Initial setup for your federation

This website is part of a multisite network. If you are already used to WordPress you will find that there are somethings that you expect to be able to do but can’t – in particular you have no control of plugins and themes. The good side is that you don’t have to update them either. If you are completely new to WordPress then it may be best to look at a tutorial.

If you have any problems with the instructions please submit a ticket. You should get a fairly prompt response though on a best efforts basic.

Your website has been created by “cloning” an example website. Rather than using a fictitious federation the starting site has been configured for the Southern Federation. If you make a mess of things it can be be reset to its initial state – just submit a a ticket. You may wish to do this so that you can experiment freely, have it reset and then do the job properly.

Login as yourself and go to the “Dashboard”.  To login click on “Home” in the top menu and append /wp-admin to the displayed url and depress the physical enter or return key. Now enter your credentials. At the top left you will now see something very like this. 

Towards the top are Posts, Media, Pages , Calendars, Flamingo and Contact – these control the content, this is followed by a number of SportsPress items, then Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools and Settings then at the bottom should be Duplicator, SG  Optimiser, Tables and Master Slider.

Start with Appearance/Customise. A pencil will appear next to various bits of the page, which means they’re editable.  And a menu is now visible on the left as shown below.

Your current theme is Croquet – this is a page layout that’s been set up for you and should not be changed.

You will need to change the Site Identity.  The site identity has a logo which is initially that of the Croquet Association. You may change it to one for your federation. Change the site title to the name of your federation. There is a tagline where you could say something enthusiastic about yourself, or just make it the address of your federation.

You may want to change the Header Media from the one supplied.  You can upload and specify your own image to replace the picture of grass. However note that only about the top third of the 2000×1200 px image will be used! It is not even a fixed fraction as it depends upon the view-port size. It must work well with the  text and logo which go over it.

Don’t bother with the rest of the elements here.  Click Publish at the top of the menu and move on to setting things up with Google.

Google preliminaries

You will need a Google account. If you don’t have one then go  to https://accounts.google.com/signup. Note that there is no need to create a gmail account you can associate your google account with any email address. In addition for some the Google facilities to work you will also need a Google API Key. To obtain a key go to https://console.developers.google.com/ there you will need to create a project – you will only need one – and enable the set of APIs you need. These include Google Calendar API and the  Google Maps APIs and is described at https://docs.simplecalendar.io/google-api-key/

Editing existing pages

At the top of the Dashboard are the headings Posts, Media, Pages and Calendars. When a news item is written this is a Post. When a Post is written it is added to the list of posts of that type. Pages (technically a special kind of post) need to be linked together and/or added to a menu.

Click on Pages/All Pages You will see a list of pages. Some of these should be reviewed and modified immediately before advertising the website. These are listed below. You are of course at liberty to change any of the content.

Calendar – this will need updating as described in the calendars section of: adding news items and other posts

Constitution – will need updating

Contacts – This will also need editing.

Clubs – See clubs

Coaching – will need editing

Roll of Honour – will need editing

Welcome – this is the home page and will need editing. First the title needs changing to match that of your federation.

The page contains  the CA promotional video that is hosted on YouTube. The text [masterslider id=”1″]  causes a “slider” or sequence of images to be displayed there.

The slider is configured by going to Master Slider almost at the bottom of the Dashboard menus. Click on its name, “Welcome” and then replace the slides by some related to your federation.

You will probably want to create sliders for some news items.  You need to have an editor role or admin role to create and manipulate a Master Slider.

The welcome page is probably a bit long so you may want to remove some sections and/or add your own.

Coaching, Development and Handicapping – These three pages will probably need editing.

Regulations for All Leagues, Regulations for AC Handicap Leagues and Regulations for GC Handicap Leagues – These will all need editing a bit.

The other pages should not need attention at this time. 

Clean out the posts

Go to Posts/All Posts. You will see two kinds of posts: News and Leagues.  Hover over the “New website” news post and view it to see what is is and then go back and click on “New website” , edit the text to be more appropriate and click and click on the blue “Update” button.