For all guides, pages, and sub-pages on the ALI site, we prefer the use of friendly URLs to make it easier for users to find, recognize, and share guide content. What makes a URL "friendly?"
Users on the site cannot change the main web address (academiclibrariesofindiana.org). The next piece after that address is the top-level page name, which page creators and editors can change using the Page menu to edit page properties. Sub-pages follow the top-level page, and may also be edited.
When a new site page is created in LibGuides, it is automatically assigned a URL that looks something like this:
This automatically generated URL is what a friendly URL is meant to replace. Please replace all auto-generated URLs on your ALI sites and pages with friendlies!
On any new guide page you create, you should see a page address and an "edit" icon in the shape of a pencil. Click the "edit" icon to open the edit link box.
When you click the "edit" icon, it should open a dialog box that looks like this:
Notice that you cannot edit the primary domain name or the top level address for the site. All you can add is the "friendly" text that will lead directly to your page. Put your chosen text in the box, click the "save" button, and wait a moment while the page refreshes in your browser.
Congratulations! You've made things friendlier!
In order to ensure that the site loads quickly for both desktop/laptop and mobile users, best practice for using uploaded images encourages resizing/optimizing and compressing them; the resulting file loads more efficiently, takes up less storage space on the site, and looks better on the page at all sizes and dimensions. So: before you upload and insert an image, please do the following:
Use the Content dropdown menu to open the Image Manager. All images uploaded to the site for embedding in boxes or pages should be saved here.
Users in the SpringShare content management system have access to two libraries: a Personal library (accessible only to the user who owns it) and a Shared library (accessible for uploads by all users with Admin-level access). If you don't have upload privileges for anything other than your Personal library, contact the webmaster to have your images uploaded to the Shared library; note that all users can embed images from this Library, regardless of Admin privileges.
Each committee has its own folder in the Shared image library. Please upload your images to your committee's folder, not to the ROOT folder. Just click on the committee name in the left-hand menu, click on the green "Upload New Image" button, and select your image from whatever file it occupies on your computer.
Once the image is uploaded, it will appear as a thumbnail in your folder in the Shared library. The little number on the lower right indicates how many times the image has been used in the system; it can also be used to figure out where an image has been used on the site.
Click on the thumbnail image (NOT on the link icon or the mapping number). This should open a dialog box that will allow you to edit the keywords, alt-text, and file location of the image. Let's skip the keywords for now (the site doesn't have a consistent set to use yet). Please do enter alt-text for accessibility -- a very brief description of the content of the image. If you've accidentally saved your image to ROOT or some other folder, you can use the drop-down menu in this dialog box to move your image to the location you prefer.
Congratulations! You've uploaded an image!
Don't worry about the lack of other editing options -- you'll be able to do more fine-grained image editing when you actually embed an image from the Shared library in a content box.