Website Preferences

The Website Preferences screen gives you advanced control over the look and behaviour of your website.

This screen is split into the following sub-sections, accessible by the tabbed menu:

When changing any of the options on this screen, remember to click the Save button to apply your changes.


Website Details

The following options are available on this form:

Title

This is the title that will appear at the top of your browser

Title Header

This is the title that will appear on your website banner (see Skin Preferences).

Hide from Lodge Directory

When checked, your website will be hidden from the list of FreemasonsWeb member sites.

You may wish to check this if your website is currently awaiting your Lodge's approval.

Is Visible To Public

When checked, your website will be available for viewing on the internet.

To take your website "offline", uncheck this option.

You can always re-enable your website by checking this box again.

Note: If you are logged in to Freemasons-Web as a member for your site, clicking on your website link within Member Options will still allow you to view your site, even if this option is unchecked.
The member must be at least the level of the setting below:

When not visible, allow access to

This specifies the minimum member level required for members to view your site when it is made invisible to the public.

Allow Member Login

When checked, a Login menu item will be added to your site, allowing members to log in to view restricted content.

If this option is unchecked, then no member security will be used on your website, and all pages and content will be available to the public.

"Login" Menu Name

This allows you to set the name of the menu item for logging in.

By default this is set to Login, however you may wish to change this to another title such as Member Login or Admin

The UGLE recommends that you change this to "Admin" to avoid giving the impression that things are being hidden from the public.

Login Page pageId Value

This allows you to change the URL of your login page, so for example the default value of "login" gives a login URL of:

http://www.your-lodge.masonic-lodge.org.uk/?pageId=login

Changing this to "memberlogin" would change your login URL to:

http://www.your-lodge.masonic-lodge.org.uk/?pageId=memberlogin

Show Member Registration Link

When this is checked, a membership request link is shown on your login page.

This takes your visitors to the Request Membership of a Site page within FreemasonsWeb.

Uncheck this option if you wish to manage your membership internally.

Site Base URL

Specifies website address of your website.

This is the website address that will be used to link to your website from the Freemasons-Web site.

If you have your own registered domain name, and have set-up forwarding to your Freemasons-Web site, you can enter this here.

'Contact-Us' Email Address

Allows you to specify the email address that entries from the "Contact" page are sent to.

'Webmaster' Email Address

This is the email address of the person responsible for maintaining your website.

Grand Lodge Link Text

The title of your governing body, can be shown as a link in your website banner (see Skin Preferences).

This option allows you to set the text that will form the link.

Grand Lodge Link URL

Used in conjunction with the above option - this is the website address of your governing body.

Search Engine Keywords

This is a list of keywords or phrases that a search engine such as Google™ will use when people search for your website.

Each word or phrase should be separated by a comma.

Header META Tags

Meta tags tell search engines such as Google™ about your website.

This field allows you to add your own meta tags to help search engines index your site.

Anything in this field should be entered in HTML format, e.g:

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="1lvBwuD5FFFpasdfasdfasdf_asdfasdfuA" />

Footer Text

You can specify any text that will appear at the bottom of your website (e.g. a copyright statement) using this option.

Header Logo Image

This option is used to specify which image appears on your website banner.

If set to default, the logo will be as follows:

If you wish to use your own logo, upload your image on the Images screen, and select that image from this drop-down list.

If you don't wish any logo to appear, you can specify this in the Skin Preferences section.

Logo Height / Logo Width

If you have set your logo image to be anything other than default, these options allow you to specify the exact size in pixels for your logo image.

When using one of the standard skin styles, your logo should be no larger than 150 pixels high.

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Terms and Conditions

This section allows you to edit your Terms and Conditions / Liability disclaimer statement.

This is done using the WYSIWYG editor. More information regarding the WYSIWYG editor can be found in the TinyMCE help section.

The link to your Terms and Conditions is at the foot of your website.

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Login Page Content

This tab allows you to specify what content appears on the login page of your site.

The content entered here will appear above the username/password entry boxes.

Content is edited by using the WYSIWYG editor.

More information regarding the WYSIWYG editor can be found in the TinyMCE help section.

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Member Landing Page (Basic Members / Full Members)

These options allow you to specify what Basic Members or Full Members see when they log in to your website.

This may be useful if for example, you have a special announcement for your members that you wish them to be aware of.

When logging into your website, the user will be presented with:
    Welcome Back [username]

If the member is a Basic member of your website, they will see what you have specified in Member Landing Page (Basic Members) directly underneath the welcome message.

If the member is a Full member of your website, they will see what you have specified in Member Landing Page (Full Members) directly underneath the welcome message.

Both options use the WYSIWYG editor for specifying the page content.

More information regarding the WYSIWYG editor can be found in the TinyMCE help section.

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Email Account Settings

This section allows you to:

Secretary/Treasurer/WebmasterMember

This allows you to nominate a member as your Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster.

Once a member has been assigned to one of the above, the option to change their redirect address and email passwords appears in their My Account page.

Secretary/Treasurer/WebmasterEmail address

This is an information-only field, telling you what the respective email address is for your Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster.

Redirect Secretary/Treasurer/Webmaster emails to

You can specify an alternate email address here (i.e. the personal email account of the respective member) so that all emails, for example, sent to your secretary address above will also be forwarded to this email address.

New Secretary/Treasurer/Webmaster Password

This option allows you to change the email login password for the above email accounts.

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Event Privacy

This section allows you to set the required member level, and default image for each of the eight event types available.

Visibility

Select the minimum member level your require using the drop-down list.

For any level other than public, only visitors who have logged in to your site, and are a member at this level or above will be able to see events of this type.

For public viewing, you have two options:

Default image

Specifies the default image to be shown for events of this type.

Note: The event member level and image can be set individually for each event, regardless of the event type.

If you have set the member level or image of an individual event to anything other than default, then that will take precedence over the settings here.

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Calendar Foreground

Specifies the foreground colour to be used when showing events of this type on an Events Calendar page.

Clicking on the editor box will pop-up a colour picker allowing you to choose which colour you require.

Alternatively, you can enter your colour in 6 digit HEX format.

Calendar Background

Specifies the background colour to be used when showing events of this type on an Events Calendar page.

Clicking on the editor box will pop-up a colour picker allowing you to choose which colour you require.

Alternatively, you can enter your colour in 6 digit HEX format.


Events on Other Websites

This option allows you to include events from other websites on your events pages.

This is useful if you are, for example, a Provincial website and wish to include the events of your daughter Lodge's sites on your events pages.

Note: If an event on another website has a security set (e.g. visibility set to "Full Members"), then this event will only appear if the member viewing your events page is also a full member of that site.

To add events from an other website, select the website you wish to add events from using the drop-down list:

Then click the "Add" button:


To remove a website from the list, click the delete button:

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News on Other Websites

This option allows you to include news items from other websites on your news page.

This is useful if you are, for example, a Provincial website and wish to include the news items of your daughter Lodge's sites on your news page.

Note: If an news item on another website has a security set (e.g. visibility set to "Full Members"), then this news item will only appear if the member viewing your events page is also a full member of that site.

To add news items from an other website, select the website you wish to add news items from using the drop-down list:

Then click the "Add" button:


To remove a website from the list, click the delete button:

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Advanced Styling

This screen allows you to alter aspects of the Skin Style of your website.

The options are as follows:

Skin Style Type

This defines the overall skin-style of your website.

Changing the selection will show a thumbnail image of what your site might look like using this style.

If you choose ** Custom CSS**, then your site will use the styles defined in the Custom CSS section below.

Custom skin-styles should be developed to the standards set within the Freemasons Web CSS Development Guide.

Custom Header HTML

This option allows you add additional HTML code to the header of your pages.

Use this option if you wish to "tweak" the styling of your page (i.e. change certain colours, text sizing, or spacing); or to include some custom java-script code.

Note: Be sure to use valid HTML here - mistakes in this section could cause your site to show errors within a browser.

Custom CSS

This section is used to specify your own custom style-skin.

If you choose a skin-style of ** Custom CSS**, then your site will use the styles defined in this section.

Custom skin-styles should be developed to the standards set within the Freemasons Web CSS Development Guide.

Editor CSS

If you are using your own Custom CSS skin-style, then this section allows you to specify the CSS styles to be used within the WYSIWYG editors.

Additional Menu HTML

Any additional HTML to be inserted after your menu can be put here. This will be put directly after the list of menu items on the navigation bar.

Alternative Skin Style Type

FreemasonsWeb allows you to specify an alternative skin-style for use in certain pages.

This can be useful if you are an English Constitution Lodge website with a page for your Royal Arch Chapter for example.

To activate this skin-style for a particular page, use the "Use Alternative Skin" option within the Page Editor.

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Additional Website Settings

The following options are available on this page:

Base sitemap.xml on

sitemap.xml is a file used by search engines such as Google or Bing to tell it what pages are available on your site.

The URL for this file is: www.yoursitename?sitemap.xml

e.g: www.lodge-12345.masonic-lodge.org.uk?sitemap.xml

This setting defines how this list is generated:

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Bulk Emails

Store Sent Emails in Horde Sent Folder

When set to "Yes", any emails sent using the Accounting or Secretary module's "Bulk Email" facility will be stored in your "Sent" folder within the Horde email client.

Note that as each email can be personalised for each member, a separate email for each member will be stored in the sent folder.

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Custom Event Types

In addition to the provided event types, up to ten custom event types can be defined.

Each event type has two parameters:

Enable Custom Event Type n

When set to "Yes", this event type will be available for selection within your events and calendar pages.

Custom Event Type n Name

This is the name of your custom event-type, e.g. "Fund Raiser", "Provincial Visitation" etc.

 

After enabling your event types, remember to click the "Save" button to apply the changes.

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Editor Preferences

Character Encoding

This setting allows you to specify the character encoding used within your editor, and is only really used if you require foreign character support on your website.

By default, this option is set to "named" which means that the editor will produce short-cut names for various non-standard characters (e.g. &pound; for the £ sign, or &Eacute; for É)

There are however, a limited amount of named characters available. If you require a specific uni-code character not on the named list, then you should consider changing the encoding to "numeric".

A list of available named characters can be found here: HTML 4.0 Named Character Entities

The character encoding type can be set to one of the following:

namedCharacters will be converted into named entities based on the entities option. For example, a non-breaking space could be encoded as &nbsp;.
numericCharacters will be converted into numeric entities. For example, a non-breaking space would be encoded as &#160;.
rawAll characters will be stored in non-entity form except these XML default entities: &amp; &lt; &gt; &quot;

Date-Time Picker Editor

This option allows you to specify how you choose your dates and times throughout the FreemasonsWeb CMS:

DropdownStandard drop-down boxes are used for the year, month, date, hour and minute.
Popup CalendarA popup calendar is shown on clicking the calendar icon next to the input box.

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Forum Preferences

Show Page HTML

This setting allows you to specify when to show any page content you've added via the Page Editor or Easy Editor.

By default, this is only shown when listing topics.


The possible settings for this preference are as follows:

NeverNever show any additional page content.
AlwaysAlways show the page content at the top of the page.
Topics OnlyOnly show the page content when listing topics, not posts.

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Guestbook Settings

The options within this section are as follows:

Moderate Guestbook Entries

By default, this option is set to Yes, meaning all entries on your guestbook page must be checked and authorised before appearing on your site.

If set to No, then any guestbook entries from your website will appear on your website immediately without the need for authorisation.

Note: Setting this option to No could expose you to inflammatory comments appearing on your guestbook page, and could contravene the website guidelines of your governing body.

Max Guestbook Entries Per Page

Your guestbook page displays guestbook entries as a paged list.

This option allows you to set the maximum entries listed in each page.

You may wish to set this to a lower level if your guestbook comments are length, and cause the user to have to scroll down frequently.

"No Guestbook Entries" Message

If there are no entries in your guestbook, this is the message that will appear on this page.

Request Email Address on Guestbook Entry Page

Can be set to one of the following:

  1. No - No prompt for an email address;
  2. Yes (Optional) - Shows a prompt for an email address, but your visitor is not required to enter it;
  3. Yes (Mandatory) - Your visitor must provide their email address.

Validate Email Address

If the your guestbook settings are configured to prompt for an email address, then setting this value to "Yes" will attempt to contact the visitor's email server to validate their email address.

Note: If Request Email Address is set to Yes (Optional) then the email address will only be validated if provided.

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Member Custom Fields

This section allows you to define up to 10 custom fields that will appear on a members "My Account" page, and also whether a member can upload a profile picture.

Each custom field can contain a maximum of 255 characters.

There are three options per field:

Show Custom Field n

No : this field will not be shown.

Yes : this field will shown as a text input field on the "My Account" page.

Yes - Masked: this field will shown as a password input field on the "My Account" page.

Show Field n on Member Registration Page

No : this field will not be included as an input field on the "register as a member" page.

Yes - Optional : this field will be included for asking new member details, but does not need to be filled in.

Yes - Masked : this field will be included for asking new member details, and an entry must be provided.

Custom Field n Name

Use this option to enter the description of what field this represents. What you enter here will be shown as the field label within the "My Account" page.

Substitute Tags with Member Custom Fields

The values of these fields can be used with "substitute tags" within your pages. This can be anything from simple text on the page, to part of a link URL.

The format of the tag is as follows:
  {{CUSTOM_FIELD_1}}     for custom field 1
  {{CUSTOM_FIELD_2}}     for custom field 2
  ... and so on.

Any time these tags appear on your page, or within a link URL on your page, they will be replaced by the value the member has entered on their "My Account" page.

An example of using custom fields might be if you wanted to pass a user's details on to another page within a link (e.g. for automatically logging them in).

If Custom Field 1 was the username, and Custom Field 2 was the password you could define your link as follows:

http://www.some-external-site.co.uk/login?username={{CUSTOM_FIELD_1}}&password={{CUSTOM_FIELD_2}}

If within their "My Account" page, your member had entered "testuser" for their first field and "mypass" for the second, then the actual link would be changed to:

http://www.some-external-site.co.uk/login?username=testuser&password=mypass

Note: These fields only make sense if a member is logged in, so ensure that you only use them on member protected pages.

Allow Member Profile Image

When set to "Yes", this allows your members to upload a profile picture.

Profile pictures are displayed on pages of type "Member List".

Note: Profile pictures are set per website, so if a person is a member of more than one website, a separate profile picture must be uploaded.

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Member Messags

This section allows you to specify whether members can read their emails via an RSS feed. This is useful if some of your members' email providers are blocking emails from FreemasonsWeb.

Only emails sent by the following methods will be shown:

Note that the default frequency for RSS feed updates is once an hour, although this is dependant on the RSS reader/app your members decide to use.

A list of each users' personal RSS Feed URL is also listed within this section.

NOTE: There is NO login security associated with this feed, and each member's URL is personal and private. If you are concerned that this is not secure enough for your members to use, leave both these settings set to "No".

Enable RSS Feed Link for Email Messages

Enables or disables the Member Message RSS Feed functionality.

Show RSS Feed Link for Email Messages

When set to "Yes", a personal link to a member's RSS Feed URL will be shown at the bottom of pages of type "Member Messages".


News and Events

The options within this section are as follows:

Show Event Images

When set to Yes, images will be shown to the left of your events when listed on pages of type "Events".

Show News Images

When set to Yes, images will be shown to the left of your news items when listed on pages of type "News".

Show News For

Specifies how far back your history of news items should go.

"No News Items" Message

If you have no news items to display, then this message will be shown on your "News" page.

"No Events" Message

If you have no events to display, then this message will be shown on your "Events" page.

Custom News Image Type

This specifies the size of any custom image you use for news items.

Custom Events Image Type

This specifies the size of any custom image you use for events.

Show Events For

Specifies how far in the future your list of events should go.

Show "Add Event To Calendar"

If set to "Yes", this shows a link underneath each event, allowing your members to add this to their Outlook calendar (or any iCal compliant calendar program)

Show Event Calendar Link

If set to "Yes", this shows a link at the bottom of your events page, allowing your members to "subscribe" to your events list.

This gives them a URL to import into their Outlook calendar (or any iCal compliant calendar program), which can be automatically refreshed ensuring your latest events are always included on their personal calendar.

Show RSS Feed Link for Events

When set to "Yes", this shows a link at the bottom of your events page, allowing your members to "subscribe" to your events list via an RSS feed.

Show RSS Feed Link for News

When set to "Yes", this shows a link at the bottom of your news page, allowing your members to "subscribe" to your news via an RSS feed.

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RSS Page Preferences

These options specify how RSS feeds are displayed on pages of type "RSS Feed"

Show Feed Title

Whether to show the title of the RSS feed or not.

Show Feed Description

Whether to show the description of the RSS feed or not.

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Skin Preferences

The options within this section are as follows:

Show Logo Image In Header

If set to Yes, then the logo image specified in the Website Details section will be shown on your website banner.

Show Website Title in Header

If set to Yes, then the title of your website (as specified in Website Details) will be shown on your website banner.

Show Grand Lodge/SGRAC Link in Header

If set to Yes, then a link to your governing body (as specified in Website Details) will be shown on your website banner.

Show Page Title

If set to Yes, then the page title will be shown at the top of each page.

Show Visitor Hit-Counter

FreemasonsWeb keeps a count of the visitors to your site. This option allows you to select where that count should be displayed.

Auto-fill Lodge/Chapter Name on Registration Page

When this is set to "Yes", your Lodge/Chapter name will be given by default, as the Lodge/Chapter your prospective member is a member of.

If your site is a Provincial, District or Supreme/Grand website, you should set this option to "No".

CAPTCHA style

CAPTCHA images are used on form entry screens to ensure the form is being completed by a real person.

The user is presented with a generated image, containing a question or a random series of characters. The image is designed to be difficult for a computer program to read.

The user must then enter the correct response.

Random Characters:

This is the most secure option.

Six slightly obsucred random characters displayed, with each character rotated. The user must enter in the six characters.

Math Sum:

An simple mathematical question is displayed, and the user must enter in the answer.

The question is no more complicated than the "nine times table".

The characters are less obscured and are not rotated, so this is less secure than the random characters.

This option can be used if your members are finding the random characters difficult to read.

Show 404 Error Page for Unknown Pages

When set to "No" your home page will be shown, otherwise a 404 error page will be displayed.

Header Title HyperLink

Here you can make your website title into a hyperlink to another website.

Enter the full URL (i.e. prefixed with http:// ), so for example www.bbc.co.uk should be entered as http://www.bbc.co.uk

Header Logo HyperLink

Here you can make your header logo into a hyperlink to another website.

Enter the full URL (i.e. prefixed with http:// ), so for example www.bbc.co.uk should be entered as http://www.bbc.co.uk

Website Icon

This allows you to specify an alternative "favicon" image (the small image shown on the top left of your browser) for your page.

By default this is the square and compasses.

If you have uploaded a "favicon.ico" file within Site Designer->Images then this will appear in the drop-down list.

Use 301 for Homepage Redirects

If a search engine arrives at your homepage by entering an invalid URL (e.g. a page which is now deleted), enabling this option tells the search engine that the original URL was invalid and it has been redirected.

CAPTCHA Graininess

Controls the level of graininess of the CAPTCHA security code (used in contact pages). Lower settings make it easier to read, but could increase the risk of webbots submitting spam on your contact page.

Minimum Content Page Height

When set to "Auto", FreemasonsWeb tries to automatically set the minimum height of your content page based on the number of menus and submenus available.

If you have a large number of submenus however, this could result in your page height leaving lots of blank space at the bottom. In this case you can select a size in pixels to set an appropriate minimum height.

Append Page Title to Document Title

When set to "Yes", the current page title is appended to the document title (the one in your browser tab).

This can help programs such as Google Analytics to distinguish between pages.

NOTE: If you have provided a "Page Title Tag" on a particular page, then this option will have no affect on this page, and the provided page title tag will become the document title.

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Social Media Links

These options specify URL links to any social media accounts you may have:

Facebook Page URL:

Your Facebook Page URL.

Twitter Page URL:

Your Twitter Page URL.

Google+ Page URL:

Your Google+ Page URL.

YouTube Page URL:

Your YouTube Page URL.

LinkedIn Page URL:

Your LinkedIn Page URL.

Yahoo Page URL:

Your Yahoo Page URL.

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