We use a content management system, Expression Engine, to power the FACS website. Expression Engine enables you to manage powerful web pages through a user-friendly web interface.

Roles and Responsibilities

Different people have different roles in managing the website. The following roles are the most common.

Office Managers

  • Add news and events
  • Update your department's web pages
  • Update personnel

Some office managers are Power Users because they get additional training to write new page content and publish new pages. To get this training, contact Jimmy Hansen

Student Workers

  • Add news and events
  • Update their student organization page
  • Create/update their professor's lab page

Getting Started

  1. Read Writing for the Web.
  2. Read Top Tasks (next)
  3. Make a list of edits if you want to edit existing pages, or a draft of your site organization if you want new pages. Email this to Jimmy Hansen. Jimmy will grant you access and tell you how to perform your actions.

Top Tasks

Almost everybody just needs to know how to find a page and make basic text edits to that page, including updating links. These directions tell you how.

How do I find an entry?

You have two ways: by keyword or channel.

  1. Keyword: Upon logging in, look under Modify or Delete and click Entry (screenshot). This brings up a Keywords search box. Type the title of your page to find it.
  2. Channel: Go to Content > Edit > (channel) to see all of that channel's entries. (channel) will be your department name, News for news, Events for events, and People for people.

After performing either of those, you could additionally use the other if you see too many results. For example, if you search by keyword for "Students" and many pages come up, you can filter this list by changing the channel dropdown.

How do I make a link?

Select your link text then click the Link icon (looks like a chain). 

  • Link to a web page by including the URL.
  • Link to a document on your computer by clicking the Browse Server button, then the Upload File button at the top right.

How do I make basic text edits?

Find your entry and make edits, following guidelines from The Open Text Field

How do I publish news and events?

Go to Content > Edit > News or Events.

I want to remove people who have left. How do I do this?

  1. Go to Content > Edit > People
  2. Find people by using any of these methods:
    • To view your entire department, click the "Filter by Category" box and select your department (far left indented)
    • To view a single person, type their first and/or last name into Keywords
  3. Click on a person's name
  4. Go to the "Options" tab and set Status to Closed.
  5. Submit

This removes people from the online directory, listservs, and anywhere they were the contact listed for a page.

The text formatting is messed up. How do I fix it?

Select your text then click the Remove Format icon (looks like Tx). After that, it still might look big like a heading; the first dropdown box would indicate this if this were the case. Change that box to "Normal" to remove the heading.

If that doesn't work, you can click Source (last button) and it would look something like <tag>your text</tag>.  Remove the <tag>your text</tag> portion, then click Source again to see if it worked.See Removing Styles for more.

Advanced Edits

Expression Engine allows you to make text edits, which are most edits you'll need to do, to the website. However, when something more advanced is needed, feel free to contact Jimmy Hansen or Casey Gordon

Please be courteous:

  • Include the URL(s) of the page(s) you're referencing.
  • State clearly what you'd like. For instance, don't quote a long email chain without explanation.
  • If referencing a previous email, quote the email.