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Link to external URL

An external URL is pretty self explanatory.  An external URL can be any site that does not start with http://www.creighton.edu. Even sites that are considered part of Creighton's web presence can be considered external, such as http://people.creighton.edu or http://medschool.creighton.edu.

In addition you can use "Link to external URL" to link to a document in your file list.  Please see Page properties - External URL for more on how to do this.  You might do this if you have a Student Handbook in PDF format that you want to be part of the menu for your site.

See Page properties - External URL for more information on what options or attributes you can give a Link to external URL.

External URL page icons

  1. A external URL page
  2. A external URL page that is hidden
  3. A external URL page that is hidden in menu
  4. A external URL pae with a start/stop date
  5. A external URL page which has a group assigned

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Properties

General Tab

  1. Type - this would change the standard page to another of the different page types available.  You can choose Standard, Shortcut, Mountpoint, External URL, SysFolder, Recycler or Visual menu separator.
  2. Layout - This is unused by Creighton and is not available on the Medschool server. 
  3. Last Updated - There are places (Creighton Newscenter for example) that display the most recently updated news stories.  This field could be used for that.  However we use an internal field to check the most recently updated.  
  4. New until - this is just for editor housekeeping and is not used by Typo3.  You can enter a date in here if you want to do something to the page after this date.
  5. No search - Creighton does not use Typo3's internal search and this is not available on the medschool server.  The size of the Typo3 installation is so large that using Typo3's internal search caused Typo3 to stutter, cough and occasionally crawl to a stop.  If we did use the internal search, this would exclude the current page from those results.
  6. Hide page - If the page is hidden it can only be accessed through typo3, it will not be available to the public
  7. Hide in Menu - If you have a page that you want available to the public but don't want it in the menu, check this.  You can link to it and display it, it just won't appear in any menu (unless you ask us to override this).
  8. Pagetitle - the actual name of the page.  This is what people will see in the address of the site and page.  Please see Naming pages for more information.  The field will hold up to 255 characters.
  9. Alias - This is not used by editors or site owners.  It is a way of giving a page a named unique ID rather than a numbered unique ID.  We've used it on the programming side but you shouldn't need to use it.
  10. Target - Let's say you have one page that you want to open into a new window.  You would put "_blank" (without quotes) into this text box (the checkbox next to it will check automatically).  This is actually not often used in conjunction with a standard page.  You would be much more likely to use it with a shortcut or an external URL to have that page open in a new window.
  11. Subtitle - Although not all sites use Subtitle, you can ask for it to display on your page.  An example of this is at the top of this page "Page Properties - Standard".  I could put anything in this field, it can be as long as you wish (up to 255 characters).
  12. Navigation Title - this is what will be seen in your menu.  Here you can put a "/" between words.  If you do not have a navigation title, the pagetitle will be used. While not suggested as it will wrap in your menu this field can hold up to 255 characters.

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URL Tab

  1. URL - the address of the external URL.  Example www.adobe.com. See URL Type - configuration below for explanation of the combination of type and what you put in URL
  2. Type - blank (default) http, https, ftp, mailto

Access Tab

  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) - 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.
  4. Include Subpages - This could be used with a login or it could be used in conjunction with a stop date to hide a entire section of your site.

URL Type - configuration

The default type is blank.  This means that you can literally copy and paste a URL from a browser and paste it into the URL text field.  Unless you have reason to change this, like using mailto or ftp, leave it at blank.

If you wish to try the following, use www.adobe.com as adobe has a secured server and an ftp server so all examples will work.

NOTE: if you do not leave type blank and are using http, https, or ftp, you must delete the http:// off the front of the URL in the URL text box.  So http://www.adobe.com would be pasted in as www.adobe.com.  If you choose type=http and have http://www.adobe.com in the URL textbox.  Typo3 will put an extra http:// in front of the URL.  Conversely if you leave the Type at the default of blank and do not put in the http:// in front of the url (so you put www.adobe.com in the textbox) Typo3 will add http://www.creighton.edu in front of www.adobe.com so the URL becomes www.creighton.edu/www.adobe.com.  

Types:

http - If you choose this you will need to drop the http:// off the url in the URL text box http://www.adobe.com

https - This will take the user to a secured site if the site has a security certificate.  Again drop the http:// from in front of your URL.

ftp - This will take the user to a site's ftp server if they have one.  Note that instead of www, there is an ftp. 

mailto - With this option you will need to put an email in the URL text box.  And the user will have to have an email client configured or this option will essentially go to a blank page and nothing will happen.  Even if the user has an email client configured, the page itself will display blank, nothing on it.  It's actually best to not use mailto in a menu, instead create a link in your text and in the "Insert/Modify Link" dialog box, choose the email tab.

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