Adding county resources on the new site
Done this before? Go directly to WebTool
What are county resources?
Resources are "little advertisements" for ongoing programs, newsletters and services that can be displayed across counties. When a resource is added, it appears in front of the calendar on the right side of the page. Resources appear on pages once a visitor has localized to a specific county.
Resources can be created by all regional faculty and staff and must be created using the WebTool.
How it works
To provide an example of how this works, we have added resources for Boone County. At the MU Extension homepage, go to MU Extension near you and select "Boone County" from the drop-down box. Look through categories for listed resources.
The benefit of these resources is once visitors choose their county, local programming is one click away from the main site's home page.
To add local resources for your county or counties you serve, you’ll need to login to the new extension web authoring tool, WebTool, using your university pawprint (domain\ID and password).
- Go to the WebTool application: http://extension.missouri.edu/WebTool/
- Select Manage resources on the control plan.
- Click Add a new resource.
- Give your resource a short but meaningful title that accurately describes it.
- Type or paste the full URL for the page you would like to link.
- Describe your link in 200 characters or less (about two sentences).
- Assign the resource to relevant categories. This determines category pages on the main site where the item will appear one the county is chosen.
- Assign the to counties that this item applies
- At the top of the screen, click “Save.”
When selecting categories and counties, be deliberate. Choose only those counties and program areas that are truly relevant.
Some possible resources you might want to add are links to your local 4-H or Master Gardener pages, local newsletters, and pages for local ongoing programs. This is not the place to promote upcoming events – they will show up on the calendar tab as long as they are scheduled in WebApps.
As soon as you save a resource, it is viewable in the new website.
When you log in, you will see all the resources that have been created that are assigned to counties in your region. Unlike WebApps, resource items do not have an exclusive owner. Once they are created, anyone who sees them in their list can modify, reorder or delete them. CAUTION: The delete link works with one click. There is no “are you sure?” screen.
Reordering (sorting) items
Once there are a number of resources entered for a specific category and county, you will be able to use the “Reorder” function to sort those items and customize how each county/category list appears. It won’t be obvious how this works until you have at least two items assigned to a county and category.
At this time there is not a limit to the number of resources that will display in each category, but for the sake of length on the main pages we suggest a maximum of eight items per county per category. This application is in the first phase of development; the usage we observe and feedback from staff will help us improve and enhance this feature.
- Keep titles short, and use the “blurb” field to add more description.
- If you are linking to a document other than a Web page, give the file type at the end of the title in parentheses. For example, (PDF) or (DOC).
- Don’t use “click here.”
- Don't try to localize the blurb -- it will be localized simply by its placement on the page. Example:
Title: Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners
Blurb: Improve your gardening skills, help your community and network with other local gardeners.
(You don't need to say the county or city name in the description because it will be in the Boone County "Resources" section of the page.)
- Edit your entry for spelling, capitalization and grammar.
- For titles, capitalize all words except articles and prepositions (unless prepositions are four letters or more, such as “from” and “about”).
- Avoid abbreviations and acronyms. Spell out program names.
- Spell out all words such as “through” and “with.”
- Don’t use ampersands “&” in place of “and.”
Return to the new website to make sure that your information displays correctly in “MU Extension near you.”
Kate Akers, Technical and training support
DeeAnna Adkins, Editorial style and design support