Main Header Component (retiring, old brand)

Build your site's primary header with its formal title, a homepage link, and optional set of audience page links that will carry throughout your site.

Retiring Soon

This component will be retired and stop working when the new brand launches.
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New Brand Features

Switch to the new 'Header' component and make related  adjustments to your site.
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Using This Component

Add the component to the page. There are two editable sections: the header area itself and an 'Info For' list

The Search box is also shown, as 'disabled'. It must be enabled separately (see Setting up a Site-Wide Search).

Place this component at the top of your homepage directly beneath the main UB 'Reaching Others' banner. If you have an Emergency Alert Banner, put the Main Header below that as well.

The component as it is first displayed on the page.

Main Header Settings

Title: Enter the formal title for your website, the official name of your office or program.  Do not begin with "UB".

Title Link: Enter the primary URL for your website as a relative link ("/content/...").

Sub-Title: Enter an additional description for your site.

The component opened for editing the main header area.

'Info For' List

The 'Info For' list is intended to provide links to several secondary audience pages; e.g. 'Information for Prospective Students.' The List's settings can be adjusted in the same way as the standard List Builder component. If these links are not needed, just delete this component.

Headline: Provide a descriptive heading for your list.

  • The default provided is 'INFO FOR:".  

Next you must choose the type of list, as well as set additional advanced settings. Normally you will only provide a small number of links here, probably as a Fixed List, however the component provides almost all of the options for the List Builder component.

The component opened for editing the 'Info For' list.

List Settings

The component opened for editing the 'Info For' list.

Build list using: This drop-down menu asks how you want to build your list. You have the option to build it using:

  • Advanced search: Do not choose Advanced Search unless you are familiar with writing queries. Build a list using Java API and REST API. Advanced search accepts a query description, and creates and runs an XPath query.
    • An Advanced Search tab will automatically appear.
    • If desired, the XPath query will filter the result set and extract facets.
    • Query descriptions are made up from a set of predicates.
    • For each predicate type, there is an evaluator component that handles that specific predicate for XPath, filtering and facet extraction.
    • The REST API provides access to these features through HTTP with responses sent in JSON.
  • Child pages: Populate the content of the list with the pages found in a segment of a website.
    • A Child Pages tab will automatically appear. Click the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Parent Page field to select a folder from which to display pages in your list. (If you build your list with child pages you do not have the option of displaying them in the order of your choice.)

Be careful not to list the parent page here by mistake.
It can create a loop. > Read more

  • Fixed list: Build a list with selected choices. Fixed list requires you to manually add any additional pages to the list.
    • A Fixed List tab will automatically appear. Click the magnifying glass icons to select Web pages to be displayed.
    • Use the Up and Down buttons to specify the order that the web pages will be displayed in the list. The minus (-) buttons allow you to delete web pages while the + button enables you to add Web pages.
  • Another list: Populate your list using another previously created list. This is useful if you want to mirror items displayed on another page, while perhaps limiting the amount of items displayed.
    • An Another List tab will automatically appear. Click the arrow at the right of the List Reference field to select another page from which to pull a list to imitate:
      • Click on the field to pull up a browser window of all the pages in your UBCMS.
      • Select the page containing the list you want to use.
      • The browser will display all usable components on the right hand side of the browser. Choose the desired list and click OK.
  • Search: Use a particular word or phrase to build a list. Any page that contains the searched-for term will be included in the list.
    • Search query: Enter a predetermined unique keyword or phrase; e.g. "ubgreen-event" in our example.
      This is optional, but with no keyword you will display ALL events in the calendar. More complex queries are possible -- see Advanced Use.
    • Start in: Click the magnifying glass icon to select which page, and subsequent child pages, the search is confined to. Leave the field blank to search all pages in the UBCMS.
  • Tags: Build a list using the tag words assigned to certain pages. (Read more about Tagging Your Shared Content.)
    • A Tags tab will automatically appear. In the Tags field, type the tags you would like to use or select the tags from a drop-down menu by clicking on the downward arrow sign to the right of the field.
      • In the Limit to path field, choose the scope of the list by selecting the page, and subsequent child pages, to which you wish to limit the list. Leave this field blank to populate the list using the content of your entire UBCMS. Web pages with tags matching your selections will then be displayed in your list.
      • Be advised, items in lists built using tags are not sorted in the normal default order even if they all originate in one folder. If you want the items to appear in a specific order, specify that in the Order by field.

New window: Select so each clicked page is displayed in a new browser window.

Display as: This drop-down menu asks how you would like your list to be displayed. Lists fall into the general categories of Links, Teasers and Content:

  • Links: Display the pages in the list as underlined links. Clicking on one of the links will redirect the user to the page selected. The types of links available are:
    • Plain (default): If no other option is selected, the list will automatically be displayed as a set of plain links. They are bulleted with the right angle bracket (>) symbol.
    • Call to Action: The links are bulleted with the Call to Action component’s circular, exclamatory icon (large size).
    • Compact: The links are shown in a simple comma-separated list.
    • Grouped by Date: The un-bulleted list will be displayed with emphasis on the separate entries' time of creation. The date appears as the heading for each entry while the exact time of the page's creation and the link to the page are placed beneath.
    • News (with dates): This option also displays an un-bulleted list with the date of creation. A simpler format than Links: Grouped by Date, the title of each entry is followed by the date of creation all on a single line.
  • Teasers: Display a preview of the information that's on the pages from your list. The types of teasers available are:
    • With Images: Instead of bullets, an image from each page appears to the left of the page’s title. The introductory text of each page is displayed beneath the title.
      • Without Images: Displays the title of the page with its introductory paragraph. Items are bulleted with the Call to Action component’s circular, exclamatory icon (large size).
      • With Dates: Instead of bullets, an image from each page appears to the left of each page’s title and its date of creation. The page’s introductory paragraph appears below.
      • Grid: Displays the list as a gallery of images. Each page is represented by an image with its name beneath the picture.
  • Content:
    • Full Content Displays the full content of each page in the list.

Order by: There are several ways in which you can order your list:

  • postDate: Arrange by the date the list pages were created if using the News article template or with the Date Created component in any other template. Using postDate without one of these results in a randomized order.
  • jcr:created: Order the list by the date of creation, with the earliest date of creation beginning the list.
  • cq:lastModified: The list will be ordered by the date of modification. The page most recently edited will appear on top.
  • cq:template: The order will be established according to its arrangement in the Page Tree, sorted by template type used on each page.
  • jcr:title: The list is ordered alphabetically by title.
  • random: There will be a random order to the list.
  • You can also delete the default option and leave the field blank to sort the list by its arrangement in the Page Tree.

Reverse order: Check the box to select whether you would like to inverse the order selected in the Order by field.

Advanced List Options

The component opened for editing the 'Info For' list.

  • Start at: Select how many items you would like to skip at the beginning of the list (example: '5' will skip the first four items and begin the list at the fifth item). Left blank, the default value of '1' will result in the list displaying every item in your list. This setting can be useful if you wish to feature several items in one group, perhaps at the top of your news page, or on your homepage, and NOT have them repeated with the rest of your list displayed elsewhere on your site.
  • Limit: Choose a maximum number of entries (optional).
    • If left blank, the default value is 100; for example, if you leave it blank, no more than 100 items will be available.
    • If you set the Limit value smaller than the Paginate after value, users will never see the next page navigation!

If you want all items to appear in the list, do not leave the Limit field blank. Instead, enter a value that you anticipate will meet your needs; for example, 200, 500, etc. (The News Center has used 9999 as a 'very large number' because their archives date to 1990.)

Paginate after:  This setting turns on paginated returns, with the maximum number chosen displayed for each page (optional).

  • If left blank, the page will display all entries in the list.
  • If defined, a button labeled Next will appear at the bottom of the list on the first page. The subsequent pages will also include a Previous button until the final page of entries.

Exclude current page: Do not display any entries that link to the page on which the list is shown (optional).

Enable scheduling: Select to enable shared content Scheduling.

  • Scheduling can be used to automatically change the content in a list over time.
  • When scheduling is enabled, only pages whose “Featured on/off time” (as set in each page’s Page Properties) will be shown in the list.
  • Scheduled lists can be previewed for a given date and time by right-clicking the list and choosing “Schedule Preview”.
  • Unlike Delayed Activation or Scheduled On/Off Time, Featured On/Off Time does not affect the page’s visibility elsewhere on the site; it is still visible in navigation or by direct link.
  • Pages with “Featured on/off time” set must also be activated.
  • Examples of uses for list scheduling:
    • Hide an application link after a deadline has passed.
    • Switch from one featured image to another in a slideshow each day (set the start time of one item to the end time of another).

Host page: Specify on what page of your site you would like any shared content shown. By default will be the current page.

Empty message: Choose a suitable message that will display if the list is currently empty. (In the example shown above, it will say "Sorry, there is no news today.")


  1. Place this component at the top of your homepage directly beneath the main UB 'Reaching Others' banner. If you have an Emergency Alert Banner, put the Main Header below that as well.
  2. The Search box is initially shown as 'disabled'. It must be enabled separately (see Setting up a Site-Wide Search).

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April 20, 2017