Welcome to your custom NationBuilder theme, built by Van City Studios. Included below is some documentation and some best practice tips for using your new custom theme. If you have any questions about your custom theme, or require additional support, contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-229-5562.
One of the great things about NationBuilder is that they’ve developed an extensive library of resources that you can use to learn how to effectively use the NationBuilder platform. NationBuilder also offers free online workshops that are a great way to get more familiar with their platform or refresh your NationBuilder skills. You can check out their library of resources and workshop schedule here: nationbuilder.com/support.
Your custom NationBuilder website & theme has been built to work with NationBuilder's page template system, which is designed to make it easy to add and manage many different types of pages to your website via your NationBuilder Control Panel. You can learn all about NationBuilder's website features here: http://nationbuilder.com/ht_website.
Page editing basics with NationBuilder
NationBuilder website pages are rich with tools to help you build a beautiful, robust, and interactive site. Every page includes a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor, making it easy to apply basic styling to your content with the click of a button. Click here to learn the basics of creating and editing pages on your website.
Advanced page editing
If you're familiar with HTML and CSS, NationBuilder also includes an HTML editing tool in the WYSIWYG content editing toolbar. Your theme uses the Bootstrap 3 framework, which means that with a little bit of HTML and CSS know-how, you can easily use advanced layouts and styling (like responsive columns and buttons) directly within NationBuilder's content editor. To learn more about what you can do with Bootstrap and NationBuilder's HTML editing tool, check out getbootstrap.com/css
Your homepage is a highly customized page that has multiple elements that you can edit using the methods described below.
The logo that appears on your homepage is controlled via the Site settings options in your NationBuilder control panel. The actual logo image can be changed using the settings under the Logo tab. The "Teamsters Local 117" and "John Screarcy, Secretary-Treasurer" text that appears beside the logo can be controlled using the Long name and Subheadline fields found under the Basic tab.
Featured content slider
The Featured content slider on your homepage can be controlled via the Featured content sliders options found under the Settings tab for your homepage. A few things to note about your featured content sliders:
- The recommended image dimensions for you sliders are 1140px wide by 558px tall.
- The large yellow overlay text for a slider is controlled using the Label field, and the small subtext below it is configured using the Headline / Action text field.
- Remember to use images that have as small of a file size as possible to ensure quick loading times for your website.
Supporter nav buttons
The three yellow buttons that appear below the featured content slider on your homepage are controlled using the Supporter nav tab in your NationBuilder control panel.
Latest News section
The Latest News section on your homepage will display the latest pages or posts on your website that are tagged with "feature". The thumbnail image that appears for a post is the image that is uploaded as the Thumbnail image for Facebook, etc. under the Settings > Social media tab for that page or post.
The Secretary-Treasurer's Message section on your homepage will display the latest post from your blog tagged with secretary.
Upcoming meetings & events
This section of your homepage will display upcoming events from your calendar.
Social media links
The social media links on your homepage will link to the facebook and twitter accounts of your website's primary broadcaster.
How do I make changes to my website's navigation menus (both at the top of the page and in the sidebar)?
To learn about how to manage and track donations on your website, check out these links:
Please note that one of the limitations of NationBuilder's donation pages is that one-time donation and monthly donation options must be set up as separate pages. However, we've created a custom solution that allows you to include the option switching between making a one-time and a monthly donation from directly within your donation forms.
To activate this custom feature, simply create a new donation page that is either a one-time or a monthly donation form, and then create a second donation page as a subpage that is the other type of donation form. For example, if you create Donation Page A and set it up to collect one-time donations, you would then create Donation Page B as a subpage of Donation Page A, and configure Donation Page B to accept monthly donations.
First, check and make sure that the changes you've made are published. If you're still having trouble, you may need to clear your website's cache. From your NationBuilder Control Panel, navigate to Website > Site settings > Clear cache.
- You can use NationBuilder's tagging feature to track activity in your Nation. We recommend setting up the action pages on your website to automatically add tags to a user's profile.
- You can review some key metrics about your Nation from your NationBuilder Dashboard. Learn more here: http://nationbuilder.com/visualize_metrics_with_growth_view
- NationBuilder also includes an annual report feature that you can read more about here: http://nationbuilder.com/annual_report_2014
- You can also connect your website to Google Analytics. If your website has already been connected to Google Analytics, login to your Google Analytics account to review your website's performance.
NationBuilder includes some great tools you can use to make sure your website is search engine friendly. You can read about optimizing your website for search engines here: nationbuilder.com/organic_search_ranking_optimization
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