Rules of the road

Once you create an account, you’ll be able to add and edit pages on our website. Please be respectful of other teams’ posts and pages and do not edit those even if you have “permission” to do so.

Basic instructions

There are 2 main areas for you to contribute to the website.

The first is to provide an introduction to your team. That’s your team page, You can edit it by logging in to, clicking "teams" in the left sidebar, and then clicking on your team name in the list that shows up.

The second is to provide updates for actions and events that your team is attending and/or organizing. In the lexicon of the website, an Action is something that has a due date, and that people can do mostly independently, e.g. “Call Feinstein by this Friday about blah.” An Event is where people do something at the same time, and often in the same place, e.g. a phone bank, rally, meeting, General Assembly, etc.

Creating a new post

To create either an action or an event, click on “posts” in the left sidebar on Siteleaf and then click “+ New Post” on the top right. There you can fill in all of the event details. The only required field is event-start-date (used for Events) or event-end-date (used for Actions). You are welcome to fill out as many other fields as you like, including a start date for Actions or an end date for Events.

The format is [text to display](link address). Use square brackets for the text and parentheses for the URL, with no space between the ] and (. So a website example would be [our homepage](, and an email example would be [contact us]( If you want the email address to display you can just put it in the square brackets to, like so: [](


Text formatting is accomplished using a type of code called Markdown. You can see basic Markdown examples (bold, italic, etc.) here. To compose formatted text with a live preview, check out this website: Just delete the text on the left half of the screen and start typing.

Detailed description for creating a new post

Most of the fields to fill out are self-explanatory, but some are a bit subtle:

  • URL - find the URL just below the post title in faded gray text. The URL will start with rather than - that’s intended. The URL will automatically load at To change the URL, click the pencil icon, edit the link as desired, then click the check mark (that replaced the pencil icon). Lastly, save your post as usual. Caveat! If you change the URL after you distribute/publicize the post, then people who visit the old URL will be shown a “Page not found” message.

  • RSVP-link is a link to the website where an activist can RSVP, e.g. ActionNetwork or EventBrite

  • Location is automatically turned into a link on Google Maps, using whatever text you put in the field as a search term. So if it’s a business, park, plaza, etc., you can put the name, and if it’s a house, then the address works well.

  • Embed-code is how we get ActionNetwork RSVP forms embedded directly into the website (e.g. our General Assembly event pages). To find the code for this, go to the ActionNetwork “manage event” page and find the “Embed this event” box, containing a bunch of code. Just copy-paste the code into the box on Siteleaf and our website will take care of the rest!

  • is featured controls whether the event shows up on the front page of our website. Please only feature up to two events at a time. We encourage you to feature your next team meeting!

On the right sidebar of the new/edit post page, there are a few extra controls:

  • The big “Save” button, which (duh) you click on to save your post. Make sure it has the correct “visibility” (see the next point).

  • The Draft/Hidden/Visible buttons control visibility. Draft is for when you aren’t ready to publish the post but want to save it. We don’t use Hidden. And Visible is for when you are ready to publish your post.

  • Generate item preview allows you to view a preview of your post before publishing it. I have trouble getting this one to work. If it works for you, great.

Tags and Categories

  • Tags. You must add your team’s tag to your posts in order for them to show up on your team page! You can also add other tags, e.g. phonebank or call (for MoC calls), if you’d like. (Pro tip: if you tag your post with “call,” we will include MoC phone numbers on the event page automatically!) When you start typing, a menu will pop up with a list of previously-used tags which you can choose from. You can also make a new one just by typing in a new tag.

  • Categories. We use three categories, and each post must belong to exactly one: event, action or update. I already described events and actions. An update is simply a blog post with no associated real-world action, e.g. our post about the Berkeley United posters.