To access the Welcome templates, select Modules > Task Centre > Template Maintenance.
From the Template Maintenance screen, create a new Welcome Message by clicking Create new template in the Actions menu.
The following screen displays:
Enter the following information at the top of the screen:
|Accessibility||By default this is set to Private, which means that it is only visible to you. To enable others to see it, untick the box.|
This is populated automatically and is set to "Claim". Use the drop-down list to change it to "Welcome Message".
To create a message for Guest users when access is denied, select "Guest user denied access".
Enter the name of this template, eg "Welcome Message for Library staff"
|Description||Optionally, enter a short note describing the purpose of this template|
The main body of the Welcome Message is defined in the Rich Text Area: click into it to begin. See the full article on Creating templates for details.
Adding application and user statistics
Statistics can be added to the Welcome Message through the use of macros which are listed at the end of the toolbar.
The following macros are available:
|User name||Inserts the Username|
|User First name||Inserts the user's first name|
|User Surname||Inserts the user's surname|
|User Title||Inserts the user's title, eg Mr, Mrs|
|Report created date||Inserts the date that the overdue notices were created|
|Application statistics||Insert application statistics (see below)|
|User statistics||Inserts user information (see below)|
To insert the data, place the cursor where you want to insert it in the rich text area and then select the relevant macro from the drop-down list and then click Insert Macro. The macros are inserted in square brackets. For example:
Welcome [UserTitle] [UserSurname]
Note that no macros are available for the "Guest user denied access" template.
This allows you to show Library staff information about how many records they have as well as other information including who is currently logged in. This macro should not be made available on the OPAC welcome messages.
The number of Content Types and Record Types that is shown in this list is determined in System Configuration Maintenance:
Note that the count of the number of records does not include deleted records.
This can be assigned to both library staff and most importantly to named OPAC users so that when they log in it will provide some basic information. If you create a single template for the OPAC (ie assigning the same template to both Named OPAC and Guest OPAC Welcome Messages in OPAC Maintenance), the statistics will NOT be shown for guest users.
Links to saved searches
To include a link to a saved search:
- click on the Saved Searches tab on the search screen
- hover over the name of the saved search you want, right-click and select "Copy shortcut"
- return to the welcome page in the Template Designer and switch to the HTML view
- paste in the copied URL and add the appropriate HTML code, for example:
<a href="pasted URL">Saved Search on XYZ topic</a>
Completing the process
When you have finished, click Save in the Actions menu, or Save and Exit to return to the list of defined templates.
You then need to assign the Welcome Message to the relevant users and OPACs in OPAC Maintenance.