Creating a page

To create a page within Ensemble, navigate to the location where you want to make the page, click on the Plus Sign icon, and choose create page. 

After clicking Create Page, you can choose the template for the page you’re building. The templates for every CMS site are:

  • General: A basic page template that should be used most often

  • Article: Template intended for news releases and stories

  • Biography: Faculty and staff profiles

  • Building: Descriptions for buildings

  • Location: Template for sorting by department or location

  • Redirect: A blank template the redirects to another page.

  • Resource: This template groups resources with a biography (such as a faculty member’s published work)

  • Search: This page displays search results on your published site

  • Access page: These pages restrict access and would require sign-in to view

Home page templates also appear. More  information can be found on the Page Templates page in this site.

NOTES: 

  • You must have a page called "index". This is typically the home page and represents the starting page for your site.
  • You cannot create a page with the file name "services" due to that name being used by the CMS back-end. You will need to preface the file name with something, like "alumni-services".

 

After choosing the page template, click the Next button in the upper right portion of the screen.

The next screen features the properties for the page you’re building. 

The fields under the Basic tab are:

  • Name: This is the name of the page and will appear in the URL. No suffix, such as .html, is necessary. Do not use spaces or capital letters; the environment is case sensitive. Use hyphens or underscores between words.

  • Title: This is the title of the page. This is a required field.

  • Tags: Choose the tags you want associated with the page from the pre-defined list. See how to make tags.

  • Page Style: Choose whether the page has a right column or not.

  • Hide in Navigation: By default, every page you build in the CMS will be featured in the site navigation. Check this box if you don’t want the page included in the site navigation.

  • Under the More Titles and Description heading:

    • Navigation title: This gives the page name a different, shorter title when it’s listed in your site’s navigation to take up less space in the menus.

Once the appropriate fields have been completed, choose the Create button on the right. A brief window will appear to confirm the page’s creation. The created page will then open in a new window or tab in your browser.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pages and changes to pages are not active until the page has been published, or re-published in the case of changes!

Adding Components

With the left-hand menu open, you’ll see a listing of the available Components under that tab. Clicking on the Assets tab will show what assets (such as images and files) are available to you.

In the main window pane, you’ll see the page you created with light-gray boxes that show where components can be added.

To add a component, select it from the menu on the left (see component definitions)  and drag it to the box where you want it to appear on the page. An arrow will appear in a rounded, blue tab indicating the insertion point for the new page component. Be careful when placing components as some--like the multi-column component--create additional areas to add components to a page and it can become confusing as to where you are adding content.

To remove a component, select it and click on the trash can icon.

 

Editor icons

These icons appear when editing a page. 

Show/hide side panel
Open or close the side panel while in edit mode to see or hide components and assets.
Page information
In the editor, this icon opens the page properties, allows admins and editors to publish, or to seek help.
Edit mode
When working in the editor, choose the edit mode by clicking the words on the upper right of the screen.
Preview mode
Preview mode shows what a page would look like once published.
Annotate
While reviewing a page, click the annotate icon (to the right of the Preview button) to leave comments for specific components.
Edit component
Choose the pencil icon on a selected component to edit. The editing functions vary depending on the component.
Configure component properties
This icon opens the properties of a component. It should always be clicked when working with a component for the first time.
Delete component
Delete a selected component.