Styling individual pages
Video: Styling individual pagesNow that the site has the appropriate spacings and colors. It's time to go ahead and start styling the individual pages. The pages themselves style a lot like styling a Word document. To edit a page. Simply select it from the left hand navigation. And then click on the Edit icon in the upper navigation. Here, all we have to do is just highlight the text that we'd like to edit, and use the top menu bar to make the necessary changes. So for example, here it says Orange Valley Schools created a community garden. Maybe I'd like this to pop out a little bit when people first visit the site. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and change its font to Georgia.
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Styling individual pages
Now that the site has the appropriate spacings and colors. It's time to go ahead and start styling the individual pages. The pages themselves style a lot like styling a Word document. To edit a page. Simply select it from the left hand navigation. And then click on the Edit icon in the upper navigation. Here, all we have to do is just highlight the text that we'd like to edit, and use the top menu bar to make the necessary changes. So for example, here it says Orange Valley Schools created a community garden. Maybe I'd like this to pop out a little bit when people first visit the site. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and change its font to Georgia.
I'm going to make it a little bit bigger. Something like 24 points. And I'm also going to add a color to this particular text. Because we're talking about a community garden, I'm going to go ahead an make it kind of a green color. So what happens when people first visit the site, they're actually going to see Orange Valley schools creating a community garden. If I wanted to, I could also change the alignment of this text by centering it. The edits that I'm doing right now, are the exact same way if we were actually creating a Word document. In addition to making these visual edits, you also have the ability to change the HTML of the page. If you're familiar with HTML, you can access this by clicking on the HTML button in the upper navigation.
Here you can go in and actually make additional changes to the text, simply by changing some of the code. If you're not familiar with this, I recommend leaving this section alone. I'm going to go and Click the Cancel button. You'll notice to that I have some lists that I copied over from a Word document. These should have been bullet pointed in the Word document, but their intentionally left without bullet points. The reason being is if you're choosing to copy and paste into Google sites from a Word document. And you copy things such as bullet points, they will not paste properly into Google Sites. I highly recommend removing all of Word's formatting before you copy and paste information into a Google Site.
Now that the information's here, however, I can go ahead and highlight this text. I can come up to the Navigation Bar, and I can go ahead and make these bullet points simply by clicking on the Bullet Point icon. When we're done making changes to a page and we're happy with the way that it looks, we can go ahead hit the Save button in the upper right hand corner, and those changes will automatically take effect. The last page we're going to style is actually Mr. Quigley's page. I'll select it in the left hand navigation. And then click on the Edit page icon. So the first thing I noticed is that there's a little bit of redundancies. Mr. Quigley's page says, Mr. Quigley's page right below it.
What I can do is I can go ahead and automatically highlight that, delete it. In fact you want the word page there I can click up into the Title, and write the word Page and put a colon. And then I can click out of that back to the main area. I'm going to go ahead backspace to bring this font up. I'm going to select the project that we're doing which is fundraising for Rain barrell and because this is fairly important, I'm going to go and make it little bit larger I'm going to make it bold, and I'm also going to underline it. Now, I'm choosing to click these buttons but I could've also made these changes using keyboard shortcuts. For example, Cmd+U on the Mac or Ctrl+U on the PC will choose to add or remove that underline.
The same thing for Cmd+B or Ctrl+B on the PC will add or remove that bold. As I move down the page I can see that there's some basic information about this rain barrel. I have a place holder where I should put a picture of the Rain Barrel as well as some information about the barrel itself. This information, I think I'd like to have that bullet pointed. So, I'm going to go ahead and highlight that text, and select the Bullet Points. And then where it says picture, I'm going to go ahead and just erase that word. I'm going to leave my cursor directly where the word picture was, and I'm going to go ahead and insert a picture here. To do this, I'm going to come to the top menu where it says Insert, and I'm going to go and select an image.
When inserting an image to the web page, there's several things you can do. If you know the web address of an image that's already there, you can simply select web address URL, and type the URL in. If you have a copy of the image on your computer, you can also choose to upload it. I'm going to go ahead and choose to upload an image. Inside the Exercise Files in Chapter 06, there's an image of the rain barrel that this class will be fundraising for. I'll select rain barrel, click Open. Here I can preview the image and I can also add some alternate text. I highly recommend that you add the optional alternate text because it helps with the searchability of your website, as well as usability for people that are using screen readers.
I'm going to go and call this a Rain Barrel. And then click OK. So here the image's been inserted into the site, and by default, the image editing menu hasn't brought up. Here I can change the image's location on the page, such as centered, left or right aligned. I can also make some quick changes to the size of the image, and then also choose how it's going to interact with text. By default it's going to have wrap off. Meaning that there will not be any text to the left or the right of the image. If I'd like to bring that bullet point list up to be next to this particular rain barrel, I can choose wrap on, and you'll see now that the bullet points are up next to the rain barrel.
In order to change them so they align a little better, I'm going to put my cursor above the bullet points and just hit enter once. So here we've been able to make some changes to the pages. We've been able to change how the titles appear. Added some font decorations as well as coloring and bolding. We've also added some images to our pages. At this point the next step is to go through each one of the additional pages and make the necessary changes.
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