Page Layouts and Content Region Overview
- Site Layout
In order to accelerate page development, Mura has the Layouts & Objects tab in the Edit Content view. The Layouts & Objects tab lets you pick from several pre-built page layouts, refered to as Layout Templates. It also helps you apply content to page sections other than the main content, summary and title fields, which are found in the Edit Content view Basic tab.
Getting to the Layouts & Objects tab:
- In the Site Manager, click on a page title or edit icon.
- This brings you to the Mura Edit Content view.
- Using the tabs to the left of the Edit Content view, click on the Layouts & Objects tab.
The Layouts & Objects has several page or section specific settings.
The first is the Layout Template. This option box is pre-filled with optional page layouts. The first option is the default, titled "Inherit from parent". By selecting this option, this page will receive the layout that the page above it, in the site navigation hierarchy, passes down through an inheritance chain. All additional options in this box are layout options that are built into the site theme. The site theme below is using the NatSci 2.X theme. Each template name describes exactly how the template looks. The template select is a two column page, with a left side (SL) narrow column that spans 3 spaces of 12 in the page layout. The option box to the right of the layout template selection specifies which layout template should be handed down to all pages that are created under this site section.
The next option set in the Layouts & Objects tab is the page Inheritance Rules. Let's skip over those for a quick look at the Content Objects tool below. Inheritance Rules actually effect how Content Objects work but it will be most benificial to know what a Content Object is first.
Content Objects are pre-fabricated or automatically generated site components, or objects. Mura has many to offer and many that we can customize to work as we want them to! The image below shows the Navigation category of objects is selected. Once the category is selected, the multi-select box below displays the available objects. To the right of the Content Objects selection, there are several boxes that represent page content regions. These regions are labeled as to where they show up in the page layout. By clicking on the right facing arrow, you can add a selected Content Object to a page content region. Using the up and down arrows next to the content region box, you can organize the display order of the content objects. The region will only display on the page if the selected layout template includes the filled region.
Back to the Inheritance Rules. This set of options helps control the flow of content objects through the inheritance chain of the site. By default, a page inherits the content objects that are passed down from the page, one layer above in the site hierarchy. When selecting the Start New Cascade option, a clean display objects slate is set from the current page forward. When this option is selected, all content objects must be re-applied as needed. The last option is Do Not Inherit Cascade. Like the start new cascade option, this is a blank slate for content objects. The difference here is that the selected objects are not passed along to lower level pages. Instead, the page is put outside of the inheritance chain, which continues to flow down to the pages under the current page.