Adding a Node

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The following example shows how to create a node with simple navigation to related content pages. Although a node does not have a content page associated with it, it does have a URL Key which can be referenced elsewhere in your site.

For example, you might create a node called “Press Releases” that has navigation to individual press releases. Then, you can include the link on your “About Us” page to the node. Or you might create a node for a collection of back issues of your newsletter.

To link to a node, use the Widget tool to create a CMS Hierarchy Node Link. Then, place the widget in a content block or page.

Navigation Menu on About Us Page

Step 1: Create a Node

  1. On the Admin sidebar, go to Content > Elements > Hierarchy.

    Hierarchy - CMS Pages Grid

  2. Above the grid, click Add Node. Then, do the following:

    • Under Page Properties, type a Title for the node.

    • Enter a suitable URL Key in all lowercase characters, using hyphens to separate words, instead of spaces.

      Page Properties

    • Click Save. The node appears as a folder in the tree on the left of the page.

      Node Added to Page Hierarchy Tree

Step 2: Add Pages to the Node

  1. In the hierarchy tree, click the node to open it in edit mode.

  2. Scroll down to the CMS pages section and select the checkbox of each page you want to include in the hierarchy.

  3. Click Add Selected Pages(s) to Tree. Each selected page appears in the tree below the node folder.

    Pages Added to Tree

Step 3: Define the Structure

  1. If necessary, drag the pages into position to reflect the order that they are to appear in the menu.

    Drag Pages into Position

  2. Click the node at the top of the hierarchy. The Page Properties section now displays information about the node.

  3. Under Render Metadata in HTML Head, do the following:

    Render Meta Data

    • To identify the node as the top of the hierarchy, set First to Yes.

    • To display a pagination control, set Next/Previous to Yes.

    • To organize the pages in the hierarchy as a book, set Enable Chapter/Section to Yes.

    • To assign the node to a specific part of the book, set Chapter/Section to one of the following:

      • Chapter
      • Section
      • Both

      If you don’t want to include the node as part of the book, choose None.

Step 4: Add Pagination Controls

  1. Under Pagination Options for Nested Pages, set Enable Pagination to Yes.

    Pagination Options

  2. In the Frame field, enter the number of page links that you want to include in the pagination control.

    If there are more pages in the hierarchy that can be included in the pagination control.

  3. In the Frame Skip field, enter the number of pages that you want to skip ahead (or back) for the next set of pagination links.

Step 5: Choose the Menu Layout

  1. If you want the node to appear in the menu, do the following:

    • Under Page Navigation Menu Options, set Show in Navigation Menu to Yes.

      Page Navigation Menu Options

    • To specify the location of the menu in relation to the content, set Menu Layout ot one of the following:

      • Use Default
      • Content
      • Left Column
      • Right Column
    • To specify how much detail is included in the menu, set Menu Detalization to one of the following:

      Only Children Includes only subpages in the menu.
      Neighbours and Children Includes subpages and other pages that re at the same level in the hierarchy.
    • To determine the depth of the menu, set Maximal Depth to the maximum number of levels to include.

    • To format the menu, choose the List Type and corresponding List Style.

      Unordered The menu options are not numbered, and can be formatted with or without bullets.
      Ordered The menu options are numbered, and can be formatted as numeric, alphabetic, or roman numerals in either upper-or lowercase.
  2. Under Main Navigation Menu Options, do the following:

    If you want the node to be visible in the navigation menu, set Show in Navigation menu to “Yes”.

    Main Navigation Menu Options

  3. When complete, click Save.

Field Descriptions

Field Description
Node Properties  
Title The name of the the node.
URL Key A unique web address for the node.
Render Metadata in HTML Head  
This settings in this section apply only to top-level nodes and pages, and define the structure of the hierarchy.  
First Identifies the first page in the hierarchy. Options: Yes / No
Next/Previous Adds Next and Previous page links so readers can browse in sequence. Options: Yes / No
Enable Chapter/Section Determines if the content can be organized as a book, with chapters and sections. Options: Yes / No
Chapter/Section Options:
No - Does not assign a book part to the current node.
Chapter - Assigns the current node as a chapter.
Section - Assigns the current node as a section.
Both - Assigns the current node as both a chapter and section.
Pagination options for nested pages  
Enable Pagination Determines if a pagination control appears at the bottom of the each page. Options: Yes / No
Frame Determines the number of pagination links that appear in the pagination control.
Frame Skip Specifies the number of pages to skip ahead if there are additional pages beyond what is visible in the pagination control.
Page Navigation Menu Options  
Show in Navigation Menu Determines if a navigational menu is generated for the page hierarchy.

Options: Yes / No
Menu Layout Determines the default layout of navigation menu.

Use Default - Uses the menu style that is specified in the configuration.
Left Column - The menu appears to the left of the content.
Right Column - The menu appears to the right of the content.
Menu Detalization Determines the level of detail that is to be included in the menu.

Only Children - Includes only subpages i(children) in the menu.
Neighbors and Children - Includes both subpages and other pages at the same level in the hierarchy (neighbors) in the menu.
Maximal Depth Determines the number of levels in the menu.
List Type Determines the style that is applied to the menu. Options:
Unordered - Creates a list of menu options that can be styled with or without bullets. List Styles: Default, Circle, Disc, Square.
Ordered - Creates a list of numbered menu options that can be numbered. List Styles: Default, Numbers (1, 2, 3,…), Lower Alpha (a, b, c. …), Upper Alpha (A, B, C, …), Lower Roman (i, ii, iii, …), Upper Roman (I, II, III, …)
Main Navigation Menu Options  
Show in navigation menu Determines if the selected node is visible in the navigation menu. Options: Yes / No