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Sign Up for a Website for Your Section / Affiliate!

SWE is now utilizing WordPress for SWE Sections and Affiliates! 

See below for important dates. 

As a reminder, a SWE-hosted website is a valuable resource available to all Sections and Affiliates. There is no cost associated with SWE hosting a SWE WordPress website*. However, Section/Affiliate leaders are responsible for content transfer and ongoing web copy and graphics updates.

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • If your Section/Affiliate website is currently on the Weebly platform, you will have until November 2023 to transfer your existing web content over to WordPress. After November, you will no longer have access to your Weebly website. 

  • If your Section/Affiliate does not currently have a website hosted on SWE’s Weebly platform, you can still use WordPress to design and launch a new website. Use the link you will receive in July to submit an online request for a WordPress account.

* A SWE WordPress website is a website that SWE hosts and is part of SWE’s own WordPress installation. Any exceptions will be made by SWE HQ

Pre-Recorded Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Editing a menu on your website might seem daunting, but it’s pretty straightforward once you know where to look. Here’s a simplified, step-by-step guide that walks you through accessing your website’s dashboard, selecting the menu you want to edit, making your desired changes, and then saving those changes so they reflect on your live website. 

  1. Log into your website: To start, you need to access your website’s dashboard. You do this by typing the login URL from your site setup instructions. Use your username and password to log in.
  2. Access the Menu Editor: Once logged into your dashboard, look at the left-hand side of the page. You’ll see a lot of options here, like “Posts,” “Pages,” “Comments,” and so on. You want to find “Appearance” and click on it. A sub-menu will pop out. Click on “Menus” from this sub-menu.
  3. Select the Menu: On the Menus page, you can see a dropdown list called “Select a menu to edit.” Click on this, then click on the name of the menu you want to edit. Then click “Select”. If you only have one menu, it will automatically be selected.
  4. Edit the Menu: Now you’re on the menu editing page. You can see your menu items listed in a box on the right-hand side, and on the left should be some default installed menu items.

    To Add a Menu Item
    To add a new item, look at the left side of the page. You’ll see boxes like “Pages,” “Posts,” “Custom Links,” etc. Click on one of these boxes, select the item you want to add and click “Add to Menu.” It will appear at the bottom of your menu on the right.

    To Remove a Menu Item
    To remove an item, click on the little down arrow on the right of the item, then click “Remove.” You can then drag it to wherever you want.

    You can also click and drag these items to reorder them.

  5. Save the Menu: When you’re happy with your changes, don’t forget to click “Save Menu” at the top right or bottom right of the menu editing box. Otherwise, your changes won’t be saved.

Remember, changes you make here will directly affect the live version of your website, so be careful with what you add or remove.

Adding a new user to your website can be a handy feature, whether expanding your team, bringing in a guest blogger, or transitioning the site’s management. It’s a straightforward process involving just a few clicks. In the guide below, we’ll walk you through logging into your website’s dashboard, navigating to the ‘Users’ section, filling out the necessary details for the new user, assigning them a role, and finalizing the process.

  1. Log into your website: To start, you need to access your website’s dashboard. You do this by typing the login URL from your site setup instructions. Use your username and password to log in.
  2. Navigate to ‘Users’: On the left-hand side of your dashboard, you’ll see a menu with various options. Look for “Users” and click on it.
  3. Click ‘Add New’: After you’ve clicked on “Users,” you’ll be taken to a page showing all your website’s existing users. To add a new one, click on the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
  4. Fill out the form: You’ll now see a form where you can fill in the new user’s details. This includes their username, email, first and last names, website (optional), and password.
  5. Choose a role: In the “Role” dropdown, select the role you want for the new user. The roles are:
    1. Subscriber: Can only manage their profile.
    2. Contributor: Can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
    3. Author: Can publish and manage their own posts.
    4. Editor: Can publish and manage posts, including the posts of other users.
    5. SWE Webmaster: Has access to all the administration features.
  6. Click ‘Add New User’: Once you’ve filled in all the details and chosen a role, click the “Add New User” button at the bottom of the page. The new user will be added, and if you choose to send them an email, they’ll receive their login details in their inbox.

That’s it! You’ve just added a new user to your website. Remember, the role you assign a user determines what they can and can’t do, so choose carefully.

Are you looking to create a form on your website using the forms plugin? It’s easier than you might think. Whether it’s for a contact form, event registration, or simply to collect feedback, we have you covered. In this simple, step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to navigate to the Forms plugin, choose a pre-designed template or start from scratch, design and save your form, and embed it into a page or post on your website.

  1. Log into your website: To start, you need to access your website’s dashboard. You do this by typing the login URL from your site setup instructions. Use your username and password to log in.
  2. Navigate to Site Forms: Once logged in, look to the left-hand side of the page to find your dashboard menu. Here, you’ll find “Site Forms.” Click on it.
  3. Click ‘Add New’: You’re on the Forms main page. To create a new form, click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
  4. Choose a Form Template or Start from Scratch: Forms provides several pre-designed templates, like “Contact Form,” “Feedback Form,” “Event Registration Form”, etc. You can select one of these if it suits your needs. If you prefer to create a custom form, click “Blank Form.”
  5. Name Your Form: Whether you choose a template or start from scratch, you’ll be asked to give your new form a name. This name is for your reference and won’t be seen by your website visitors.
  6. Design Your Form: You’re now in the form builder. On the right, you’ll see various fields like “Name,” “Email,” “Address,” etc. Click or drag and drop any of these fields to add them to your form on the left. Click on a field in your form to edit its properties, like label, placeholder text, required status, etc.
  7. Save Your Form: After you’ve added all the fields you need and customized them, click the “Save Form” button at the top right of the page.
  8. Embed Your Form: To add your form to a page or post, navigate to the page or post editor. Click on the “Add Block” button (the “+” icon), search for “Fluent Forms”, and select it. A dropdown will appear where you can select the form you just created. After selecting it, update or publish your page or post.
  9. OPTIONAL: Shortcode Method: Go to “Site Forms > All Forms” on your dashboard to use the shortcode method for forms. Copy the shortcode listed next to your desired form and paste it where you want the form to appear.

Remember, this is a basic guide. Site Forms offers many advanced features and customization options that you find useful depending on your needs.

SWE cares about keeping your website safe and your information secure. That’s why we’ve set up a system that automatically saves a copy of your website every day for the last five (5) days. SWE keeps a copy of your website stored safely, separate from your site. If something unexpected happens and you lose some or all of your website, we can use that saved copy to get your site back to the way it was quickly.

To keep our web environment safe and secure, we do not permit the uploading of custom plugins. Custom plugins can sometimes pose security risks and cause performance issues, which could affect your website and others in the environment. Instead, we offer a range of carefully vetted and regularly updated plugins that meet most needs while ensuring the highest website performance, security, and stability levels. Your site’s safety is our top priority, and this approach allows us to provide a reliable and risk-free platform for all our users.

We prioritize performance, security, and consistency, which is why we don’t permit the use of custom themes or templates. Instead, we’ve chosen a top-performing theme and developed an optimized set of templates that meet various design and functional needs. This approach ensures all websites maintain high performance, stay secure, and provide a consistent user experience. It ultimately results in a smoother, safer, and more reliable website for both you and your visitors in terms of browser compatibility, SEO, and website performance.

Absolutely, your website will work great on desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. We know it’s important that your website is easy to use for everyone, no matter what device they’re using. That’s why we let you choose how your website looks and works on different devices like tablets and phones. This way, your website can look and work the same across all devices. No more problems with images that are too big or text that’s too small to read on a phone or tablet screen.

By default, our new website template has been carefully designed to align with the brand guidelines of SWE. These guidelines are essential in maintaining a consistent brand identity, and our template is crafted to reflect them. The colors used in these templates match SWE’s official color palette, fostering brand recognition and continuity. Furthermore, the imagery we use respects the society’s vision and mission. This includes pictures that convey the diversity, innovation, and empowerment that SWE represents. Therefore, when you use our templates, you can be confident that your website will look professional and stay true to the established SWE brand guidelines.

Download a copy of SWE’s Brand Guidelines.