The process of adding a new page involves two main steps:
The CMSContent Management System lists pages by a site's three main Navigation Areas:
- The Main Button Bar represents a site's primary navigation menu. Adding/removing pages to/from the button bar is how to manage a site's main navigation options. Generally speaking, when creating a new page, you’ll do so under the Main Button Bar and configure it to appear directly in your site’s navigation menu or as a hidden page you’ll link to from elsewhere, like other pages, Discussion posts, emails, etc.
- Text Links at Top pages display as links in a site's banner (Contact Us and Code of Conduct are the default links).
- Text Links at Bottom pages display as links at the bottom of the page.
NOTE: Compare the images below to see where content added to each area is located on an actual site.
To create a new page:
- Select the Navigation Area or sub-page within an area where you want to add your page (new pages are added directly below the selected area or page). I need to add a new page to my site's navigation menu, and because I want it to be at the end, I'll select Participate and click New.
NOTE: You can also click New child to nest a new page under the highlighted one. Doing this in the Main Button Bar area is how you can create drop-down menus on your navigation menu containing additional pages.
- After renaming your page, select it and then click Edit.
- Now, you need to configure the page's settings. Expand the section below for descriptions of each setting.
The title displayed in the CMS navigation, and if the page is included in site navigation, its link title.
NOTE: If the Page Title field below is blank, the Navigation Title is used as the page's title instead.
The page's actual title, displayed as a heading on the page.
NOTE: If this field is blank or the Show page title? box is unchecked, the Navigation Title is used instead.
|Page Code Name||
You can think of Page Codes as a shortened URL, making them easier to remember for site navigation and linking purposes.
NOTE: Assigning a Page Code is a best-practice, and we recommend using the same name for your URL Name and Page Code.
In addition, when adding links on your site, you can use just a Page Code, rather than hard-coding an entire URL. This way, if you or another admin ever change a URL, the Page Code will still link to the new URL automatically.
For example, if a page's URL is hug.higherlogic.com/events/ecwest/hlacademy and its Page Code is hlacademy, it can be accessed via hug.higherlogic.com/hlacademy instead of typing the entire URL. And when linking to this page, it could just point to /hlacademy and not the full URL.
Page Codes are also used to syndicate content on other pages.
NOTE: Never change the Page Code for any of your site's default product pages, as this will break functionality. You should only ever change Page Codes on custom pages you or another admin have created.
This is the web page's actual URL address.
For example, if you set the page's URL to ecwest, its URL would be:
This is where you where you select the layout you want to apply to structure your page into specific content areas.
After selecting a layout, a grid is displayed on the right to give you a preview of your selected page layout. When you add content to this page, you’ll be able to choose which area to place it into, enabling you to position your content exactly how you want to achieve the desired page layout and design
|CSS Wrapper Class Name||Here, you can insert a valid CSS Class, like HLLandingControl, which will be applied to all of the page's Content Items.|
|Tags||Apply tags to a page to help group similar content, making it easier for users to find via search. You'll be able to select from tags created on the Admin > Tools > Tagging page.|
|Super Admins Only|
This allows you to lock the page to limit editorial access to Super Admins, which is a great way to prevent Site and MicrositeOrganizations that license the Microsites module can create and manage independent websites for each of their communities, each with a unique design, layout, and navigation. Admins from editing specific pages.
You can also lock your top-level navigation and individual Content Items on a page. See Lock Pages & Content to learn each of the ways you can lock your pages and content.
|Allow this page to be accessed?|
B. If NO, the page can't be accessed at all. This setting allows you to temporarily remove a page from your site without permanently deleting it, and is often used by admins to work on pages before making them live on their site. When using this setting, make sure the page isn’t linked to from anywhere else, as broken links will result.
|Permissions and Security|
This important setting controls who can access the page:
NOTE: You can also set View Permissions at the Content Item level. This gives you a lot of flexibility, for example, to make a page publicly available but tighten the security on specific pieces of content on that page.
Search Engine Optimization
(Click Show to view these options)
This is the search-engine-friendly URL you want search engines to treat as authoritative. In instances where multiple URLs go to the same place, providing a canonical URL helps instruct a search engine as to the primary URL.
Click here to learn more about canonical URLs.
The meta description is a ~160 character snippet, a tag in HTML, that summarizes a page's content. Search engines show the meta description in search results typically when the searched for phrase is contained in the description.
Optimizing the meta description is a very important aspect of on-page SEOSearch Engine Optimization.
This is where you can add additional meta tags in the page header.
Click here to learn more about meta tags.
|Show ads on this page?||
Controls whether website ads will display on the page.
NOTE: Refer to the Advertisements page to learn how to create Website ads.
|Prevent the content of this page from being syndicated to other pages/sites?||
Controls whether this page's content can be syndicated on other pages and/or sites. If enabled, this page's content can be syndicated (i.e., replicated) on another page. Syndication is an excellent way to re-use page content on other pages.
NOTE: When syndicating a page's content, make sure the Page Layout of the page you're syndicating from and the page you're syndicating to are the same.
- When you're finished, click Save to return to the CMS or Save and Return to Site to view the page.
1. The best-practice is to NOT delete pages (unless you absolutely know you'll never need it); if a page is deleted, and a reference to it exists somewhere on your site, an error will result when trying to access it. If you need to remove pages from your site, we recommend hiding them instead.
2. Try different Page Layouts until you find one that best suites the content you're adding to your page: The number of Content Items on a page, and their type, greatly impact the Page Layout you should use.