If you are looking for more information about GraniteNet then please Contact us.
If you need help with accessibility then please see our Accessibility section.
If you are a GraniteNet Editor looking for some help then you've come to the right place.
We've compiled a list of the most common questions below.
If you can't find what you're looking for or if you want more.
- You can make an appointment to for some personalised 1 on 1 training at our High St office;
- Or DIY and check out this great ModX tutorial website. http://modxtraining.com/
GraniteNet – behind the scenes
Granitenet.com.au has been set up to use the ModX CMS (Content Management System). This is an open source (and free) CMS that meets the requirements that our community has so at the present time. The calendar uses a different software tool, called Web Calendar, which is also open source. The forum uses another open source software, called SMF (Simple Machines Forum).
These systems are not integrated, and each need their own username and password. For simplicity and to help remember, you can use the same username and password for each of the systems, but they do not automatically know the usernames/passwords from each of the other systems so you have to log on to each separately.
Please note that any pop-up blocking software you have on your computer may interfere with the steps in these instructions. As there are so many different types of pop-up blockers, it is impossible to list how to deal with each of them.
You will need to keep an eye out for things that appear, usually at the top or bottom of your browser window, that say they have blocked a pop-up window. You will need to change those settings to allow all pop-ups from www.granitenet.com.au.
You should only need to do this once on each computer/browser you use (although some people do have multiple pop-up blockers installed which will each need disabling).
The ModX Manager login form can be accessed from the Editor log in button at the top right of the GraniteNet home page or from the footer on any GraniteNet page.
The Editor log in button on the top right of the home page takes you to a within-GraniteNet Quick Edit login page. For inexperienced editors, this is the preferred option. Once you have logged into this page you can then simply browse to the page you wish to edit and use the Quick Edit menu that will appear at the top of pages you are allowed to edit. This Quick Edit menu will only appear as a shaded line right at the top of the page, but when you move your mouse over the area, the menu will appear. Choose Edit Resource to edit your page.
The footer link takes you directly to the ModX Manager login page: http://granitenet.com.au/manager/. This is the behind the scenes Manager tool. If you don't edit pages very often, this view might be a bit more confusing and you may wish to simply use the Quick Edit tool instead. Both have very similar options once you are editing. To edit a page using the Manager, browse to the page you wish to edit using the left hand menu (clicking on a + expands that section) and then click on the page you wish to edit.
The top part of the edit page dialogue does not often need to be changed. The Title field is the title that appears on the page. The Alias field gives the URL of the page (eg. “art” in the Alias field gives the page a URL of http://www.granitenet.com.au/art).
The Resource Content area is where the main part of the content editing occurs.
Most of the buttons are similar to the buttons you may be familiar with in programs such as Word. Enter the text in the area below the toolbar, and use the buttons to format the text as you like.
Save and check your work often. The Save button hovers over the top right of your page. You can change the option to the right of the Save button - it defaults to Close - so when you Save it will also close the file. But you can change it to Save + Continue Editing.
If your internet connection drops out while you are working on your content your changes will not be backed up.
There is a preview button at the top right that allows you to see what your page looks like on the live site.
There is no undo once you have saved your page. We do back up the site but it's quite a bit of work to retrieve older versions of pages.
- Click where you want the link or document to be added
- Type in the text that you wish to become a link to a website OR a link to a document.
- Highlight this text
- Then click the Insert/edit link button
(looks like the link of a chain)
- If you were linking to an external website you would paste the URL of the website here in the Link URL field
- If you wish to upload a document, click the Browse button at the end of the Link URL
- Click on the folder for your groups documents
- Click the Browse button next to the Upload a New File in this Folder area at the bottom of the screen. Find the file you wish to upload, select it and click Open
- Then click Upload
- Your document will be uploaded. When it appears in the folder, click on the document to select it
- Click Insert
- Your document and/or link have been added to your page
Linking to another page on granitenet.com.au
If you wish to link to another page on your site follow the steps as above but choose the second dropdown menu (Link List) to choose the other page you wish to link to. Pages are listed in nested order.
- Click where you want the image to be added
- Click the Add Image button (looks like a picture of a tree)
- To upload an image from your computer or to re-use an existing image on your site, click the Browse button at the end of the Image URL field
- If you wish to reuse an existing image, simply click on it to select it
- If you wish to upload a new image, click the Browse button next
to the Upload a New File in this Folder area at the bottom of the screen.
- Find the file you wish to upload, then click Open, then Upload
- Your image will load. You must then click on the image to select it to be included in your page
- It is essential that you enter some descriptive text in the Image description field. This is necessary for accessibility for those with restricted vision
- Then click Insert
- Your image is now included in your page. You may wish to use the Alignment options in the Appearance tab to move the image to another part of the page.
- Check your page to make sure the image is now there. (NOTE: when you look at the page as it is being edited the picture may seem to be in the wrong place, but it should appear where you put it when you save and look at the finished article.)
- From the ModX Manager, right-click on the page you wish to be the parent of the new page. In most instances this will be the main page of your group. Then click Create resource here.
- If you are in Quick Edit, first browse to your main group page (or the page you wish to be the parent of the new page) and get the hover menu to appear at the top of the page and choose Create Resource Here.
- You now have to fill in quite a few fields that we have previously not had to deal with.
- The Title field is essential. This is the name of your page and will show up at the top of the page and in the menu.
- Long title currently does not get used, but may in the future. It is helpful for now to give you a bit more space to be descriptive about what your page is about.
- Document's alias is very important. This gives the URL of your page. If you do not put an alias in your page will have a number or a long version of the title as the last part of it's URL.
- Scroll down to the editing area and add any content you wish.
- Click Save.
- Preview to see your new page.
- If you left all the options as default, your new page will show up on the side navigation on the left of the parent page. You will probably need to go back to the main page of your group and add a link to the new page.
- To create Calendar events on GraniteNet, you need to first have a username and password for the Calendar software. If the GraniteNet Administrator has not advised you of your Calendar login, or if your group does not have a calendar already set up, you will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request a calendar for your group.
- From the GraniteNet site, click on View/Edit full Calendar in the right column of the main page under the upcoming events
- You are now at the Calendar page
- Click Login on the top right of the page
- Enter your username and password. Click Login
- You are at your own personal calendar
- To change to your group calendar click on Views
- Then Manage Calendar of, then the group you wish to add the event for (you may only have one group listed here, though some people have more than one group they administer)
- Make sure the right group is listed here in the title. This is important otherwise you may add an event for the wrong group, or for your personal calendar.
- Click on the + sign next to the date you wish to add the event on
- Type in a Brief Description. This will be the title of the event that will show up on the main calendar. It is important to use your group name or abbreviation at the beginning of the title to help distinguish which group it is when someone is viewing the whole GraniteNet Calendar. Eg. Field Nats – Walk up the Pyramids.
- Enter more information in the Full Description field if you wish.
- Enter in the Location.
- Choose your time options
- It's a good idea to put the URL of your group page into the URL field so that someone can immediately move from the Calandar event to your group page
- Save when you are finished.
- The event now shows up on your group calendar.
- Go to the GraniteNet home page to check that your event shows up on the main calendar/ and/or your own group page to check that if it appears.
- Success! (hopefully!)
Displaying the Calendar on your group page
- To get the calendar to show up on your group pages, and not just as part of the main calendar:
- Scroll down below the content part of the page to the fields below
- In the Right Hand Column Widgets field tick the box next to to display the list of upcoming events
- In the field called Calendar Name the calendar username default is __public__
- Change to
_NUC_ABA (where the last part after _NUC_ is the short name of your
You can get this name/code from when you are editing events in your
- Change to
If you want to disable the news feed or weather information in the right hand column go down the page to the Right Hand Column Widgets field and tick the box next to and untick all other options in this area.
Adding other content to right hand column
Scroll down below the main content editing box and in the Additional Right Hand Column Content field you can add any content that you would like to appear to the right of the main content. This is a good way to draw attention to main contact details or news. If you delete the content, make sure you have deleted everything otherwise a small blue background will still appear on the page. Once all content is deleted the main content of the page will expand to take up all available space.
Left side navigation
The left side navigation is set to show the menu from the parent of the page you are currently on.
This is usually fine for groups that just have one page or even several pages that are all at the same level.
However, if your group has pages two levels down eg
Group page > sub page > sub-sub-page
Then the sub-sub-page only shows the sub-page level in the side navigation. In this case you can manually change it to show from the Group page. To do this:
- You will need to be editing the page in the ModX Manager, not Quick Edit
- Browse to your group pages
- Take note of the number that appears in brackets to the right of your main group page. This is the unique identifier for the page
- Edit the page you wish to modify the side navigation for
- Scroll down to the Starting page for Left Hand menu field under the main content editing area
- This defaults to 24
- Replace 24 with square brackets enclosing the number you took note of that was the identfier for the page you wish to start the navigation at
- Save and check it functions as you wish
Colours and fonts
We don't encourage groups to change the font sizes and colours and styles. While we can't stop you from doing this (if you figure it out!) we prefer you not to do this because we have worked hard to make sure the font size is resizable when users change their settings, and sites look a lot better when all pages are consistent. But at the same time, it's your page, so if you want to be creative go ahead.
If you are wanting to convert Word documents to pdf format before uploading to your site, try CutePDF from http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp. It is a free and appears to work well.
You can add Flickr images to your pages in the form of a Flash or HTML badges.
To do this:
- Go to http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne
- Choose whether you would like a Flash or HTML badge
- Choose the images you'd like to include - your own or a group (the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt group is here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/stanthorpe/)
- Choose the other options and generate the code.
- Copy the code.
- Open the page you wish to put the images into.
- Click the HTML button on the toolbar.
- Paste the code where you would like the badge to appear.
- Update and then Save.
- Your badge should show your images.