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    Optimizing Content on Your Website

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    Provided below are tips for improving your website and content for the Google Site Search (GSS) engine. These tips are excerpts from "Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, Version 1.1, 13 Nov 2008" (the latest version at Google Webmaster Central) and have been modified for OmniUpdate users.

    These tips align with best practices for any website content development.

    Menu Feature in Drupal

    Step-by-Step

    If you wish to draw extra attention to your content, you can make it a menu feature, which appears when a user hovers the cursor over the main menu bar. A menu feature is not a page; it’s a link, but you have to create it just like you would create a page or profile.

    Slideshow Promo in Drupal

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    Not to be confused with the image slideshow, this feature doesn’t have images. It’s a green box on the left-hand side of a basic page, which you can use to highlight up to five other pages or files. Users can browse the promos using bullets at the bottom of the box.

    You can change the order in which the promos appear by dragging a row by the cross icon on its left-hand side.

    The title of each promo is limited to 128 characters. Keep it short and descriptive.

    After you've saved your promos, test them on the page to make sure the links work correctly.

    About Drupal

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    Drupal is Dartmouth's new content management system (the way we handle the content we put on our sites). The new design delivers a more consistent user experience across all platforms, from desktop computers to mobile phones.

    Menu Settings in Drupal

    Step-by-Step

    This is an important step. It tells your website where you want your content to live. If you don't do this step, people won't have any way to access the page.

    Logging In to Drupal

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    There are two ways to log in and edit Drupal sites: SAML Authentication and using the "Last Updated" link.

    SAML Authentication

    The first and most common method is SAML Authentication. The URL to reach the authentication page may vary, but the structure is the same. Type the site (not page) address, then a single forward slash, then "saml_login" without quotations. Examples include:

    Top Stories in Drupal

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    Many of our academic departments' sites have a Top Stories carousel for their "promoted" content. An article is promoted by default when it is created, and stories appear in chronological order. This is an easy way to display your newest content for your site's visitors and keep your homepage looking fresh.

    Top Navigation in Drupal

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    The black and gray bars at the top of your screen are the starting points for everything you do in Drupal.

    The home icon

    The home icon brings you to your site’s homepage.

    Content

    Content will bring you to the list of all pages, profiles, menu features and other items on your site, both published and unpublished. This is also where you’ll find and manage your files in case you need to rename, replace or delete an image or PDF.

    Add Content in Drupal

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    If you want to create content in Drupal, start by clicking the Add Content link in the gray menu bar at the top-left corner of your screen. You can create four kinds of content, depending on what you're trying to do:

    Main Menu in Drupal

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    All Drupal sites at Dartmouth have a Main Menu (also known as the horizontal navigation). It's one of the first things you see when you visit the homepage of a Dartmouth website, whether you are logged in to make changes or not. On academic department websites, the menu will usually include tabs for Undergraduate (and/or Graduate) programs, News & Events, and a listing of the People in the department. Other sites may be structured differently, depending on their needs.

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