A Book page can only be created by sma2web2 members. Book page content cannot be created by Authenticated users.
A book page is a page of content, organized into a collection of related entries collectively known as a book. A book page automatically creates a page within a book-like structure and displays links to adjacent pages, providing a simple navigation system for organizing and reviewing structured content.
When you first create a Book page you can determine whether it will be the first page of a new book, a "child page" of a current book, or a "child" of any previously created Book page.
For example, this Book page is the "child" of another Book page, "How To...", which, in turn, is the child of the top level Book page, "Using This Site".
Note: Many of the steps for creating different types of content are similar so this information may appear in some parts to be the same as for other types of content creation.
To use the Book page content creation tool:
- You must be logged in as a sma2web2 member.
- Once logged in you should be able to see your user menu in the left sidebar. Click on Create content and note that there is summary information about each of the content types that you can create.
- Select Book page - the "Create Book page" form should load. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the different sections of the form. Note that some sections are collapsed and will need to be expanded to reveal their fields.
When creating content using the "Create Book Page" form there are 4 sections that I would encourage all users to get into the habit of always filling in. These 4 sections appear in most content creation forms:
- Title* - Entering a title for your Book page is mandatory. Titles are one of the main methods of sorting and searching for content, so it important to use a title that has meaning for the entry.
- Tags - Tags are optional, but are a fantastic way to help categorise your content and allow users to filter and search through content and posts. When entering tags use "keywords" or "keyphrases" that help define the content of your post, and seperate each tag with a comma. In thinking of what tags to use, ask yourself what subject or topic words would you use if you wanted to search for the post.
- Body - This is where you write the main content of your post. Notice that there is a toolbar section at the top of this area that will allow you to do various things with your content as you enter it. The range of editing tools available to sma2web2 members is far more extensive than those available to Authenticated users. If you are a sma2web2 member some of the additional editing tools you have available include the ability to upload and browse images, insert Flash content and format fonts and paragraphs.
- URL path settings - You will find this section further down the "Create Book page" form. You will need to click on its title to expand this section. Generally, Drupal uses an address format that includes the term "node" and a reference number for the node's content. A typical Drupal URL might read as http://soundhouse.org.au/node/112 , making it an "unfriendly" URL. By entering a "friendly" name in the URL path settings, addresses become easier to remember and track and make more sense when viewed by other users. For example, I have entered HowToBookPage into the URL path settings field for this node of information so, instead of the web address showing up as http://soundhouse.org.au/node/112 it shows up as http://soundhouse.org.au/HowToBookPage. Note that both URLs will lead you to the same page, but the second one is easier to understand and is friendlier.
One section specific to the Create Book page form and crucial to the final structure of your "book" is:
Book outline - This determines where the Book page that you are creating sits in the overall structure of your book. Use the drop down list to select <create a new book> if the Book page you are creating is the first page of a new book. If you select a previously made "book" from the list, a second drop down list will load, allowing you to select the "Parent item:" of the Book page you are creating.
The last option to work with in the Book outline section is the "Weight". This is a method of arranging the book pages within the specific level that they appear. Larger values give an item a heavier "weight" and it will "sink" below other smaller valued items in the same level. For example, a Book page with a "weight" of 5 will appear beneath (or after) any other items in the same level that have a "weight" value less than 5 and above others with a "weight" value greater than 5. Any items in a level with the same "weight" value will be placed in alphbetical order.
Other sections of the Create Book page form are:
- Input format - This is to determine the type of input formats the user is allowed to use when the content of the blog entry is submitted to the database. In most cases this will be Full html and should not be changed from the default setting unless you are an experienced user and know what you are doing.
- File Attachments - This section can be used to upload and attach any type of file to your post. This file will appear as a hyperlink allowing registered users to download and save it to their own computer. Notice that it is possible to upload and attach more than one file to a post. To help minimise the amount of file pool allocation that is eaten up by file uploads, larger files or collections of files should be zipped.
- Attached Images - allows you to upload and automatically add/attach an image to the content of your post. You may also select a previously uploaded image from the list to attach to your post. It is often a good idea to also fill in the Image title: field, particularly if the file name of an image is not self-explanatory. Please note that any images uploaded via this method become part of the public pool and will be available for use in posts by any soundhouse.org.au registered user.
- Location - By filling in this section you can provide a location reference for images or content within your post. The information filled in is embedded within the post as well as a link to Google Maps showing where the location is.
- Post to twitter.com - All new posts by sma2web2 members are automatically listed on the soundhouse.org.au twitter profile - SMA_Tweeters. A "tweet" is sent listing the title of the post as well as a link to the post shown as a "tinyurl". If you do not wish your post to be published to SMA_Tweeters, please be sure to un-tick the Post to twitter.com tick box.
- Notifications - are messages sent to users who have set up their accounts to receive notifications of new posts in general or users who have subscribed to any of your posts. If you specifically don't want anyone to be notified of your new Book page you may tick the Do not send notifications for this update box, otherwise you can leave it unticked.
- Creative Commons licenses - You may select the level of Creative Commons licensing (if any) that you would like associated with your Book page. You can go to the Creative Commons web site to find out more about the various types of Creative Commons licensing.
Finishing Up - All Registered Users
Once you have filled in all the sections of the Create Book page form that you wish to, you can use either of the Preview or Save buttons found at the bottom of the form to continue. Preview will show a preview of the Book page in a yellow coloured section at the top of a preview page with the option to make further editing changes beneath the preview section. Save will publish your Book page for viewing.
If you are the creator/owner of a published Book page you will be able to Edit or even delete it at a later stage via the Edit option which will be found in the title area of any of your published content.