Once you are in the Administration Area, the first thing to do is set the initial web site configuration settings. Click the Edit Web Site Settings link in the Administration Area, located at the top of the right column. This configuration form is separated into several sections:
General Site Settings
Home Page Settings
Custom Field Settings
Scroll down the Edit Web Site Settings page, make changes to each section, and then click the Update button at the bottom of the form to save the settings.
General Site Settings:
The general settings section contains the contact and header info for the website. Below is a description of each field.
Website Domain Name - This field contains the official domain name for the website, without any www or http://. The domain should be in the format of: yourdomain.org. This field is required.
Union Full Name, Union Abbreviation, Local Number - Fill in these fields with the appropriate information for your organization. The Full Name field will be used anywhere that displays the full name of the organization, like at the bottom of the site in the copyright notice. The abbreviation and local number are used on the home page in the what's new area, and anywhere else an abbreviated notation is needed.
Website Main Header Text, Web Site Sub-Header Text - These two fields are used in the header of the website, and as the title of the website. The Main Header text will display as a large font with the sub-header text below it in smaller font at the top of the website. If a graphic header is created for the site then these two fields will not be displayed.
Address, City, State, Zip, Phone, Fax - Fill in the appropriate contact info for the site in these fields. This information will be displayed on the Contact Us page, above the email contact form. If you do not want to display any of this info just leave the fields blank.
Time Zone - Select the appropriate time zone from the drop down menu. The time zone setting will adjust the time settings on the website to the proper local time.
Set Contact Us Email Recipient - Set this field to the email address that will receive the Contact Us email form when a user completes the form and submits the information. This can be any valid email address.
Set New User Registration Email Recipient - Set this field to the email address that will receive the new member registration form when a new user registers with the website. An email will be sent to this email address that contains the users information and a link to activate the users account. For more information about the registration process refer to the User Registration section on this website.
Set Organize Today Email Recipient - Set this field to the email address that will receive the Organize Today form when someone completes the form.
If you want to use the same email address for all three forms, you can just enter the email address in the Contact Us Recipient field, and the same address will be used for all three forms. You can enter multiple email addresses in each field by separating each address with a comma.
Web Site Address - The website address field should contain the common domain address for your site. The format is www.yourdomain.org
The feature settings section allows you to turn the built-in features of the PowerActiveSite system on and off. When a feature is turned off, it will no longer be visible on the website. To turn off a feature, set the Enable column to NO. To turn on a feature, set the Enable column to YES.
Certain features allow you to make them members only features that require a user to login in order to access the feature. To make a feature require a login, set the Public column to NO. To make a feature open to the public, set the Public column to YES.
Most of the fields are self explanatory. The Send User Update field allow you to control what happens when a logged in member updates their profile, including their home and email addresses. Setting the Enable column to YES allows the user to choose if the update information is emailed to the organization for record updates. Setting the column to NO completely removes the user option and does not send any information to the organization. Setting the column to AUTO automatically emails the updated information to the organization, without give the user any option.
The Advanced HTML editor option allows you to change the built-in editor used for adding and editing content to the website. Setting the Enable column to YES enables the advanced editor be used. Setting the column to NO disables the advanced editor and uses the basic editor. The basic editor uses only the basic text, color, and links options.
For information about using each feature go to the Built-In Features link of the documentation.
Home Page Settings:
The home page settings section controls features that appear on the home page of the website.
Show Headline Article on Main Page - Set this option to YES to enable Headline articles to be displayed on the home page. Headline articles appear above the what's new area on the home page. Use the post article area to create headline articles.
Number of What's New Articles to Display on Home Page - Set this field to the number of articles to display in the What's New area of the home page. The default is 5. Any articles beyond the number displayed on the home page will automatically appear in the Article Archives area. The article archives area is accessed by clicking the Article Archives button in the What's New bar on the home page.
Show Organize Today Form on Main Page - Setting this field to NO will remove the Organize Today box on the home page. For more information about the Organize today feature, go to the Built-In Features link of the documentation.
Show Weather/Logo/Make Your Voice Count Area on Main Page - Setting this option to NO will remove the logo and make your voice count area on the home page that appears just below the Welcome bar. This configuration will make the What's New bar appear at the top of the home page.
Edit Make Your Voice Count Area - The editor box can be used to place your own custom content or scripts in the make your voice count area on the home page. If the editor is empty, the default Contact Your Representatives and Organize Today boxes will appear on the home page.
Custom User Fields - The custom user fields section is used to customize certain field names on the User Sign-up form and the User Settings form. You can set your own custom field names in order to use the fields to collect custom user data. The default field names are Local Number, Trade, and Member Number. Enter your own field name into each box that you want to customize. Leave the fields blank to use the default names.
The appearance settings section lets you choose the color layout of the website. The select header background color table sets the main color of the website header and the bars that separate each section of the website. The select header text color sets the color of the text that appears in the website header and the separation bars. Select a color from each table to update the color layout.
Make sure to choose a text color that will be readable on the background color that you select. Avoid using blue text on a red background, and avoid using red text on a blue background. These color combinations are difficult to read on a computer monitor.
Once you have completed a of the settings on the Edit Web Site Settings Page, click the Update button at the bottom of the form to save the settings and apply the settings to the website.