What are blurbs and what can I use them for?
Blurbs are exactly what it sounds like–it’s a chunk of content that doesn’t necessarily need the full attention of a dedicated page of information.
What can you do with blurbs?
Here are some of the most common uses for blurbs on the Emory & Henry website:
- Contact information that’s located in the sidebar
- Creating simple FAQs
- Random information that needs to be displayed
- “Research Abstracts” on departmental pages
Blurbs are also useful when you have multiple policies to add to your page.
Every departmental page has the ability to add a custom “Research Abstract” blurb displayed with the title “Student Research” on their main landing pages. This is a great way to display a quick snippet of information about the work our students are doing!
Generally, this widget is automatically displayed as the default in the departmental page template and will randomly display if you have more than one added.
You can see an example of how this blurb is displayed on the page in the right-hand column.
- <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Systematics and Taxonomic Status of the Nantucket Island Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus fuss)</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="611" height="458" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/2/width/611/height/458/391_IMG_3314.rev.1500652183.JPG" class="lw_image lw_image391 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/611/height/458/391_IMG_3314.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/611/height/458/391_IMG_3314.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></p><p><strong>Taylor Blevins ’19</strong>, a biology major, is conducting a study to determine the naming system of the Nantucket Mouse (<em>Peromyscus leucopus fussus)</em>, which is domestic to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, MA.</p></div>
How to add a Research Abstract
- Go to the “Blurbs” tab in the Dashboard and click on the “Research Abstract” in the dropdown. If you already have some added you will be able to see them listed and can edit/hide them as needed.
- When you are ready to create a new abstract, click the “+ Add new” button.
- Enter a title for the blurb, it should be short but descriptive and interesting.
- If possible, add an image to the beginning of the blurb text. Use an image that’s at least 400 px wide, set it to “Align Left”, uncheck the “Wrap text around image” box Make sure to add a photo caption. Push return after the image so that it leaves a space underneath.
- Under the image, enter a short description of the project, research, whatever your student has been working on. Bold the student’s name, and always use their class year instead of class standing, for the sake of longevity - so say John Patrick ’20 instead of Sophomore John Patrick.
- If you want the content to be shared, make sure to click on the “globe” icon that says “Share content to allow borrowing and reuse by other content managers”. This is a great option to use if a student is a double-major and the content is relevant in multiple departments!
- You also have the option of suggesting this blurb to another group in the “Sharing and Privacy” section. You can either start typing a department for auto-suggestions or use the “Show all groups” link.
- The default option is for the blurb to be “Hidden”. You can change the status to “Live” either by clicking and changing it on this screen or on the next screen after you have saved the blurb.
- Scroll to the bottom and “Save this blurb”.