How do I navigate the Website Publishing System?

All navigation begins with the home page. From the home page, you can access folders, and from the folders, you can access section content. Log into the Constituent Gateway Website Publishing System. Select Website from the top navigation menu. You are now looking at the content management system (CMS) for your website.

You start out in the Home section, which corresponds with the live Home page of your website. At the top of the page, you will see a Site URL and a Section URL. As you move into different sections of the CMS, clicking on the Site URL will always display your live Home page no matter what section of the CMS you are working on. Clicking on the Section URL will allow you to view the live page of the section you're currently editing. 

The Folders (or Menu Items)

Below the URLs, you will see a panel containing folders. Each folder is a hyperlink that will open up that section. These folders can display as menu items on your website. Next to each folder name, you will see some important information:

  1. Type: This column lists the content type of each folder. There are several options to choose from when you initially create your folder, but "Basic" type content is used most frequently.
  2. In Menu: Folders that are labeled Yes display in the menus of your live website. Folders that are labeled No could still contain live content, but the folder name will not appear in the navigation menus of your website. (Most websites have a folder entitled "Hidden Section" designed to hold live content that should not be accessible via your website's navigation menu.)
  3. Max Listed: This indicates the number of content items that will display in a particular section. This is usually set to All, which means all content will display in this section. In some areas, however, you might notice that there are or 10 max listed so that only the most recent content will display.
  4. Sort: The checkboxes in the sort column will allow you to rearrange the order of the items that display in the menu.
  5. Live: If the folder is live, you will see Yes with a checkmark next to it. If it is not live, you will see No.
  6. Access Level: This describes your ability to update the content for the folder.
  7. Actions: If you hover over any of the folder names, you will see the options to Edit or Delete. Clicking Edit will allow you to change most of the settings described above, including a few others. Clicking Delete will delete the folder and any content within it. (If you want to take content down from your site, but want to keep it so you still have access to it, then click Edit, and uncheck the Live checkbox.)

If you need to create a new folder, select Add folder at the top of the page. You will then be able to edit the settings described above.
NOTE: Once you select the content type for a section, you will not be able to change it. See our other Help Center articles for more information about the different content types and their uses.

The Section (or Page) Content

Click on the name of the folder to see its contents. You will see that your new folder is comprised of 4 areas: Folders, Introduction, Content, and Pushed Sections.

  1. The Folders represent menu items nested within this section, so they will display on your website as submenu items in a dropdown menu.
  2. The Introduction is where you will create content that will appear in its entirety at the top of this landing page above any other content. You can only have one Introduction display on your page at a time. To add a new introduction, select Add Introduction. To edit the current introduction, click on the Headline/Title.
  3. Content is where you will create child pages that display as links at the bottom of the landing page below the introduction. You can have multiple content pages. To add new content, select Add New Content. To edit existing content, click on the Headline/Title.
  4. Pushed Sections are pieces of content that were created in other folders but are displaying at different locations on this page and possibly other pages, as well. You can see which sections the  pushed content displays in by looking at the "Destination" column. (Pushed Sections that are often pushed to "All Sections" typically include the office locations at the bottom of the page, and sidebar widgets such as the "Contact Me" button or "E-Newsletter Sign Up.") See our article How do I work with Pushed Content? for more information.
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