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How to create different page types and layouts

How to create different page types & layouts

Use these instructions to create pages of different types, and to choose the best layout for your page. With just a few clicks you can create different pages for different purposes, including navigational sections, groups, news, blogs, forums, calendars and photo galleries.

Seven page types

There are seven page types to choose from when you create or edit a page. Each type is great for different uses. To choose a page type in edit mode, click on the page type dropdown to the right of the page title and select a page type. Experiment to see what page type is best for your purpose.
 
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  • Page: Your multi-purpose knowledge-sharing page. Store, share, or collaborate on information. Sibling pages are listed in a expandable tree navigation on the left side of the page.
  • Section: Landing page or directory where users can jump off into other areas of related content. It's not about what's on the page, but where you can get to from the page.
  • Group: Connect people with something in common via shared news streams and group email discussions. Groups are great for projects, departments, offices, teams, and shared interests.
  • News/Blog: Keep people up-to-date on news about an office or department, or chronicle your journey through a project.
  • Forum: Ideal for discussing topics, collaborating on ideas, and getting answers to questions. Forum posts can be viewed by the most recently active posts, or the most popular posts.
  • Calendar: Schedule meetings, training, vacations, and other events on calendars that can be viewed by month, week, or day. Calendar event pages contain more details about individual events.
  • Photo Gallery: Photo galleries are designed to showcase images. Hover over an image for a quick preview, or click for a larger slideshow view.
When you add a page, there is also the option to choose "Link" under the page type dropdown. When you select "Link", rather than creating a page, you are creating a link in the navigation of the parent and sibling pages.
  • Link: Create links in the page navigation for easy access to other intranet pages, external web sites, or even email addresses.
When you add a page to a calendar, you automatically create an Event page type. When you add a page to a news or blog page, you automatically create a Post. When you add a page to a forum, you automatically create a Topic, Question, or Idea, depending on the forum type.

Page layouts

Different layout options are available for four of the page types listed above: section, group, news/blog and calendar. Learn how to change the page layout.

Section

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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: 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: 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.

Group

  • Left navigation: Page contents appear in the middle of the page and subpages appear on the left-hand side of the page in the expandable "tree" navigation view.
  • Compact directory, 2 column, 1 column, Thumbnail: See descriptions above.

News/Blog

  • News: Shows subpages as posts in the middle of the page, listed chronologically by date posted. Only the post title and an excerpt of the post content shows on the news page.
Example News page
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  • Blog: Shows subpages as posts in the middle of the page, listed chronologically by date posted. The full content of each post is shown on the blog page.
Example Blog page
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Calendar

You can choose the default display for a calendar, but individuals viewing the calendar can still choose to view it by month, week or day.
  • Month: Displayed one month at a time, with events displaying with start time on event days.
  • Week: Displayed one week at a time, with time of day showing in the left column.
  • Day: Displayed one day at a time, with time of day showing in the left column.

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