Creating & Managing Pages
Types of pages
Your new exhibit comes with a Home page, Browse page, About page and optional Feature page(s). The Before You Start page includes some good examples of layouts for all of these types of pages. The Browse page displays the thumbnail images and links for all the browse categories that you've created and is modified and updated differently from the other page types. See the page on Creating & Managing Browse Categories for more information on how to update your Browse page.
The Home page is the first thing that visitors will see when they come to your exhibit. You can use this page to provide an overview of the exhibit, highlight special components of the exhibit (items, Feature or About pages, browse categories), and help the user to navigate the exhibit and better understand the content that you've included.
Feature pages are a great place to provide more extensive information about the contents of your exhibit. You can include essays or stories written about exhibit items, biographical information about particular artists that are featured, text that accompanied objects in an associated physical exhibit, historical details about the event featured, and much more. You can make as many Feature pages for your exhibit as you like.
About pages are provided for you to include general information about your exhibit. This is an excellent place to describe how and why the work was undertaken to create the exhibit, who did the work, and what organization or individuals funded the project.
Creating new About and Feature pages
To add a new Feature page or About page, select either Feature pages or About pages from the Curation sub-menu. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red button that says Add new page. Enter the page title and click Save. There are a number of other options on these pages as well:
- Change the name of the page by clicking on the text of the name and typing in the new name.
- The options to the right of each page name allow you to view, edit, or delete the page. You can also edit a page once it is created by navigating to that page when you are logged in and clicking on the red Edit button at the top right of the page.
- Checking the box to the left of the page name means the page will be displayed when the site is published. Uncheck the box to keep the page from being displayed in a published site. You can also publish and unpublish pages from the Options tab on an individual page as described below.
- In order to save your work, be sure to always click Save changes at the bottom of the page any time you've made changes to this page.
You can reorder pages by dragging and dropping them into the order in which you would like them to appear in the Main Menu and the left navigation. The video on the Metadata page on how to assign, rename, and reorder metadata fields shows how the drag and drop functionality works. Again, be sure to click Save changes at the bottom of the page in order save any changes that you've made to the order of the pages.
If you expect to see a page listed on the Main Menu or the left navigation and you don't see it there, check to be sure that you have published the page. The video below shows how to verify that your pages are published.
All of these pages include options for adding and managing their content. You'll find these options under three tabs: Content, Options, and Thumbnail, shown below.
The Content tab is where you enter the text and images for your page, using the available widgets. Start on our Selecting & Formatting Widgets page for detailed information on how to choose and use widgets for your pages.
The Options tab includes one or two options, depending on which page type you are editing. The option Show title is available only on the Home page. This option allows you to turn on or off the page title. Because the layout and appearance of the page change when the title is turned on and off, you may want to test both to see which looks better for your exhibit. The images below show what the Home page for this site looks like with the title both on (on the left) and off (on the right).
Another option you may see on the Options tab is the Publish option. The Home page must always be published, so this option does not appear on the Home page. This feature allows you to work on additional pages after your exhibit has been published without having these additional pages visible to exhibit visitors. Once a new page is complete, you can click the box next to Publish to make it visible.
The third possible option you may see under the Options tab is Show sidebar. This option allows you to decide whether to show or hide facets on the Home page and Feature pages. Since the Home page does not contain search results, facets on this page are less useful to visitors. We typically recommend that you uncheck this box to hide the facets on the Home page. If you have created Child pages for a Feature page, this option will be grayed out for the parent Feature page, so that visitors have a way to navigate to the Child pages.
The video below shows how to turn off facets on the Home page.
The images below show what the Home page for this site looks like with the sidebar shown (on the left) and hidden (on the right).
The Thumbnail tab allows you to associate a thumbnail image with this particular page in your exhibit. Adding a thumbnail image is not required unless you plan to include this page when you use the Exhibit Item Pages widget. We have used this widget on the Home page for this exhibit to highlight specific pages. To add a thumbnail to your page, use the interface on this tab and follow the instructions for adding an exhibit thumbnail.