The Basic page is the most commonly used type of content. It’s static (not dynamic), easy to add to the navigation structure and has quite a few features for displaying photos, media and links.
Demo: Basic Page
Add Basic Page
- Go to the Shortcuts toolbar and select Add Content.
- Select Basic page from the list of options.
You will see four main areas:
- Title: is for the main title of the page.
- Body: is the content area of the page. Use editing controls to style/format body content.
- Photo: to upload and insert an image to the content area.
- Menu settings: to manipulate the menu/navigation.
This is the title of your page. By default the title also shows up in the menu link title under Menu settings. You will be able to change this in your Menu settings - see Step 4.
When creating and editing your pages, you have access to a WYSIWYG editor. Highlight the portion of the text that you need to format and then click the appropriate button to add the formatting.
Elements of the WYSIWYG Editor:
- Bold, italics, superscript, subscript
- Align text; make a bulleted or numbered list; indent and outdent; block quote
- Undo, redo, cut, copy, paste.
- Hyperlink text; insert jump anchor.
- Format images, insert horizontal rule; insert table.
- Format paragraph with heading styles.
- Insert shortcodes such as buttons, image caption, icons, donate button, expandable content, map, or box.
- Work with the HTML.
Menu Settings: Save Your Page
Check the Menu settings.
- Scroll down to the Menu settings section.
- The Menu link title is what displays in the navigation. Adjust if necessary.
- The Parent item places the page in the menu structure of your site. Click the Parent item drop-down and select the parent of your page.
- Click Save.
- Use Save and add another to save time during repetitive content creation. This will save your page and open a new Basic Page.
Note: If you want your page to create a top navigation tab, select the <Main menu> as your parent option. See the Main Menu tutorial to learn more about how to rearrange your navigation tabs.
Menu Settings: Save Revisions
You may also want to create a revision of the page. Use revisions to create back-ups of changed pages. You can revert back to them if necessary.
Menu Settings: Review the URL Alias
The URL alias is the text that appears in the URL bar at the top of the browser screen. The ‘real’ URL of all Web Express pages is ‘node/#’ which is neither people-friendly or search engine-friendly, so Web Express creates aliases – i.e., friendly text. Review the URL alias and change if necessary.
Note: If you do change the URL alias, your path alias won’t automatically update if you move the page to another location.
Menu Settings: Unpublishing / Publishing
You can put a page in draft mode by unpublishing it.
- Go to your page and click Edit.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Publishing options.
- Uncheck the box next to Published and click Save.
Unpublished pages have a pink background. Users who are logged into the site -- i.e. those with editing privileges -- can see the unpublished page, but regular visitors can not. If you have created a link to an unpublished page, visitors who click the link will see an Access Denied message.
Menu Settings: Scheduling Options
You may create content to automatically publish on a specific day in the future. Content will be published before 4 AM on this date. Times will vary based the background task schedule.
- Go to your page and click Edit.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Scheduling options
- Add the date you would like the article to be published on. Use the Format: Year-moth-date (2019-12-20)