Category: Advanced Functions

Footer Social Icons

You can add customizable social media icons to the footer of your website, just below the contact information. This is only available in the _props.pcf file within the root folder for your site or the folder where navigation is restarted.

Example of a footer showing social media icons.Footer Social Icons snippet.

  1. Open the _props.pcf file in the root folder for your site.
  2. Look for the Social Icons Editable Region and click the green button to enable editing.
  3. For each icon that you want to appear, enter the URL for that social media platform in the corresponding cell.
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Publish.

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Footer Call to Action Buttons

You can choose to add call to action buttons at the top of the footer on your website. You can choose to add just the Give button linked to a page of your choice, just the recruitment buttons with preset links, or all four. The default is no buttons. This is only available in the _props.pcf file within the root folder for your site or the folder where navigation is restarted.

Example footer showing all buttons.

  1. Open the _props.pcf file in the root folder for your site.
  2. Go to Properties in the Page Actions Toolbar.
  3. Be sure you have the file checked out (if not, click on the lightbulb icon in the Page Actions Toolbar).
  4. From the Parameters menu on the left, find the “Site Footer Contact Information” section. The Call to Action Buttons fields are the last two items in that section.
    Footer Call to Action Buttons Parameters fields.
  5. Select which button(s) you would like to display using the Call to Action Buttons dropdown.
    1. No Buttons
      Example of the top of a footer with no buttons.
    2. All Give and Recruitment Buttons
      Example of the top of a footer with all buttons.
    3. Give Button Only
    4. Recruitment Buttons Only
      Example of the top of a footer with only the recruitment buttons.
  6. If you selected an option that includes the Give button, use the file chooser to select a page within your website that the button should go to or paste in a URL to a page that is not within your site. If you do not indicate a Link, the button will go to the default page.
  7. Click the blue Save button.
  8. Publish.

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Research Projects

Academic departments have the option to automatically pull in research project information to their CMS website. The information comes from a database of projects that are approved for public knowledge by the Research Office. The standard information that is pulled in is:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Co-PI
  • College/School
  • Department(s)
  • Sponsor
  • Center/Institute

The PI and Co-PI fields will automatically link names to their faculty page if one is set up in the CMS.

Example of research projects listed on a website.

Departments can be given the ability to override this information (as viewed on your departmental website only) or manually add projects that are not listed. If you have never used this function before, you must contact cmshelp@mtu.edu to get set up. Departments currently set up are Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science.

  1. From the Pages List View navigate to the research projects folder.
  2. From the dropdown next to the green +New button at the top of the screen select Research Project.
    Create Research Project screen
  3. Page Title: Enter the name of the research project.
  4. Filename: Enter the IR Number or a short project name in the filename using only lower case letters, numbers, and hyphens.
  5. Leave the Research Project Options as is.
  6. Click the blue Create button. The item will open you up to the Edit screen which is not used.
  7. From the Properties tab, go to MultiEdit Content.
    Research Project MultiEdit Content screen.
  8. Project Title: This field will already be populated based on what you entered when you created the Research Project item.
  9. Start Date: Select a start date for when you want the content to go live.
  10. End Date: Select an end date for when you want the content to no longer be live.
  11. IR Number: Enter the IR Number for the project. If this number matches an existing IR number that is displaying on your page, the information you enter in the fields will override the information that comes from the database.
  12. Award Amount: Enter the award amount for the project including the $.
  13. College/School: Enter the college or school name that the project is under.
  14. Department: Enter the department name for the project.
  15. Sponsor: Enter the name of the sponsor for the project.
  16. Center/Institute: Enter the name of associated centers or institutes for the project as needed.
  17. Principal Investigator Name: Enter the name of the principal investigator for the project.
  18. Principal Investigator Email: Enter the email address for the principal investigator for the project in order to link to an existing personnel item.
  19. Co-Investigator 1-4 Name: Enter the names of up to four co-investigators for the project.
  20. Co-Investigator 1-4 User IDEnter the corresponding user ID for the co-investigator(s) listed in order to link to existing personnel items.
  21. Body: Use the mini-editor to add additional information to the research project.
  22. Save the changes with the blue Save button at the bottom of the screen.
  23. Publish the item.

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Alumni Profiles

The Alumni Profile item is used to create individual people that can appear on the Alumni Profiles page or in department Academies.

Alumni profiles listing page.
Example of the Alumni Profiles page.
Screen shot of a department academy page.
Example of a department academy page.
Individual alumni profile page.
Example of an alumni profile page for a person.

Create New Alumni Profile Item

  1. From the Pages List View navigate to the folder where the profiles are saved.
  2. Click on the green +New button at the top of the page.
  3. Select Alumni Profile.
    Setup window for an Alumni Profile.
  4. Page Title: Enter the person’s name.
  5. Description: This is the meta description for the page. Enter a description that at least includes the person’s name.
  6. Keywords: This is the meta keywords for the page. It is comma separated words or phrases that can have limited SEO benefits. At least enter the person’s name.
  7. Add Navigation Item: Leave this option set to No.
  8. Filename: Follow the naming convention for your site. You can only use lower case letters, numbers, and hyphens. Generally this is last name hyphen first name.
  9. Leave Alumni Profile Page Options as is.
  10. Click the Create button to create the page.

Editable Regions

Edit screen showing the green button for the editable region.

The only editable region available for Alumni Profiles is Biography. Click the green Biography button to open the editor and enter the Biography content. This content is displayed on the person’s full page to the right of the photo and a truncated version will be displayed on the listing or academy page with a read more link to the full page (unless the Callout field is filled out on the MultiEdit Content scree). If you are pulling information from an existing profile, you will not put any content in this region.


Page Properties

The Properties button in the Page Actions Toolbar near the top of the page contains information about the page. You must have the page checked out to you to see all the options.

Parameters

Page parameters window.

The Alumni Profile item has the following parameters.

  • Title: This is used as the page title for the full page. Usually the person’s name.
  • Description: This is the meta description for the page. You should include the person’s name at a minimum.
  • Keywords: Comma separated, user-defined keywords that are used in searches to help find content and for limited SEO purposes. You should include the person’s name at a minimum.
  • Tags: Used within OU Campus to categorize pages and files so that it is easier to search for and filter them.
  • Page Heading: Usually the person’s name.
  • Breadcrumb: This field will set the page breadcrumb (in the light grey space at the top of the page below the site title). Usually the person’s name.
  • Existing Profile: If you are including an alumnus who is already created in another site, you can select that profile page using the icon next to this  field in order to pull the content from that profile. Be sure to select the .html file. All updates made to that original profile will automatically be made to this profile also. No other information should be entered in the region or MultiEdit Content screen.
  • Left Sidebar Section Options: Uncheck this box if you need to turn off the left sidebar on the full-page listing.
  • Save your changes.

MultiEdit Content

If you are pulling information from an existing profile, you will not need to edit any of these fields. You will use the Existing Profile field in Parameters instead.

First section of the alumni profile multiedit content screen.

  • Image: After creating a Personnel image type using the Image Editor, select the image using the icon next to the Image field and insert the personnel170 image.
  • Image Description: Put the person’s name in this field.
  • Prefix: Person’s prefix, if applicable.
  • First Name: Person’s first name.
  • Middle Name: Person’s middle name, if applicable.
  • Last Name: Person’s last name.
  • Suffix: Person’s suffix, if applicable.
  • Maiden Name: Person’s maiden name, if applicable.
  • Deceased: Check the box if the person is deceased.
  • Gender: Select the person’s gender, if applicable. Selecting Female is important for Presidential Council of Alumnae listings.

Degrees and awards sections of the alumni profile multiedit content screen.

  • Degrees: For up to three degrees that the person received from Michigan Tech, select the Major, enter the four-digit Class Year, and select the Degree.
  • Awards: For up to two awards that the person received from Michigan Tech, select the Award and enter the four-digit Year Awarded.

Extras section of the alumni profile multiedit content screen.

  • Induction Year: Enter the four-digit year the person was inducted into the academy.
  • Callout: Enter content to be used on the listing page. If this is left blank, a truncated version of the Biography region will be used.

Save your changes and Publish. The person’s information will automatically be added to the alumni profile or academy listing page on your site.

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Approval Workflow

The Approval Workflow in OU Campus is an optional function that a department can use when creating or editing content that needs approval from someone else before being published. This process allows the item to remain checked out to a user throughout the process until it has been completed—either published or reverted back to the previous version. Keeping content checked out is important so that the item is not published unintentionally before it should be.

  • The item goes from being checked out to the editor to being checked out by the approver and possibly back to the editor depending on what the approver selects.
  • The approver can deny the changes or publish/approve them.
    • The approver must have CMS access, but could have view-only access or edit access. An approver with edit access could publish the changes if approved, with view-only access the approver can only approve the content and return the item to the first person for publishing if approved.
  • OU Campus will send an email notification to the approver letting them know you have sent them something. This email can include a custom message from you.

Submitting for Approval

  1. With the item checked out to you, click the arrow next to Publish in the green button at the top of the page and select Submit for Approval.
    Dropdown menu of the publish button.
  2. Fill out needed information in the Submit for Approval window.
    Submit for approval window.
    1. Select the correct person from the To dropdown. You can type the person’s name to filter the list.
    2. Enter a subject in the Subject field.
    3. Enter a message to the person in the Message field.
    4. Keep “Send Copy to Email” checked.
    5. Click the blue Submit button.

Approver Process – Edit Access

  1. The person who was selected in the To field of the Submit for Approval window will receive an email with multiple links.
  2. Select the first link to go to the item in OU Campus.
  3. Review the content. Make changes as needed.
  4. Publish, Reassign, or Decline the item.
    Publish menu and decline button for an approver with edit access.
    1. If the changes are approved and ready to go live you can Publish the item as normal.
    2. If you need to send an email to the person who sent the item to you for approval instead of publishing or declining, use the dropdown arrow next to publish and choose Reassign. Complete the To, Subject, and Message fields before sending.
      Reassign Approval window.
    3. Clicking the orange Decline button will allow you to choose to revert to the previous version (delete all changes) and include a message to the person stating why you declined the changes.
      decline

Approver Process – View-only Access

  1. The person who was selected in the To field of the Submit for Approval window will receive an email with multiple links.
  2. Select the first link to go to the item in OU Campus.
  3. Review the content.
  4. Submit or Decline the item.
    Submit and Decline buttons.
    1. If the changes are good, click the green Submit button. From the Reassign Approval window, select a To person with edit access who can publish the page, enter a subject and a message, and click Send.
      Reassign Approval window.
    2. Clicking the orange Decline button will allow you to choose to revert to the previous version (delete all changes) and include a message to the person stating why you declined the changes.
      decline

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Department Publications

Departments who produce regular newsletters or magazines are able to use the Michigan Tech Magazine template to digitally display their publications on their departmental website. You can refer to the Biological Sciences Newsletters as an example. Interested departments should contact cmshelp@mtu.edu to get setup. Once your site has been set up and your CMS users given access, you can follow these instructions to add future publications.

Setting up the Issue

  1. Within the publication folder on your site, copy the /issue-template folder.
  2. Rename this copied folder for the issue you are creating. You can include issue-template at the beginning of the name, for example issue-template-2018, to prevent the content from accidentally publishing to the live homepage.
  3. Upload the pdf of the publication, if there is one, into the pdfs folder in your publication folder and publish it.
  4. In the /stories folder, update the folder names for the stories in your issue.
  5. Delete extra story folders that are not needed.
  6. If more story folders are needed, use New > Folder.
  7. Create a New > Publication Story in each of the story folders.
    1. Enter the story Title only.
    2. Once created, return to the Pages List View.
  8. Edit the _nav.shtml file in the /stories folder.
    1. Create a bulleted list, listing each story title in the order they appear in the publication, starting with the cover story.
    2. Link each story to its corresponding index file in the story folders.
  9. Edit the _nav.shtml file in the issue folder.
    1. Change the Current Stories link to go to the _nav.shtml file in the issue’s /stories folder instead of the one in the template’s folder.
  10. Edit the _props.pcf file in the issue folder. Check it out, go to Properties > Parameters.
    1. Update the Section Title.
    2. Update the Section Breadcrumb.
  11. Edit the index.pcf file in the issue folder.
    1. In Properties > Parameters (file must be checked out to you), update the following fields:
      1. Title
      2. Desription
      3. Keywords
      4. Breadcrumb
    2. In the Main Content region, update the path within each URL to be this issue folder.
    3. Create a Vertical image of the cover of the publication that will be used in the publication information section and in the archives listing.
  12. Edit the _props-mag.pcf file in the issue folder. Check it out, go to Properties > MultiEdit Content.
    1.  Publication Issue Title
    2. Publication Issue Date (used to order the issues on the publications homepage)
    3. Publication Issue Image and Description (the vertical400 image created previously)
    4. Issue Information Text that will appear next to the image and PDF button at the bottom of the issue.
    5. Issue PDF select the PDF file that you uploaded for this issue.
  13. Add content for each story.

Adding Story Content

The story content is added to the index.pcf file that was created in each story folder. If you copy and paste content, be sure to turn on the Paste as Text option in the toolbar. paste as text icon

  1. Edit the Parameters (check out the file, Properties > Parameters).
    1. Set the Published Date to a date around the publish date of the publication (use the same date for all stories in an issue) and set the times of each story in order so that the earliest time is the last story in the publication and the latest time is the cover story. You could use one hour increments.
    2. Save.
  2. Edit the MultiEdit Content.
    1. Select an Author from the dropdown list. If the author is not in UMC, choose None and enter the author information in Guest Author. You can also choose to list no author.
    2. Enter Keywords for your story.
    3. Skip Categories and Academics, DOI, and DOI URL.
    4. If desired, enter up to two URLs to Michigan Tech News, Unscripted, Magazine, or your publication stories to appear as related stories at the bottom. There will always be four related stories and the system will generate the remaining stories.
    5. If you want a video in the banner at the top of the page, enter the video URL in the Banner Video URL field. If you use a video here, you must still insert an image in Banner Image 1 to be used on the issue homepage.
    6. Create up to four Banner images and select the banner1200 or banner1600 images to appear in the banner at the top of the story in the Banner Image 1, Banner Image 2, Banner Image 3, and Banner Image 4 spaces. Be sure to include an Image Description and Caption for each image. The description is the alt text and the caption will appear when the user clicks the i icon that will be above the image.
    7. In the Extras you can do several things.
      1. Enter reasearcher user IDs in Associated Researcher Username. This may be used in the future to add story links to faculty personnel information.
      2. Enter a Superior Ideas project URL in the final field to display information about the project at the end of the story.
      3. Skip the Social Media Image field and Image Description.
    8. Save.
  3. Enter the introductory sentence or two in the Intro Content region.
  4. Enter the story content in the Main Content region. This can include links, images, and snippets as on a regular web page. There are additional snippets that can also be used only in publications. For more information about the common snippets used in publications, please see the News/Unscripted documentation Snippet section.
  5. Once you have entered all of the content for your story, be sure to preview it.
  6. Publish the story.

Completing the Publication

  1. Publish the _nav.shtml file in the /stories folder.
  2. Publish the _nav.shtml, _props.pcf, and _props-mag.pcf files in the issue folder. If you did not include issue-template in the folder name DO NOT publish the _props-mag.pcf file. This will make the issue populate on the homepage.
  3. Preview the index.pcf file in the issue folder to make sure the story images and text look correct. This can only be seen once the stories have been published. If you did not include issue-template in the folder name you will not see the information text after the stories.
  4. From the Edit tab on the index.pcf file in the issue folder, in the Main Content region, update the path within each URL to remove issue-template, if needed.
  5. Publish the index.pcf file in the issue folder. Note, if you had to change the paths in the previous step there will be no content on the page!
  6. Rename the issue folder to remove issue-template if needed. The name should now be reflective of the issue and should match the three URL paths you just set on the index.pcf file in the issue folder.
  7. If you had to rename the folder, wait for all content to publish. Otherwise publish the _props-mag.pcf file.
  8. Review the publications homepage to make sure the new issue appears correctly.

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Reports

There are several reports available in the system. When you are looking at the reports you will only see data for sites to which you have access. All reports have the option to export to a CSV file. The Reports menu can be found in the Global Navigation bar.

reports-menu

Required Actions (Broken Pages)

This report will show you a listing of all broken pages to which you have access. This is to help solve the issue of broken links within the CMS due to deleted content.

report-required-actions

From this report you can:

  • View a list of all pages that have broken internal links.
  • Filter the results by name using the Filter tool.
  • Sort the results by column.
  • Click the hyperlinked page path to preview the pages.
  • View the status of the page (checked out, checked in, or locked to another user).
  • Hover over the edit menu found in the Options column to go to the editor for the page.

Once the page has been edited, saved, and published to fix the broken link, it is removed from this report.

Checked-Out Content

This report is another way to see what content is checked out to you in addition to the Gadgets Sidebar or Dashboard Gadgets. The benefit of this view is that it is displayed like the Pages List View and you can select multiple items to be checked in at once. Checked out content includes items that are checked out to you, such as pages, assets, or files.

report-checked-out

This report includes:

  • The number of items checked out.
  • The ability to filter results by the name of the file.
  • Sorting by file type, file path and asset name, status, checked out by, or checked out date.
  • Multi-selecting checkbox or individually selecting checkboxes to check-in en masse.
  • Clicking the status icon to check in content.

Pending Approvals

Most departments will not be using the workflow (submit for approval) and, therefor, this report will not be used.

Scheduled Actions

With this report provides you can review, update, or cancel scheduled actions for pages. This can include pages scheduled to be published, scheduled to expire, or that have a scheduled reminder for the content. You will only see scheduled actions that you have set yourself.

report-schedule-actions

From the Scheduled Actions list view, you can:

  • View the number of items with associated scheduled actions.
  • Filter results by File, From/Owner, or To/Target.
  • Sort results by any available column.
  • Click the file name to preview the content.

Once you have clicked on the file to preview the content, you can cancel the reminder, remove the scheduled publish, or remove/reschedule the expiration.

Recent Saves

This report displays a list of content that has been saved over the course of the last 90 days. It includes information about the type of save that was performed. You will see saves from all users, but only for the content you can access.

report-recent-saves

From this report you can:

  • View the number of recently saved items.
  • Filter results by File and Publish Type.
  • Sort results by any available column.
  • Preview the content by clicking the linked file name.
  • Browse paginated results through the pages navigation on the bottom of the list.

When filtering or sorting the list the functionality applies to the entire list regardless of the current number of rows that are show or what page is being viewed. For example, when viewing page 5 of the results and resorting by the Date column, the view is reset to page 1 and the list starts with the most or least recent date.

Recent Publishes

This report displays a list of content that has been published over the course of the last 90 days. You will see publishes from all users, but only for the content you have access to.

report-recent-publishes

From this report you can:

  • View the number of recently published items.
  • Filter results by File, User, Publish Type, and Target.
  • Sort results by all available columns.
  • Preview the page by clicking the file path/name.

Publish Type Reference Table

Publish Type Description
Content Deleted As in permanently, from the recycle bin.
Content Expiration Shown when a file has been expired with a replace or recycle.
Content Recycled Shown when a file is sent to the recycle bin as any products are removed from the production server or publish targets. Also shown if content is restored from the recycle bin and then that is “undone.”
Content Republished When an asset is published, subscribing pages are republished.
Content Reverted Shown when a file has been reverted on staging, but not yet published.
Directory Publish Shown when content is published with the publishing of a site.
File Publish Shown when content has been published to the production server or a publish target. This can include a page, file, or asset, and includes when one or more files are selected and published, but does not include a site or CMS-wide publish. If content is published as a result of being included as an unpublished dependency, it is also shown here.
Find and Replace Publish This indicates that a find and replace has been performed and the results were published.
Scheduled Publish Content was published as the result of a scheduled publish.
Site Publish Shown when an administrator has performed a site publish.

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Versions

A unique version of a page is saved through the automatic version control system every time a page is published. A backup version of a page can also be created manually with the use of the Save Version button.

All versions of the page are kept in the system until the page is deleted. There is no limit to the number of versions that are stored in the system for an individual page or across all pages in the site. If a file is moved to the Recycle Bin and then restored, versions will still be preserved.

Versions can be accessed from the Pages List View by hovering over the row and selecting Versions from the Review menu. You can also access it from the Page Actions toolbar when you have a page open. Versions are only available if there is more than one version and you must have the item checked out.

versions

This screen:

  • Shows the number of versions for the page in parentheses.
  • Includes a filter field where you can filter the versions by version number or user.
  • Shows a sortable list of versions including the revision number for the page, the date it was saved, the page author, and the version description given with the version save or publish.
  • Indicates which version is currently live.
  • Allows for reverting to a previous version of the page.
  • Provides the ability to compare a version to the current live version.

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Navigation

Navigation on CMS websites is located at the top of every page as tabs with dropdown lists for subnavigation links and along the left side of the content area on pages other than the homepage or where the left navigation is manually turned off. The top and left navigation will always match.

Example webpage with top and left navigation circled.

Navigation is controlled through the _nav.shtml files automatically created with a new section or additional _nav.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.

Each nav file controls the navigation for the section below it. If you are in the main root folder for a site, the _nav.shtml file will include the tab navigation links only. If you are in the first folder beneath the root folder the _nav.shtml file will have the subnavigation 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. Any nav files below that level would not be used on the site. If you are in the most interior page’s folder the _nav.shtml file will only contain the page you are on.

Editing Navigation

A nav file is made up of a bulleted list of links. On the code side, it is just the <li> items without the <ul> tag.

Rearranging the Order

  1. Select the text for the link you want to move.
  2. Cut the content using Ctrl/command + x.
  3. Delete the stray bullet that is left behind.
  4. Put your cursor at the end of the text above or at the beginning of the text below where you want the cut link to be moved to.
  5. Press Enter/return.
  6. Next to the new bullet that you created, paste the cut linked text using Ctrl/command + v.
  7. Save and publish.

Add a Link Manually

A link can be a copied and pasted or an internal link an index.pcf page within your CMS site to go to that page. Within the root nav file a link can be to a _nav.shtml file within your CMS site to include that dropdown navigation without linking to a page.

  1. Put your cursor at the end of the text above or at the beginning of the text below where you want the new link to be.
  2. Press Enter/return.
  3. Next to the new bullet that you created, type the text that you want to appear.
  4. Select the text.
  5. Click the Insert/Edit Link icon in the toolbar.
  6. Use the file chooser to select the page form your website that you want to link to or paste the URL of a page outside your website.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Save and publish.

Remove Existing

When a live webpage that was linked in the navigation is recycled, that link is not automatically removed. It would become a broken link on the website.

  1. Select the text of the link to the page that has been recycled.
  2. Delete the content and bullet.
  3. Save and publish.

Classes

There are a few options available in the Class dropdown of the Insert/Edit Link window.

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

Yellow Nav Item

This option only applies to the tab level navigation that is on the far right (the last bullet in the root nav file). Selecting this class will add a yellow  box around the tab to highlight it.

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

Exclude Dropdown

This option applies to any nav file. Selecting this class will remove any subnavigation below that link.

  • This can be used to fix a duplicated navigation item.
  • It can also be used if when linking to another section and that section’s subnavigation should not be displayed.

Yellow Nav but Exclude Dropdown

This option combines the previous two. Using it on the last bullet in the root nav file will make that tab yellow and not display any navigation below it. Using it in any other nav file would only remove subnavigation, it would not affect the color.

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

Advanced Functionality

Subnav From a Different File

The scenario is that the tab links to a certain page, but the subnavigation is not from that page. For example, on the Pavlis Honors College site there is the Enterprise Program tab that links to mtu.edu/enterprise. The dropdown below that tab is not the main navigation from the Enterprise site. It is a set of links that go to various other pages on and off the Pavlis Honors College site.

When a navigation link is set up in the nav file it can have two links on different text in one bullet. The first link will determine the text that is displayed and where that text links and the second link determines the subnavigation. Here are the steps:

  1. Insert the regular link as desired if it is not already there.
  2. Insert a space after the linked text.
  3. Select that space and unlink it.
  4. Type in any text, “subnav” is a great option.
  5. Link that second text to the navigation file that you want to use for the subnavigation.
  6. Save and Publish.

Creating the Nav File

The navigation file that is used in the previous process is most likely a custom set of links that isn’t used elsewhere. This is how to create that nav file.

  1. From the Pages List View, navigate to the folder that holds the nav file that will have the alternate subnav.
  2. Hover over the existing _nav.shtml file, hover over File, and select Copy.
  3. Click the blue Copy button.
  4. Look for the new nav file, probably named _nav-1.shtml, hover over it, hover over File, and select Rename.
  5. Change the “1” in the filename to something more descriptive and press Enter/return. In the Pavlis Honors College example we could use “enterprise” so our final filename would be _nav-enterprise.shtml.
  6. Edit the nav file and manually create your navigation.
  7. Save and Publish.

Troubleshooting

Duplicated Left Nav Item

The system evaluates the navigation link of the first page compared to the link for the navigation below it. If those links are identical, it will not display the subnav. Keep in mind the link “/ou-training/navigation/troubleshooting/” is not the same as “/ou-training/navigation/troubleshooting/index.pcf”, even though the page that is displayed on the live site is the same!

  • In the parent nav file select the Exclude Dropdown class.
  • In the page’s nav file delete the item for itself.

Duplicated Top Nav Item

The top navigation works a little differently. There are times when we have a tab that is linked and that same page is also linked in the navigation below it. Check out the Chemistry website and look at the Undergraduate tab compared to the Program Information navigation below it. If the system ignored identical links at this level, that setup would not be possible.

  • In the root nav file select the Exclude Dropdown class. This would remove ALL subnavgation!
  • In the page’s nav file delete the link for itself.

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Section’s Extra Left Sidebar Content

Content can be added below the left sidebar in several ways. If you only want it to be visible on a single page, use the Left Sidebar Content Editable Region on that page. To display content on multiple pages, the content will be added to a _props.pcf file. Remember, any settings made in a _props.pcf file will carry through to all files and folders within that folder. Add it to the file in the root folder to carry through to the whole site. This field is available on all _props.pcf files.

sidebar-content-props

  1. Open the desired _props.pcf file.
  2. Look for the Section’s Extra Left Sidebar Editable Region and click the green button to enable editing.
  3. Enter the content you want to appear.
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Publish.

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