Navigation and Hierarchy

As mentioned before pages are hierarchical in nature which means they can have children or parents as the case may be.  You will know which page has children and grand children by seeing the dash to the left of the title.  One dash indicates a child, two denote a grand child, three a great grandchild, etc...  We will go over how to make changes in your navigational higherarchy in this tutorial.

  • Make sure you are logged in to your admin area. Click here if you are not sure how to do this.
  • Click on the pages link on the left side menu in your admin area.
    • Beware that this list is paginated so if you have more than 10 pages total some might be on additional admin pages
    • You can navigate through at the top or bottom of the list on the right side.
    • You can also use the search form on the upper right to find the page you are needing to edit.
  • To make a child or grandchild page.
    • First click the title of the page you want to change.
    • On the the page that loads there is a panel on the right side that says "Page Attributes".
    • One of the attributes is the parent with a drop down box.
    • Click on the drop down box and select the title of the page you want to make the parent of the page you are on currently.
    • There is no limit to the number of generations you can have, but keep in mind that each generation takes another click for your users to make to find the information they are looking for so keep it under control.
    • A good rule of thumb is to use the rules that you learned in high school regarding a good outline and you should have the makings of a good website hierarchy.
  • To change the order in which the pages are displayed
    • On the main list of pages, you can simply drag and drop the order you want your pages displayed
    • This will effect the order on any drop down navigation menus as well as the list of child pages on the parent page.  For more on effecting the way your child pages are displayed, click here.
    • This can also change the hierarchy in lieu of the previous method by dragging and dropping new children into the list of existing ones below the parent

 

Please note that typically you will not want to add any first generation or top level pages to your website, but should rather only add children or other generations to the top level instead. This is because the navigation is normally set to a specific width to keep the layout looking nice. This doesn't mean you cannot add new pages, it's just that you will probably need your-web-guys to help make sure the alignment of your navigation bar does not get sideways with too many options.

If that is the case, simply send an email to support@yourwebguys.net and we will make the adjustments needed. However, additional generations or siblings of exisitng generations can be done to your hearts content.

If you have any trouble with this process, please send us a support email we are always happy to help.

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