Help

This is a Google Site. Google Sites is very flexible and offers you many options and design features, all for free. This page is intended to explain most of the features of Google Sites, as well as the settings applied to this Sites Template designed for a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM.

First this page will explain Google Sites, spend a little time on Google Docs, and then will explain this campaign aid. To go directly to the Google Support pages for Google Sites, click here.

Google Sites

You manage the site and its many preferences and options by clicking the "More actions" button in the upper right area of the screen. This presents you with many options. Note that many of the options in the menu also have keyboard shortcuts (a combination of keys you can press to quickly access that option.) The keyboard shortcuts are listed in lighter gray font on the right side of the menu for that menu option. You can even access this menu more quickly by simply pressing the letter "m" on your keyboard.

Page actions

Revision History- Google Sites maintains a history of all changes made to pages. You can always revert to a previous version of a page if you accidentally make a change you don't like. Keyboard shortcut is the letter g then the letter r. When you do so you will be launched into the Manage Site part of this site and see the following (click the image for a larger view):

You will see all of the previous versions of the page you launched from as well as the last edited time, who it was edited by, as well as the option to revert to that version.

Subscribe to page changes- You can get an email any time a page changes. If you have a session log page, or a page you'd like your players to get update emails about, ask them to subscribe to page changes for that page.

Page settings- Access page settings by clicking More actions > Page settings (or by simply pressing the letter "u" on your keyboard.)



When you access page settings you have a few options (as shown below):


Show page title- If checked it will display the name of the page at the top.

Show links to sub-pages- If checked you will see a list of links to pages under the current page at the bottom of the page.

Allow attachments- If checked users are allowed to add attachments to the page.

Allow comments- If checked users are allowed to add comments to the page. Note: ONLY those who are added to your site as collaborators have permission to add comments.

Page URL- If you feel the need to change the address your page is found at, do so in this box.

Currently using page template <template name> (change)- This is where you would change which template the page is currently using. Warning: If you change the template you must be careful if you do not wish to delete the contents of the page. You will see a prompt.

Print page- Print the current page.

Preview page as viewer- Those who can edit and those who can only view pages see things slightly differently. Choose this option to make sure the page looks how you want it to look for viewers.

Page templates

Save as page template- If you find yourself creating a lot of pages you can save time by choosing several options and then saving the page as a Template. That way when you create pages in the future you can choose the template and the newly created page will include all of the default design and contents you've set in the template. Below is a screenshot of the Page templates screen (click for a larger view):

Page templates menu options include:

Create page template: Create a new template you might use often.
Show/Hide: Choose whether or not to show the selected template in the list of available templates when creating a new page.
Set as default: Set the selected template as the default that will be used when you create a new page.
Delete: Delete the selected template.

Sample (Standard) templates include

Announcements: See Announcements below.
File Cabinet: See File Cabinet below.
List: See List below.
Web page (default): The standard option for most pages.

Change page template- You can change the template a page uses after the fact. Be careful though because if you choose the option to replace page contents it will delete anything on the page and replace it with the contents of the template. Don't worry too much though because you can always revert to a previous revision if you do something you didn't mean to.

Site Actions

Subscribe to site changes- If you want your players to get an email each and every time you do anything to the site, ask them to choose this option. If you are a particularly active GM they may decide though that they are getting way too many emails and then come back and unsubscribe.

Manage site- This is how you get into the sitewide options. See more in Manage Site below.

Sign up for AdSense- If you expect you might get a lot of traffic why not try to get a little cash back for your work? See Adsense below.

Site permissions- Manage who can do what with your site here.

Special Pages

Announcements- An Announcement page makes it easy to post chronological information like news, status updates, or notable events. It can be used to post news about sessions, post campaign updates, post useful Pathfinder links, and more. Page subscribers are notified of new posts, and updates on existing posts.

File Cabinet- A File Cabinet page allows you to manage documents from your hard drive and organize them into folders. This can be used to organize common documents in one place such as PDF character sheets or other files like images and maps. Version history is stored for documents so you can always return to an earlier version. Page subscribers are notified of new files, updated files, and delete files.

List- List pages allow you to easily track lists of information. You can choose from a list of templates or configure your own custom columns. Items can be easily added, updated, and removed. Page subscribers are notified of list additions, deletions, and updates.

Working with Pages

There are many handy gadgets you can add to a page. Some of the more common are explained below. All of these are found by clicking Insert > <option> from the menu.