CommonSpot: How to Create a Page

Flex Page is the new category to choose from when setting up a new page; or can be selected to change an existing page. What is it? By choosing Flex page, you are changing the layout of your page; it makes it easier to do layout changes. Choose to enable or disabled the the right and left columns. Also, you can choose to have an image banner. The Custom Properties options have now changed and are different than the Content Page category selections. Previously. many right column widgets were added from the Custom Properties, now they are added individually from the right column by adding that specific widget element. This article will show both setting up a brand new page and also changing an existing page using Flex Page.

New Page
(option 1)

Use the below instructions to create a new flex page.

-  From the CommonSpot primary menu bar, select New > Page.

New menu - Page

-  Select the subsite where your new page will be created, click Next.

Create Page window - subsite

-  In the Template Gallery, the Base Plus One Template will be selected by default.  Click Next.

-  Enter the following standard page properties as it pertains to your new page, click Next when complete. 

Create New Page window

o   Name – short name for the page, no spaces, will be used for page’s URL. (ex. artclub)

o   Title – title of the page, displayed in breadcrumb navigation, also during searches (ex. Art Club Top 10 Picks)

o   Title Bar Caption – always start the title with UW Parkside…this is what is seen in the browser tab (ex. UW-Parkside Art Club)

o   Category – choose Flex Page

o   Publication/Expiration Date – schedule a date/time for publication and expiration if desired. Use publication and expiration dates to let CommonSpot handle publishing pages on a schedule or removing pages after the content on them is old.  (Ex: you create the new page today, but do not want it live on the site until the first Monday of next month.  Use the publication date to schedule that day, even though you actually created the page today). 

-  Choose to further customize your page with the Custom Properties options.  Items include Layout and Taxonomy.  By default, multiple options will already be checked, you can leave the default or make your own selections.

Custom Properties window

-  From the Layout Options tab:

o   Display Left Column: choose to enable or disable the left column of the page.  The left column displays links for your pages site hierarchy. When disabled, the main content of the page moves to the left.

o   Display Right Column: choose to enable or disable the right column of the page.  The right column is used for widgets.  When disabled, the main content of the page expands further to the right, replacing the column area.

o   Display Page Title: choose to enable or disable the page title.  When disabled the title disappears from the page.

o   Display who are you flyout menu: choose to enable or disable the flyout menu.  When disabled, the green flyout menu on the left is removed from the page.

o   Display Image Banner: choose to enable or disable the image banner.  When enabled, take action by clicking on the image banner gear icon and choose new data from the context menu to enter in required information. The image banner can display up to four images that slide from one image to the next automatically after a few seconds.

o   Force Full Width Banner: if displaying an image banner, choose to enable or disable full width of the page, the right column will still be visible if enabled, but will be moved down slightly on the page.

-  From the Taxonomy tab – choose terms related to Academic Program, Audience, Building, College, Office and Topic.

-  Once satisfied with customization, click Save.

-  The new page is now created and content can be added.


Existing Page
(option 2)

Use the below instructions to change an existing page to a flex page.

-  Open the page you want to work with.

-  Open the Properties menu and choose Standard.

Properties menu - Standard

-  Click the Category drop down menu to choose Flex Page.

Standard Properties window

-  Click Save, the standard properties are updated and layout options have now changed. 

-  Take further action by opening the Custom Properties window (Properties > Custom).

Properties menu - Custom

-  The Custom Properties window includes options for Layout and Taxonomy.  By default, multiple options will already be checked, you can leave the default or make your own selections. (Refer back to option 1 for more details about the Layout Options and Taxonomy tabs.)

Custom Properties window

Outline of Layout Options that can be enabled or disabled:

  Layout Options outline

*See related KB article “Taxonomy”.

Check out the How To video:

Keywords:CommonSpot, website, flex   Doc ID:66875
Owner:Becky T.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2016-09-13 09:30 CDTUpdated:2018-10-12 13:16 CDT
Sites:UW Parkside
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