Video #2: Page Types and Linking

Welcome back.  In this second video tutorial, we're going to be talking about the different page types and how to create links between them.

We've already created a single-author page, which we have here as page number 1.  I can always go back and edit this page and change the content of it or change the title, decide whether or not I want it to be listed on the left side and that kind of stuff.  But, if you notice, I also have other members that are a part of this site who have access to add pages to this site.  These other users, since this is a single-author page, cannot come into this page and change it.  If I wanted to create a page that we could all change or update, I'd go to "Create Site Page (Group Authorship)," and this works exactly like a single authorship page.  I give it a name, like "Group Authorship Page 1," leave it listed, and I'm going to make it list number "2" (so that it shows up after page 1).  No teaser.  "Here's my group authorship page."  Come down and save it.  Now here's my group authorship page.

Notice that it looks the exact same as a single authorship page.  The only difference is that other members of my group can come in and edit it as well.  So, I'm actually going to come in and edit it and add another line and save it.  Now notice that up here I have a new tab that says revisions.  Group authorship pages keep track of revisions that happen to a page, and this is useful, because you may have multiple people editing a group authorship page, and so someone may come in behind you and change something that you did or you may go in and change something that someone else did, or you might decide that an earlier version was better.  So, I can look in here at earlier versions of the same page.  So, this was before I made that second edit, and this is after, so I can decide to revert to an earlier version if I want.  This takes the page back to the version that it was before I did the edit on it (notice that that second line isn't there) or I can revert back here.  This is really useful for creating a collaborative website, so not only can people put up their own pages, but you can also put up pages that everyone can edit and revise and keep track of.

Next is linking.  Now, OWS does create an automatic link for each page you create over here.  You can prevent it from doing that.  So, if you go in to edit the page and deselect the "Listed" checkbox, it will make it so that it is not listed over here.  Once you do that, you as a member of the site can see it down here listed under the unlisted pages, but an outside user coming in would not be able to see a link to it.  So, you can always find it by going back and putting it in the listed column, so you're not doing anything permanent, and notably you are not unpublishing a page.  The page is still online, but it is just not listed here as a link.  So, this is the automatic way that OWS does it.

You can also create manual links in your site.  You can create manual links that go to pages within your site, to pages in other sites, or manual links to documents, images, or anything like that.  So, I'm going to go to my home page and create a manual link to the group authorship page.  So, I'm going to come under here and edit my page, and I'm just going to start putting in some words: "Group authorship page link."  And I'm going to highlight everything here, because I'm going to turn this text into a link.  Now, if I click on the link button (it looks like a chain link) it will bring this up.  Here I can put in a URL (I can put in an absolute URL or a relative URL) or I can come to the file browser right here and I can actually upload a document, image, video, or something like that.

For this, I really don't want to do either of those.  Since I already have it listed over here, it makes it very easy for me to just drag it and drop it.  Since I now have a link to my group authorship page, I'm going to go ahead and delete this text that I put in here before and save it.  So, now I have a link that jumps to group authorship page.  Now, if I want, I can remove the automatic link to that page (notice that it's not listed over here anymore), but if I go here to page 1, I can link to group authorship page.

Let's do the same thing, but now let's link to a document.  So, if I go to edit and come down here and put "Document Link".  Highlight my text, click on the chain link, and I'm going to go browse for something.  So, I'm going to go upload a document, browse, and I'm going to just grab something.  This is a .jpg document, so it's an image, or I can do a .pdf or a .doc file.  Here I'll do this .doc file.  Press upload.  Notice that it's now on the web server.  If I send it to the editor and click insert, I now have a link to that document, so save it.  So, when someone clicks on this it will download the document to their computer.

In addition, outside links work the exact same way.  So, if I want to create a link to Wikipedia, I just type in  Wikipedia, highlight the text, insert link, and then type in the URL.  Insert.  Save it.  Now I have a link to Wikipedia.
So, that was linking and the different types of pages.