You'll want to log in and set up some basic site information such as your name, professional title etc.
If this is the first time logging into your account, you'll be asked to confirm your email address and select a more permanent password.
Then, you should also enter your professional title and add a photo of yourself.
If you choose to add a photo, upload a photo and crop it to the default size and shape by grabbing the cropping tool handles and adjusting to your preference. You'll see a preview of the cropped photo on top of the cropping area. You'll want to make sure the original image you upload is at least the size of the default image (180px by 140px).
Allowed file types: gif, png, jpg, jpeg
Once you've added your title and photo you're on your way to building your site.
The Control Panel is the administrative section of your web site. Understanding the Control Panel will allow you to have command of your site’s apps, content, layout, widgets and much more. The next section will walk you through each part of the Control Panel.
The Administrative Toolbar (shown below) will appear at the top of the screen when you are logged into your site. Use the Administrative Toolbar to navigate to the various sections of the Control Panel.
The Control Panel offers links to a number of administrative choices:
Content is the area where you can create, find and manage the content of your site. Options here are reflected by which apps you've enabled. For instance if you've enabled the "Media Gallery" app, you'll see Media Gallery listed in the content section.
Build lets you manage and customize your site's apps, layout, menus and vocabularies.
Appearance lets you select a display theme.
Settings allow you to control various settings of your site, such as making your site private or configuring your site to integrate with 3rd party services.
In People you can find and manage site members.
Support is used when you want to send comments or report any problems you experience using your site to the OpenScholar support team.
|*You can choose to hide the control panel by clicking the arrow next to "Log Out".|
Once logged in you'll be sent to your site. Take a moment to become familiar with some basic elements of your web site.
By default the site is laid out in a manner similar to many web sites. There is a header area where you'll find the photo you uploaded; your name and professional title, address, and, by default, the Harvard shield. By default there are three menu options in the primary menu:
As no content has yet been added you'll otherwise see an essentially blank site.
Click on the green button to add new content to the site for enabled apps like Class, Event, Gallery etc. You'll want to look for the green"+Add" links throughout your site. These links will be visible on pages wherever you can add new material. They are context-specific so if you're on the Classes page an link appears.
Use the gear to configure your Site Title and Front Layout. These gears will also show up all over your site and are indications that you can edit.
Click on Bio/CV and you'll be presented with another blank page, this time with two additional tabs: Biography, and Curriculum Vitae. You'll also see a new link , distinguished as a blue link or as
Apps add new functionality to your site. Enabling an app might give you a new type of content, a new site section, new widgets and more.
Some apps are enabled by default on every OpenScholar site. Common default settings for academic institutions are Publications, Classes, and Bio/CV. You can enable and configure apps by going to:
Many apps also have a variety of settings which you may want to explore. Further documentation is available for each app into the Apps section.
You have enormous control over the look and feel of your site. It's best to familiarize yourself with some basic concepts.
To choose a theme go to the Control Panel and click on Appearance. From here you can set a theme and choose theme flavors from a number of choices.
Themes provide consistent visual presentation for your site. You may choose from one of many themes included with the Project, or have a custom theme developed for you by an outside designer.
To customize the webpage layout go to Control Panel, Build, and click on Layout.
Beyond the theme itself you can make choices on where pieces of information should appear throughout your site. You'll be able to drag and drop "widgets" of content to particular pages as you see fit.
Both themes and layout choices are endlessly changeable. You should have fun with your site knowing no content will be lost when you change the look and feel of your site.
For detailed information go to Managing the Look of Your Site.
Editing Site Info
Your page's Site Info box can be edited right on your front page. It contains information such as title, description and address. You can edit this information by hovering over the site information on your home page and clicking the grey gear button that appears to the far right, select "Edit Widget".
The "Site Title" field is normally reserved for your name.
The "Description" is normally for your professional title, but can be whatever you prefer.
The "Address" line is your office address.
This information will automatically appear in your site's header section. Both "Description" and "Address" are optional fields. Remember to save.
Editing Site Logo
Your Site logo (photo) can be configured in a similar manner. Hover over the blank profile image and click the grey gear button to upload and crop your photo.
Allowed file types: gif, png, jpg, jpeg
Particular themes may resize the photo depending on the presentation, but the general aspect-ratio is set. To crop a photo to the default shape, grab the cropping tool handles and adjust. You'll see a preview of the cropped photo on top of the cropping area. You'll want to make sure the original image you upload is at least the size of the default image (180px by 140px).
Editing the Shield
The academic Shield can be configured the same way. By default your site was created with a standard Harvard shield in the right header area. You can change this to a number of other shields by hovering over the shield image, clicking the grey gear, and selecting "Edit Widget".
If the Shield does not show up on your front page, go into Control Panel> Build>Layout. Make sure the "Shield" widget is in the right-top corner of the layout (if it is not, just drag and drop it in from the widgets menu). Once the Shield widget is in place, click on the blue gear to edit. On this form you can choose a shield as well as give it a title. Remember to save.
*Applies to editing Site logo, and Site Info, the widgets must be in the layout in order to show up on the front page. These widgets can also be edited through the "Layout Page".