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Page Configuration, Reordering Pages and Advanced Content Management

Configuring pages

Use the page configuration tool to modify the definitions or behaviours of your web pages.

This tool lets you change the menu label, page title, page description, and keywords settings for the page. (Page description and keywords are used by some search engines.)

The page configuration tool also allows you to make pages private (ie. for members only), by setting the privacy option appropriately. If a member of the public attempts to view a members-only page, they will first be challenged for a login/password. By default, your website has only one member (that's you!), but if you have subscribed to a Members plug-in, you can create new members who can also view these pages.

The page configuration tool also lets you move pages around in your menus and site map, using the parent page and page rank settings:

Parent page

If a page has a parent page defined, then it will be placed into a submenu underneath the parent page. You can nest your submenus to any depth, but the generic menu-building tools will not usually display more than one level of submenu in menus. Some templates do not show any submenus by default. All submenu levels are displayed in site maps, however. Warning: do not try to place a page in a submenu of itself, or your menus will not build properly.

Page rank

In a particular menu or sub-menu, pages are sorted in the order in which they were created. To change this order, you can assign page ranks to certain pages, to force them to sort differently with respect to each other. A page rank is just a number (typically from 1 to 9, although you can use other numbers if you wish - including negative numbers) that is used to sort the pages. A rank of 1 will be placed before a rank of 2, for instance. All pages are created with a page rank of 1 by default.

Menus module

The Menus Module provides an easy drag-and-drop interface for configuring your menus.  Pages are set up in a hierarchical structure, allowing you to group pages by topic.  The drag-and-drop interface allows you to:

  • move pages into different areas
  • move pages up or down within the same area
  • move groups of pages (pages plus their submens) at once

This interface is just a convenient UI for changing the parent_id and page_rank parameters of each page.

Advanced page builder

The advanced page builder tool is a shortcut to the Website Manager advanced content management application. A detailed explanation of what can be done in the Website Manager is beyond the scope of this help document, but experienced users can use it to perform a variety of advanced functions, such as:

  • customize page layouts and graphic designs
  • manage pages with multiple content regions
  • use specialized templates for different pages
  • access more advanced page configuration options
  • access more advanced revision management options
  • manage multilingual versions of pages
  • and more...

Consult the Website Manager help docs for more information.

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