Information Technology Services

Blink Content Creator

How do I access my BLink content?

All BLink content resides in our Content Management System called Silva.  You access your page via the link http://blink-cms.bethel.edu/ or a more specific link to your "channel" (e.g. http://blink-cms.bethel.edu/channels/community-life/edit/
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SILVA is the tool

Once in Silva your content will be in a "Luminis Channel Folder". Click on the name of your content area in the "modify" column (not in the preview column) to open to be able to maintain and edit your content. You link may take you directly to this page.
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Luminis Channel Folder contains BLink Content

Each Luminis Channel folder actually consists of a series of "Content Sections". You will want to be sure you are working in the section for which you are responsible prior to editing any content.  (Permissions may restrict you from making changes to other content sections or they may not.)

Content Sections are "targeted" to different audiences.  The selected Roles help the BLink managers make sure that the correct audiences see your content for that specific content section.
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How do I add and edit my BLink content?

Text – Long sentences and paragraphs should be avoided. Generally, news, announcements, etc., should be kept to no more than two sentences and no more than 50 words in a channel. The channel should provide a short snippet that links to a longer piece for more information.


Underlining – In the portal, underlining signifies a link or collapsible list. Do not underline any other text.

ItalicsOnly use italics when grammatically necessary, such as in the case of a book title.

Bold and Headers/Subheaders/etc.Headers, subheaders, etc. should only be used in a headline of an announcement or news story, or to signify a new section of the channel. Headers/subheaders/etc. will be automatically bolded in the portal. Do not use bold in any other situations.

Collapsible Lists and Linking A collapsible list will likely contain links, but the title of the list should not be a link. If there are links outside of the collapsible list, the links should come before the collapsible lists.


Add Channel Components

You can use the WYSIWYG kupu editor to add and edit your site content. Kupu does not work in all browsers, but works fine in Firefox on Mac and Windows and Internet Explorer on Windows. The kupu editor works very much like the tools you already use in a word processing program like Microsoft Word using a tool bar at the top and a palette of actions at the right of your editing window.

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Links
Generally, if there are more than four links in a channel, they should be made into a  bullet (collapsible) list. This will not always be the best solution, but should be considered in most cases.

Linking to other Web ContentIf you link to an internal Bethel website document, the site will open within the “frame” of the portal—this is considered “framed content.” If you link to any external content, such as on www.bethel.edu or elsewhere, the information will open in a new browser window.

Linking consists of several steps.

  1. Place the text you wish to link onto your page.
    e.g. Bethel University
  2. Select the text.

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  3. Paste or Type in the COMPLETE web address (http:www.bethel.edu) into the link blank  and click the "add link" button OR
  4. if the page is a part of your silva site, simply click the "get reference link" button, check the file you want to link, and then click the "place reference" button at the bottom right.
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Bethel University

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 Graphics – Suggested guidelines are that the web format size for images should be no wider than 280 pixels. All images should have a tool tip.

  • Select "image" in the right palette and expand the menu. Then click on the "get image reference" link. Select the radio button to the left of the image you wish to place on your page and click the "place reference" button.

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If you need to upload new  images into your silva site select "Silva Image" from the new select box in the silva image page. In the "create Silva Image" dialog box, just click the "Browse" button to go to access images that have been uploaded into your silva site.

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To resize your image
Select the image.  Click on the edit image button

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Resize your image in the Image Dialog window that opens.  Resize by changing the % scaling to reduce the image size to NO GREATER THAN 228 pixels, which you can see in the right Image Info box.  When done resizing, click the change button, close the window or tab to return to the page with the image and save the page to show the newly resized image.

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