New Content

Overview

Content can created and managed within the Pages list view of the CMS. By navigating to Content > Pages, a user with the proper authority may create new pages, sections, folders, and other types of content. The system is configured with templates, which are utilized to create new sections and pages. These templates allow for the pages to be configured uniformly and have a consistent look and feel. The available templates depend upon the structure created by the administrators.

For more information about setting up templates, please see the Templates page.

The templates available for creating new content are dependent upon the implementation and the access settings as configured. Templates are specific to the institution, and examples given may vary from new page to new page, as well as from institution to institution. Note that the template choices below are examples and may not be the same template options offered by the institution, and do not include every conceivable template. Also, different sets of templates may be available in different folders.

New Folder vs. New Section

The difference between creating a new folder and creating a new section is that when creating a new section, the template can be configured to create new pages as well. The basic New Folder tool generally should not be used to create new directories that will contain web pages, as the support files needed by the page XSLs are not created when using the New Folder option, leading to error messages when a user attempts to publish.

New Folder

The most common use of the New Folder option is when users need a directory to contain images, PDFs, Word docs, or other non-web page files. For this reason, it is generally recommended to use template groups to allow administrators to repress the ability to create a new empty folder, as often times users can become confused between the basic (built-in) New Folder tool and New Section templates (which create folders and files).   

Creating New Content

New pages and directories can be created by clicking the New button or the drop-down indicator next to New from the Pages list view. 

New Content Button

The same options are available whether users click the New button or click the drop-down indicator. When a template is clicked, a modal will appear with the fields necessary to configure the new content.

Example of New Content Drop-Down Menu

New Content Drop-Down Menu

Example of New Content Modal

New Content Modal

An implementation will typically include at a minimum:

  • Create a New Folder. Folders are for binary files and are not the same as creating a new directory. A folder can be created to contain binary files, such as images and PDFs.

    For more information, visit the Creating a New Folder page.
  • Create a New Section. The New Section option creates a new content-based directory. The new section template will contain all of the necessary files to make the pages within the new directory render correctly. When creating a new section, navigate to the parent directory where the new section will be contained. If New Section does not appear, contact the administrator.

    For more information, visit the Creating a New Section page.
  • Create a New Page. A new page can be created by clicking on the appropriate template for the type of page. Note that administrators can restrict the type of templates available for the directory, and that users may not have a choice in template type.

    For more information, visit the Creating a New Page page.

Many implementations contain additional templates that are meant to be used in specific cases or places within the site, such as a blog or faculty directory. Examples of these templates can be found on the Other Templates page.