In this meeting we talked about and demonstrated how to create a site homepage using blocks with background colours to separate the sections.

As examples we looked at, Centre70, Superhighways, and HEAR.

In the video you'll see the demo of how you can build a page like this, including using the Background Begin and Background End includelets to add colours behind sections, and to add a banner image to the homepage.

We then had an open Q&A session where we talked more about the themes, adding surveys to pages, Filtered Item Lists, web stats, and more.

One of the questions was about getting an HTML colour code from an existing page, which we do using a tool called an Eyedropper (though kind of in reverse to how you logically might think, as it sucks up a colour rather than dropping it!).

  • Firefox has an Eyedropper built in. Go to the Hamburger (three horizontal lines) menu, then More tools, then select Eyedropper. You can then view colour codes on the current page, or click to copy the hex code to the clipboard.
  • For Chrome you can install the Eyedropper extension.

Help pages related to topics covered in the meeting

Slides and Notes and Videos

Superhighways have provided slides from the meeting, which includes notes and links taken during the meeting.

Download slides and notes from the meeting

There is also a video on YouTube with the demo parts of the meeting.

Watch the video on YouTube

Next Meeting(s)

Short Answer

Wednesday 11th October, 1.30pm-2.30pm

Long Answer

We're considering having meetings more regularly, but making them 'drop in' session where you can ask your own questions, rather than a structured session with breakout rooms, slides, planned demos, etc.

We'd probably make the Zoom details easily accessible, so you don't need to register to attend, and it'd always use the same Zoom URL from session to session.

The idea of this would be so that there's less admin overhead to run the meetings (creating survey, sending invitations, preparing slides etc), but also hopefully making them more useful to you the users, by having them more regularly.

AND SO to try this out, the next meeting will be in this style. If it goes well we'll then continue in this same way with a meeting every two weeks. If it doesn't go well we'll revert to the monthly 'scripted' meeting.