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Website-wide Content

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2013 05:31PM EST

What content is website wide? The content that does not change from page to page is the simple answer.  Much of the decisions on what to include or not include are made during the initial site setup and revised through the Site Setup area's various tabs. BioBubbles, Welcome Box, Site Search and more are configured on the Site Setup area's Layout Tab. Further, the Additional Site-Wide Content area of the Layout Tab provides the opportunity to display content across all pages in six specific areas. It is also possible to use "header injections" to deliver content/styles to all pages. This is achieved with the CSS/JS/Meta page of CCAdmin.

Cross-site Page Areas

Website-wide content is generally not found within the main content area of pages (BioBubbles are a rare exception). Look for most website-wide content to impact the following areas.


The website navigation refers to the links allowing access to the pages of the site. For Higher Logic websites the static navigation areas include the main button bar, text links at top and text links at bottom. Each of these areas has a dedicated page folder on the Navigation page. The navigation structure is detailed in its own section - see the Webpages and Links documentation pages.


The top of the site is referred to as the header (or occasionally the "banner"). This area includes such prominent features as the site logo, and the Welcome Box. It may also include a site slogan and a header background image. Configure these in the Site Setup Images Tab.

Page Background

A single image can be uploaded as the page background for all pages of a website. Often this image is monochromatic to achieve a solid-color page background. This image is uploaded on the Images Tab of the Site Setup Wizard.


The page bottom can remain static across pages of a website through a footer. Footer options are configured through the Site Setup Wizard on the Layout Tab.


Primary Website-wide Content areas of a Higher Logic website

All-Page Content Display through Additional Site-Wide Content

The content of any webpageA document on the World Wide Web, generally consisting of all Content available through a single URL with a Page CodeA unique name assigned to a page in that lets the page be referenced using a standard URL that will not break when the page is moved within the site. A Page Code also allows an HTML page to be syndicated. Page Codes are assigned on Add/Edit Navigation Pages can be placed above or below three common page areas. These are the Header, Content Area, and Footer. The selection of any page in the six drop-down fields in the Additional Site-Wide Content area of the Site Setup>Layout tab will display that page content across all webpages.

Note that the Additional Website Content area will not show on the Layout tab unless enabled to show on the Site Setup AdminShort for "administrator," Admins are managers of one or more Higher Logic Communities. If present, Admins have access to edit and manage the microsites established for those communities (Admin/Webmasters). Admin rights are universal for "Global Admins" or limited to one or more specific communities for "Community Admins". tab. Settings established while the area is visible will remain active should the area be hidden on the Site Setup Admin tab.

Custom CSS/JS/Meta page

Baseline website-wide functionalityThe functions of a technology. can be extended through the Custom CSS/JS/Meta page of CCAdmin. External files and functionality can be included in the page head of all webpages through this page. These references can be utilized on any page, and allow for such external functionality as Google Translate to be added to any or all pages of a website. Note that the CSS/JS/Meta page does allow any values to be installed in the head area of all webpages - it should be used with caution by experienced developers. Those with less experience should follow directions closely and be prepared to delete custom inclusions.

Instructions: Adding Google Translate
  1. Access the Google Translate page for Website Translator: https://translate.google.com/manager/website/settings
  2. Use the interface to configure the version of Translate you wish to use on your website. Be sure you include the website in the correct field. Other fields allow you to choose between languages and formats. When finished click the "Get Code" button.
  3. The Get Code button delivers a user to the page with two distinct areas of code.
    1. The top-most is the meta tag.  A label applied to Library Entries and other Content to ease its identification and recall. HL Tags are grouped within Tag Groups and consist of two basic types, User Defined Tags and Standard Tags. Tags can be applied to multiple Content types.. Copy this value and paste it into the CSS/JS/Meta page Custom Meta Tags field.
    2. The bottom window contains code to be installed on all pages where you want Google Translate to appear. Create an HTML Content ItemWeb content displayed together in a Layout Area under a common header -- the elements of individual web pages. Web pages may contain/display one or more Content Items. Content Items may be of five different types: HTML, Uploaded File, Hyperlink, User Control, or Syndicated Content and paste this code into the HTML tab for all pages where you wish it to display. It is also possible to include such a Content Item on all pages by having it display through the Additional Site-Wide Content area of your choice.



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