Creating an online community for your group
Looking to better engage with your alumni constituents and friends online? You’ve come to the right place! Through a partnership with iModules, the Yale Alumni Association offers free online chapter management for regional clubs, Yale College classes, and shared interested groups. This service comes with a comprehensive suite of tools that allow you to create and update a website, maintain your membership roster, send e-marketing communications, and manage events online.
Here you will get an overview of how to get started using the various iModules tools. We’ve created tutorials and guides specific to the Yale-branded iModules templates to help smooth your transition to online group management. You’ll also find links to iModules’ own tutorials and guides* for taking your use of the various tools and technologies to the next level.
*Note: The iModules materials are not Yale-branded; they are generic iModules user guides.
Don’t have a site yet?
If your organization doesn’t yet have a site, there are a few things you’ll need to do:
Need Access to Your Site?
If you do have a site but don’t have access, you’ll need both a username and password for the alumni online directory, as well as permission from us (the Yale Alumni Association). You’ll also need to complete the user agreement that will provided with a PDF version of the “Get your Website Up and Running with iModules®" guide.
Web CMS How-To
The Basics of Content Editing
Once you’re logged in, you can add, remove, and edit any content on your site. The WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor functions very similarly to Microsoft Word, so formatting text should feel straightforward once you’re in the editor.
Content Modules and Content Blocks
iModules consists of content modules (objects that can be placed on a page for a specific function, like displaying an event calendar or a slide show of images) and content blocks (a content module specifically designed to hold text and pictures but that doesn’t contain any functionality).
Also available in the Content Modules menu is the Mobile Ready Content object. You select the Mobile Ready Content object the same way you do Content Block, above. If you’d like your site to be mobile friendly, you should always choose Mobile Ready Content.
All About News
A News Listing is a fancy name for something you want to announce to your group members. All iModules sites already have a News Listing Content Block on the homepage, so all you need to do is add/edit the content.
- Locate the News section, and click the Add News icon.
- Give your news a Title.
- Scroll to the Content Summary section and add a summary.
- Scroll to the Content Body section and add your content.
- Click Create.
Creating a Homepage News Rotator
All templates include the Homepage News Rotator – it’s the first thing you’ll see on the page. This is sometimes easily confused with the Image Rotator but is clearly distinguished by the Add News icon you’ll see when you hover over the area.
Using the Calendar
All sites provided by Yale already include an Events section consisting of a calendar with Event Listing Pages, and the calendar can be displayed on the homepage. This section only shows how to enter content to display high-level information about an event and is NOT intended to be a guide for managing individual events (i.e., creating registration forms, taking payments, etc.). That is the Events & Forms How-To section, further down this page.
When creating an email in iModules, you have three types of emails that you can create. The three types of emails are:
Express Email – This is for quick emails that are often mostly text and will not require you to send a test email.
One-time Custom Email – This is for an email that you will just send out once but will require to see a test prior to sending the final email. These are emails with images that require you to test how they look on mobile versus desktop.
Recurring Custom Email – This is for all emails that you need to schedule to send out more than once – for example, if you want to send out a weekly reminder of an upcoming event.
Events & Forms How-To
The Events Module
The Events module is more than just a module; it’s a whole system and it can be confusing as to how and when to use it. For starters, there is more than just one type of event that you can create through it. In fact, there are four.
More How-To Guidance
As mentioned in all the sections above, iModules has a lot of resources already available to help you. They’re not done in the Yale design, but the functionality is the same regardless of the design layer applied by the individual sites. The help center is located here.