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Editing the Site Navigation Menus in the CMS

Learn how to edit the site navigation in the campus CMS.

About site navigation

Site navigation consists of:

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Navigation Menus
    • top navigation bar, visible at the top of each page
    • left navigation, visible on templates that use two columns

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are a navigation aid used in Web design. They give users a way to keep track of their location within the site and are automatically populated by the CMS from the Display Name (except for Blink and TritonLink, which use the Title). See: Metadata.

Breadcrumbs appear on all templates except the homepage template.

breadcrumbs

Top navigation

Top Navigation

The top navigation is visible on every page. It shows the top-level site folders. Clicking on those folder names will take you to the corresponding index page. Hovering over the folder will expand with links to the next level of content (if any).

Note: Since the top navigation is on every page, if you make a change to navigation that appears here, you must publish the entire site in order to update all the live pages with the change. It may take a few minutes for an entire site to publish, and you will likely need to refresh your browser to see the updated live pages.

Left navigation

Left Navigation The left navigation is visible on templates that use two columns (for example, the article, drawer, calendar and profile templates).

The left navigation will highlight the user's current location ('CMS Training Documentation' in the sample image), the pages/ folders surrounding the current location ('Contact Us' and 'CMS Mailing List') and if the current location is an index page, all the other pages in the folder.

How to edit the text

The labels used in site navigation come from the Display Name of the assets. If you want to change the name in navigation, you should edit the display name.

Note: Do not 'Rename', or change the (system) name of the page, as that will change the URL and not the text used in the menu.

Exception: If you are changing the navigation text for an index page (URL ends in index.html), then you need to edit the display name of the folder that the index page is in. The index page will use the folder's display name, not its own.

Publishing

You will see your update applied within the CMS automatically. However, nothing will change on a live page until it is published. For the item you changed, publish the entire folder that it resides in. If you changed the display name of a folder (to edit the navigation text for an index page) you need to publish the folder that contains the folder you published.

If you made a change that appears in the top navigation, you need to publish the entire site (because your change is on every page of the site).

Change the navigation order

You can reorder how pages are displayed in the same folder.

Advanced options

It is possible to override the default behavior of the left navigation by using a manual navigation. Manual navigation will not automatically update. Changing display names will not change the left navigation and you won't be able to reorder the pages normally.

If you think you need a manual left navigation, contact wts@ucsd.edu to discuss the option.

Contact wts@ucsd.edu.