Page settings - the Info panel
The basic settings for each Page, Stacked Panel or Folder are managed within the Info pane. On some sites this is labelled Settings instead of Info.
Start by giving your new page a Title. This will be used by the navigation menus so be sure to make the title succinct and meaningful.
Browser Window Title
By default the system will use the Title field (above) so there is no need to fill-out the Browser Window Title unless you want different text to appear in the browser tab/framework. The image below shows where this text is visible in a typical browser tab.
By default creating a new Page, Stacked Panel or Folder will generate a unique ID that the system uses to generate the URL (web page address) to get to the content. The system uses the date and time to generate the sequence of numbers that you see in this field.
If you leave the page with the default number ID then the link to the page will end up looking something like this:
Choosing words for your page ID will lead to a web address that is potentially easier for visitors to read such as:
Using the default date as the ID can be useful for management of some sets of articles. As long as the page ID is unique it doesn't matter if you choose words, number or a combination.
The CMS give users options for four types of page status Offline, Online, Hidden and Invisible. These options are explained in detail on a separate help page for Status. Whilst building a page the Invisible status is a useful starting point.
Setting a Publish date is not necessary for pages that will be permanently online, or pages that do not need to be sorted by date. Information based pages that will reside on the site always - about pages, mission statements and the like... do not need a publish date.
The Publish date is useful for news articles, events or any material that is time sensitive.
Setting a publish date overrides the Page Status - so that the page will go online when that date arrives. This is useful for scheduling content ahead of time. It also means caution needs to be applied when using the publish date to avoid incomplete work going online.
Clearing the Publish and Expiry Dates
To take a page Offline clear the publish date as the page will continually trigger to go online if an active Publish Date is in place.
Setting an expiry date will take the page/folder offline on that date. Please note that whilst the date picker provides an hour option - the system is not currently set-up for that level of specificity and uses the date setting only.
Meta Data - Description
The Meta Data Description field is used by the CMS in two ways. On general pages putting a concise description, that is one or two sentences to say what the page is about, will then be used by third party search engines to display in situations whereby search results that bring up the page. On News articles that also contain a Publish Date and appear as part of a News feed, this description field is used to place an introductory text to invite readers to view the longer article.
Meta Data - Keywords
Within the CMS this field is used to add words that are not used within the text content of a page that could help visitors to locate information via the web site search tool. For example a page containing information about school fees might only use the word "fees". In this example a visitor searching the word "fees" would have the page returned in the web site search results. The keywords field provides you with an opportunity to add other terms to the index, topic related words such as costs, charges, deposit, words that were not used on the page itself that visitors coming to the site might enter into the search field to try and locate the information they seek.