Institute of Astronomy

Editing Pages

Selected users will have permission to edit the specific pages on the website. If you feel you should have access to a page and do not, please contact Helpdesk (

In addition to standard 'pages' (which cover most of the content on the site) there are additional content types with specific instructions for editing:

To edit a page, you will first need to log in to the website. Navigate to the page you wish to edit then click the Edit tab at the top (beneath the page title).


In the Title field, enter the title to appear at the top of the page.


Research keywords (in the Vocabularies box) allow you to tag the page with relevant research areas and keywords and will link to information about other research projects relevant to that keyword. If the page is not related to a research topic or area (or there are no relevant keywords), simply select - None -.

From the Research keywords box, you may select more than one item. To do so hold down either the Ctrl key (on Linux, Solaris, Windows, etc.) or the Cmd/Command key (on Macintosh) as you click the desired options.

Page Content

In the Body field, enter the content that is to appear on the page for the research theme. The icon selected (above) will appear in the top-left corner of this page automatically, however the summary text will not appear here.

Use the editor field like you would a word processor. You may apply formatting, make bulleted or numbered lists, create hyperlinks, insert images etc. using the buttons on the toolbar.

If you prefer, you may edit this field in plain text rather than using the editor. To do this, click the Switch to plain text editor link beneath the editor. Using the plain text editor, you may either enter text (press the Enter key twice to insert two line breaks to end a paragraph) or enter (X)HTML markup (note that the website is designed to be compliant to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard).

In most cases, the default 'input format' setting will suffice. In some cases, however, it is necessary to enable more complex formatting in the page, if, for instance, you have used tables. To do this, click Input format (beneath the editor) and select Full HTML.


To insert a link to another page, highlight the text you wish to turn into a link, then click the Link button on the editor's toolbar.

Then, in the dialog that appears, enter the URL the link is to point to and click OK. When linking to other pages within, you should create links relative to the root (i.e. the top-level by starting the URL with / (for example would be entered as /example/path). To link to pages outside of, you should include the full address, e.g.

When you have finished making changes, you can preview the page before saving, by clicking the Previewbutton at the bottom of the edit page. This will show you how the page will look once published (under thePreview full version heading, rather than the 'trimmed version' which is not relevant here). When you are happy with your change, click the Save button to update the page.

Revision Control

Pages fall under revision control on the website. This means that whenever you save changes to a page, a backup of the old version(s) will be stored. If necessary, you can revert a page to an old version if, for instance you have accidently deleted some content or damaged the formatting on a page. If you need to revert a page to a previous revision, please contact Helpdesk (

Page last updated: 20 February 2011 at 19:37