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.
- 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!
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.