MINES CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
SITE NAVIGATION
The Mines Content Management System (CMS) is a web-based application that allows
web site owners and administrators to update pages, add images, and upload documents
without any prior web development experience. This tutorial explains how to manipulate
your siteʼs navigation elements.
This tutorial assumes that you have an understanding of basic CMS operation and concepts. If you do not
have a CMS account, don’t know how to navigate to your work area, check out pages, or approve
changes, refer to the Content Management Basics tutorial.
NAVIGATION CONCEPTS
The CMS automatically builds and updates navigation for Inside.Mines.edu, and for sub-
sites hosted underneath Inside.Mines. When site users click on top-level navigation items,
they are presented with expanded sub-navigation options, and can dig even deeper into a
specific area of the site by clicking on sub-nav elements, which then expose new sub-
sub-nav options.
The navigation structure on Inside.Mines.edu essentially illustrates the parent-child
relationship of CMS directories, a concept that is more easily understood when presented
in context:
This image highlights the navigation structure the user sees on the Registrarʼs Bulletins
page. Note how sub-nav items continually decrease in size and increase indentation to
indicate their parent-child relationship to the user.
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This structure is a direct reflection of the directory structure in
the CMS, as illustrated at left. CMS users with access to the
Academic Affairs portion of Inside.Mines can log in, navigate to
their home directory, and make changes to the Academic
Affairs site. If they wish, they can add a new directory in the
CMS, which will in turn appear on the live site as a navigation
element.
ADDING A NEW NAVIGATION ELEMENT
If youʼd like to add a new navigation element to your section of
Inside.Mines, do the following:
Note that only site owners and administrators with Architect
privileges are able to add new navigation elements. To request
elevated privileges, submit a Help Center ticket at http://
helpdesk.mines.edu.
1. Log in to the CMS and navigate to the directory youʼd like to create the navigation element in.
2. At the top of the CMS screen, you should see a series of breadcrumb-like elements that
describe the path to the current directory. Click the “Create Sub-folder” link under the
breadcrumb that represents the directory youʼd like to add the nav element to. If you donʼt
see this option, you donʼt have the required privileges.
3. You should now be on the “Folder Options” page. Click the “Content” link to create a default
content directory.
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4. Specify the new folderʼs display name (this will appear on the live site as the new navigation
elementʼs name, so pick something concise). Change the Default Template to “Inside -
Content (Sidebar) Template.” Leave all other fields unchanged and click “submit.”
5. Your new folder has been created, and you can now create pages within it. Note that until a
directory contains an approved page, it will not appear on the live site, so be sure to
create a placeholder page right away.
HIDING NAVIGATION ELEMENTS
On occasion, site owners will want to add a new section to their web site (along with a
corresponding navigation element), but need time to develop the content without allowing
site visitors access to the “under construction” section. The CMS enables users to hide
navigation elements from view. Pages within hidden elements are still accessible if site
visitors know the direct URL.
To hide a navigation element:
1. Log in to the CMS and navigate to the directory that corresponds to the navigation element
youʼd like to hide.
2. Click the “Edit Folder Properties” link under the directory breadcrumb. This opens the “Basic
Options” page.
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3. Scroll down the “Basic Options” page and find the “Show Folder in Navigation” checkbox.
Uncheck the box and click the “Change Basic Information” button below.
Check the “Show Folder in Navigation” box, then click the “Change Basic Information” button.
Thatʼs it. The corresponding navigation element should be hidden from site visitors. To display the
element, just re-check the box and click the “Change Basic Information” button again.
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