Contact Information Plugin

Contact Plugin exampleIn order to get the Contact Information plugin added to your page, you will have to contact the web team to set up the script and folder structure.  Once it is in place, you will be able to manage your contact information for every page, using the provided interface.

On your page, the plugin will be similar to that pictured to the right of this FAQ, but the plugin appears underneath the Site Search box in the left column of your page.

Your interface will be found at https://cmsauthor.skidmore.edu/yoursite/manage/address/index.cfm (insert your own site folder for the yoursite section of the URL.)  It includes the ability to make links in the optional information areas.

Some examples include:

Here are some pointers to get the most out of each section of the Contact plugin.

 

Address
In this section, enter the mailing address for your office.  It will often resemble the following:

YourOffice
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Sometimes the building name is inserted as another line, below the office name, but this is not necessary for most offices, as this field is intended for the physical mailing address. 

Phone/Fax
Please remember to include your area code!  A full phone/fax number should have 10 digits.

Email
Please enter the email address here, xxxx@skidmore.edu

Email Text
Please choose alternate link text for your email address.  Most Skidmore email addresses are too long to fit into the narrow width of the column.  Your alternate link should be less than 23 letters.  A commonly used link text is "Send us a message."

Hours
This field has an Alternate Title section.  You can leave the title as-is and enter your office hours, or you can rename the section and use it for something else entirely.  If you enter a single space into the Alternate Title area, there will be no header included with the section.

Additional Information
Again, you can use this field as-is, or rename it and use it however you choose.  If you enter a single space into the Alternate Title area, there will be no header included with the section.

Sites
This area will allow you to add icons and links for your social media sites.  We have included fields for Skidmore Connect, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and YouTube.  You may only list one of each type of social media link.  When you provide the link, the icon will be automatically added by the plugin.

Preview
The Preview link will allow you to see what your information will look like on your website, before hitting "Update Address" to submit your work.  This lets you make adjustments as necessary.  Please remember that "Update Address" can take up to 6 hours to process, so using the "preview" link is your best way to make small adjustments to your text before publishing it using "Update Address."

 


When you have finished entering your information, click the "Update Address" button.  It's important to note that the information for the Address plugin is cached, so your changes may not appear for up to 6 hours after you make them.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact the web team.


Making links in the Address plugin

In the Hours and Additional Information sections, you have the ability to add/remove links on the text you enter.  It works similar to what you may be used to on the CMS, but is slightly different.

Highlight the text you would like to make into a link.  Click the Link button.

link button

In the next popup, you have several kinds of links you can make, URL and email are the most common. 

link types

URL links are the default selection. To make a URL link, simply paste your URL into the provided box and click OK.

To make an email address link, choose E-mail from the drop down.  The popup will change to show you the options for an email link.  Enter your email address in the appropriate field.  You can also enter the default Message Subject, and a default message body, to assist your staff in filtering emails generated through these links.  Then click OK.

email link example

 


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