Choirs: create your own dedicated page on this website
[Last updated: 13 January, 2020]
You can now create a dedicated page on this site for your choir. The intention is that you can make a list of the pieces you are preparing for your next concert (or two), and create links directly to the pages concerned (NOTE: Please don’t place actual soundfiles on your page). Your members just enter the name of your choir in the Search Box and they will see your choir page in the list of results. They then just click on an item to be taken directly to the page holding the rehearsal files. They will need to be logged in to see the actual sound files. The rest of the site is open to them as normal.
This facility will be of most use to those choirs who don’t have a website. Your members should search for your choir’s page, and then save it as a Bookmark in their browser so they don’t have to search for it again.
For those who do have a website it does offer an alternative method of linking to my pages: just place a single link on your site to your dedicated page on my site.
Any page you create will not be protected in anyway because none of the soundfiles will show until a person is logged in.
NOTE: this function is not intended as a replacement for a choir’s website; the pages are open to everyone who uses the site – not just your members – so do not put any sensitive information there. The function merely gives you the option of offering your members a one-stop page to see the links to the rehearsal file pages you are currently interested in.
A word of caution: I am happy to answer technical questions and help during the initial setting-up of your page, but I cannot be responsible for updating it. I have gone into my usual detail in the notes below to help you with this task. If you feel uncomfortable with delving into the backend of my website, then nominate a volunteer from one of the members of your group to take it on.
How to apply
This facility is only open to choirs having an active group account. Either you, or one of your group members, will be the guardian of your page. I need to make a change on the nominated person’s account to allow them partial access to the backend of my site, so please complete this form to apply.
Instructions for creating your own page(s)
I have made up a dummy choir page for Blah Blah Choral Society as an example for you to follow – or not. Right-Click (Ctrl-Click) on this link to open it in a new window so that you can work on your own page and have this one to one side. The best approach is to type all the text in first, and then go back to format things into titles, lists, etc.
If, at any stage, you get a warning something like “Stay on Page / Leave Page”, it means you have made changes but not saved them. Click on “Stay on Page” and then on the blue “Update” button at the top right of the window.
- Login. You should see a black Admin Bar across the top of my site’s window, with your or your group’s name on the right-hand side
- Towards the left of the black Admin Bar, click on “+ New” and click on “Page”
- Enter title here: Type in the full name of your choir. This is the title of the page to help you and me find it at a later stage. More importantly, it should contain the search terms your members are likely to use to find your page. What you type here doesn’t appear on the published page
- Click in the large white area below the Paragraph selection box. This is where you put your page content
- Type in the full name of your choir again, followed by any other information you want to appear, such as the concert date and the list of pieces you are practising. Use the Blah Blah Choral Society example page as a guide. Forget about formatting until you have finished entering all your text.
Formatting your instructions
The formatting tools appear to the right of the Paragraph selection box, just below the page title. You can hover over each tool to see what it does. If there is only one row of tools showing, click on the third item from the right “Toolbar Toggle” to display a second row of tools.
This is what I did to create the layout of the Blah Blah Choral Society page:
- To make the first line (the name of your choir) bold, click into that line and chose Heading 1 from the Paragraph selection dropdown
- Under this first line, press Enter to create a blank line, then click on the 5th tool from the right, which is the Read More tag. This will prevent the rest of the page from showing up on the Results page – a good thing because it has confused some members.
- Press Enter then click on the second tool on the second row of tools “Horizontal line”
- To make the “Rehearsal files…” bold, click into that line and chose Heading 2 from the Paragraph selection dropdown
- After entering all your pieces on separate lines, select them all and click on one of the list tools, either Bulletted list, or Numbered list
- To create the links for your pieces, highlight the line and click on the Insert/Edit link tool on the first row of tools – it looks like a chain link
- Type a few key words from the piece you are looking for in the box ”Paste URL or type to search”. Don’t include “the”, “a”, “an”, “and”. Include the composer’s/arranger’s last name
- A short list will appear; click on the item you want. Be sure to look out for some pieces that may appear to duplicate – usually it’s because there is an SA version and an SATB version, or it’s a different arranger
- The link will appear in the box; click on the blue return arrow icon, or just press the Enter key on your keyboard
- If I haven’t done rehearsal files for any of the pieces in your list, but you have the files elsewhere, then you can paste the URL of their location instead
To publish your page: click on the blue Publish button at the top right of the page. The page title at the very top changes from Add New Page to Edit Page.
To view your page: click on “View Page” link, or on “View Page” in the black Admin Bar at the top of the window.
To edit your page:
- After you have published it, and it is still on view in your browser, just go ahead and make your changes. When you are satisfied that it is OK, click on the blue Update button at the top right.
- If you want to edit your page sometime later, either:
- search for your page in the standard Search Box on the right
- Your page will be one of the results, and there will be an “Edit” link at the end of the last line; or
- Click on “Edit Page” in the black Admin Bar at the top of the window; or
- login then click on the “+ New” icon in the black bar at the top of the window. The Add New Page window will display, but to find your own page, click on the second icon down the left-hand side that looks like a couple of pages overlapping, and choose “All Pages”. You can then click on your page in the first, “Title” column, which takes you back to the Edit Page with yours already loaded for you to make amendments.
- You may notice on the initial Search Results page that all your text is showing up to an upper limit which I have set globally. If you want to cut this short, you should insert a More> tag immediately after the final word you want to appear. The More> tag is available pm the Tool bar (starting with a Paragraph dropdown) the 10th icon along, just after the link symbol.
- search for your page in the standard Search Box on the right
Remember to click on the blue Update button at the top-right after making any amendments.
Instructions to your choir members
Ask your members to enter your page title (usually the name of your choir) into the site Search Box. Click on the title in the usual manner.They can then add it the Bookmarks in their browser.