Basic website navigation can be broken down into three parts: Buttons, Sections and Pages. On this page we'll discuss the second level of your web site's navigation... Sections.
Sections show up in your Sub Menu and is where you give a set of pages an identity and further categorize your content. You can have many types of sections within your website: Content, Articles, Blogs, Photo Albums, etc....
When you create a section you specify what type of pages you want in that section. All pages within a section are of the same type. For example, if you create a Photo Album section, you can have multiple pages, and each page will be a new Photo Album. If you create a Content section (like the one you looking at right now), each page within that section will be a content page.
To Add or Edit a Section, you'll use the "Edit Menu". This menu shows up on the top left of the web page when you are logged into the site and have edit capabilities to the page you are on.
If you are unsure of how to login to your website, check out our page on Logging In.
The contents of the Edit Menu will change depending on your level of security, defining the items you are able to edit.
If you have edit privileges for a Button, you will have the ability to Add and Edit Sections within that Button. These menu items are: "Edit [section name] Section", "Add A Section" and "Delete [section name] Section". The text "[section name]" will be replaced with the Section you are currently on.
In order to Edit or Delete a Section, first, navigate to the Section you wish to manage by clicking on it and if there is more than one section within that button, click on the Section within the Sub Menu you wish to edit. Now when you lower the Edit Menu, you will see the options to Edit and Delete the Section you are on.
You can Add a Section from any location within a given Button. The Section will be added to the end of your Sub Menu by default. You can change this location while you are editing or adding the Section.
When you Add or Edit a Section, you will see a screen similar to the one you see above, with the following items you can edit:
- Seq: The set of options within this "Pull-down" allows you to adjust the position of this Section within your Sub Menu. Sequence or Seq 1 will display at left most of a horizontal menu or at the top of a vertical menu. See our page on "Stylizing your Menus" to see how to change between horizontal and vertical menus. (This page is not yet complete)
- Name: The text you enter in the Name field will show as the text within this Section's button on the Sub Menu.
- Editor Security: PUBADMINs can edit all pages within your website. If you would like to grant an additional group of users to be able to edit the pages within this Section, you can select it here. There are several Security Groups built into your web site (i.e. Members, Guests, PUBADMIN, etc...). You can, however add any number of additional Security Groups so you can divide up the editing capabilities of your website. See the instructions on "Security Groups" to see how to add and maintain these Groups. (This page is not yet complete)
- Viewer Security: By default, all pages you create are viewable to everyone. You do not have to be "logged in" to see these pages. However, you can secure pages so they can be viewed only by select members. By selecting a Group here, you will restrict the viewing of all pages within this Section to the Group you select. In fact, unless you are a member of a group chosen here, you will not even see the Sub Menu button for this Section.
- Type: This is where you define the Type of Section you are creating. Every page within this Section will be of the same Type. The available Types are: Content, Article, Blog, Photo Album, Member Lists, Forums, Login/Logout, Admin/Profile, Header, Footer and Activity Dashboard. You can get details on the various types of Sections by following the links above or by going to the pages on Section Types.
- OK and Cancel: When you press "OK" your changes will be saved. If you press "Cancel", no changes will be made, and if this was a new Section, the Section will not be created.
Once you create a Section, you are taken directly to the Page Editor. If this is a Photo Album, Member List, Forum or Activity Dashboard, the content you enter here will show up at the top of the page with the Type Specific content showing below. If this is a Content Section, the whole page will be dedicated to the content you enter. Articles, Blogs, Login/Logout, Admin/Profile, Headers and Footers are special Section Types and are discussed on their respective pages.
That's it... that's all you need to know to create and maintain the Sections that show up in the Sub Menu of your website.