When you’re ready to create new content of any kind, your PoolDues-powered website makes it simple. By following our easy to use, step-by-step Page Creation Tool, Board Members can create great looking new content for your website at any time. And they won’t even need any previous web design experience.
Start the Page Creation Tool
The easiest way to get started is to find the 📝 icon on your site’s Top Bar.
On your Board Member Dashboard > look for the Pages & Docs icon > Under the Pages & Events section, you will find the Create a Page or Event link.
Pick a Template
First thing you’ll notice is that there are several templates to choose from. Some are self-explanatory, and automatically include sections you might need to get you started – for instance, if you’re wanting to publicize an Event, choose the Event template. You can always customize the page later, so don’t stress too much about this choice.
If you’re looking to just create a standard page that doesn’t fall into any of those categories though, you might want to start with a Blank template.
Define Your Basic Page Settings
Otherwise known as Content Management Settings (CMS), these are the settings that determine where your new page shows up on your website and who can access it. Based on the type of template you choose, these options may vary slightly but the basic settings will remain the same. In the example below, we have chosen the Blank Template.
Choose a Title
This will be shown on the page itself and will be the way you can find it later, so make it short and sweet. This can also be changed at a later date, so no worries if you don’t get it absolutely right at this time.
This will change the Parallax Header on the templates that include that section. it’s optional, so skipping for now.
Here’s where it gets fun. There will be certain documents that you will only want members to see. Others – probably most others – you don’t care who sees, and actually could be incentives to draw new members to your club. For example, if a non-member happens upon your site and sees all the amazing social events you have going on, it might entice them to join.
Content Managed Pages
The important one here is the Member Dashboard selection. By choosing this option, the Featured Image and Link to the page will appear at the top of your Member Dashboard where the alternating picture is.
Depending on the template you chose, you might have the option to include this page in the Member Documents section of the Member Dashboard instead.
Regardless of the template you’ve chosen, you will see the option to add your page to the Member Documents section on every page after you’ve created it and go back in to Edit mode. Just scroll down past the sections to the Settings. This is the best way to remove pages from the Featured section, but still keep them available for members to access.
Hint: If you select one or more of the News options, the Featured Image and Link to the page will appear on those specific News pages.
Select a Featured Image
On the right-hand side of that page, you will need to select a Featured Image. This is Required. Scroll down through what’s there first. We’ve got a bunch of images that are already the recommended size for that area. If you don’t find anything you like, you can also upload your own, but we strongly recommend using an image that is 700x350px, otherwise the rest of the content on the Member Dashboard gets pushed down on the screen and it looks funky. You’ll see the upload option first, but scroll down first and see if you can find one you like.
Once you do that, the Create Page button will be available. Your new page will be created and you will be directed to the new blank (or whichever template you chose) page to customize. Continue reading about how to customize your page with sections in the next article.
Note: All pages must have a featured image. If you run into a situation where your page is not showing up, ensure there is a Featured Image set.