Building Your Site Structure and Navigation in Collage
How Do I? Instructions for Building Your Site in Collage
Your Web site in Collage is built much like any Web site is, with the use of folders to help you keep your files organized. However, with Collage, your folder structure also dictates the structure of your navigation for your Web site. In conjunction with the Metadata attached to the Web page(s) in the folder, your Website folder structure allows Collage to build your navigation dynamically.
The How Do I? instructions below will help you build your site and your navigation structure in Collage.
To make the job of building your site structure and navigationeasier,it is important to develop a Web map for your site before you actually begin work in Collage. See instructions and sample Web map on the Web Publishing Resources page, under the Web Redesign Information section.
Building Your Site Structure in Collage
1.Log into Collage.
2. Click on the Contents tab.
The Contents tab is located in the top left of Collage's Classic view.
3. Navigate to your site file folder in the left navigation.
Your folder and its contents should appear on the right side of your Collage Classic view page when you click on the name of your folder.
In the initial setup of your Web site folder,folders and files based upon Southeastern's Content and Style Guidelines for your particular unit have been auto-populated.You will be able to add folders and delete folders as needed.
4. Based upon your Web map, create the folder structure for your Web site.
You will create a folder for each page that will link off of your home page.
Your navigation is based upon your folder structure and the metadata for the index page in the folder. In order to include a Web page in your navigation menu, you must first create a separate folder for the page.
To create a folder:
- Click the New Folder button on your tool bar located across the top of your page.
- Select the folder type for the folder you are creating.
The folder type for Web pagesgenerally should be acad_dept folder type for academic units, and admin_dept folder type for administrative units. See Dictionary of Collage Termsfor information on available folder types and their uses.
- Key in the name of the folder. This should not include caps, spaces or special characters. You will want your folder names to be short and abbreviated, but understandable.
- Key in a description of the contents you plan to include in your new folder.
- Click the OK button. Your folder should appear. (You may have to click the Refresh button located in the top right corner of your Collage Classic view page in order for your folder to appear.)
- Click the Refresh button located in the top right corner of your Collage Classic view page. Your folder should appear.
To delete a folder:
- Check the box next to the name of the folder.
- Click the Delete button that appears on your tool bar. Collage will prompt you if there are any files in the folder. If you are sure that you wish to delete the folder and the files contained in the folder, click yes.
Once you have set up the folder structure for your Web site, you will be able to create your navigation menu structure by completing the Metadata for the pages within your folders. This can be done as you build your folder structure in Collage. You may also elect to do this when you begin editing your Web pages.
1. Click on the folder name and open the folder for the page you wish to include in your navigation.
2. Click and check the box next to the Web pagefile name.
If there is no Web page file in your file folder, you will want to create one. You may do this in the Classic view of Collage by clicking on the New Document button on your tool bar. In the New Document box select the correct file type (admin_dept page or acad_dept page)and key in your file name,"index".
3. Click the Metadata button on the tool bar across the top of your Collage Classic view page.
4. Complete the Metadata fields for the file.
See Dictionary of Collage Terms for information on how to correctly complete the Metadata/Property fields for your Web page.
Toinclude the page in your navigation:
In the Is_SubNavigation field, click on Yes.
- In the Nav_Priority field, click on choice. This will set up the order in which your menu items will appear in your navigation menu.
5. Once you have completed the Metadata fields, click OK.
Collage should indicate that the Metadata was applied. Click OK again.
6. Continue to complete the Metadata on each of the Web pages you wish to include in your navigation.
You may set up additional subnavigation for individual Web pages that are linked to from your home page by following this same process.
For example, you may createsubnavigation for theAbout the Department page. To do this, simply create new folders inside theabout folder and correctly set the Metadata as indicated above.
To create subnavigation for pages linked to from your home page:
- Create new folderswithin the folder of the Web page you wish to include additional navigation in the left navigation menu.
- Complete the Metadata for these pages. When you preview the page, the new subnavigation built off of the page should appear.