Web Content

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What it does

The Web Content tool allows site owners to display external web sites within their worksites.

Key concepts

Links: To set up a Web Content link, you can specify the URL for any web site and a brief descriptive title. A link will appear in the left-hand menubar with the title you've chosen; when you click the link, the web site will open within your worksite.
Multiple links: You may add multiple Web Content links to your menubar.

Things to consider

  • If you want to provide many links to web sites for your course or project participants, you can avoid cluttering your menubar by listing most of them in the Resources section.
  • Departments, collaborations, or other groups may use the Web Content tool to provide a prominent link to their public worksites.
  • Some web sites may have coding that prevents them from opening within a frame (i.e., the page will take over the whole browser when you click the link, rather than displaying within the application).

Adding a Web Content item to a site's menubar

Note: You must have the appropriate permissions to add a Web Content item to a site.
  1. In the relevant site, click Site Info.
  2. Click Edit Tools.
  3. Check Web Content. (If your site already contains Web Content items, they will be listed with either the title you gave them or, if you did not change the title, "Web Content". You should see an additional empty box labeled Web Content; check this one.) Click Continue.
  4. On the Add Multiple Tool Instances screen, enter the following information:
    • In the "Title" field, add a title.
    • In the "Source" field, enter a URL after the http:// that already appears in the field.
    • If you'd like to add more than one item, select the appropriate number of items from the More Web Content Tools? drop-down menu.
  5. Click Continue. You will see information about the changes you have made to your site. Click Finish, or, if you would like to make further changes, click Back. Click Cancel to cancel your changes.

Adding a Web Content item to My Workspace

  1. From My Workspace, click Worksite Setup.
  2. On the Worksite Setup page, you will see all your sites listed. To add a Web Content item to My Workspace, check My Workspace. To add a Web Content item to one of the sites that you manage, check the box next to the site's name.
  3. Click Edit. On the next page, click Edit Tools.
  4. Check Web Content. (If your site already contains Web Content items, they will be listed with either the title you gave them or, if you did not change the title, "Web Content". You should see an additional empty box labeled Web Content; check this one.) Click Continue.
  5. On the Add Multiple Tool Instances screen, enter the following information:
    • In the "Title" field, add a title.
    • In the "Source" field, enter a URL after the http:// that already appears in the field.
    • If you'd like to add more than one item, select the appropriate number of items from the More Web Content Tools? drop-down menu.
  6. Click Continue. You will see information about the changes you have made to your site. Click Finish, or, if you would like to make further changes, click Back. Click Cancel to cancel your changes.
  7. You should now see a link in the menubar to the Web Content item with the title you provided.

Editing a Web Content item

To edit an existing Web Content item:
  1. In your site's menubar, click the title of the appropriate Web Content item.
  2. Near the top, click Options.
  3. On the "Customize Web Content" form, you can change the following:
    • Tool Title: The title that appears at the top of the Web Content frame
    • Page Title: The title that appears in your site's menubar
    • Frame Height: The height (in pixels) of the Web Content frame
    • URL: The URL for the Web Content item
  4. To make your Web Content item open in a new browser window, check Open in a new window?
  5. When you're finished, click Update Options to save your changes, or Cancel to cancel your changes.

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