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Creating a New Folder

Overview

Folders are used to organize web pages and define a structure in breadcrumbs. A good practice is to have your folder structure reflect your menu structure (folders for submenus).

Every folder has an index page which is the default page at that level. Breadcrumbs link to index pages. So use the index pages! Don't leave them blank.

Objective

You will learn how to create a new folder in your site.

When should you use a folder?

When you have several web pages that need to be grouped together, use a folder to organize them. Single pages can be kept at the root of your site.

Instructions

Create the folder:

  1. In the left panel click on the folder that you wish to be a parent of the folder you are creating. (If you wish to have a folder at the root of your site, click “Base Folder.”
  2. On the blue menu bar above, click “New.”
  3. From the popup, click “Folder-webpages.”
New menu - Folder - webpages
  1. In the right panel you will see “New Folder” at the top.
  2. If you forgot to change the parent folder, you can do so at this time by clicking the page/magnifying glass icon to browse to the parent folder and choose it.
  3. Title: In the section labeled “Inline Metadata” enter a title.
    Keep in mind the following:
    1. It becomes the filename of the folder in Cascade when you first create the folder.
    2. It becomes part of the URL, with hyphens replacing the spaces, and all characters converted to lowercase.
    3. It becomes part of the breadcrumb trail.
    4. Keep the name short (1-2 words preferred).
  4. Description: The description is optional and for internal use.
  5. Metadata Set:  Do not change.
  6. Publish:
    1. Checked: If you wish for this folder and its contents to be able to publish to the web.
    2. Unchecked: If you are not ready to have this folder and its contents publish to the web. This is common for folders whose content is still in development.
  7. Index:
    1. Checked: If you wish for this folder and its contents to show up in the A-Z index and any site maps.
    2. Unchecked: If you are not ready to have this folder and its contents show up in the A-Z index and any site maps. This is common for folders whose content is still in development.
  8. Click “Submit.”
Parent folder, title, description, publish and index in a new folder in Cascade

Change the title for the breadcrumb display:

  1. In the left panel, click on the folder.
  2. In the right panel, click on the “Edit” tab just below the folder name.
  3. Adjust the title to make it more breadcrumb friendly (upper and lowercase).
    NOTE: This does not affect the URL or the filename.
  4. Click “Submit.”
Breadcrumb display of a folder in Cascade

Use the index page:

  1. An index page has been created for you inside your new folder. Use this page as your main page! Do not delete and do not leave empty!
  2. Why do I need to use this page?
    1. When you have additional pages in the folder, the index page is the page visitors land on when they click a link in the breadcrumb to go up one level.
    2. If the page is missing or empty, visitors will see either a “page not found” or an empty page.
  3. If you do not have content for the page, but have other pages in the folder, consider using image blocks with captions on the page to direct visitors to the other pages.
Index pages within folders in Cascade
  • Access to either the training web site or as a web editor to your site.
  • Cascade: Basic I training

External Resources:

Naming Convention

  • Keep it short (1-2 words). It becomes part of the URL.
  • No special characters, no spaces (use hyphens between words).
  • Cannot start with a number.

Character Limits

There are no character limits, but keeping it as short as possible (1-2 words) keeps your URL short.

Definitions:

  • Breadcrumb: Reflects the site structure from the page you are on. Provides navigation to go back to a previous level in the structure.
  • Index Page: The default page within your site or a folder. Breadcrumbs link to index pages.

Summary

Last Updated:

10/30/2015

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