Creating, posting and sharing new content
Note: Group administrators needing to organise and manage content click here
Once you are a member of a group, you may want to share content so that other users can see it, read about it and add to it. This content could be a photo, a map location of a conservation activity or animal sighting, a case study or a news item or event. You may also want to create a folder to store similar types of information in (e.g. a folder of revegetation sites that have been established by group members).
There are two places where you can add new content to your group’s page. Both are shown in the image below. One option is to click on the blue “Add” buttons on the left-hand side of the page. These allow you to add the most common content types quickly – new, events, projects and case studies.
The second option is to use the “Add new” button at the far-left of the screen. This allows you to add a wider range of content types, including map locations and folders. These content types are likely to be useful for the group trial, as they allow you to locate your activities on a map and organise them into folders.
The videos below explain how to add common content types such as news items, events, case studies, folders and images and files. For this trial we are also focusing on mapping and sharing data. As such, two additional help pages have been created for:
- Adding map locations for activities, wildlife sightings etc.
- Sharing settings for content added to group sites – public, group or private
One important point to be aware of is that when new content is added, it will be initially set to “private” (only visible to the person who added it). To make it visible to other group members or the general public, you will need to change the sharing status to “group” or “public” – see sharing settings for how to do this.
One other option that is not covered below is adding a “project”. This is very similar to adding a case study or a map location. Projects are useful if you want to provide a description of an overarching set of activities that you are undertaking as a group. For example, if your group was working together to establish revegetation sites to form a wildlife corridor, you could:
- Create a project called “Revegetation Corridor” where you could explain the overall project (and include a map of the planned corridor)
- Create a separate a separate folder called “Revegetation sites”
- In that folder, each member could create individual map locations for each planned or completed revegetation site (including using different coloured markers to differentiate between planned and completed sites)
Adding a News Item
The news and events folder are limited to these specific content types. To add a news item, select “Add” next to news item just to the left of the main display (or “Add new” at the far left-hand side of the screen and then “news item”). News items are simple items made up of a title, body text and images (if desired).
Adding an Event
Adding events is similar to adding news items. Events require a start and end time. Once entered, items will appear in a list.
Adding a Case Study
This requires you to manually enter details such as description, challenges, solutions and impact. You can also upload photos to add to your case study. The system will automatically create a pdf of the case study that other users can download.
Adding a Folder
Here, you will find out about adding subfolders to your group to help organise your content and manage the navigation to that content.
Uploading files and Images
The video below explains how to upload files and images and how to embed or link to them from within a page on your site.
Reports and guides can be added to a folder as a file by selecting “Add new” and then “file”. Accepted file types include Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf), Word files (.doc or .docx), Excel files (.xls) and various image file types. Once files have been uploaded they will appear in a list as shown below.
Note that image files uploaded in this way will appear simply as a file name rather than displaying the image. If you want the image to appear to other members when they visit the folder, you need to add “image” rather than “file”.
You can also add content in the form of a “case study” (see previous video on case studies above).