Chapter Website Quick Guide

Chapter Website Homepage and Dashboard

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Glossary

Homepage – The first page most visitors will see on your chapter webpage and is meant as an overview of your chapter activity and help visitors find the page or area of your website they are looking for.

Dashboard – The administrative area of your website. Chapter leaders with login credentials will login to the site and will be able to view the Dashboard and edit or create new features on your chapter website.

Menu – In the top left, the Menu is shown. This is how users navigate between Pages in your website. There are some default Menu options associated with the default Pages on your chapter website. Menu items are added when Pages are created.

Pages – Pages are best used for information that should be easily found and not regularly changing. There are a number of default pages (About Us, News, and Scholarships) published to all chapter websites. As a chapter leader, you can edit and update existing pages. If you would like a new page, you can create one but it will need to be approved by the WFAA Digital Marketing team prior to publishing.

Posts – Posts are best for chapter news and timely updates. Think of posts as essentially a blog. Create posts about chapter news, upcoming events, past events, and other timely chapter updates. Posts can be created, edited and published completely by chapter leaders. No WFAA approval is needed, but we do keep an eye on website posts and help update and format if we see any issues. You can see all Posts through the Homepage by clicking the “Chapter News” tab just below the “Billboard Text” or clicking “News” on the left-side Menu.

Media – From the Dashboard, this is where all images, files, and items that you uploaded are stored.

Widgets – Widgets are customizable aspects that help personalize your chapter website. There are a variety of different options and once you create or update a widget, the chapter website automatically makes the updates after clicking “Publish/Update”. By default, Widgets are not published but they are very easy to create.

Types of Widgets

Contact – Places a name, title, and contact details on the left side menu. We recommend publishing no more than 3 or 4 chapter contacts. If you want more names listed, consider adding to the “About Us” page or creating a “Contact Us” page or something.

Badger Hangouts – Add location details for where visitors can find your Badger game watches. You can add multiple Badger Hangouts by creating additional Widgets that are set as “Badger Hangout”. Once added here, locations are added to the left side menu and also added to a map on a Badger Hangout page (if created).

Sponsor – If your chapter has a sponsor (or multiple) add their details as well as their logo here and they will show up on the left side of your chapter site. You can add multiple sponsors by adding a new widget for each sponsor.

Social – Place your social media links here and your social media icons will update. Chapter websites are setup to share Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts.

Call-to-Action Button – This Widget places a personalized button on the chapter website homepage. You can set the text of the button and the URL the button clicks to. We highly recommend pairing the Call-to-Action Button to the message of the Billboard Text.

Billboard Text – Create a personalized message at the top of your chapter webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to update the image on our chapter website homepage?
Yes, the image can be updated. This change must be made by WFAA, so reach out to Sam Ryan and he can update with the homepage image. Please consider, the image must be at least 718 pixels wide and it must be an image you have permission to use.

How large should images we add to our chapter website be?
Large image files are not good for your chapter website and can negatively impact visitor experience. We highly recommend you format and resize images before adding them to your chapter website. Images should be no larger than 100 KB.

I want to share an attachment with visitors, what file format is recommended?
We highly recommend you add and format chapter details onto webpages rather than use file attachments. Sharing details directly on your chapter website is much better for visitors as it does not require them to download files to get specific information. If you must share as an attachment, we do allow PDFs but do not allow Word docs on chapter websites.

I have an event to add to my chapter website, how do I do that?
Due to our calendaring system working across a number of websites, WFAA will need to publish events to your chapter website. The easiest way to get these published is to email Sam Ryan and be sure to include the event name, the date/time, the location and a brief description of the event. Definitely share contact or registration details if registering before is required.

I am trying to add another chapter contact, but I only see three?
The chapter websites are setup to publish the most recent 3 chapter contacts on the sidebar. If you need to share contact info for more chapter leaders, consider adding details to the about us page or adding a leadership/board page. Similarly, only the most recent Billboard Text and Call-to-Action button are published. We highly recommend updating these widgets with the updated info rather than always creating new widgets.

Have a question about something not covered here?
Feel free to reach out to Sam Ryan if you have a question about your chapter website not covered here.
Also, there are some videos and webinars that maybe helpful on the Chapter Website Training – Getting Started page.