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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 prefooters, 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 these basic principles apply to most implementations (if you have a custom solution, you'll need to consult with 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!

Add a page to the navigation menu, as follows:

  1. Navigate Content > Pages to find the folder that contains the new or updated page.
  2. Click the folder name to open it.
  3. Locate a file named _sidenav.inc, or something similar.
    A list of files in the "About" folder. An arrow points to a file named _sidenav.inc.
  4. Click the file name to open it.
  5. Click in the list of links where you want to add the new menu item.
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Type in the text of the new menu item.
  8. Highlight the text.
  9. Click Insert/Edit Link Insert/Edit Link icon in the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) toolbar to open the "Insert/Edit Link" box.
  10. In the "URL" field, click the file chooser URL File Chooser icon.
    • From file chooser, click the name of the new or updated page.
    • Click Insert.
  11. In the "Title" field, enter the name of the page you're linking to.
    • "Title" text appears when someone hovers over the link and is used by screen readers. This is important to meet accessibility compliance standards.
  12. Click Save.
  13. Click Publish or Submit to update the side navigation on your live website.

Edit the link for an existing menu item, as follows:

  1. Place your cursor inside the currently linked text.
  2. In the WYSIWYG toolbar, click the Insert/Edit Link icon.
  3. Edit the fields as necessary.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click Publish or Submit to update the side navigation on your live website.

Edit the text for an existing menu item, as follows:

  1. Place your cursor inside the currently linked text.
  2. Type to edit text.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Click Publish or Submit to update the side navigation on your live website.

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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