Front page settings
The following settings may be changed by the mentor in Settings > Front page settings > Edit settings:
Full coaching hub name
This name appears at the top of every page above the navigation bar.
Short name for coaching hub
The short name appears at the beginning of the navigation bar as a link back to your hub front page.
Front page description
An optional setting enabling you to add short message to your clients in a block on the front page.
Front page and front page items when logged in
The centre of the front page can display any combination of the following: news items, a list of programs, a list of program categories, a list of categories and programs or none. The order is determined by a combination box.
It is possible to create one setting for anyone who gets to the front page without logging in to the eCoaching hub, and another look for only those who have logged into the eCoaching hub. There are two combination boxes
Maximum Category Depth
Determines how many sub categories will be displayed on the front page for each category.
Include a topic section
This adds a topic section to the centre-top of the front page. When editing is turned on, coaching resources and/or coaching activities can be added to the topic section using the dropdown menus, in the same way as on a program page.
- Note: The label resource can be used to add text and/or an image to the centre-top of the front page.
News items to show
This setting only applies if the front page is set to display news items or if you are using the Latest News block.
Comments per page
Each program may include a Comments block which allows the display of user comments. The number of comments displayed at any time is set here.
Programs per page
Limits the number of programs which will display on a page.
Do you want to display programs which are not hidden but placed in a category that is hidden?
Front Page backup
You can backup the front page, similar to a program backup.
Front Page restore
As in a program, you can restore a backed up version of the front page.
Front Page questions
The Question bank is accessible from the Front Page. For example, if "topic" is checked in the front page settings, you can add a Quiz module activity.
Tips and Tricks
An eCoaching hub's front page can be reconfigured from the default standard to give it a different look and or change how it functions. Depending upon the changes, this can be a simple or a more complex process. Of course a custom theme may have it's own unique front page format. Here are some examples using the formal white standard theme:
2 column Front Page, blocks right
3 column Front Page, topic checked
Clean look, topic checked, no blocks
2 column Front Page, blocks left
3 column Front Page, Categories and courses
2 column Front Page, Categories only
Central area, Programs or Categories?
This is a major decision, what is it you want in the centre of your front page? You can have a list of categories, a list of categories and programs, or neither, a label with a table full of images works just as well. The issue is always the same, actually, what looks good.
Clean look, topic checked, no blocks
The standard eCoaching page format of Blocks on the left and blocks on the right is not always appropriate or considered pretty. The mentor can change this basic format by simply deleting or hiding blocks that can be seen by users. Navigation can be placed on the dock.
The two column format
The Mentor decides which blocks should appear on the front page and moves all of them to the left or right side. This format allows you to decide what you want in the centre, and where you want the blocks, left or right.
- Tip: It is possible to force a block column to assume a specific width. For example, placing an image of 400 px in a block will force that column to 400 px.
The clean look example
Some coaching hubs want an uncluttered look. The mentor wants to start with the most basic look and then add features.
- The mentor will turn on editing and hide or delete all blocks that can be see by other coaches or clients on the front page.
- Then go to the Site administration block► Front Page ► Front Page settings and:
- Set the "Front page" list to None, None, None, None
- Set "Front page items when logged in" list to the same
- Check the box for "Include Topic section"
All the above was done with 1 theme, and a simple front page.
Each block has a number of configuration settings that you can change.