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What Is OCSites?

This is the home of information and help with OCSites, a website and wiki builder powered by Google. With OCSites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world. With OCSites, you can:

  • Customize your site's interface to resemble your group or project's look and feel
  • Create a new sub-page with the click of a button
  • Choose from a growing list of page types: webpage, announcements, file cabinet
  • Centralize shared information: Embed rich content (video, Google Docs documents, spreadsheets, presentations, Picasa photo slide shows, iGoogle gadgets) into any page, and upload file attachments
  • Manage permissions settings to keep your site as private or widely editable and viewable as you'd like

Logging in to OCSites

Start using OCSites by visiting http://ocsites.oberlin.edu. If you're already logged in to OCApps, you'll be directed right to the OCSites page. If not, you'll be first be directed to a login page (use your ObieID and password here) and then send along to OCSites. Alternatively, if you're already logged into OCApps, you can choose OCSites from among the apps in the upper-left hand corner of any page.

Creating an OCSite

Creating a site is simple. Open and OCMail page and click on Sites in the upper left-hand corner of any page. Click Create a Site. Enter a name for your site, choose who you would like to be able to access your site and a theme template (all of the other settings are optional). Then click Create site.

Beginning Your OCSite

How much space do I have for my OCSite?

Each user is allotted 500Mb of space for their site. This should be more than enough for a basic website and does offer some additional space for photos and document uploads.

OCSites Page Types


A basic web page is an unstructured page where you can enter text, images, tables, and embed spreadsheets, presentations, videos, and more. The Web Page has standard formatting controls like bold, italic, underline, font control, text color, and text highlighting. You can create bulleted lists, numbered lists, and easily link to other pages in your site. You can attach documents from your hard drive to the bottom of the page, and allow other site collaborators to comment on your pages.

Because OCSites is built on a wiki foundation, all versions of your document are saved. This means you can always go back to early versions of the document and compare changes between different versions.


A Dashboard page is a two column webpage with four placeholder gadgets to make it easy to get started creating an overview of information.

You can create a Dashboard page by changing the layout of a webpage to two columns and inserting gadgets in the page.


An Announcement page is a page which makes it easy for an individual or group to post chronological information like news, status updates, or notable events. It can be used to post organizational news, post project updates, announce new releases, post interesting links from around the web, as a simple blog, and more.

File Cabinet

A File Cabinet allows you to manage documents from your hard drive and organize them into folders. This can be used to organize common documents in one place. Version history is stored for documents so you can always return to an earlier version.


List pages allow you to easily track lists of information. You can choose from a list of templates or configure your own custom columns. Items can be easily added, updated, and removed.

Theming Your OCSite

How do I change my themes, colors and fonts?

OCSites allows site owners to change the overall look of a site. Changing how a site looks is divided into three major areas: themes, site elements, and colors and fonts. Changes can be made to these areas via Site Settings > Appearance. Themes are combinations of site layouts, colors and images that we've pre-packaged for you. Once you choose a theme, you can override specific values such as background colors and images via the Colors and Fonts section. When changing themes, your previous overrides will be discarded.

The Site Elements section allows you to control features which appear on every page of your site. You can change your logo, and change your sidebar location. Additionally you can add, remove, and update sidebar elements like text boxes, navigation, and countdowns.

Go to Site settings > Appearance > Site Elements. In the Header section, click change logo. Select Custom Logo and browse for the logo file on your hard drive (or select No logo to exclude an image). Tip: The logo will be uploaded in the dimensions provided, so scale it to the desired size first. Click OK. The logo change is complete. Make sure to click Save changes before returning to your site.

The suggested size that we recommend for logos is: 145px wide x 52px tall. Please keep in mind that you are free to use whatever size logo that you want to use, however it may not look right or appear at all if the image is too big.

How do I set the landing page for my site?

In order to set the landing page for your Site, you'll need to access the Site Settings. Once there, click on the Other Stuff tab and you will see the area to designate your landing page. Simply choose a different page (the default is "/home") and don't forget to hit Save Changes.

Please note that you can't delete a page which has been designated a landing page.

How do I change the sidebar?

The sidebar can be changed in one of two ways. The first way is to click on the edit sidebar link at the bottom of the sidebar. The second way is via Site settings > Appearance > Site Elements. You can remove the Recent site activity sidebar and add other sidebars, such as a text element that may contain any text, including links, a countdown box, and an element that shows the activity of the logged-in user only. You can also look here for additional elements in the future.

Please note: if you don't see the option to edit the sidebar, it's because you are not the owner of the site. Only the owner of the site has the ability to edit the content that appears in the sidebar.

How do I remove or hide my site title?

By default, the settings are checked to show the site title. In order to hide the site title, you'll need to go to Site Settings > Other Stuff. Once you're in the Other Stuff tab, you'll need to un-click the box that says "Show site name at top of pages". Checking the box will make the title show, un-checking it will hide the title. Once your logo is in place, you may want to mask the redundant site title at the top. The second option for hiding the title would be to change the color of either your title or the background. To do this, go to Site settings > Appearance > Colors and Fonts and change the Site title color to white or another color that matches your top banner.

Deleting a Site

To delete a site, go to Site Settings. Click Other Stuff. Click Delete this site. Please note that only owners have the ability to delete sites; once you delete a site, it can't be recovered by anyone. Only choose this option if you're sure that you want to delete the site.