Building the Site-tree
The site-tree contains all the pages that make up your site. Pages can be assigned to the main navigation (menu) system, or they can be hidden and accessible only from embedded navigation. Articles and Products are special pages that can be added to the Category group of another page. This Category group can contain other pages, Articles and Products. Related Content, not described here, is another way to build navigation by showing the feature content of a page (and hyperlink to the page) on another page.
All pages in a ShoutCMS website are connected to the Site-tree (1) . The site’s navigation is based on the Site-tree and Page Control settings (2) that control progression, sort order, visibility (access security), and inclusion on the menu system. Navigation beyond the menu system is easily augmented by embedding hyperlinks or using related Content.
(3) The Summary text of the page is an 'abstract' that is displayed when the page is listed as content on another page.The summary is used when displaying articles, products, and related content. The Page Layout and CSS control where and how the summary information is displayed on the page.
(4) A new page is added to the Site-tree by setting the “Placement” value to any existing page in the Site-tree.
Warning: Changes to your website will impact how search engines rank your site. Removing or renaming pages in your site will impact search engines and pages that have been bookmarked by previous visits to your site.
Warning: Search engines and browsers bookmark pages. Changing the URL (titles) of you pages may result in a “broken link” when a returning customer uses an old bookmark. Avoid changing the URL on pages that you want people to return to.
ShoutCMS can secure pages from view until the person logs in and is a member of the required security group. In Page controls, “Access Security” is used to restrict the page to one or more security groups - the default “Available to Public” is accessible by anyone. Secured pages and their related Featured Summaries are not displayed until the person logs in.
The Hidden Pages option is important when designing the site tree. Use this option to include or exclude the page from the Site-tree. Set to “Live” will include the page on the menu system, Set to “Hidden” will remove the page from the site-tree but will allow navigation (by anyone) through a hyper-link or direct entry of the URL. The page will also be included in search engine indexing unless the page has been secured as well as hidden. If the page has been secured, the user will be prompted to login before they are granted access to the page.
Site progression involves configuring the order of the pages as they are displayed in menu system. The progression is changed by opening the “Page Sorting” tab, selecting the sub-section of the Site-tree, and using the mouse drag-and-drop to change the order of the pages. This process can be repeated on other parts of the Site-tree. Once saved, the changes can be verified immediately by viewing the site from a different browser tab.
Page History and Deleting a Page
Changes to the WYSIWYG editor content are saved in the page history to facilitate restoring older content. To view the history or delete a page, click on the down-arrow icon located to the right of the page name as it is listed on the Site-tree. Please note: Page History only applies to the page content, not to any other page components that might have been changed. Currently page history is only maintained for pages - not articles, products or categories.
To restore a deleted page, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Search input box and click on "View Deleted Pages".
Articles, Products, and Related Content
A page is attached to the site-tree; however, content from other pages can be placed on the page as an “Article”, "Product" or "Featured Content". This content is displayed on the page in lists defined by the Page Layout - each list can contain multiple articles, products, or featured content. Articles and Products have all the properties of a page - the only different is that they are connected to a page, and not the Site-tree. Articles, Products, and Featured Content can be attached to multiple pages on the website.
Articles can be used to create listed content - for example: event notices, blogs, job board items, and other content that is typically displayed as a list on a page. Products created as part of your online store are added to a page as a store Category - similar to a department. Products in the category can be displayed in a variety of ways as defined by the Page Layout.
For example, a page may contain a group of products representing a department in the store. Each product can also be listed in other departments, or included in an “on-sale” group to change the pricing. (Read more about this in the Store Manager Guide). Articles are very convenient when building materials that may be accessed from multiple perspectives, similar to embedded hyperlinks.
Articles (and products) are created like a regular page using the Page Designer. The primary difference is that they are not connected to the Site-tree, and they are displayed as part of the parent’s page in some form of list or table. Articles are an exceptionally powerful as they make it easy for site administrators to group and manage content during ongoing site operations.
The group of Articles and Products is displayed on the Site-tree as an icon containing the number of articles in the group. Clicking on the icon opens the Article/Product list where Articles can be added/Edited/Removed and the list options can be changed.
List of Articles:
List of Products (Special Articles):
The WYSIWYG section of a page containing Articles or Products is displayed above the Article/Product lists. The layout of the articles is controlled by the Page Layout, and the order of the articles in the list is defined by the Sort Order of the list.
Related content is defined in the Page Control area of a page. Think of this content as an abstract for the page, and that the abstract can be placed in a list on any other page on the site. Featured content includes the page's Title, Featured Summary and Featured Image.
Adding related content to a page is done through the Page Designer’s Modify Related Content option located below the WYSIWYG editor on the Content tab. Click on the “+” to unhide the current settings. There are two views, 1) “Content to feature on this page” which adds content to the page you are currently editing, and 2) “Content shown on other pages”, a list of pages that currently display the current page as related content.
Related Content from other pages can be included on the current page by adding the page to one of the five groups.
- Carousel: Shown as a large image at the top of the page directly below the site’s menu
- Large Feature: Shown as a full-width featured including the page’s featured image, title, and summary.
- Medium Feature: Shown as a mid-sized feature including the page’s featured image, title, and summary
- Small Feature: Shown as a small-sized feature (reduced font size) including the page’s featured image, title, and summary
- List Feature: Shows only the title of the related content
The placement of these groups is controlled by the Page Layout.