#5: Creating a Farmer Defined Page

This article will teach you how to create your own Farmer Defined Page to add to your website. A Farmer Defined Page is a webpage that can be about anything you want. Many Small Farm Central pages are programmed in special ways, such as calendars, blogs, and etc, but Farmer Defined Pages are completely free of formatting. They are like blank slates which allow you to create custom pages at will.

Here are some ideas for the content of a Farmer Defined Page:

  - Growing Practices
  - Farmers Market Listings
  - CSA Information
  - Employment Opportunities
  - Links to other farming-related websites
  - Favorite Sheep Names...or whatever you like!

Get Started!

To create a Farmer Defined Page or FDP you will need to sign in to the Control Panel and follow this path:

   Create Content > Farmer Defined Pages > New FDP

The page will look like this:

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Figure 1. Create a New Farmer Defined Page on Control Panel

Follow these steps to add content to your page:

  1. Choose a Title for your page.
    Remember: Pages, titles, and content are always editable, so you can make changes at any time.

  2. Add a Page Description. This is an optional description which will appear below the title and can help to define your page's content.

  3. Select a Menu. Use the drop-down menu to choose where this page will exist in your website. This helps you to manage the way people navigate through your site. (To learn more about managing your menus, click on the menu manager link above the drop-down menu.) If you choose the option "Don't show in navigation" then your page title will not show up in any of the menu tabs on your website, however it will show up in your RSS feed. You might want to choose the "Don't show in navigation" option if you are working on a page but are not ready to make it go public. In that case, you'll want to make sure the "Add to RSS feed" option in the Advanced Settings is unselected so it doesn't show up in your RSS feed either.

  4. Create your page's Content. Use the text box to add content to your page. The Rich Text Editor toolbar allows you to modify the look of your content by change text color, create bullet points, change font size, change font type, add photos, add links, show rich media files, and create tables. Here is an example of content for a Farmer Defined Page formatted in the Rich Text Editor:

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Figure 2. A Farmer Defined Page in the Rich Text Editor

Note: You will find the Rich Text Editor toolbar throughout the control panel. This tool allows you to format your content without needing any technical knowledge. Behind the scenes, it translates your work into the language of the web: HTML. To learn more about how to use a Rich Text Editor, read the "Getting Started: Using a Rich Text Editor" article.

  1. Select Advanced Options. Here you can add your new page to your RSS feed. An RSS feed is a record of the changing content on your website. People can follow your RSS feed and keep up with what's new. Read more about RSS here.

  2. Save your page. After you have edited your text as needed, click Save Changes below the text area. It is important to remember to Save Changes or your work will not be saved.

    Congratulations!
    You just created your first Farmer Defined Page. Now lets see what your page looks like on your website.

  3. Go find your page.
    Go to the "Open Public Site" link in the upper right corner of the Control Panel .
    Your page title will show up under the drop down menu that you selected in "Step 3". If you didn't select a menu in "Step 3", your page will show up in your RSS feed if you selected that option, which is usually labeled as "News" or "What's New?" depending on the template that you are using. Here is what the sample page looks like on a Small Farm Central website:

formattedtextonsite.jpg Figure 3. A Farmer Defined Page on a Small Farm Central Website

Don't forget: You can always go back and edit your page in the Control Panel by following this path:

Create Content > Farmer Defined Pages > Manage FDP

This is also where you can delete pages and control the access to them.

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