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Editing Page Navigation

After you've created a new page (or moved, deleted, or renamed an existing one), you'll want to update navigation menus (either for the section, the site, or both) to point to the new or updated page.

In OU Campus, the navigation menus for your website are handled independently of individual page files. This is generally the main header and footer of the site, any subheaders and footers, and the navigation links for each section, often referred to as the sidenav.

Because every OU Campus implementation is unique, the specifics of how your navigation looks and functions might differ, but the basic principles are the same (unless you have a custom solution, in which case it's best to consult an administrator or the developer notes for your implementation).

Side NavigationLink to this section

The side or section navigation links only to other pages in the same section as the page you created or edited. Usually each section has its own file for the menu that lives in that same folder.

A screenshot of a page. The menu of pages on the lefthand side is circled in orange.

When creating a new page, if you choose "Yes" for "Add New Navigation Item," a link to the new page is automatically added to the sidenav. The nav file still needs to be published, though!

  1. Find the folder that contains the new or updated page.
    • If you are viewing that page, click Pages in the breadcrumb under the top menu.
      In between the top menu of OU Campus and the page actions toolbar, a breadcrumb creads "Content," "Pages," "/athletics/tickets.pcf". "Pages" is circled.
      You are now viewing the files in that folder.
    • If you are not, select Content > Pages and navigate through the file structure until you find that folder, and open it.
      A menu titled content. The options are "Pages" (highlighted), "Assets."
  2. Locate a file named _sidenav.inc, or something similar.
    A list of files. The one named _sidenav.inc, with a page icon, is circled.
  3. Open the file by clicking its name.
  4. To add a new menu item:
    • Click in the list of links and press Enter to make a new list item.
    • Type in the text of the new menu item.
    • Highlight the text.
    • In the toolbar, click the "Insert/Edit Link" (A chain link icon.) icon.
    • For "Link URL," click on the "Browse" icon.
    • Choose the new page you previously made.
    • For "Title," enter the title of the new page.
    • Click Update.
  5. To edit an existing menu item link:
    • Place your cursor inside the currently linked text.
    • In the toolbar, click the "Insert/Edit Link" (A chain link icon.) icon.
    • Edit the fields as necessary.
    • Click Update.
  6. To edit the text of an existing menu item:
    • Place your cursor inside the currently linked text.
    • Edit text as necessary. You may need to re-add the link to the text, using the steps above.
  7. Click the "Save" icon (A blue floppy disk icon.) in the toolbar.
  8. Depending on your permissions, either Publish or Submit the file for approval by clicking the green button above the file.
    • To publish, run any final checks, enter a version description, and click Publish. You can also choose to schedule the publish for later.
    • To submit for approval, choose a user to send the file to (this may be locked to one user), enter a subject for the message, and optionally add a longer message. Check "Send Copy to Email" for the user to get an email notification along with the message in their OU Campus mailbox. Click Submit.
  9. Once the file is published, the side navigation on the live website is updated with your changes.

Depending on your page design, you might be able to edit the sidenav from a page in its own editable region. However, you still have to publish the sidenav file for the changes to appear on the live website.

Header and FooterLink to this section

The header and footer of a website are typically global resources, meaning there is only one file of each that is included on every page in the website. They contain higher-level navigation items and, depending on your administrative setup, may have their access restricted to certain users.

These files can be more complex. In some cases, the header and/or footer are actually split up into separate files, with one for the navigation links, one for the logo, etc. Regardless, adding links to the appropriate file is done in the same way as adding them to the side navigation.

  • Find the appropriate file. Often headers and footers are located in /includes/ (or sometimes /_resources/includes/).
  • Open the file and edit it. Follow all existing formatting, including keeping links in bulleted lists.
  • Save and publish the file.

 

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