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Components of a SharePoint site

Site or sub-site: A SharePoint site is a collection of pages, libraries, lists and features used to develop web content.  

Pages: Pages are used to display content.  The page layout defines the organization of the page and is comprised of web zones.  See below for the Components of a SharePoint Page.

Library:  A SharePoint library is a container on a site where you can upload, create, update, and collaborate on files with team members. Each library displays a list of files and key information about the files, such as who was the last person to modify a file.  Each site or sub-site includes three libraries by default:  Pages, Documents, Images All documents and images must be stored in the applicable library. 

List:  A SharePoint list is a way to organize information and is similar to a spreadsheet without the formulas. 

App: There are many "apps" you can add to your SharePoint site. This includes a document, image or picture library, links list, custom list, promoted links list, and more.

Blog: A SharePoint blog is a site that contains lists and libraries, such as a list of blog posts, a list of otherblogs, and a library for photos

Components of a Page

Gear:  Located at the top right of the page.  Clicking the GEAR displays a drop-down with multiple editing options.

Ribbon: At the top of each page; includes tabs with various editing commands.

Top Link Bar/Global Navigation:  Links across the top of the page for navigation.

Web Zones: Pages are divided into zones which provide the layout for the page.

Web Parts: These are the building blocks for your pages.  There can be several different web parts on a page.  The Content Editor web part is the most common for adding text.  ​
Learn More about Web Parts
Types of Web Parts
Content Editor Web Part
The Content Editor is a versatile Web Part and can be used to add nearly any type of content to a page.  This includes text, images and links.  You may also upload documents and images directly into the Web Part and add them to a library. 

Apps Web Part
The Apps Web Part allows you to display content directly from a SharePoint App to your page.  For example, you can display a document library (or a list) and create a custom view for the page.  When you add documents to your library, they are automatically viewed on the page.  

Site Contents View

The Site Content View shown below provides a view of the "back end of site”  and provides a view of the components of your site including sub-sites, pages, libraries (documents & images) and lists. 

To get to this, click on the GEAR (in upper right corner) and then select Site Contents.

Content and Structure View (Tree View)

The Content & Structure View provides a "tree view" of your entire site.  It is useful for understanding the architecture of your site.  You are able to "mass publish" items in a library in this view.
To get to this, click on the GEAR (in upper right corner) and then select Site Settings.  A list of all the site settings will be displayed (see below).  From here, select "Content and Structure" under the "Site Administration" section.

Updating Multiple Pages in a Spreadsheet View

  • Go to the Content & Structure View (as shown above)
  • Navigate to the directory containing all the pages.  Select all the pages and click on Action>Check Out
  • In another window, go to the Staff Page library and change to "Quick Edit"
    • On the Ribbon, Select Library Tab>Quick Edit
  • Enter the information in the appropriate cell & then click on "Stop Editing"
  • Return to the Content & Structure View.
  • Select all the pages and click on Action>Publish