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Basic Usage

Basic Usage

Website Regions

The website is broken up into different regions. Each of these regions will be referred to by unique name defined in this section. As shown in Basic Usage - Image 1, there are three primary regions.

Website regions structure
Basic Usage - Image 1

  1. Header
    The header region is the top portion of the screen. Generally, this is where most navigation information is found.
  2. Content
    The content region is in the center of the content. This region resides between the header and the footer regions. This is generally the largest part of any content and contains most of the relevant information. Most of the work users do will only be in this region.
  3. Footer
    The footer region is the bottom portion of the screen. If there is anything in this region at all, then it more than likely contains contact information.

Header Region

The McNeese website uses this region to provide site-wide navigation. For users who are logged in, this will also contain additional controls for managing content. The header region is broken up into the following menus and sub-regions (see: Basic Usage - Image 2 and Basic Usage - Image 3).

Header regions structure
Basic Usage - Image 2

  1. Utility Panel
    The utility panel is located at the topmost portion of the screen and is only shown to users who are logged in. This panel has two parts:
    1. Utility Navigation
      Te utility navigation provides administrative links for most operations available to system users. This is always visible on the utility panel and is the topmost part of the utility panel. Most users will only care about the My Workbench link.
    2. Utility Bar
      The utility bar may also be referred to as the shortcut bar. This is a user-custimizable menu in which the user may add their most often used locations to. Use the edit shortcuts link on the far right side of the utility bar to customize this menu.
  2. McNeese Logo
    The McNeese logo is a link that may be clicked on at any time to bring a user to the front page. This logo is location on the top-left portion of the screen, just below the utility panel.
  3. Search Region
    The search region contains a few links and a search box. This region is on the top-right portion of the screen, just below the utility panel.
  4. Primary Navigation
    The primary navigation is simply a menu containing the primary website links. This region is below both the McNeese logo and the search region and is generally found on the right side of the content.
  5. Secondary Navigation
    The secondary navigation is simply a menu containing the secondary website links. This region is below the primary navigation and usually spans the entire content.
Header regions screenshot
Basic Usage - Image 3

Content Region

The content region is the most used region of the screen. What and how this region is presented is largely dependent on the particular content being viewed. Generally, the content region is in the center of the content, below the secondary navigation. There are a few sub-regions that may be found on all or most of these different content. The most common of these layouts are the:

Content regions structure
Basic Usage - Image 4
  1. Information
    The information region provides information on the currently viewed content. This region is only made visible when logged in. This usually display for nodes and provides node information. The Node Contact will often provide an e-mail address to contact a person who is responsible for the content on the given node. If the node contact is assigned to nobody, then contact the webmaster. The information region may also contain a field for changing the workflow state for appropriate content. The information region is located above at the top of the content (below the header region) and spans the entire content width.
  2. Side Panel
    The side panel region displays content that is generally considered an aside or a menu. This region only appears when there is a menu or blocks are attached to the side panel. The side panel region, when visible, is located on the left side of the content region with no other content sub-region above or below it. All other content sub-regions are to the right of this region.
  3. Menu
    The menu region contains the user-created and controlled navigation menu. This region is only made visible if a group-specific menu actually exists, otherwise this region is hidden. While editing content, this region is hidden to preserve space The menu region, when visible, is located inside of the side panel region.
  4. Content Title
    The content title displays the title for a given page or node. All content have titles. This region is located at the top right side of the content.
  5. Menu Tabs
    The menu tabs region contains additional content management functionality not provided by the utility panel. The tab links provided here are generally specific to the management of the current content being viewed and no other. This is only show for logged in users. Whether or not a given tab is visible is directly dependent on the access control allotted to the user. When there are menu tabs available, this region is located just below the content title region.
  6. Breadcrumb
    Breadcrumbs give a path-based history of how to get to your current location based on the McNeese front page or a path associated with a groups menu structure. Each group on the system exists at a specific path, often referred to as the top path or page for a group. The breadcrumb region is located below the menu tabs or title region.
  7. Node ID
    A node id is a unique identifier given to every piece of content on the website and is only shown when logged in. This number is important to know because all internal links on this website should point to an objects node id and not their actual path (the node path never changes, but the url path is subject to change at any moment).
    Lets say we have some content called
    My Page
    , with a node id of
    2
    , and a url path of
    www.mcneese.edu/example/page
    . Links to the node id must be:
    /node/2
    . Links to the node id must neither be
     www.mcneese.edu/node/2
    nor
    www.mcneese.edu/example/page
    . If there exists some content at
     www.mcneese.edu/example/page
    and that content's node id is
    2
    , then a link to that content should be to:
    /node/2
    .
    The node id exists to the immediate right of the breadcrumb region and usually exists on the same line as the breadrumb region.
  8. Content Body
    The content itself is stored inside of the content body region. This is the region where the forms, interfaces, and content are stored. This region is below all other regions, except the menu region.

Logging into the Website

Login form
Basic Usage - Image 5

In order to do any work on the website, you must login. Logging in is easy, so long as you know where to go. The easiest way to login is to go to https://www.mcneese.edu/login. Notice how the url starts with https://. This is required to be prefixed to www.mcneese.edu in order to ensure security while logging in. This protects your password from eavesdroppers and the system will not allow you to login unless you add the https:// to your url. Once logged in, you should always use urls that start with https://.

Terminology

Address
See url.
Content
Content is a general term designating some collection of text, images, and media. In general, content can be consired a page but it usually refers to the body region of a given page. Another name for content is node.
Node
The term node is often used in conjunction with some number to uniquely refer to some collection of text, images, and media. See also Content.
Region
A region is an area or block of a screen or content.
Url
This address, or url for short, is the name of a website. The McNeese website, for example, has a url of
www.mcneese.edu
. Each and every content and file on a website has some url. To find out what a particular content or files url is, simply look at the url bar while viewing the content or file.
Url Bar
The url bar is the part of your webbrowser where you type in the address of some particular website.