QuickSites Quickstart

The below instructions will get you started editing the content on your University Quicksite set-up by the College of Fine Arts Web team. The Web team is here to answer any questions and will help with the following tasks:

  • Advise content owners about migrating content
  • Advise content owners about what widgets and field sets work best for their content
  • Adding content editors
  • Setting up custom URLs
  • Setting up your sandboxes/test-sites
  • Configuring home landing page and hero image
  • Configuring primary menu navigation and utility navigation
  • Configuring Twitter widget –  We will help make sure it is accessible by increasing the color contrast. Content creators will need to follow these instructions to make images in Twitter posts accessible.
  • Adding college and departmental logos
  • Configuring and setting-up Google Analytics

Login URL

Once you’ve received confirmation that your site is ready, visit the site and confirm that you can log in with your UT EID. To get to your EID login screen, simply add “/saml_login” to the end of your site’s URL . Your login URL should look something like the path below. Remember to bookmark your login URL for future convenience!

https://yourwebsitenamehere.edu/saml_login

Viewing, Adding, and Editing Content

Once you’ve logged in, select Content from the top admin menu to view all of your website’s content.

Select content for the top admin menu.

Once you are in your site’s content creation and management area, use the + Add content link to create new content, like Landing Pages, Standard Pages, News Items, and to add Team Members to directory pages. The tab area at the top right of the page offers access to lists of your content organized by type.

Manage your QuickSites content in the admin area

View and edit all of your published and unpublished content and files in the main content grid. By default, everything is arranged in date order, but the list can also be viewed by content type, title or author by using the filtering tool above it.

Fields & Widgets


Content on the Quicksites platform is added to the page using Fields & Widgets. There are many choices with a variety of style options. The best approach to learning how they work is by experimenting with them in different places on a page on your test-site.

All available fields & widgets are displayed in tabs in the left most column of the editing page. Clicking on these tabs opens a pane, where you can add and edit content. Note that there are links to instructional documentation for each type.

The Fine Arts Web Team also provides some training and is available for consultation about the best fields for hosting your content. Visit the QuickSites WIKI for a complete list of Fields & Widgets with documentation.

Saving & Publishing Content


Once you’ve finalized your Fields & Widgets you may want to publish your page. To publish just click the save button and your page will be added to the published site. If you’d like to save your page as a draft, you will need to switch off the default publish option. These instructions can also be used to unpublish already published pages.

To save a page as a draft, first go to the Publishing options tabThen un-check the box for Published, and then click save. Your saved page will appear in the Content area of your site but it will not be viewable by visitors on the live site.

Menu Settings & Custom URLs

After publishing your content you may want to add your page to your sites’ navigation. Quicksites will automatically generate a URL path from your page’s title. QuickSites allows you to override this automated path and provide a custom URL.

Layout-editor


An important Step: After you’ve saved your field & widget content you will use the Layout Editor to add your content to your published page.

 To do this, once you've saved your page, select the Layout Editor tab. To enable the editor, click the Edit button on the Change Layout pop-up.

With the Layout Editor enabled, you will see various gray Content bars. These bars show where content can be added. Clicking a bar reveals a menu with the Fields & Widgets you created for that page, as well as reusable content, such as Contact Infos. Click a menu item to add it to the page.

Hovering over existing page content reveals tools which allow you to delete or move your content within each area.

layout editor tools

Using a Test-Site


To facilitate experimentation you have access to a test-site version of your QuickSite. Commonly referred to as a sandbox, this is where you can play around with any ideas without effecting your visible-to-everyone live site. Sandboxes are available throughout the lifespan of your website and should be your first stop before committing any content you aren’t sure of to your live site. For assistance in setting up a sandbox contact the COFA Web Team.

Further Guidelines & Help

As with all web publishing it is crucial to be aware of the guidelines & requirements for image optimization and image accessibility: Image optimization instructions  &  alt text instructions. Visit our Web Instructions and guidelines for general information about web publishing.

If you have any further questions or are having troubles with your Quicksite, please contact your COFA Web Team at cofawebmaster@austin.utexas.edu. For more in-depth QuickSite instructions visit the  UT ITS QuickSites Guide Wiki.