Navigation is controlled through the _nav.shtml files automatically created with a new section or additional .shtml files that are created manually. New pages are automatically added to the correct navigation files depending on your choice for “Add Navigation Item” when creating them. These files must be published in order for changes to appear on the live site.

The format of a nav file is a bullet list of navigation items for that section. If you are in the main root folder for a site, the _nav.shtml file will include the tab navigation links only, not any sub-navigation. If you are in the first folder beneath the root folder the _nav.shtml file there will have all the sub-navigation for the tab represented by that folder. Navigation on the live site can include one additional level beneath this subnavigation, however these links will not appear until the user goes to the parent subnavigation page. If you are in the most interior page’s folder the _nav.shtml file will only contain the page you are on.

Creating Additional Navigation Manually

To manually add a navigation item linking to a page not in your site or to one in a different location of your site, open the appropriate _nav.shtml file. In order to format the navigation file correctly, you should use the file that is created with each section by the system.

Add a new bullet in the order you want the nav to show up and enter the text that should appear on the live site. Select the text you entered and link it to the desired website. Save your changes and publish the _nav.shtml file to make the new navigation visible on the live website.

At the root level, you can also link to a folder’s _nav file to have the tab not link, but still display the subnavigation.

Tabs and Subnavigation

Within the tab level _nav.shtml file in the root folder you can also create a link to for the tab to one page and have the subnavigation pull from another _nav.shtml file. To do this you will create two links in one bullet. The first link will be the link for the tab itself and the text of the tab. The second link will be for the subnavigation.

If you are editing an existing bullet, put a space before or after the existing text, select the space, and unlink it. Then type the text. Otherwise, type the text for the two links with a space in between. Link the first section of text to the page that the tab will open when clicked. Link the second section of text to the _nav.shtml file of the desired subfolder. Save your changes and publish the _nav.shtml file to make the new navigation visible on the live website.

Tabs With No Subnavigation

If you are creating a new section that only has one page in it that is linked from the tab level, the default is that the link will show up in both the tab and as a subnavigation link. You can remove the subnavigation link by going to the _nav.shtml file for that section and deleting the one link that should appear in the file.

Yellow Navigation Item

To create a yellow highlighted navigation tab, it must be the final item at the far right.

Screen shot of navigation that includes a yellow navigation menu on the right.

When you insert the link for that item, select “Yellow Nav Item” from the Class dropdown at the bottom of the window.

Screen shot of the insert link window showing the class dropdown.

Watch this video to learn about basic, manual navigation edits.