Editing your site menu
Open your menu to edit:
- In the left panel, go to "_blocks/manual" and click on the "Menu" block.
- In the right panel, click on the "Edit" tab.
- Title: (optional) You can enter the a title if you wish.
- Description: (optional) Leave blank or for notes.
- Department Name: This has been filled in for you. This displays above your menu on all your site pages.
- Department Home Page: This links to the home (or index) page of your site.
Menu Structure in Cascade:
Your menu is set up in outline format as follows:
- Menu >> Link
- Menu >> Link
- Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu (collapsed)
- Menu Link
- Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu (collapsed)
- Menu >> Link
- Web Style Guide
- Web Accessibility
- It's the Law
- Alternative Text (alt text)
- Accessible Documents
- Multimedia Guidelines
- Organizational Charts/Structures
- Cascade Online Training
- Web Editing Resources
Menu >> Link:
What are top level links? Top level links are the menu items that initially show when someone visits your web page.
- Link Text: (Optional, but recommended) Fill in the text you wish to have displayed in the menu. This overrides the title of the page you are linking to.
- There are 3 types of links you can create. Choose one.
- Page: Click the page icon and either select or browse to the page you wish to link to. This is for pages on sites within Cascade (ung.edu/site/pagename).
- External Link: Click the world icon and either select or browse to the external link you created earlier (or another department created). You may have an external link to Banner or an external site. Do not use this to link to pages within Cascade.
- File: Click the document/image icon and either select or browse to the document (within Cascade) you wish to link to. Use this for linking to uploaded PDFs.
- Target: This defaults to _self.
- _self: Opens the new page or document in the same window or tab as the current page (replaces the current page).
- _blank: Opens the new page or document in a different window or tab than the current page (both are then open). Not recommended for links to pages within your own site.
Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu:
What is a submenu? A submenu is a link section that flies out when you mouse over a menu item with an arrow. You can go 2 levels deep with submenus (3 levels total including the top level).
- To edit or add a submenu option, go to the link section where the submenu resides.
- Here's an example of edit the link for Timeline in a submenu:
- Go to the link section titled Web Accessibility.
- Click on the "Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu" button.
- Once it expands, scroll down to Timeline.
- Edit the text and/or link.
- To add an item to a submenu, following steps 1 and 2 above. See "Adding a New Link" to complete your new link.
Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu >> Link:
- Within the "Menu >> Link >> Sub Menu" section are individual sections for the links themselves.
- In this sectin is the same information as you see in the top level links.
- See "Menu >> Link" for individual field information.
Editing a Link:
- Initially, the top level links are all displayed expanded, with submenu links all collapsed.
- Scroll down to find the link you need to change (you may need to expand a submenu to find the link).
- Change the "Link Text" and/or actual link as needed (see "Menu >> Link" for an explanation of link parts).
Moving a Link:
- Move within the same level (top level or submenu level):
- Find the link section you wish to move.
- Using the up/down arrow icons in the upper left of the section, click the arrow.
- Allow time for the move to take place.
- Scroll to the moved section. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the section in the right place.
- Move to another level:
(You need to create a new link and delete the old one)
- Find the link section you wish to "move."
- Make a note of the text and link.
- Go to the level you wish to move the link to.
- Follow the steps for "Adding a New Link."
- Go back to the original link section.
- Using the minus "-" icon, delete the section.
Adding a New Link:
- Scroll down to the link section that will be above your new link (you may need to expand a submenu section if you are adding a new link to a submenu).
- Click on the plus "+" icon to insert a new section just below the current section.
- Scroll down to the new link section just created.
- See "Menu >> Link" on how to fill out this section.
Deleting a Link:
- Find the link section you wish to delete (you may need to expand a submenu section if you are deleting a link in a submenu).
- Make sure there are no submenus from this link.
- Using the minus "-" icon in the upper left of the section, click the icon.
- Allow time for the delete to take place.
Note: This does not delete the page or document. It only deletes the link to the page or document.
Help! I'm lost!
Not sure which submenu you are in or which level?
You can easily become lost in large menus with lots of submenus. Follow the steps below to find your spot again:
- Click "Update Draft."
- Once the draft has saved, click on the "View" tab to get out of edit. (Getting out of edit will collapse all submenus.)
- In the upper left corner you have a choice of "Current | Draft." Click on "Draft."
- Select the "Edit" tab at the top.
- Now, with all submenus collapsed, you can open just the submenu you need.
Submit to Workflow:
- Click “Send to Workflow.”
- At the Spell Check screen, click “Submit.”
- At the “Start Workflow” screen, tell us what you did in the “Comments” box. This helps us tremendously in the approval process.
- Click “Submit.”
- Access to either the training web site or as a web editor to your site.
- Cascade: Basic I training
- The URL of the web page, document, or feed you are creating the link for.
Keep in Mind:
- Don't use external links for content in Cascade. This includes pages, images, and documents in Cascade.
- Make sure your menu text is similar (it may need to be shorter) to the name of the page it links to. The quickest way to confuse a visitor is to have your link text not reflect the name of the page.
- Menus are only 3 levels deep (top level, sub-menu, sub-sub-menu)
- If your menu seems to have a lot of submenus, consider converting some of those submenus to landing pages. The index pages in your folders make great landing pages.
Some Rules About Menus:
(borrowed from Western State Colorado University)
- Submenus should include three to 10 items. If you have fewer than three, you might consolidate and include them on the top-level landing page instead.
- If a page has fewer than 10 lines of text, consider merging it with another page. This will keep users from having to click multiple links to find the content they seek.
- If a page scrolls down more than two or three screens, consider breaking it into multiple pages. This saves users from scrolling through huge pages to find content.
- Remember, your menu is a balancing act. You want to find the sweet spot between being narrow and deep and shallow and wide.