When building or editing a page, the properties not only create the location and URL of your page, but much more!
Page properties control:
- The navigation of the page, including which category (location), order (position) and nesting (level 1, 2 or 3) the page will be.
- Page status: active, inactive and not accessible
- Page Title
- Page URL
- Link Name
- The layout of the page including displaying left nav, banners, etc.
- Inclusion in mobile sites and/or drop down menuing
- Critical Search Engine Optimization items including Title Bar Override, Meta Tag Description and Indexing / Crawling Settings
- Page Level Security (also called user side security) for creating password protected pages
You can create all your page properties at the time of building your page, or you can go back and edit and modify your pages at any time.
Building Page Properties:
When building a new page, the only required properties are the category, order and level of the page, along with the Title, URL and Link Name. You can continue to customize any and all of the property fields at this time or come back later to modify.
Modifying Page Properties:
To edit page properties, in Navigation Builder, click on the page (blue link).
In the tabs, click on Properties tab, as shown below.
Once in the Properties menu, you'll see 4 tabs: Page Navigation, Options, SEO, Security.
The three drop down menus on the left define where this page will be located on your website - and what position and level (nested page) it will be. Moving a page is as easy as changing these menus and clicking SAVE.
- Active is the default for all pages, and means that the page is immediately visible on your website.
- Inactive removes the page from all drop down and left side navigation, but keeps the page visible on your website - provided that the user knows the direct URL and/or you build a link to the page in your content. Because inactive pages are not seen in navigation it is an ideal way to build a page that you are not ready to have fully "live" yet, but do not need to have the page especially secure.
Important: inactive pages are fully indexed and crawled by Google and Bing search engines. If you want to be sure the page is not crawled, then go to the SEO tab and update your crawling & indexing settings.
- Not Accessible builds the page, but the page is not visible in any way on your live site. The only way to preview this page is for a Site Manager admin to be logged in and preview from Site Manager's page preview. (This is also referred to as unpublished.)
Inactive pages can have many different purposes, so it's important to realize that inactive status can be used in combination with password protected pages, and/or indexing/crawling settings to achieve the desired goal for your page.
Not Accessible is most typically used for pages in building that you do not want to be released or published in any way at this time. Keep in mind that once you change to active, search engines will need some time to find your page.
Page Title is a very important field for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and building websites with strong user appeal and best practices. The page title is typically located at the top of each page (differs with designs), and often is a designed element of your site.
Page titles can be the same or different from Link Name.
In Site Manager, you control your own URLs, and each page must have a unique URL. We recommend that this be clear, align with the page content and be short. Lowercase characters only, and you can use the "_" underscore symbol. Keep in mind that long URLs are not user or SEO friendly.
The Link Name field is what shows up in drop down menu and/or left navigation menus. It should be short, but descriptive and to the point. The Link Name can be the same as the Page Title, but many times it should be different. For example, if you want to have a Page Title of "About Our Mission", your Link Name could be "About" to keep the link name shorter.
Site Manager offers Page Level Schedule Status Changes, and for pages, you can enter two changes if desired.