To the New Webmaster

Hi future OBC Webmaster,

Clark and I put a lot of time, care, and effort into this new site, so please take care of it!

I've included instructions, tips, and tricks below to make maintenance easier and if you have any questions contact Clark or myself and we can help you out. There's templates for all the blogs that feed landing/information/search pages with instructions on what to put for tags, thumbnails, publishing date, and any other useful info for keeping the site functional. I also included the instructions for Google Ads (previously Google AdWords) below. 

Ashdon (AJ) Prophet
OBC Intern Summer 2018
ashdonprophet@gmail.com

P.S. I wasn't sure what was going to happen to the old site, and I wanted to make sure we saved all the important information from it. So, I took screen shots of the entire site and organized them below, so that in case Clark and I missed something we still have access to it.

 

Ashdon's Guide to Site Maintenance 

OBC Blog Posts

The OBC Blog has 3 parts: 

  1. The Blog Posts (not linked in menu)
  2. The OBC Blog (not linked in a menu)
  3. The OBC Blog Home Page (linked in menu)

The OBC Blog Home Page is the only way for people visiting the site to access blog posts. It was set up to provide more information about OBCs blog, display the blogs in a more coherent manner, and most importantly to enable the search function.

DO NOT REMOVE OR MAKE SERIOUS EDITS TO THIS PAGE UNLESS YOU ARE VERY CONFIDENT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Blogs are added to the page automatically, the search is updated automatically, etc so there is no nee to touch this page.

If you are going to link to the blog home page follow the steps in the internal links section of the "Example Page" and use "OBC's Blog" under the "Pages" category (not the "OBC Blog" under "Blogs").

The OBC Blog is the stock blog that Squarespace uses to organize and store blog posts. It's pretty much garbage because you can't customize how the blogs display and you can't add a search bar to it. Which is why it's not linked in any menu and should not be linked to from any page. Only link the "OBC Blog Home Page".

OBC Blog Posts are of course the actual posts on the OBC Blog. You can add these while in development mode in the OBC Blog. There is a template for blog posts (its in the draft section and its called template) which has instructions on publishing, tagging, categorizes, etc. etc. All you have to do is duplicate the template and then fill in the information as instructed. (The template blog has a certain layout for the actual blog too, but you can really make it look however you want, the most important stuff is the settings, tagging, etc. but the actual blog content can be whatever you want while still being stylistically accurate to the rest of the blog!)

More Information can be found in the "Examples Page" where you can see visual tutorials.

Programs

The Programs has 3 parts: 

  1. Program Blog Posts (not linked in menu)
  2. The Programs Blog (not linked in a menu)
  3. Program Category Pages (linked in menu)
  4. The Programs Calendar Page (linked in menu)

The Programs Calendar Page this is the best way to have the calendar and program organization on the same page. People can see the categorization we use in the Program Pages. The program names should link to the specific program blog post not to a program category page. The category title should link to the program category page.

You have to add any new program or delete a program from this page (which you don't have to do with the Program Category Pages thankfully). Any new program should go into a pre-existing category (social & support are catch all categories, so it should fit into one of those).

IMPORTANT NOTE the programs are for recurring programs like Gender Support, Longmont QTs, or Gay AA. If it does not occur on a regular (ie at least a monthly basis) then make it an event.

The Program Category Pages should be linked to from the menu and from the Programs Calendar Page. They are organized by Program Category (Youth, Young Adult, Transgender, QTPOC, Spirituality, Addiction & Recovery, Social/Creative, and Support Groups). ALL EVENTS MUST BE CATEGORIES AS AT LEAST ONE OF THESE and they can be in multiple categories (like "Transgender" and "Support" or "Youth" and "Social/Creative"). Social/Creative and Support are purposefully broad to accommodate programs like D&D and Yoga.

As with the OBC Blog Home Page: DO NOT REMOVE OR MAKE SERIOUS EDITS TO THIS PAGE UNLESS YOU ARE VERY CONFIDENT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Blogs are added to the page automatically, the search is updated automatically, etc so there is no need to touch this page.

The Programs Blog is the stock blog that Squarespace uses to organize and store blog posts. It's pretty much garbage because you can't customize how the blogs display and you can't add a search bar to it. Which is why it's not linked in any menu and should not be linked to from any page. Only link the Programs Calendar Page or the Program Category Page.

Program Posts blog posts inside the Programs Blog that work better than events because they are recurring indefinitely. Making the programs blog posts allowed for them to be searchable and easily updateable (just change the blog post itself and anything that displays it will update automatically).

More Information can be found in the "Examples Page" where you can see visual tutorials.

New Staff Updates

You have to scrub the old and put in the new. Its a pain in the but and I have tried to simplify it as much as possible and I laid out where each staff member is listed/mentioned that you have to update to make it a little easier for you!

Youth Program Coordinator

Places where I took out Desi and put in Michal as a place holder:

  • Longmont QTs (A blog post under the "All Programs" blog)
    • Listed as the contact near the top of the page.
    • Listed as the "contact for more information" person at the very bottom of the page.
  • Trans & Gender Expansive Youth (A blog post under the "All Programs" blog)
    • Listed as the contact near the top of the page.
    • Listed as the "contact for more information" person at the very bottom of the page.
  • Art and Activism (A blog post under the "All Programs" blog)
    • Listed as the contact near the top of the page.
    • Listed as the "contact for more information" person at the very bottom of the page.

Places where I used "Unknown" as a place holder:

  • Staff & Lead Volunteers (make sure you get a photo and short bio to update this then resize the spacers the make the text line up correctly)

Google Ads

Please read the rules and terms of service for both non-profit grant recipients AND regular users.
The tl;dr is:

  • Don't use offensive language/keywords (queer counts as an offensive keyword).
  • We must always have at least 1 campaign with 2 ad groups and 2 ads in each ad group.
  • You have to have working conversion tracking on the site or we get suspended.
  • All your links have to work and phone numbers have to be real.
  • Use the ad extensions (like the call plugin for mobile ads or site link extension for vendor/sponsor ads)
  • Update your ads every-time you change the page URL while editing the website!
  • Read the full rules please.

 

 


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