Pages are the most versatile item in Spike@School. We have heaps of modules to do specific things, but when you encounter a problem that isn't solved by one of our modules, chances are, using a Page will solve it! You can add a new Page by choosing Page from the Add a New: menu and clicking Add in the Construction Zone. You'll get this screen:
We use a great little in-browser HTML (the language of the web) editor that makes it really easy to format text and insert images, movies, tables, links and files into a page. It looks and behaves much like Word does. Inserting images is easy - just click the insert image icon on the toolbar and you'll get this screen:
I've already uploaded a couple of images into here. Once they're here you can use them in other pages too. Just to add to the excitement, you can even edit the images in your browser, just right click on an image here and click Edit Image. You'll get this screen:
As you can see, you can do all the basic but useful functions here:
All of this means that if you are stuck somewhere and don't haven an image editing programme at hand you can still make great images for your site!
One last little feature of the image browser is that you can right click on an image and insert a thumbnail of that image (you define the size) into your page. The editor will automatically make a link to the big image so that when the thumbnail is clicked on, the full size image will show in a popup window!
Getting back onto the subject of adding a page:
You can enter an optional Editing Password for your page. If you do this, and view your page on the front-end (public face) of your site you'll see the words Edit Page at the bottom of the page. You can click this (even when you're not logged into Spike@School) and if you enter the correct password, you'll be able to edit the page. This is great for allowing students to edit some pages on the site where you might not want to give them full access to the Construction Zone. It's kind of like a restricted Wiki.
Once you've saved your page it appears within the template that we make for your school website. Here's an example of a page we just created:
I've added some content and then I clicked Add. Now I visit our site and view our new page:
It all works great because Spike@School builds the indexbar and all the template stuff for you. You only have to worry about the content!