Content Rotators Designed For Every Screen

The new content rotators found within the WebWriter® Content Management System are now fully responsive!

What does this mean for your site? Your content rotators are guaranteed to adjust automatically on various screen sizes and devices regardless of site layout.

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Whether your audience is viewing your site on a desktop, mobile device, or tablet – your content rotator will maintain their intended shape and formatting.

For more information about responsive design and our content rotator items, contact support@blog.demosphere.com to speak to a member of Demosphere Support.

Every Site Is Easy-To-Navigate With WebWriter!

Primary Website Goal: help website visitors find the content they’re looking for as quickly as possible.

Something as simple as placing your navigational menu in a common location on the site – either horizontally across the top or vertically down the side – can save your visitors significant search time.

Using obvious labels that describe what will be found on each page can help keep visitors on the appropriate page for longer periods of time.

Having too many items in your navigation bar can be overwhelming to users. Narrowing down the options to seven (or fewer) assures each page receives ample attention from visitors in their decision making process.

Does your site’s current navigation follow the above best practices?

Make sure your website is user-friendly and easy to navigate by constructing intuitive navigation menus of your own.

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Start From Scratch

An often overlooked yet effective way to build your navigation menu from scratch begins with the Site Map.

Demosphere suggests constructing your site’s departments in the Site Map section before creating the navigation menu on your page for two main reasons:

  • Building the Site Map can give a clear description of the site’s layout in one visual and an idea of how your site will flow. Drag-and-drop to rearrange departments and subdepartments to solidify the infrastructure before adding menus.
  • Creating your Site Map before setting up your navigation can facilitate the process when adding menu items. Menu items can be drawn directly from a completed Site Map rather than manually added.

Site Map

Manage Design Templates

Once your Site Map has been set up, begin building your navigation menu within the Page Templates section.

After the navigation has been created in one of the templates it can be cloned in the remaining templates. You will not have to rebuild the navigation menu for each.

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Select one of the templates to work with and locate the top horizontal navigation menu. If a menu already exists within the navigation bar, click the blue edit button in the righthand corner to make changes to the existing options.

If no menu exists, create a brand new menu by clicking the green Add Content button and select the Navigation Module option.

A Menu Display Preview dialog will appear, allowing you to set your menu items, publish options, and clone instances.

Build With Item Types

Menu items can be built directly in this window with three different Item Types.

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Menus can be built using Links or grouping pages in SubMenus. Adding pages as links on the menu bar will redirect visitors to that page when the item is clicked. Submenus will display dropdown menus when a visitor hovers over the item.

Links appear next to a blue link symbol in the Menu Builder, while SubMenus appear next to a folder image with green dropdown arrows.

However, if you have already created your Site Map, selecting the Copy from Site Map option can cut down the time spent creating menus.

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When using the Copy from Site Map item type, you are able to Select a Department from your pre-made Site Map. Selecting one of the departments will automatically add the department, as well as links and subdepartments associated with that department.

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For example, copying the Travel department from the Site Map will also add the Boys and Girls subdepartments along with their corresponding links.

Copy each department from the Site Map to the navigation menu options to save time manually adding link URLs and duplicating the Site Map structure.

Once the navigation menu has been saved, menu items will appear on your page as links and dropdowns according to the specifications that have been set in your Menu Builder.

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For more information on your website’s navigation and menu items contact Demosphere Support at support @ blog.demosphere.com!

FREE Holiday Surprise For New WebWriter Users!

website-evaluationFor a limited time, get a free website content review from Demosphere when you join the WebWriter® family throughout the month of December to optimize your site for 2016!

There’s a new version of Demosphere’s WebWriter® Content Management System  – featuring even more flexibility when it comes to creating, editing, and rearranging content.

Facilitating content creation in as little as three clicks and incorporating a drag-and-drop feature that allows you to move content around your site in real-time are just a few of the new features waiting for you!

To celebrate the holiday season, all new WebWriter users will receive a Free Website Evaluation from Demosphere when registered before December 31st!

Receive honest feedback from a team with over 25 years of experience designing websites for youth sports organizations in areas like:
  • Producing Valuable Content To Drive Registrations
  • Choosing The Right Top Navigation Items
  • The Correct Way To Integrate Social Media
  • Site Map Organization
  • …And More!

Have a personalized evaluation sent directly to your email and start the new year on the right foot with your new WebWriter® site!

How Did They Do That: Images

A picture is worth a thousand words – and with the new and improved Image Content Item in the WebWriter® Content Management System, sharing photos has never been simpler.

One of the newest organizations to join the Demosphere Network, Parkland Soccer Club, is taking full advantage of the new content types within the WebWriter® System to show-off their players and keep the website looking great!

Parkland

Want to share images of your own to add life to your website?

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Add New Content

The WebWriter® CMS lets administrators add eight variations of new content types to their website. To create images as seen above, select the Image option. The System allows for unlimited images and articles to be added to any site.

Add Image

 

2. Select Your Image

An Image dialog box will appear, allowing administrators to customize their image settings. After creating a Title for the image, choose to display or hide that title from Public View simply by checking the corresponding box. Upload photos directly into the system from your computer by browsing through your saved folders. Finally, set the image to serve as a link by including an optional URL and selecting whether to have it open in the same or separate window.

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3. Set Display Options

The WebWriter® Content Management System offers two display options for Images. Choose between having the image display directly on the website or provide a link that leads to the full image.Display Options

 

4. Publishing Options

The publishing options within the WebWriter® System give administrators the option of publishing images immediately to Public View, leaving the articles Pending for future decision, or setting a Publishing Timeframe for time sensitive information.

Publish Options

 

5. Arrange Your Photos

Once published content items appear on the page, administrators can then move each item around using the System’s drag-and-drop functionality. To take advantage of the intuitive movement, simply hover your computer mouse over the content item you would like to move or make changes to. The option to move, edit, or delete will appear.

Changes appear in real-time on the website.

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And there you have it – the simplest way to add images to any page or section on your website! Keep up the good work Parkland Soccer Club!

Parkland

Interested in more information about the WebWriter® Content Management System or how to add images of your own? Reach out to Demosphere today at sales@blog.demosphere.com for a free demo!

How Did They Do That: Calendars

Sports organizations are constantly searching for ways to improve scheduling and communication. While most clubs try to remind members of upcoming schedule changes through word of mouth, one of the newest organizations to join the Demosphere Network is taking advantage of the new content types within the WebWriter® Content Management System to keep their schedules organized and always available.

Palm Beach Premier FC is proof that there’s no such thing as too organized when it comes to practice and game schedules. The organization has an entire page dedicated to their Practice Schedule Spring calendar, making sure all of their members are aware of the schedule weeks in advance!

Practice ScheduleWant to create calendars of your own to keep your schedules this neat?

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Add New Content

The WebWriter® CMS lets administrators add nine variations of new content types to their website. To create the schedule as seen above, select the Calendar option. The System allows for the control of multiple calendars within multiple departments.

Add Content

2. Set Up Tags

Demosphere’s calendars utilize a tagging system. Delegate which events you’d like to appear on each calendar by adding tags.

For example, an administrator might create a calendar on the “Practice Schedule” page and want it to display only events specific to practices. During the creation of the calendar, the administrator would set the calendar to show items with a “practice” tag.

On a separate page, like the Home Page, the administrator might want a calendar to display upcoming events from both the practice calendar and games calendar. In that case, they would set the calendar to show all upcoming events with the tags “practice” and “game.”

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3. Choose The Display

The WebWriter® calendars can be displayed as fully-formatted calendars, lists of upcoming events, or as links. Simply select which display option you’d like to have on your page by toggling between the choices.

Calendar Display

4. Publish Content

The system allows three different publishing options for all types of content. The calendar can be displayed immediately to Public View, kept Pending to be published at a later date, or can be set to public for a certain timeframe for time sensitive information.

Publishing Options

5. Add Events

Once a calendar is published, create events by clicking on a date on the calendar and customizing the length of time, description, and event tag to determine which calendar(s) the event will appear on.

Since Palm Beach Premier FC wanted the even “U8 – U10 – U12 – U14” to appear on the practice calendar they included the “practice” event tag. To have this event appear on multiple calendars, they would simply need to include additional tags.

Calendar information includes Google/iCal importing and exporting capabilities
Creating Events

Enjoy An Organized Season

Add an unlimited number of events to your organization’s calendars throughout the season.

Published events can be viewed by members of your organization in a daily, weekly, or monthly calendar view as they click on a highlighted date – making sure each member is aware of upcoming events at all times.

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Keep up the good work Palm Beach Premier FC!

Interested in more information about the WebWriter® Content Management System or how to create calendars of your own? Reach out to Demosphere today at sales@blog.demosphere.com for a free demo!