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How to add section pages

How to use section pages for navigation and directories

Use these instructions to set up section pages. Sections make great landing pages where users can jump off into other areas of related contents. Use sections for pages that have lots of subpages - directories, tables of contents, and other navigational pages. You can create section pages with different layouts to organize subpages in easy-to-navigate ways.

It's easy to switch between the compact directory, 2 column, 1 column, and thumbnail layouts. The compact directory, 2 column, and 1 column layouts show subpage links in larger text in the center of the page instead of in the "tree" style navigation on the left-hand side of the page. The thumbnail layout will show subpages and attachments as thumbnail images with titles.

First add a new basic page

  • Step 1: Navigate to the location on your intranet where you want your new page to be. Click "Add" in the upper right to add a new page.
  • Step 2: Type your page title in the box that says "Enter a title".
    • Note: Try to write a clear page title that includes topical and descriptive words.
      • Example: Projects for helping ThoughtFarmer customers go mobile.
      • In this example page title "projects" describes the type of activity or content and the other words explain the topic of the section.
  • Step 3: Click on the page type dropdown (the grey bar that says "Page") to the right of the page title, and select the "Section" page type.
  • Step 4: In the settings section at the bottom right, click on the text beside "Layout" to change the page layout.
  • Step 5: Click on the layout that you want. (See descriptions of the layouts below.)
  • Step 6: Click "Done".
  • Step 7: Click "Save" in the top right when you are done editing. Your new section page will appear on the screen, ready for you to add subpages.

Change page layout when viewing page

You can also change the page layout after saving or publishing the page. To do this, click "Layout" in the actions section on the right side of the page. If you don't see the "Layout" option, click "More Actions" below the "Add" button on the right, and the "Layout" option will appear.

In the "Layout" pop-up, click on the layout that you want to see. The page will reload in the new layout. This is the easiest way to compare different layouts to each other. Don't be afraid to experiment with the different layouts to see which one works best for your page - you can always go back to the previous layout!

Section layouts

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  • Compact directory: Page contents appear in the middle of the page. The subpages appear as small-text links in the center of the page below the main text. They appear in a separate portlet, creating a neat, organized view that works great for large sections and landing pages.
  • 2 column navigation: Page contents appear in the middle of the page. The subpages appear in the center of the page below the main text, and display two levels deep as large-text links in two columns. Page summaries show in this layout.
  • 1 column navigation: Page contents appear in the middle of the page. The subpages appear in the center of the page below the main text, and display two levels deep as large-text links in one column. Looks like a table of contents and is simple. Page summaries show in this layout.
  • Thumbnail: Subpages and attachments show as thumbnail images with titles, below the content of the page.

Add new pages

Once you've created your main landing page, start adding subpages. As you do, you'll start to see how these different page layouts organize subpages. Try switching between one page layout and another to compare - don't worry, you won't break anything!

The examples below show the same intranet section in four different layouts.

Example Compact Directory Section
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Example 2 Column Section
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Example 1 Column Section
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Example Thumbnail Section
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