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New Menu/Sitemap Element - Main Typo3 Server

New Menu/Sitemap Element - Medschool Typo3 Server

Menu/Site Map - what is it and what can it do?

Almost everyone with experience on the Internet knows what a site map is.  It's an outline of a site (like a book outline) with links to each page.  Sometimes if you are searching for something and cannot find it in the menu or in a search (especially if you are like me and do not know exactly what to search for) a site map can help you. 

If you wish to use the "Sitemap" option please contact the Webteam.

However, the content element "site map" can do so much more than the site map we are familiar with.  It can create a section index, links to subpages to the current page, even pull in recently updated pages or pages linked via keywordsEach will be covered below.  

Menu/Sitemap content element icons

  1. A regular sitemap content element
  2. A hidden sitemap content element
  3. A sitemap content element with a start/stop date

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General Tab

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  1. Type - this would change the element to another of the different content elements available.  You can choose Text, Insert records, Site Map, Header only, HTML, Mail form, and Plugin.
  2. Columns - what column you want the content in, Normal, Left, Right or Border.  At Creighton we almost always use Normal for the center/main content.  Left and Right columns are obvious and Border usually is below the Normal content with styling separating it from the main content.  You can change what column your content is in in a regular edit of the General tab (see #2 above), you can change several using quick Edit or you can actually "move" them from column to column.
  3. Index - if you are using a Section Index Menu (creating bookmarks to the content on the page), that menu would show only the content elements with Index checked.
  4. Hide this content element.
  5. The header if you wish one.
  6. How you want the header text aligned, center, left, or right.  Note: if a different alignment than left does not work, contact the webteam and they can correct this.  How the site is styled can override this.
  7. Header type - if styled, each one of the options here can give you a different size/color and or position of the header, you must go through the webteam though to have them styled.  See image below.
  8. Header link - headers can be links just like links in your regular text.
  9. Header date - this will show a date just above your header.  It is in M/d/y format.  If you check it and not enter a date, it will use the current date.
  10. To Top - this will create a "To Top" link below this content element.
  11. Medschool Typo3 server - Before, how much white space (in pixels) to add above this element.
  12. Medschool Typo3 server - After, how much white space (in pixels) to add below this element..

Header types available.  How they will appear (other than hidden) will depend on how they are styled for your site.

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Menu/Sitemap tab

  1. Menu Type
  2. Startingpoint - this name is a little deceptive as you can have more than one page listed here.  "Menu of these pages" will create a menu of all the pages you choose as a "Startingpoint". 

    If you choose "Section Index" and give it a "Startingpoint" (or even two starting points) the page will show the section index of the page(s) you choose.

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Access Tab

The Creighton Typo3 trainers do an excellent job of covering this in the Typo3 class.  You can find it in the handout from that class on page 20.  If you cannot find your copy you may download one from here (pdf, doc).  The class is also available in Bluetrain.

One thing to note is that the content will appear/disappear at midnight of the date entered.

  1. Start - If you want this page hidden but to show on a certain date, you can put that date here. NOTE: the format is Day/Month/Year.  And the effective time is midnight of that date.  
  2. Stop - If you wanted this page to become hidden on a certain date, you can put that date here. NOTE: the format is Day/Month/Year.  And the effective time is midnight of that date.
  3. Selected (and Items) - Not seen on the Medschool Server - this is used when there is information on that page that would be limited to a certain group of people who had to login to see it.  It is used in conjunction with a login.

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Menu Type:

Menu of these pages

Menu of these pages - "these" pages are the pages listed in the "Startingpoint" textarea, not the current page's subpages.

The menu this creates is just to the pages listed in the "Startingpoint" textarea. 

If you leave the "Startingpoint" textarea blank, you will get nothing.


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Menu of subpages to these pages

With this choice you do not have to specify a starting point, but you can.  Obviously if there are no subpages under the current page or the startingpoint page, you will not get a menu.

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If you do not specify a startingpoint the menu will show the subpages of the page you are adding the menu to.

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If you want a menu of the subpages of the currently highlighted page AND another page, you will have to put both in the "Startingpoint" textarea as once there is a page listed there, this menu will no longer automatically pick up the subpages to the currently highlighted page.

You can have more than one page listed in the startingpoint.  The subsequent menu is then of both pages combined.

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Menu of subpages to these pages (with abstract)

This works just the same as "Menu of subpages to these pages".   If you add a startingpoint or startingpoints, the menu will show subpages to those pages.  Or if you do not have a startingpoint, it will show the subpages to the current page.  An abstract is a brief summary of that page's content and/or purpose that is located in the metadata.  A further description of the metadata is on Page properties - Standard.

This is what it would look like on the page with no styling of the menu.

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Menu of subpages to these pages + sections

This works just the same as "Menu of subpages to these pages" except that it will also display a link to all the content elements with index checked. 

This type of menu will show not only the subpages as above but it will also show the indexed content on each subpage.  

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If you want to actually create a sitemap like CCAS has or I have here in this site contact the Webteam for assistance. Currently if you choose "Sitemap" from the options for Menu/Sitemap, it will try to do a sitemap for all of Creighton and not only will the page more than likely stall, but in trying to create it, the entire Typo3 server could slow or potentially stall.

This is a portion of the sitemap for the manual.


Section Index (pagecontent w/Index checked).

A section index menu is what you would find on a FAQ page with a link to each of the topics (or content elements with "Index" checked on).  The menu at the top of this page is a Section index.  

A section menu with all content indexed. Click image for full size:

Here Content element 2 does not have index checked.  Click image for full size:

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Recently updated pages

Okay this menu is a bit mysterious.  I cannot find documentation on this type of menu (of course) so what criteria it uses is beyond me.  I'm not sure what constitutes "recently updated".  1 day?,  2 days?, a week?   When I found out more I'll happily share, for now use if you want but I can't help you with it.


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Related pages (based on keywords)

This will display pages that have the same keyword(s) in the metadata field "Keywords" as the page that you place the menu on

So if you want a menu of all pages with the keyword "anthropology ", you will have to put "anthropology" in the keywords of the page that you are creating the menu on as well as in the keywords of all the pages that you want to be found in the search.

If you have a page with this menu on it, with the keywords "anthropology" and "cultural".  The menu will find all the pages with EITHER "anthropology" or "cultural" on them.

I cannot find any documentation on this either and if you put a starting point on the menu, you will not (from what I can tel) get any results.  So avoid using this and contact the webteam as we do have an alternative.  

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