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Page Templates

Page template selection dialog during page creation

What's available

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    Article Page

    Page template used for content with contributor and contact information that is often categorized using tags. This page is intended for news, story, article, notice, and any other such content that would be communicating information about the university to the public or an internal audience.

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    Biography Page

    Page template used for biographical information about a person.

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    General Page

    Page template used for miscellaneous content.

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    Generic Home page

    Page template used for home page and other landing page content.

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    Program of Study Page

    Page template used for content with contributor and contact information that is often categorized using tags. This page is intended for news, story, article, notice, and any other such content that would be communicating information about the university to the public or an internal audience.

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    Redirect Page

    Page template used to redirect URLs to another location and to serve as a source of inherited content and design themes to descendant pages.

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    Resource Page

    Page template used for digital resource curation and cataloging.

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    Search Page

    Page template used for displaying search results and tag results content.

What's not available

There are some specialty and unused page templates in the system.

The Access page template is unused, and if you want to create a VT Username locked or access restricted folder please submit a 4-Help/ServiceNow ticket with the requested path and user group information. A locked or access restrricted folder cannot be opened to users outside of the vt.edu domain. If you have an external user that needs access you will need to request a sponsored VT Username for the user.

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Access page icon

The Building page template is specific to the vt.edu site where information about Virginia Tech buildings is stored.

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Building page icon

The Location template was made but never used. It is not supported in any active design themes and should be avoided.

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Location page icon

The Event page template is under development. A release date is not yet known.

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The Video page template is used by the VTx site where video content from video.vt.edu (Kaltura) is aggregated into the VTx site content automatically. This page template may be released for broader use, but for now remains exclusive to the VTx site.

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Video page icon

Reserved page names

The following page names are reserved by the CMS server and cannot be used alone as a page name, nor as the beginning of a page name. Using these page names will result in a server 403 (Forbidden) error.

etc

This is a reserved system level directory name. It cannot be used alone, e.g., etc.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., etc-blah.html, etcblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Avoid using this as a page name or in a page name altogether. As an alternative, use the full "etcetera" rather than the abbreviation "etc".

libs

This is a reserved system level directory name. It cannot be used alone, e.g., libs.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., libs-blah.html, libsblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Try using a word to preface "libs" or use the full word "libraries", e.g., my-libs.html, libraries.html.

content

This is the main folder where all sites are stored on the server. It cannot be used alone, e.g., content.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., content-blah.html, contentblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Try using "cont" instead of "content" or preface the word "content" with another word, e.g., cont-strategy.html, my-content.html.

system

This is a reserved system level directory name. It cannot be used alone, e.g., system.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., system-blah.html, systemblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Try using "sys" instead of "system" or preface "system" with another word, e.g., sys.html, my-system.html.

dam

This is the folder that contains the digital assets for all sites, Digital Asset Manager (dam). It cannot be used alone, e.g., dam.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., dam-blah.html, damblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Try prefacing the word "dam" with another word, e.g., hoover-dam.html, concrete-dam.html.

maintenance

This is a reserved system level directory name. It cannot be used alone, e.g., maintenance.html, nor as the beginning of a name, e.g., maintenance-blah.html, maintenanceblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Try using "maint" instead of "maintenance" or preface the word "maintenance" with another word, e.g., maint.html, scheduled-maintenance.html.

json

This is a reserved system level directory name. It cannot be used alone, e.g., maintenance.html, nor anywhere in the name, e.g., json-blah.html, jsonblah.html, ...

Suggestion: Completely avoid json as consecutive letters.

Common page properties

There are three common page property tabs; Basic, Advanced, and Page Image.

Basic page properties

Title, Tags, and Style

  • Name - text input field used for assigning the file name and URL name for a page. Should be lower case letters, nunbers, dashes, and underscores only.
  • Title - text input field used for the main H1 heading and title for a page. May be mixed case and any character.
  • Tags - text input and button to open a tag selection dialog used to assign tags to a page for sorting, organizing, or displaying pages
  • Page Style - select pulldown to choose between a right column page layout and a single body column
  • Hide In Navigation - checkbox used to hide the page in navigation items and lists

Related Content

  • Related Content Tags - text input and button to open a tag selection dialog used to assign tags for related content components that may be fewer than general page tags above

More Titles and Description

  • Navigation Title - text input field for a shorter title for a page that appears in navigation items: breadcrumbs, navigation components, main site navigation
  • Subtitle - text input field used for a page subtitle that displays beneath the page title
  • Description - textarea input field used for a description of the page content. This is displayed only in lists.
  • Internal Notes - textarea input field used to store notes on page content or other information that does not display anywhere on page

On/Off Time

  • On Time - text input field and button to open a date and time selection dialog used to set a publication on time (publish page)
  • Off Time - text input field and button to open a date and time selection dialog used to set a publication off time (unpublish page)
Basic page properties
Basic page properties

Adavnced page properties

Page Image page properties

Generate Preview - button used to create a preview image of the page image

Clear - button used to remove the page image and its preview from the page

Upload Image - button to open a file upload dialog box. Do not use this method.

Select Image - button to open a dialog to select an image from assets

Page Image page properties
Page Image page properties