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New Sections and Pages

Best Practices

It is important to keep in mind the best practices when creating new sections and pages, to ensure that future modification will be simple and easy.

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Setting up a Sectionf

New Section

  • If possible, create and publish any spifs unique to the section.
  • Use the New Section wizard to create a new directory. This wizard will create an index page, a breadcrumbs file, and a side navigation file.
    • Breadcrumb name for the section can be modified in the page properties of the breadcrumbs file.
  • Take note of the Index page. By default, the index page will be a Universal page type.
    • To use a different page type as the index page, create the desired page type with the filename of “index.pcf”, and select “No” for “Add to parent Navigation”. Additionally, check “Overwrite” to allow the page to overwrite the index page.
  • Determine which spifs will be common to the section. Spifs can be defined at the folder level, or page level. Pages and subfolders will inherit the parent spifs until they declare their own.
  • Define the common spifs in the directory variables of the folder. Directory Variables can be located by selecting Access icon.
  • Underneath Directory Variables, take note of any inherited Spifs (shown in gray).
  • If desired, add a New Property and type in a Name and Value. To overwrite an existing directory variable, (which will be listed above in gray), simply add a new property with the same name.
  • To test if the spifs were inherited, display the spif area in the index page using Page Properties. Do not select the location of the spif using the filechooser, unless overwriting the folder-specified spif is desired.

Creating Pages

Universal Page

  • If possible, take note of any spifs that are defined at the folder level.
  • Select the appropriate pagetype from the New Page Wizards.
  • Note that most of the options in the new page wizard can be modified in Page Properties after the page is created.
  • If desired, select which spif regions to display. It is not necessary to define spifs at this point. To show the spifs that are defined at the folder level, set both the region and individual spif area to be displayed.
    • Do not select the location of the spif using the filechooser, unless overwriting the folder-specified spif is desired.
    • Once a spif file location is specified, it will always overwrite the folder-defined spif unless the location is erased in the source code.

Editing Page Content

Once a page is created, there are up to 3 different editable regions (areas where a WYSIWYG editor is used), depending on the page type: main content, promotional section, and gallery. Note that not all pages have editable regions, such as breadcrumbs and navigation files. Additionally, the Branding page type does not have any editable regions.Typically, new pages will come with some default placeholder text in different layout types as a guide to users as to how they can add and organize content.

Layout Types

Each layout type is surrounded in a different "div". Divs are generic HTML elements that can be selected by CSS to appear in a certain way. Users do not necessarily have to know that they are using a “div”, but rather a layout type. Each layout type is represented with a different background color (pink, light gray, and dark gray) when inside the editor. This is to let users know which area they are editing in (one, two, or three columns). Additionally, it informs users if they are adding content into a layout type, if any.

Users can remove layout types the same way as most content –simply erase it as if it were text (highlight and then press Backspace). Adding layout types is simple as well. Using the Snippet icon in the toolbar, users may select any of the layout types inside of the columns category:

  1. Three Column Layout
  2. Two Column Layout
  3. One Column Layout

Although it is not required to edit inside of one the layout types, it is recommended. The appearance of content inside of layout types (or of content not inside of any layout type) is largely influenced by CSS. 

Main Content 

This is the main area for page content. Most page types (except for Branding) will have this region. Depending on the toolbar that is available to users, almost any type of content can be put here, such as text, images, videos, snippets, and assets.

Snippets and assets are particularly useful for the area, as users can use Snippets to organize their content into different layout types (described above). Snippets can also be used to add a button (shown below). Assets are used for the inclusion of forms, galleries, and other content. 

Promo Section

This is an area for special, promotional content. Users must activate this region in Page Properties (if available) if it is not already on by default. This area can also be turned off while preserving the content in the PCF file (the file information is stored in before it is published) for future use.

Gallery Slider

This is an area for a gallery asset to be dropped in. Similar to the Promo Section, users must activate this region in Page Properties (if available). This area can also be turned off without removing the information from the PCF.

Page Properties

Each pagetype has slightly different combination and variation of the following page properties.

Note that to activate a particular spif in the main content/lower spif area, both the region and the spif area must be activated.

Page Title

The title displayed in the browser window and in the breadcrumbs.

Heading Title

Displays as the page title underneath the breadcrumbs, above the main content. This will initially be the same as the page title.

Banner / Banner Spif

Users can toggle the display of the banner and specify a banner spif file.

Promotional Section

If available, this activates an editable region above the main content for a promotional area.

Gallery Slider

If available, activates an editable region in which a gallery asset can be placed.

Left Column Spif Settings

If available, users may toggle how many spifs to display (up to three) in this left-hand region. Additionally, the file locations of these spifs can be specified.

Main Content Row 1 Settings (Admissions Page Only)

On Admissions Page templates, users may toggle how many spifs to display (up to three) in this left-hand region. Additionally, the file locations of these spifs can be specified.

Main Content Lower Spif Settings

If available, users may select which regions (or Spif Rows) to activate. The amount of spifs displayed must be further specified in the Spif Row below.

Spif Rows 1-3

Users may select how many spifs to display. If desired, the file locations may also be specified.


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