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QuickStart Guide: Customize Your Page Footer

Why You Do This Step

Your DitDat web site has been automatically created with a number of pages. All pages have a footer widget at the very bottom. This is partly filled in.

You probably want to customize this footer with more information, such as your contact info, a link to your contact page, a link to your site map, and various other things.

For examples, see the footers on John Olson's web site and Randy Ingermanson's web site

How You Do This Step

Make a list of the things you want in your footer. These might include:
  • Your phone number
  • A link to your contact page
  • A link to another web site you own
  • A link to your Site Map page
  • A copyright notice
Give yourself 15 minutes to customize your footer. Here are the steps:
  1. Go to your home page. (You only need to edit the footer on your home page. Editing it there will change the footer on EVERY page of your web site.)
  2. Hover the mouse over the footer widget and click on the Pencil Icon, which will let you edit the footer.
  3. A Footer Dialog will pop up.
  4. Set the Format to be either One Column, Two Columns, or Three Columns.
  5. You will see text areas for each column. There will be at least a Column 1, and there may also be a Column 2 and a Column 3.
  6. In each column you can now insert information or links. As an example, you might insert a line that says "Contact" that links to your contact page. Style it the way you like. A copyright notice will generally include a range of years that starts with the year you started your web site and ends with the present year. To do that, you need to include a code that will insert the present year. Here's an example copyright notice using this code: © 1999-%year % Randy Ingermanson, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.
  7. When you're finished editing your footer, click the Save button to close the Footer Dialog.

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