Editing Webpages with SeaMonkey
 

In response to a request for a "help sheet" for webpage editing, I have posted the following instructions.  The instructions are for use with SeaMonkey, the new program that has replaced Netscape Communicator on most of the district's classroom and lab computers.  Although there are generally several ways to get something done, I can guarantee that if you follow the steps provided, without deviating, you will be able to open your webpage and work on it.  I have elected not to go into detail on the actual editing tools and techniques.  Most are basic text editing (word processing) skills that you should be using on a regular basis in other programs such as AppleWorks or Microsoft Word.  If you need help with the creation of new pages, linking, tables, or the processing/import/placement of graphics/photos, contact a tech person or another teacher who is proficient at editing webpages... someone will be glad to help you.... provided you are in control of the information provided below.
 
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To access and edit a Webpage using SeaMonkey:
 
1. Log on to the server.  (Blue.Vol1 or Gold.Vol1)   DO NOT navigate to your Webpage file and double-click it's icon!
 
2. Launch SeaMonkey. (Mac: on the DocK, Windows: either Desktop or Start Menu)
 
3. From the File menu, select "Open File".
 
4. In the Open File window, navigate through the directory system to the file (Webpage) you wish to edit.  Start by going to the server, then School Website, then your school (monona-elementary, middle_school, high_school), then continue until you have selected the Webpage to be edited. Then click "Open".
 
5. The desired Webpage should now be open, but in order to edit it, you must go to the File menu and select "Edit Page".
 
6. Edit the page.  Use the buttons on the toolbar at the top of the window or else select options from the menus at the top of the screen.  As mentioned above, most of your editing will be done with basic text editing/word processing skills and techniques.  If you need help with creation of new pages, linking, tables, or graphics, contact Peter or me and we will help be glad to help you.
 
7. After making some changes, click the "Save" button on the toolbar.  Note: There have been instances when SeaMonkey has changed a file that was originally saved as ".htm" to ".html".  If this happens, any links to the page will no longer work.  Please be on the watch for this.  If it happens, you can just navigate through the file directory to that file/page in your Website folder and delete the "l" from the file name.
Once the file has been saved, you can then click the "Browse" button to view your Webpage as others will see it in their browsers.  If you wish to make more changes to this page, you can just close the "browse" window (red dot or X in corner) to return to the Composer (edit) page.  Continue to repeat this cycle until you are finished with this page.  If you have another page to edit, return to Step 3, above and repeat the other steps.  Once you are finished editing/viewing your Webpages, select "Quit SeaMonkey" from the SeaMonkey menu.
 
Remember:  The School Website is automatically updated only 4 times daily, so the changes that you made will not show up on the Website immediately.  If your changes have not shown up within 3-4 hours, contact me and I will manually force the update and/or look into the problem.
 
Netscape Communicator:  If you still have Netscape Communicator installed on your computer, you may still use it for editing Webpages.  The steps are similar in concept to those listed above.  Remember that "Navigator" is a browser program used to look at the Webpage and "Composer" is the Webpage editor.  You will need to open your Webpage using Composer in order to make changes.
 



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