Creating Navigation

Ensemble builds navigation as your site is created. It presumes that every page you add to your site will be part of the navigation in some way. Therefore, it adds new pages as they are created to the overall site navigation. Users can hide a page from navigation, give pages different names, move pages to folders, or redirect navigation links to other sites. This section will cover steps to complete these tasks.

Basic navigation

Your site will start from a required page called "index". Most sites will use a Generic Home Page template for that page.

As you start adding pages, you should notice that they’ll begin to appear in your horizontal or vertical navigation, depending on the template.

To give the page a different title for navigation, fill out the Navigation Title field. It appears beneath the “More Titles and Description” heading on the Basic tab of the page properties. For a page that’s already created you can access page properties by clicking the check box next to the page title and then clicking View Properties from the menu across the top of the browser window or, if the page is already open, click the slider icon in the top-left corner of the browser window and Open Properties.

Second or third-level navigation is handled differently within the new Ensemble. Folders don’t exist as they did in the previous version of the CMS. Instead, pages can contain several more pages under them. The navigation structure then uses the higher level page name as the folder (minus the .html extension) in the path, e.g., http://www.vt.edu/about.html has sub page http://www.vt.edu/about/administration.html. A parent, child, grandchild relationship is then applied to sub pages in the navigation. NOTE: The templates do not support nested navigation beyond grandchildren (third level down).

While in the list layout mode for Ensemble, look at the pages that reside within your site’s root. You may notice that some pages appear to have multiple lines beneath the page icon (example below).

In the example, Training and Documentation shows lines beneath the page icon to indicate that there are sub pages. To gain access to the sub pages, click on the page title and a new list view will appear displaying the child pages of that page. Remember, to open a page for preview or editing you must click the checkbox and then the Open menu option across the top of the browser window; just clicking or double-clicking on a page will not open it for preview or editing.

Redirects

Ensemble assumes every page within your site resides within the CMS. Redirects in Ensemble are typically used to link to pages that reside outside of the CMS but still need to be referenced from your site’s navigation. For instance, if you have a department handbook that resides on a different domain, you’d still want to include a link to the handbook in your navigation.

  • To add a link or reference a page that doesn’t reside in Ensemble, start by creating a new page.
  • Choose “Redirect Page” from the available templates and click Next.
  • Give the page a title under the Basic tab. If you want to give it another name for the navigation, complete the Navigation Title field. To keep it the same as the title, leave the Navigation Title field blank.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • In the Redirect field, enter the URL where you want the page to point.
  • Click Create.
  • Once created, you won’t be able to edit the page like one that contains content, but you can change its properties (title and URL in this case) or delete it.  
  • On other pages in preview mode, you’ll see the link for the redirect in the navigation.
  • Clicking on the link should take you to the redirected page.
  • To edit the link, click the checkbox next to the redirect page title and choose View Properties.

Hiding a page

Ensemble presumes that any page that is built within the CMS will be part of a site's navigation. However, there are times when a page may need to be hidden. For instance, if it exists to contain a series of reference components or other items to be featured elsewhere on the site, but not on the page.

A page can be hidden from navigation by selecting the "Hide in Navigation" option within its properties. This can be accomplished as the page is created or at any time by opening the properties from the page information icon in the editor. 

Moving or renaming a page

If you need to change the order that a page appears within the navigation, you must move the page up or down in the list layout view. To reorder a page within a folder, click on the arrows that appear to the far right next to the page in the My Sites view. Click on the arrows and grab the page to move it up (or down) within the same folder. 

To move or rename a page (the name that appears in its URL, not the page title), click the checkbox next to the page title from the My Sites view and click the Move icon at the top. 

The next series of screens will allow you to rename the page, select its new destination, and adjust and republish so the link won't break.

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Related icons

Page information
In the editor, this icon opens the page properties, allows admins and editors to publish, or to seek help.
Move
In the My Sites view, click on Move to relocate a page to another folder or location within a site.