks to help delineate where something ends and something starts. I think they work as subtle visual clues to the viewer rather than making them too obvious. An alternative tactic is to use space around sections. This is equally valid however it will lead to more white space on your site. So pages become longer.
This process is iterative, I think I can reach where we need to be more quickly by showing you examples and you can decide what you like/ don’t like about them. Most of the information presented on the next few pages has been taken from the static content on your current site. I have reorganised them a little, but it is essentially Jason’s work.
Use the top level menu to locate the pages or the blue buttons below, I will be building a few so I will simply add them to menu that lies underneath this page. I can organise them as elements in the final website when we move to phase 2.
The Power of Search
Your site has a standard search facility in it. If you enter a search term and that text lies in the body of the website somewhere it will find it provided it is listed as text (not text in an image). Try using the search facility to find councillors details.
There is a search box in the header space, and another one right at the top in the menu on the far right (magnifying glass icon). Either of those will search the entire site. I have also added one below.
I spoke about using Categories to help people to locate content on the website. Categories apply to Posts that are added to your site. It is best to think of a post as a news worthy item. They will all go to the news page and then eventually drop off of the news page as new things are added. They still remain in the website, and people can still locate them.
I have added at least one page (possibly more by the time you read this) as an example of filtering news items and displaying them on a special page. Here the benefit is that the editor just needs to add a post, check a box and publish. Depending on how the site is set up certain content will go to special pages that list a particular category of news items, and excludes the rest. So if you like you could just see the latest set of information that relates to Finance.
Once you have categorised your content under certain terms, it is now possible to search conditionally just the content that matches a particular category or categories. We already know the site search box searches everything, if you go to the finance documents page you will see only those items that are categorised as Finance. There is also a search facility on this page that only searches the content that is categorised as Finance.
To demonstrate how this works I have added an example post and used the work “scouts” in there. There is one other location where scouts is used, and this is in a Finance article about a grant. If you click on the button at the bottom of this section it will take you to the finance documents page. Use the search facility at the top of the page in the header and search for Scouts, and then try the same search using the Finance Search box. You should find one item that is about Scouts and is related to Finance.
Using Maps on your site
I generally use Google Maps for websites for several reasons. If you copy an image of a map and place this on a website it will generally be in conflict with copyright laws. Google Maps offer a service which currently is free. The maps are also interactive. It is possible to do many things with Google maps on a website. You are not actually looking at a map on your website, even though it appears that way. You are looking through a window in your site at the Google Maps website.
I have implemented a map on this site to show you how it works. It is possible to view the map within your site, pan it and zoom in or out. You will see there are two locations marked, one is the car park and the other is the office itself.
It is also possible to mark areas on a map, if you have parcels of land you are responsible for you could have maps that show them.
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