Project: COLA Website Refresher
Client /Prof: N/A (College of Liberal Arts)
completion status: Started on August 30, 2021
staff guidance: Michelle Vanhoose, Chris Rankin
STA team members: Rahul, Ingrid
description/plans: Learn Pages and begin to transfer COLA website content into new CMS
To be completed: TBD (long-term)
A lot to cover today!
Most of this week was spent working on my Pages training for the COLA Web Refresh Project. Pages, as you may know by now, is a new CMS the COLA website is being migrated into from Cascade. The first part of this involved creating a personal site about an interest or hobby, and much like my Cascade page, I chose a natural science theme. Though for this one, I started with a homepage providing some basic information about myself.
Nested below this, I created six other pages for a paleontology-themed info portal (sorry for the plagarism, Rahul, but I did do a different era). This included a “hub” with links to five other pages, mostly in order to use all the text and image formatting features of Pages without cluttering them all into one page.
I found the limitations of Pages quite apparent, such as the difficulty displaying images with much freedom. I tried embedding an image into a tab using html which promptly deleted itself, as well as creating an image button with a single line of text (this will show up again later!) to no avail. I will say I got everything done much faster than I probably would have in Cascade, albeit with less creative freedom.
My next assignment was to compose a formal writeup email on my project so far, which doesn’t have much information not already in this blog post, so I’ll omit it.
After that I began practicing transferring content from the old COLA site into pages, rewriting ten in total. 80% of it was very straightforward (copying bodies of text and reuploading header images) but 20% was quite time-consuming in that it took a lot of mental energy to rework complicated pages into the more limited framework of Pages. One page (shown below) included a slideshow of different images, links, and embedded videos at the top of the page, of which no analogy exists in Pages.
The most tedious part was finding a way to insert two images with single-sentence captions (There it is again! Grrrrrr!). Since Pages has no option for a single image with a single line of text, my attempts included:
- Using “Image Buttons” to display the images with one line of text (but this feature has a minimum of 3 buttons, and each has to be a hyperlink)
- Using the “Two Cards” Feature with the captions as the body text, but I had no way to remove the title, or split the text between the body and title
- Using the “Text & Image” feature with each image’s caption as the main body of text (but the spacing created a huge gap
- Using the “Text & Image” feature with each image’s caption below the image and other text in the main body (also created a spacing issue)
- Using the “Text & Image” feature with one image made by combining both in Photoshop