Site Owner Basics

Initial Setup

You will have to login with your UNH account to be able to access OpenScholar and create a site. On the main page is a large button labelled "Login and Create Your Site Here".  Click that and then login as prompted. The following steps go through the rest of the setup process:

  1. Choose and enter your site name as the Your URL entry to follow  We recommend you use your UNH username and not a first/last name so that your site gets a unique name.
  2. Pick your Type of Site. The type of site you select is a shortcut to setting up one or more features. All of these features can be turned on or off and added or deleted at any point. The pre-sets just give you a shortcut to getting many features you need setup all at once.
    1. Department Site - This will include a main page and the Classes and Publications apps.  Department sites can also have sub-sites added later.
    2. Personal Site - This is the default. It will include a main page along with Bio and CV basic pages and the Classes and Publications apps.  Personal sites cannot have sub-sites.
    3. Project Site - Project sites can have sub-sites.  There are two different choices for project sites:
      1. UNH WMD Lab/Research Group - This includes a main page along with About, Contact, News & Events, Research, and Resources basic pages. The Events, News, People (Profiles), and Publications apps are turned on.
      2. UNH WMD Project - This includes a main page along with About, Contact, Activities, News & Events, Overview, and Resources basic pages. The Events, News, and People (Profiles) apps are turned on.
  3. Select the Site Visibility. We recommend that you choose either Anyone with the link or Invite only during site creation so that your new site is not immediately available to search engines. You can change the visibility later when your site is ready for public access.

Once you make your selections and click the button to create your site, a reply message will appear on the screen that will include a link to go to your new site. You can also enter the URL by hand as<your_sitename_here> such as

General Information

You will have to be logged into your site in order to be able to edit it. To login, use the Admin Login link in the lower right corner. Once logged, in you will have an administrative control panel along the left side of the screen giving you access to editing and content creation tools.  You can open or collapse the control panel using the red arrow button about 1/2 way down the page.

Administrative Tools

The administrative control panel holds the following links:

  • Site Content - Use this to create new pieces of content. This could be new webpages or it could be new specific pieces of content. Menu tasks include Browse, Add, and Import options for any of the enabled content types for your site.
  • Menus - The Menus item lets you set the order and nesting of links within any of your site menus including the Primary and Secondary menus you will start with initially.
  • Appearance - This allows you to change the overall look and feel of the site. Menu tasks include Breadcrumbs to control whether or not "breadcrumb" navigation links are displayed on your pages, Favicon to set a small icon to represent your site in browsers, Layout to adjust the placement of items on any type of page, and Themes to select from available formatting templates.
  • Taxonomy - The Taxonomy feature allows you to classify different types of content on your site.  For more information on Taxonomy and to see an example, see the People section of the About myPages site.
  • Settings - The Settings area lets you control various aspects of your site. You can turn on and turn off the different Apps and change settings for apps you have enabled.  There are also settings that affect the entire site under Global Settings. This is also where you can change your Site visibility if you started off with it not being public or want to make it not public.
  • Members & Roles - The Members & Roles section is were you can grant access to others to edit and change your site.
  • Help - The Help link to give access to Documentation and to a Support form if you need assistance.


The apps used within a site can be turned on and off via the administrative control panel at the left of the screen. Select Build and then Enable Apps. A full list of apps is shown, each with descriptions. Some apps also have individual settings that you can control in this area.

Most apps allow you to create content of specific types. For example, the Classes app lets you enter information about the classes you teach whereas the Profiles app lets you enter details about People such as others in your lab or on your project. If you disable an app after you have entered content for it, that content is not deleted, but it will all be removed from your site so that you and others cannot see it any longer. If you turn the app back on, the content will reappear.

Granting Rights to Other Users

You have control over who can edit your site. If you want to let others in your lab, group, class, etc. edit your website you use the Members & Roles item in the administrative control panel to add the user and then set what thing that user can do. There are three levels of permissions:

  • Administrator - admins have full ability to add, change, or delete anything within your site
  • Content editor - editors may add and edit posts, but they cannot delete other people's content or change site-wide settings
  • Basic member - basics may add new posts and edit their own posts only

To add a user, click on the Members & Roles item in the control panel and then click the green Add a member button. You can then enter the person's name or username in the Member field. If the person already has a UNH OpenScholar identity, you will see the name and username appear in the dropdown under the field. You can then select that person and click Add Member.  If the person has never logged into myPages, then you will not find a match.  In that case, click the Create a new member link.  That will take you to a form where you can enter the person's name, email address, and UNH username.  That will send the person an invitation to join your site, and you can setup the right level of permissions from there.

Editing Content

In general, you can edit anything on your site by mousing over it and then selecting from the "gear" menu that will appear near that item. For example, you site has a place for a Site Logo image. If you mouse over that, a drop down "gear" menu will appear that includes the option to Edit widget. It will open a tool to let you upload a file for a logo. The same basic pattern holds for editing the content of text blocks, menus, content areas, and the like.

For structured content within Apps, use the items under the Site Content administrative toolbar to create new entires.

Note that some content changes won't appear for as much as 15 minutes due to caching issues.

Adding New Content Blocks

Sometimes you might want to add more blocks for content on a page. Here are the steps to add an editable text box to any basic page.

  1. While viewing the page were you want the text box, select Appearance-->Layout from the administrative control panel.
  2. In the upper right, click the Add new widget pull down menu.
  3. Select Custom Text/HTML from the menu.
  4. In the dialog that appears, enter the Widget Description, Widget Title, and Content. Note that the Title and Content are displayed on the page. The Description is not.
  5. Click Save.
  6. The new widget will now be available in the list of tools, widgets, etc at the top. Select it and drag it to the desired place on your page's layout. You probably want to put it in the main center block below the menus.
  7. Click the Save button at the bottom of the layout screen.
  8. Click the Home icon on the administrative toolbar to return to your main page.

You now will have text box on the page that can be further edited as needed using the normal "gear" icon to access its edit options.

Pages and Menus

Creating new Basic pages within OpenScholar can be a bit confusing since pages can exist without any direct links to them. Generally, this is not what you might want, especially if you are adding a new major area to your website. For example, if you picked a type of site that does not have a Resources page create for you by default and you decide you want to add one later (or add a Hobbies, Volunteering, or whatever else you like), you can make a new page from the Site Content-->Add-->Page item in the administrative control panel. That will let you set a title to the page and enter the page body, but it wont add that page to your primary menu or anywhere else in your site.

The easiest solution to this is while you are editing the page, there is a Menu settings item on the right. Click on that to expand it and check the Provide a menu link box. You can then enter the Menu link title. Note that you can have a Menu link be different than the Title of the page! Then, select if it will appear in the primary or secondary menu. The primary menu appears in the grey bar across the screen below your Site Logo and site name. The secondary menu is in the upper right by default.

You also can make Basic pages that are not listed in the menus. For example, if you want to have a page that then links to other pages, you can just make that top level page for the section and have that appear on a menu, and then have the body of the top level page link to other pages as needed. Links can be added in the body content of and item via the WYSIWYG editor tools.


The Layout tool allows you to change where various "blocks" of content appear on your site. It is a drag-and-drop interface to move around various items.  You can affect the layout for all sections of the site or for specific areas such as just the view for one of the Apps or just the main home page.  Use the Site section item in the upper left portion of the Layout screen to pick what you want to affect before you make changes.