Maintaining Pages, Sections & Articles
All text is structured in pages, sections and articles. Each page has at least one section and each section has at least one article. All pages, sections and articles are uniquely identified and may be the target of a hyperlink. Additionally pages may be linked to the site navigation bar.
As an editor, the type, size and orientation of the user’s device is unknown. It could be anything from a mobile phone to television. Therefore, formatting the page using spaces, tabs and new lines will not work. The tools you have at your disposal are the page layout, the section style and text formatting.
The page layout determines how the sections appear on the page. All layouts appear as a single column on small devices such as phones. On larger screens the layouts OneColumn, TwoColumns, ThreeColumns and FourColumns will display the sections in one, two, three or four columns. The four column layout has an additional two column view in medium sized devices.
The OverTwoColumns and OverFourColumn layout merge all the sections and spread the articles evenly over the columns. No section titles are displayed and all articles are shown as panels.
The Sequence layout displays each section as one of a set of linked pages. The help tutorial is an example of a sequence layout.
To see how the different Page Styles are displayed press the Page Styles button
The view examples of different section styles click the Section Styles button.
Articles are a type of box file. Like a box file they have two views. The primary view which is the Box Cover and the secondary view which is the Box Details. A simple article will only have the Box Cover view. If the article has a single link or a single document then the Box Cover will display a button making the link. However; if the article has multiple links and or multiple documents the single button on the Box Cover view will link to the Box Details view allowing access to the links and documents.
As stated above the article body is simply a Box Cover so editing the title and body is the same as editing other box files. When choosing an article title the page and section style need to be considered as a long title will wrap and look unsightly in some situations. Conversely in some situations such as help pages a long title may be appropriate.
Box Cover Images, links and Documents are also edited in the same way as other box files. However, the look is determined by the section style. So if the article is within a list group only the first image and the first link will be used. For more detail click the Image, Links and Documents buttons.
Article styling is limited to text structure and formatting. The structure tools are headings, paragraphs and block quotes. Text formatting is limited to bold, underline etc. For more details click the Editing button.
When a Facebook user clicks the Like or Share buttons associated with an article Facebook will display the article title, the first cover image and the headline. The image and headline are what draws the Facebook user into our website. Headline must summarise the article in a way which will ignite the interest of the reader. Not all articles are suitable for the Facebook audience. This help page is one such example. In such cases leave the headline blank and the Like and Share buttons will not be displayed.