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Adding navigation into your website

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2013 03:07PM CDT

To edit your navigation, go to: Publish > Navigation.

When your website was initially setup, we provided you with a few default pages that were each linked to corresponding navigation labels. It is usually easier to rename these pages in order to retrofit them for your own content, instead of deleting them and starting over. If you would like to build your navigation before your pages content is written, simply use the placeholder options when adding new navigation links.

You’ll find the navigation is quick and easy to use. Simply click on one of the left column titles or the arrows on the left of each title, to then drag and drop it to the location where you want it to live. You may position it as a 2nd or 3rd sub-level “child” link by dragging it over the 1st top-level “parent” link that you want it to live under. For better usability, we only allow for 3 levels of navigation.

To rename and retrofit your default navigation, simply click the pencil icon on the right. Your navigation labels do not need to match your page names. Many ministries will shorten the 1st level laberls to be a short word to provide more space for links in the primary navigation. With this in mind, the page name might be “About our Gospel Ministry” but the actually label might only say “About” or “About Us” to save on space. The number of available top-level links is based on the structure of your design.

When creating a new navigation label, simply click the word +NEW on the right next to the area where you want your new navigation link to live. You may check the box to make it sub-level, or leave the box unchecked to keep it at the same level as the one before it. When you are naming or renaming an existing navigation label, you have the option to link the navigation label to either a URL, placeholder, page, or one of the blogs you have created within the posts module.

Custom Pages: Enter a URL
You may link any top-level or sub-level navigation to an external URL domain name. For usability purposes, many ministries will have the top-level navigation item redirect to a sub-level page via the live URL of that page. This may make sense if your website has drop-down menus built in and people miss clicking on the top-level link. Our system will only allow you to link to one page from one navigation link. If you would like to have 2 links to the same page, then using the live URL is the way to go. Just remember to change these staging URL links to the new live domain name when your website launches.

Custom Pages: Placeholder
This option is primarily for your initial navigation setup. When you simply want to layout your pages before your content is written, you can setup placeholders that you can change at a later date. Using this option will create a dead link, but it can be used if you do not want to redirect a top-level link to a different sub-level page. Some ministries with built-in drop-down menus like to make the top-level labels unclickable placeholders. When the top-level is unclickable, it will simply open the drop-down menu to click into sub-level pages. Although there is no rule, redirecting a top-level link to a sub-level page via the URL may be better for usability.

Your Pages
As stated above, you may link to any page once. When your website was initially setup, we installed your Sermon and Events pages. You may rename these pages within the pages module. If your ministry does not have sermons or events at this time, you may easily remove them from the navigation module. If you do not delete them from the pages module, they will be available to add at a later date once your ministry has the need for this functionality. If for some reason that your sermons or events pages have been deleted from the pages module, simply let us know and we will restore them for you.

Your Blogs
You have the ability to setup an unlimited number of blogs within your website under: Publish > Posts > All Blogs > Add a New Blog. Once added, you may then select that blog to add posts into when adding a post. Once the new blog is created, you may then add it into your navigation just like a page. The blogs that you have created are listed at the bottom of the list when you add or rename a navigation label.

Save Changes/Discard Changes
Any change that you make in the navigation module are not saved in real time. To make the new changes live on your staging or public website, you need to click: Save Changes. There is not a way to revert back to the original navigation once these changes are saved, so be careful to double check that everything is where it needs to be before saving. If you do not want to save the new changes, simply click: Discard Changes.

NOTE: Since the navigation is the anchor for your website content, it is suggested that Master Admins give very limited access to this module. It is best to setup new Admins with access only to a few modules until you are able to trust them as they create new content for your ministry.

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