The process to create your Teacher Pages using Posts requires a few different steps. Be sure to complete each of the steps to ensure that your Teachers Pages are fully configured.
Before you begin
Before you create your Posts for Teacher Pages template, it’s a good idea to have a space in mind to store those pages. It’s often best to create a Branch called “Teacher Pages” in order to easily find and maintain your teacher page templates.
It’s also important to note that these pages can be a bit tricky to visualize as you begin to put them together. Since we start with the pages, there are neither boards nor posts created yet. The elements won’t show anything when you first configure the page, but don’t panic! Your page will look wonderful soon enough.
Create a page
To start, create a new page called “Teacher Page Template.” If you plan on having multiple teacher page templates, label this page accordingly (i.e. Lower School Teacher Page Template). Since this page will be used for many different people, we suggest turning off the title of the page.
The standard teacher page template configuration uses a two-column layout to divide the content. Turn on Compose mode and use the Page Layout and Themes button in the bottom-left corner of Composer to select the two-column layout option.
Teacher info element
In the left column, click to add an element and select the Board element from the Module menu. This will show the teacher’s core information, such as their name and a picture of them or their classroom. Access the element settings, then set it to the Single format and turn off or rename the element title. Adjust the Content Details section to your preference; we recommend choosing Board Title, Description, and Thumbnail.
Featured posts element
Below the Board element, click to add an element and select the Post element from the Module menu. This section will show key posts that have been set as “featured,” which the teacher might want students to have access to year round. Access the element settings, then choose the List format and set the element title to something like “Important Information.”
Within the Content Filters section, use the dropdown menu to choose “Show Only Featured posts.” Within the Content Details section, choose what you’d like to display on the page; we recommend choosing the Post Title, Summary, Thumbnail, and Link titles to post details.
Main posts element
In the right column, click to add an element and select the Post element from the Module menu. This section will show the day-to-day posts that a teacher creates. Access the settings, then choose the List format and set the element title to something like, “Classroom Blog.”
Within the Content Filters section, use the dropdown menu to choose “Show Only Non-Featured posts.” Within the Content Details section, choose what you’d like to display on the page; we recommend choosing the Post Title, Publish Date, Summary, Thumbnail, and Link titles to post details.
Post categories element
For the last element on this page, click to add an element and select the Post Tools element from the Module menu. This element will give your end users the ability to toggle between different categories of content. Drag the element to appear above the “Classroom Blog” Post element. Access the element settings, then choose the Category Filter format and turn off the element title. Within the Link To section, use the dropdown menu to select the “Classroom Blog” Post element.
With these four elements in place, your main template page will look something like this:
Congrats! You completed the first step in setting up your Posts for Teacher Pages configuration. If you would like to use different templates for different groups, you can clone this page to get a headstart on your other template. Be sure to publish the page when you’re ready, then move on to Step 2: Create details page for Teacher Pages template.
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