Contributor Guidelines

Contributor Guidelines

Contributor Guidelines

Contributors posting content to must follow the Society for American Archaeology's Principles of Archaeological Ethics. Contributors must maintain the website's ethical and quality standards, which are outlined in the style guide below. is a platform, not just a website. You control the content that you add, but be aware that information and media will be share across social media- not just the website. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others to maximize the reach of this information. Style Guide

Welcome to! This is a community-based website where the public and researchers can find ethical, science-based information on underwater research. Whether you are an editor (in charge of a research section), contributor (create posts about news or sites), or an institution (action group, university, NGO/Non-profit, or CRM firm), this guide will help you to create your own page and posts.

The first step is to request a login and password through submitting the application. It is a quick and easy process that takes about 5 minutes. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the website's admin team. Any applications that do not meet the website's ethical guidelines will be reviewed by a panel and, if found to contravene the code of conduct, login access will be denied. Please keep in mind that anything you post must follow the ethical guidelines and your access may be revoke if you post anything that fails to meet this standard.

First things first, change your password immediately. This is important for site security and any malware or hacking attacks through your account could result in your removal from the site.

To begin, please follow three simple rules:

1. Ethical and professional posts only. Only information that follow’s the SAA’s Principles of Archaeological Ethics may be posted. Please keep the tone of all posts professional. This is a news and research site, so the tone of all writing should be in accordance with this setting.

2. Post only within the sections you are entitled to. Posting information in areas outside your permission may result in your access being revoked. If you would like to post something in a different section then please contact the responsible editor.

3. Please follow the style of the website when adding content. This means clean layouts with plenty of white space and high-resolution photographs to avoid pages that feel over-crowded and low quality.

I. To access the site builder, visit and login (red arrow, image to right). Your login is yourfirstname.yourlastname if you are an individual or else yourcompanyname. Change your password when you login the first time.

One logged in, you enter the Dashboard shown in the image above. On the right side you will see your account information (green arrow). To visit your page go to “Pages” shown by the yellow arrow.

II. Click on the “All Pages” option to bring up all the previously created pages. (NOT "Posts")

A list of all the pages will appear in their Menu order (News, Information, Research, Education, Organizations, Contact). Editors can find their topics in the Research section, while institutions can find their page in the Organization section, etc.


III. If you would like to view the website or see changes you have made, click the “My Website” option on the top menu, shown with the red arrow in the image above. This will show you the site even if it has not been launched yet.

You can then use the menu options to find your page, shown by the red arrow above.

IV. When you find your page in the Pages list, click on Edit to access it.

This will allow you to fully edit the page. The name of the page is at the top, shown by the yellow arrow. Only change this if completely necessary.

It is important to have easy to find web address such as or, rather than or, so edit the address name where the red arrow indicates above.

Make sure any new pages are located in the correct section. On the right side is a box called “Page Attribution.” In this section select “Parent” and place the page in the correct sub-page (i.e. “Aircraft”). Also choose a Template. For most people the correct template will be “Full Width Page.”

We are using the “Layout Builder” rather than the traditional WordPress text box. Please ignore the large text box in the center of the page and scroll down to the “Layout Builder” below it. Below are two video tutorials.

The Layout Builder can be a bit difficult to use at first, but it creates clean, professional webpages and is easy to use after a little experience.

Simply click on “Add Module” (yellow line in the image above) and drag an option into the space below. There are many options, so take a moment to look through and find out what might work for your page.

You can also format the page by using column, shown by the purple line in the first image. Column are dragged into the layout and modules can be dragged into the columns. 

You can also check if there is a pre-made Sample Layout in the third menu option, shown by the green line in the first image. Pages for universities and journals currently have pre-made layouts.

The image above shows how the Layout Builder works. Each module has a small menu button that allows you to add content. You can add any type of media that you like. The modules also slide smaller if you would like them side by side, as shown by the Text Box and Video above, both at 49%. You can also use columns to create the layout, such as the 1/3 column next to the 2/3 column to place a staff list next to current projects.

Text can be displayed in a regular text box, or in a “Box” that adds color. You can also use a slider or tabs to mix things up.

If you are an organization, use a Button to link out to your own website.

Feel free to use a pre-existing template from the Sample Layout menu and adapt it to your own needs. You can also view other pages to borrow ideas.

This concludes the guide, please email the admin if you need further help or have any questions.

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