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Structuring the website

In the Episerver CMS edit view under Pages you will find the page tree structure. At the top of the structure is the root page, usually with one or more start pages directly underneath. The structure of the website is made up of pages. By default, the page structure is reflected in the navigation menus. To simplify navigation, it is a good idea to limit the submenu structure to a maximum of three levels.

The page tree

By moving the mouse pointer over a page in the tree structure, information about the page, such as ID and page type, is displayed. A set of page tree symbols provides additional information about the structure.

The root page.
Start page symbol A start page.
A published page.
A page that links to another page on the same website.
A page that fetches and displays content from another page on the same website.
A page that links to an external website or a specific address.
A page containing a shortcut which is not linked anywhere; it only displays the text. It is used to create a heading with no link in the menu.
A container page used for storing other pages; not visible on the website.
A published page. This icon is displayed for project items, not in the Pages navigation pane.
Page not published symbol A draft of a new page that has not been published yet.
Scheduled publishing with time passed symbol A new page that has been scheduled for publishing; not visible on the website yet.
Scheduled publishing with time passed symbol A page that has an expiration time set which has passed; not visible on the website.
A page that is set to Ready to Publish.
A page that is set to Rejected.
A previously published page, not visible on the website.
No access rights symbol A page that is locked for editing for the logged-in user.
A page that is being edited by another user.

Your website might have been customized with other symbols implemented by the partner developer.

Moving, copying and removing pages

Moving a page

Use drag-and-drop to move a page, or select Cut in the context menu for the page you want to move, and select Paste for the destination page. You can also move pages by using keyboard commands Ctrl+x or Cmd+x, and Ctrl+v or Cmd+v.

When moving a page, any internal links are redirected to the new location and are not broken. Any external links pointing to the moved page will be broken.

Copying a page

Select Copy in the context menu for the page you want to copy, and select Paste for the destination page. You can also copy pages by using keyboard commands Ctrl+c or Cmd+c, and Ctrl+v or Cmd+v.

All subpages and associated media files in local page folders will also be copied, and the links will point to the new copy of the page. Settings such as dynamic properties and categories, are also copied with the new page.

When you copy and paste a page under the same node, the Name in URL property of the copied page will be named typically [Name in URL1], which you need to change after copying.

Removing content

Removed folders, pages, blocks and media files will be moved to trash, and will not be publicly available on the website, remember therefore to update any links to removed content. When removing a page, all underlying pages will also be removed.

Refer to Deleting and restoring content for more information.

Sorting page order in menus

The pages in the tree structure are sorted according to a predefined sort order. By default, the page that has been created most recently is placed at the top of the tree structure, for example, in news listings. There are also other options for sorting, such as alphabetically or by sort index. The last option lets you control the sorting through an index defined on each page.

The sort order is set for the parent page of a branch, and will be inherited to the subpages:

  1. Select the parent page of the branch in the structure where you want to set the sorting.
  2. Edit the page and select the Settings tab.
  3. Select sorting criteria under Sort subpages.
  4. Publish the page in order for the changes to take place.
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Episerver User Guide update 16-2 | Released: 2016-03-31 | © Episerver 2016 | Send feedback to us