Using your new Orkney Communities Satellite Website
Your Orkney Communities Satellite Website has been designed to be as easy to edit as possible. This Help! site has been created to provide advice and tips in using the editing system. We have made printing of this Help! site and your own Satellite Website easy. You'll notice that when you print a page the print has stripped out the menu and other content not needed on the printed page.
If you do find you have any problems or queries, this site should contain the answers. Note that any words highlighted in bold italic can be found in the glossary section.
It's a constant struggle for web designers to ensure that the sites they design will work and look the same on all the possible combinations of browser, operating system and computer. For instance what looks good onInternet Explorer on Windows 98 on a PC can go to pieces on Netscape on aApple using OS9. On top of this there are new browsers and Operating Systems coming out all the time.
Your Orkney Communities Satellite Website has been carefully designed to avoid most of the problems, but if you do find discrepancies please contact us and we'll try to sort it out.
However, due to some of the technologies used, theWeb Site Editing System hasn'tbeen optimised for all the major combinations. You'll need to be running Internet Explorer 5.5 or higheron a PC to use all the functions.
How does your Orkney Communities Satellite Website work?
This is a short explanation of the technology behind your website - you don't need to know this to edit it, but if you're interested then read on. If you just want to start editing your site click on 'THE BASICS' on the menu.
Most small websites are made up of a number of individual HTML documents (web pages) which each contain text and links to images. Your Orkney Communities Satellite Website is different. Like many large sites such as Yahoo or Amazon, all the text and image link information on your site is held in a database on the Web Server. When a visitor asks for a particular page (usually by clicking a link) the web server draws the info pertaining to that page from the database and inserts it into a template which holds the background images and colour schemes etc, and then sends it out to the visitor.
When you use the admin system, you are not editing individual pages - instead you are editing the database. Having the information stored this way has other benefits. The information can be presented to viewers in different formats and enables you to change the style easily. For instance if you select File-->Print Preview you'll see that the printed version of the site removes the menu and other parts which would be unnecessary on the printed page. Since the information comes from the database you only have to edit it once.