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Creating a New Web Page

A page can be both a 'Parent' to one or more 'Child' pages, as well as a 'Child of a 'Parent' page. Child pages, sometimes called subpages, are pages that reside in a level below another page, referred to as the Parent page.

Shared Content pages are discussed separately.

On this page:

The page name becomes part of its URL, and is also used in SEO. When naming a page or a folder that will contain pages, it is important to use machine readable as well as intuitive language. Seperate words with hyphens and do not use spaces, underscores or special characters. For example, if you are creating a folder titled "Our Images," use "our-images" as the title. < read more about page names

Creating a New Page

When you select New Page… in the Website Console, UBCMS will ask you to choose a page template.
When you select New Page in the Websites console, UBCMS will ask you to choose a page template.
  1. Select the Websites console.
  2. To create a new page, navigate to what you want to become its Parent page in the Page Tree View.
  3. In the List View, select New..., then New Page
  • In the Title field, assign the page a title.
    • This will be the page's title, which will appear in the navigation on the left sidebar and the Title component at the top of your new page, as well as a browser's Title Bar.
    • Remember that people often have many tabs open, so the first few words are critical to help them relocate your page among the many they have open.  

When viewed in the browser tab, search results, or bookmarks, all UBCMS pages will always end with ' - University at Buffalo'.

  • If you leave the Name field blank, UBCMS will populate a name which follows best practices for naming documents, based on your page's title.
    • The Name will be in all lowercase characters with hyphens replacing any spaces. If you prefer to name your file something else, you may enter it in the Name field.

> Read more about naming UBCMS pages

  • Select a page layout (see examples below).
  • Click Create. Your new page will appear in the List View.

If you later need to change the title of your page, you can do so by editing the Page Properties. Right click the page in the List View, or use the sidekick in Edit view.

Identifying a site’s future URL

The URL of a published page will depend on the path in the UBCMS and any redirects, vanity URLs or other features set up for that site.

Sites under /content/www/ will begin with http://www.buffalo.edu. For example, /content/www/ubcares/ will become http://www.buffalo.edu/ubcares, and /content/www/ubcares/etc will become http://www.buffalo.edu/ubcares/etc.html, and so on.

Sites at the same level as /content/www/ will have their top level page prepended to .buffalo.edu. For example, /content/ubmd/ will generally become http://ubmd.buffalo.edu, and /content/www/ubmd/etc will become http://ubmd.buffalo.edu/etc.html, and so on.

Page Template Examples:

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This page layout is a great place to start. Use it for basic pages of content, including running text, lists, and images. The right sidebar should be used to promote important items, show news, and highlight events.
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Keep your audience foused on your message by eliminating the right sidebar. This page layout may also be used in conjunction with the Column Control component to create a layout tailored to your specific needs.
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Similar to the Wide Page (no right sidebar) template, this page keeps the focus on the content, but does allow for additional information to be displayed in the right sidebar.

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The Gallery Page Layout can be used to display small or large amounts of visual content that your audience can quickly view. This page was created by using the Column Control, Photo, and Body Text components.
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News lists are created using the News List component from the Sidekick. This list pulls in content from the Shared Content area of the CMS. The news articles that are linked to are created using the News Article Template. If an article has a photo it will automatically appear in this list view.
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This page gives you the opportunity to feature a main graphic or photo while also allowing Sidebar Components such as the Flex Module or Carousel.
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This page layout provides the most flexibility for positioning your content. See the Column Control page for more examples.
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The Contact/Form Page template contains just a sample of available form fields. For a complete list of available fields and configuration instructions, see the Form Components section of the Components Library.

Additional Settings

When you create a page, you can adjust a number of additional settings, including the following:

  • Hide in List and Hide in Navigation help you to adjust how this new page (and any future children) appear on your published site.
  • Tags, to help build bundled lists of shared content pages, or to channel them precisely where you want them.
  • Vanity URLs allow the page to take traffic redirected from another existing UB URL.
  • Scheduling On / Off Time allow you to pre-set a specific time when the page will go live.
  • plus title and description controls that adjust how the page will be show in lists and carousels.

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