McMaster University

Faculty of Health Sciences
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How to enter title tag and file name for new pages?

When creating a new page, Contribute will first display a New web page dialog box where it asks for a page title. Enter readable text in the page title field. This is the text that will appear in the title bar at the top of the browser window. If a visitor adds your page to their favourites (bookmarks), this page title is the default name it will give the bookmark. Search engines use this page title as the listing name for their results. In HTML the page title is delimited by the <title>Your page title</title> tag. It is better to keep the text of the page title as brief as possible.

Correct Example:

New web page dialog box

After entering all the content for the page and clciking Publish, Contribute will ask for a file name for the new page. Contribute copies the page tite entered above, removes any embedded spaces in the text and automatically enters it as a suggestion for a file name. Therefore, many people have mistakenly entered a file name as the page title.

Incorrect Example:

Incorrect page title entered

DO NOT ENTER A FILE NAME HERE. Instead it is better to ignore Contribute's suggestion for a file name.

After you enter readable text in the page title field, click OK.

Next, enter all of the content for the page and click Publish. Contribute will then ask you to enter a file name and will pre-enter the title tag text (without spaces) as a suggested file name.

Publish new page with file name suggestion

Either ignore the file name and enter a file name you choose using all lowercase letters, or change all of the upper case letters in the suggestion to lower case letters. Optionally enter the underscore character in place of embedded spaces to make it easier to read the file name.

Publish new page with correct file name

Last, click Publish. The new page is now on the server.