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How to create and publish sections and pages

The tutorial below will explain how to create and publish both a section and a page. There is also a video at the bottom of this page that walks you through how to create a page, so please watch that as a supplement to these instructions. A section is valuable when you have several topics that are related, grouped into one section. Utilizing sections is a great way to manage a site's content effectively and will provide the end user with clues to related content. This is also the ideal approach to managing the length of the side navigation.

NOTE: All uploading and navigating involved in this tutorial occurs once logged in to OU campus. For instructions on how to log in, watch the Tour video. Be sure to begin log in from the department’s homepage.

 

Creating a section

  1. Starting at the top level of the department site, click "new" in the upper right corner of the window.
    Section: step 1 screen shot
  2. The window will now show the choice of either a "New Interior Page" or a "New Section Interior". Choose "New Section Interior".
    Section: step 2 screen shot
  3. This directs to a window that prompts for information related to this section and the landing page that is automatically created in this section. Note that each field has helper text in grey to explain how this information is used. Be sure to read this as it will assist in creating a well-tagged section valuable for end users and for search engines.
    Section: step 3 screen shot
  4. Leave the following as the default setting for now: Header Type, Page Layout, Gallery Type, and Add Navigation Item. This can be changed later if necessary.
  5. Click 'Create' at the bottom of this window.
  6. After step 5, a preview of the new section will appear. There are several places on this preview that demonstrate the view is the new section.
    Section: step 6 screen shot

Congratulations, you have successfully created a section and your first page in that section.

* NOTE: The section will not appear in the side navigation until published. It is recommended to publish AFTER having created blank pages as place holders for content to appear in this section. Read on to learn how to create a page.

Creating a page

Now it's time to create a page. These instructions are the same for creating a page inside and outside of a section.

  1. Starting at the point in the site the page should appear, (top level of the department site if it needs to appear in the navigation by itself, or inside a section if it will appear grouped with other pages inside a section), click 'Pages' in the upper left to show the list of files.
    Page: step 1 screen shot
  2. Click 'new' in the upper right corner.
    Page: step 2 screen shot
  3. The window will now show the choice of either a "New Interior Page" or a "New Section Interior". Choose "New Interior Page".
    Page: step 3 screen shot
  4. This directs to a window that prompts for information related to this page. Note that each field has helper text in grey to explain how this information is used. Be sure to read this as it will assist in creating a well-tagged page valuable for end users and for search engines.
    Page: step 4 screen shot
  5. Leave the following as the default setting for now: Gallery Type, Header Type, Page Layout,  and Add Navigation Item. This can be changed later if necessary. Do not click 'Overwrite Interior Page' unless a file already exists with the same file name.
  6. Under 'File Configuration' be sure to create the filename with one word when possible and retain the .pcf extension. When naming with more than one word, separate the whole words with a hyphen and, again, retain the .pcf extension. Also, do not use capital letters or special characters such as &#$%.
  7. Click 'Create' at the bottom of this window.
  8. After step 7, a preview of the new page will appear. There are several places on this preview that demonstrate the view is the new section.
    Page: step 8 screen shot

Congratulations, you have successfully created a page.

Publishing a site for the first time

When building a site for the first time, it's best to plan out the navigation before creating the first page or the first section. It will save a significant amount of time down the road and help avoid having to seek out 'professional' help to edit the side navigation. So follow the instructions above carefully and repeat as many times as necessary to create your site from the bottom up with blank pages and sections. Once completed, publish the site by following the steps below.

For more information about how to plan out a navigation, watch this video from one of the Web Workshops. It goes into detail about how navigation is created, the difference between a page and a section and how to approach creating asite in such a way that will avoid trouble in the future.

  1. From the file listing view, click on the white checkbox to the left of the word "Type".
    First: step 1 screen shot
  2. After clicking this checkbox, all the files will become checked. Now, click 'Publish'
    First: step 2 screen shot
  3. Now, choose 'up a directory'. This will go back to the top level of the department site.
    First: step 3 screen shot
  4. Click the white check box next to '_sidenav.inc' and click 'Publish'.First: step 4 screen shot
  5. To view the new navigation, click 'index.pcf' from the top level of the department site and a preview of the navigation complete with sections and pages will appear. (Be aware that a section will have an arrow to the right of the button that prompts the user to click to view more. If you want to see the navigation fully functioning, navigate to the site in your browser.)
    First: step 5 screen shot
    First: step 5b screen shot

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