Last Reviewed: April 22, 2021
Shared Content is meant to be embedded into regular webpages, using a component. Sometimes just part of the content is displayed, as a teaser in a list, or a slide in a carousel or slide deck. Other times the entire shared content page is displayed, wrapped in the header and footer of a 'host' page. This gives enormous flexibility.
Please be careful not to accidentally build a direct link to a Shared Content page. They are meant to be displayed using components, as modules, teasers, or 'hosted' pages (within the header and footer of a regular webpage. Linking to them on their own will load a rogue page that has no header or footer.
And while it is possible to construct an absolute link to a Shared Content page (https://), rather than using than building a reference using the finder tool, we strongly discourage this practice. Building absolute links to other UBCMS content into your pages is risky in general, because they are not automatically updated when the host page or detail page is later moved, and because these links are very hard to build and maintain.
When you use shared content in your site, one of your regular pages acts as a 'host' to provide the navigation and header/footer elements. For example, when you include shared content through a Shared Content Reference, the shared content is immediately displayed on that regular Web page, which acts as the host.
Components that are intended to work with Shared Content (e.g. lists and slide decks) include a special setting for 'Host page', so the shared content is displayed correctly (e.g. with header/footer and navigation), no matter which site the shared content is displayed on. This setting also allows you to specify a different page from the current one as the 'host' for that particular content. For example, all news stories might be displayed on your 'News' page, even if they are initially linked from a slide deck on your home page, or a list on another secondary page. This setting is often found in the Advanced Options (see this setting for the List Builder).
If you do not provide a page in this setting, the component will use the current page as the 'host.' The shared content will appear on the same page the person was viewing when they clicked the link.
In cases where the shared content components do not meet your needs, and you still wish to link directly to a shared content page from your site, consider pulling the content onto a new page within your site by using the Shared Content Reference component to display the shared content on that page, and then link to this page instead.
This approach has the following advantages:
Shared Content that is intended for use throughout the university can be found in the University-Wide and Authoritative areas. However, you may also notice a piece of content on another unit's website, and we encourage you to first contact that unit before using their Shared Content page on your own site.
Before using content from another source, please consider:
A variety of examples and case studies are presented on the Shared Content overview.