Creating a New Page
Pages hold the content that you wish to make available to visitors to your web site. Pages can contain text, images, videos, forms, etc. Some of these are added via blocks.
You will learn how to create a new page in your site.
What is the difference between a page and a block?
A block is a piece of information that is inserted into a page. Pages are publishable. Blocks are not.
Select Location and Create New Page
- In the left panel click on the parent folder where you wish to have the page reside. (If you wish to have a folder at the root of your site, click “Base Folder.”) (If you are creating a page for training, click on the “dev” folder.)
- Choose from the menu bar (blue bar at top): New -> Pages -> Two-Column – With Menu (or One-Column – With Menu)
- In the right panel you will see “New Page” at the top.
- 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.
Fill in the metadata section:
Inline Metadata: Fill in the title, keywords, description, and breadcrumbs.
(For training, set the title to: your initials-new-page. i.e. bcs-new-page)
- Title – First time it also becomes the filename, all lowercase, with hyphens (no spaces).
- Title – Is displayed in your browser’s tab and in search listings.
- Title – Is displayed in the breadcrumbs if “Breadcrumb Display” is left empty.
- Description – Is displayed in search listings and in Facebook shares. If left blank, search engines and Facebook shares use part of your content. Warning: It may pick up the contact information on the left if this is left blank.
Fill in Page Header section
- Header – Is displayed as the page header above your content. NEVER leave it blank. You can choose to have it not display, but it will still show up for accessibility readers and search engines.
- Show Header – Choose yes or no. Defaults to yes as this is most common.
- Thumbnail for Google Search/Facebook Share – If you wish to not leave it up to chance on what image Google or Facebook picks up from your page, you can select an image for them to use.
You can add content (text, images, blocks) at this time via the WYSIWYG box and the block insert areas above and below the WYSIWYG box.
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.”
Change the Title for Search Engines and Browser Tab
After your page has gone through workflow approval, you should adjust the title to be more unique for search engines and the browser tab.
- In the left panel, click on the page.
- In the right panel, click on the “Edit” tab just below the page name.
- Adjust the title to make it more reader friendly (upper and lowercase) and unique. (i.e., changing “Contact Information” to “Contact Information – Biology”)
(See Search Engine Optimization for more information on making the title unique.)
NOTE: This does not affect the URL or the filename from when you first saved the page.
- Click “Send to Workflow.”
- Access to either the training web site or as a web editor to your site.
- Cascade: Basic I training
- An idea of which page type you need
- Prepared content (text, images, etc.)
Keep in Mind
- Page file names are reflected in the URL.
- Pages publish to the web.
- If a page is in a folder, the folder name will also be in the URL.
- Keep it short (few words). It becomes part of the URL.
- No special characters, no spaces (use hyphens between words).
- Cannot start with a number.
- Title: There are no character limits, but keep it as short as possible while still descriptive.
What Can I Add?
- Blocks (reusable content, tabs, expandables, video embed, slideshows, etc.)
- Metadata: Information that is not displayed on the page but is passed to the browser and used by search engines and social software.