The main focus of most websites is the content itself, which can range from basic styled text to intricate HTML tables with dynamic elements and embedded media. Whether they are publicly accessible pages or secure virtual classroom pages, Ultranet uses a single, integrated Page Editor to create and publish these.
Most of us may be comfortable working with document processing software to produce different page designs and layouts, but may not have a clue how to translate this into website code (or HTML).
Fortunately, the Page Editor included in every web and class page makes this transition a smoother process, using a familiar range of editing tools to visually construct the page. Best of all, there’s no requirements for complex knowledge of markup language or FTP uploads. Rich text, object formatting and media insertion is also included within the Editor out of the box.
And if you want more advanced editing control, you can always jump into HTML mode and directly edit the page coding or embed web objects to spice up your pages.
Some content in Ultranet may not be suitable for all students or the public to have unrestricted access to, whereas other pages may be begging for direct input from others rather than waiting on the school administrator to update everything.
That’s why each page in Ultranet has its own permission controls, which allows you to set which groups of users have access to view the page, and which groups can edit it. Class pages are editable by users with a Teacher account type by default.
Menus and nested pages.
As your content and publishing needs grow, you’ll naturally want to spread out and create a denser website or class structure to sort and separate information.
Ultranet pages have the tools built-in to create Sub Pages and manage their display order. Each page can have its own unique set of modules, and can be set up with different permission rights from its parent page.
The good thing is that the page menu and associated page links are set up for you automatically, so all you have to do is just create the page and start working in it.
One of the problems with very busy and content-heavy sites is that it can be hard to find what you want easily without digging through massive menu trees.
The Categories module included in both web and class pages is a smart way to organise page links to avoid deeply nested content from being buried and lost. It can be used to divide a class page into topic headers, aspects of study, student group pages … anything that helps structure the content better.
Categories are also extremely simple to setup and with auto-formatted images and text areas, you can get an interesting and effective contents page set up with ease.