Getting Started with Caltech Sites
Here are a few important tips for getting started:
- Publishing a page will add it to your site's navigation - unless you uncheck "Show in menus" on the Settings tab of the page editor.
- When you "Add Child Page" the answer is basically always "Interior Page" unless you are doing something very specialized.
- You should probably use the "Left Sidebar Layout" block for the main section of most of your pages. That will give some consistency to your site's pages. If your site has nested pages, we recommend adding "Sidebar Menu" as the first block in each sidebar section to provide navigation within each section (as seen on this very page). Subpages are added to the menu at the top of the page, but are hidden until a user hovers over the section title.
- When adding images or video to your site, it is generally best to use one of the many image or carousel block types; that lets the platform do intelligent things to make the image look good on mobile as well as desktops. When you add images or video into a Rich Text field, you will only have a handful of options for sizing or placing them.
- To prevent the torch in the footer from overlapping with your content, end your page with a "Spacer" block of at least 75px.
- When creating links, always use the page or document chooser. Links created with the choosers get updated if you move the target page or update the document. Only use the "url" or "external link" option for links to other sites or if you need to link to a section of a page.
- You should always publish pages as you go, rather than leaving them as drafts. If you don't want anyone to see your pages until the site launches, you can apply page privacy settings on the homepage to hide the entire site from unauthorized eyes.
To find out what blocks are available, look at www.caltech.edu. Most of the blocks you see there are available for use on your web site.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com and be sure to include a link to the page or site you are inquiring about.