How the Menu System Works

  • Now that the IUP website has converted to the new, responsive design, menus are automatically generated for each section of the site. When a new page layout is created in an existing folder, Ektron automatically adds that page to the menu (and creates a user-friendly URL, called an alias, at the same time.)

    Exception: If you create a new folder, you must inform the Web Team so they can activate that folder’s menu (see “What About New Folders?” below).

    Web maintainers must remember that the CMS folder structure drives the website menu structure.

    When new pages are created in existing folders, they automatically appear on the website in the menu that corresponds to their folder location.

    Every folder has a menu, but it only becomes active when two or more published pages are in that folder. If it holds just a single page (and no subfolders), the menu of the folder directly above it is displayed instead.

    Example: An office website has a main folder, which has a Services subfolder containing a single page named “Services.” The main menu for this website contains a link to the Services page, plus links to News, Events, and other sections of the site. If the Services page is visited, the main menu will still appear, because there are no other pages in the Services section.

    But, if a new page called “Employees” is made in the Services folder, this will automatically appear as a sub-page under Services. The main page menu will display a + sign next to Services, which will open its submenu and show the Employees link. However, when the Services page is visited, it will now display its own menu, containing two links: Services and Employees. 

    What About New Folders?

    Menus work automatically, but they still need to be activated in new folders. If they are not activated, nothing made in the new folder will ever appear on the IUP website.

    If you create a new folder and submit a new page layout from that folder, you must inform the Web Team! Activating the menu is a simple process, but it’s a web maintainer’s responsibility to let us know. Either submit an ihelp ticket, or shoot us a quick e-mail at web-team@iup.edu with the details. We’ll take care of the rest.

    Renaming Pages

    If an existing page is renamed, the name change will not take effect on the menu until the page is published.

    If the main page within a folder is renamed, you must tell the Web Team so the menu settings for that folder can be updated. Otherwise, the new page name will not change in the menu.