When a new department or unit requests a presence on the website — or when special projects arise that necessitate a new area of the website — a section must be created. Every section includes an _index.pcf file (which is usually in the format of a Landing Page), a _props.pcf file (which stores the Section Properties), a nav.inc file (for the section's navigation menu), and subfolders to store documents and images. These steps walk through the creation process.
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How to Create a Section
- Use the section wizard to create the folder, _index.pcf file, _props.pcf file, _nav.inc file, and subfolders to store documents and images.
- Using available templates, create the section footer (_footer.inc file) and sidebar include (_sidebar.inc file). Then, publish everything. (Note: if these templates are not available, make sure that the Template Group option for the folder is set to Default instead of Interior.)
- Update the Directory Variables [section-home, navigation-start, section-include-status (on/off) and section-include (if on)].
- Check homepage to make sure all includes and settings are applied. Update _props.pcf to change breadcrumb or hero text as needed.
- Add homepage hero images (these are saved in the path of /images/hero).
- Create section end-user and admin group (e.g., SOM and SOM Admins).
- Apply end-user group (e.g., SOM) recursively to folder through Access settings (same place as Directory Variables)
- Apply admin group (e.g., SOM Admins) to _index.pcf, _nav.inc, _props.pcf, _footer.inc, and _sidebar.inc files, as applicable. This step may be repeated when sub-sections are created.
- Apply template group (Interior) recursively to folder through Access settings.
- Create an images and documents folder using the plain folder icon.
- Update the default image path Directory Variable to point to the local images folder (ox_ftp_image_root). This variable does not affect the Page Properties file chooser used for hero images.
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