Creating a Page

A “Page” is a page of static content that does not belong to some other content type. For example, a biography does not have its own content type and is created as a “Page”. All of the pages in the “About”, “Services”, and “Contact” sections were created as “Pages”. When creating a Page you will notice that it is similar to creating a Press Release or other pages except for one nuance. A Page may be added to the website navigation.

To create a Page, hover over “Content” in the black navigation bar, then hover over “Add Content” and click on “Page”.  There is an option underneath the Title field that gives you the option of hiding the page title, the breadcrumb on the page, the sidebars on the page, or showing Related Content in the center column of the page. If you do not want to remove them, simply leave these checkboxes unchecked.

Listing Page Classification
You have the option of making a page into a Listing page. This page will list other related pages after the body text. Essentially, it allows you to catalog related pages so they are accessible on a single page. The pages in the Resources section are listing pages. Each page contains a list of related pages. It shows the page title and a summary about the page (The summary information is coming from the summary field for each page.).

By default, all pages are not classified as a Listing Page and their Page Classification is set to “None”. To make a page become a listing page, go to the Page Classification section and change the value of the dropdown window to “Listing Page.” Next, click in the “Related Items” field and start typing the beginning of the page title or any word that is part of the page title that you want to be added to the list. You will see a dropdown beneath the field that will show the list of pages with the phrase or word you entered.

Adding the Page to the Website Navigation
Once you have added information in the “Title” and “Body” fields, you must decide where to put this page in the website navigation. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a set of gray tabs. Make sure “Menu Settings” is selected and click on “Provide a Menu Link”

You will see a number of Menu Setting options appear. In the “Menu Link Title”, you will see that the page title is automatically populated as the Menu Link Title. You can change this to change how the name of the link to this page appears in the site navigation, but it usually makes most sense for it to be the same as the page title.

Next, click on the “Parent Item” dropdown field to select the section the page should be added to. The Parent Item dropdown contains the website navigation in a tree structure. The main section pages are listed to the far left while the pages that are part of each section are indented underneath the section page. For example, if this page will be part of the Services section, then you will locate the “Services” page name and select it.

If the page you are creating is supposed to be part of the main website navigation, then you would leave the default Parent Item selected.

The “Weight” dropdown field is used in case you want the page to be listed in a certain position in the dropdown window. For example, suppose you want to have the new page listed as the second page in the dropdown of the About section. By default every page that is saved in a particular section of the website navigation is listed in alphabetical order. However, manipulating the weight of the page changes that page’s order.

The values in the Weight dropdown field range from -50  to +50. By default the page weight is set to 0. If you lower the weight, the page will be positioned higher in the dropdown. So, selecting -50 should ensure that the page is listed first. In contrast, the higher the weight, the lower the page will appear in the navigation dropdown. So, selecting +50 would ensure that the page would be listed last in the navigation dropdown.

To help remember how weight works, think of a hot air balloon. As its weight becomes less, the balloon becomes lighter than air and rises. As weight is added, the balloon sinks.

Keep in mind that as you manipulate the weights of pages, the next time you create a new page and adjust its weight, it will be positioned relative to the weights of the other pages. For example, if the new page is supposed to be listed first in the navigation dropdown, you might select -50. However, if there is an existing page in that dropdown that has a weight of -50, it is possible that the new page may not be listed first. When two pages have the same weight, the tiebreaker will be alphabetical order.

Once you are ready, save the page and you should see it as part of the website navigation based on your selection in the parent item.

You do not have to add the page in the website navigation. Menu Settings aren’t required. But if you do not add the page to the menu you will want to consider how someone would find the page. You could always add a link to this page in the Body of another existing page, or add it as a “Related Item” of an existing page, whatever makes most sense.

Not putting something in the menu does not make it invisible, just harder to find. As long as a page is published, its content can still be found by a search engine or anyone who might correctly guess its URL and type it into a browser.

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