Author: Musa Jatkowski

Page Hierarchy

Breadcrumbs are based on the hierarchy of the pages. First you need to have a parent page. Then on the child(ren) page(s), choose the parent page in the Parent drop-down menu in the Page Attributes section on the right-hand side, and Publish or Update the page(s).
Page Attributes Parent Dropdown

When you go to the screen that lists all your pages, you can see that hierarchy shown with the dash next to the child(ren) page(s). In the screenshot below, Other Custom Plugins page is the child of Plugins page.

Page Hierarchy

Once the Breadcrumbs option is set to be On in Appearance > Customize > Navigation Options > Breadcrumbs, the breadcrumbs will display on top of the child(ren) page(s).

Precrumbs can be added to the left of the Breadcrumbs to add links to other pages or parent sites. Go to Appearance > Menus, click on create a new menu, enter “Precrumbs” as the Menu Name, add menus items and click Save Menu.

precrumbs

The Precrumbs and Breadcrumbs are displaying on the top of the Other Custom Plugin page now.

read only

Websites hosted on Aurora will be read-only on 6/18/16 & 6/19/16
for an infrastructure upgrade. Websites will still be accessible as normal
but there will be no access to the dashboard or forms.

Homepage Customization in Hale or Prudence

Layout and Other Theme Options

Go to Appearance > Themes and select the Customize link. From here, you have the following options:

Site Title & Tagline

Here, you can change the name of your site as it appears in the top bar. The tagline is not currently used in the system.

Template Options

Here, you can choose what kind of homepage layout you’d like, and choose to include a School, or College in your top bar.

Navigation

Here, you can choose which Menu will appear as the main navigation for the site. You can probably leave it as is. To edit your navigation, see the Navigation guide.

Static Front Page

If you’d like to switch from a traditional site layout to a blog, select “Your latest posts”.
After you’ve finished customizing, hit save in to top right corner of the side panel, and those changes will appear on the site.

Homepage Content

Go to Appearance > Widgets. From here, you have the following:

Available Widgets

This is the library, the repository of possible widgets you can use in your site. To add widgets to the Sidebar, or a Home section, drag it in. The change happens immediately. Some widgets will need to to have some settings configured before they work fully.

Widgets Page
Widgets Screen

Inactive Widgets

Located below Active Widgets, you can use this to “save” a widget and it’s settings. If you switch themes, some of your widgets may end up here.

Sidebar

Widgets placed in the Sidebar will appear on the “News” page, the search results page, the archives page, and pages that use the ‘Default w/Sidebar’ page template.

Home1-Home5

These sections correspond to the different areas of a homepage layout. They will always start form the top left, and then wrap down to a second line.

Hide Visible Widget for Future Use

If you have a widget on a page or post using Page Builder that you don't want to display but also don't want to delete, you can hide it. To do so, go to the widget's Edit screen and click on Attributes. Then, add the following line of code to the widget's CSS Styles:

display: none;

You can't do this for widgets in Appearance > Widgets since they do not have an option to enter custom CSS.

hide widget

Custom CSS

With the Custom CSS Tool, Site Admins are able to write their own CSS to modify aspects of any template.

This tool is located within Appearance > Custom CSS.

For security purposes, all CSS is sanitized before being allowed onto the site. Once you hit update, you will notice that the formatting may change. That is the sanitizer CSSTidy at work.

You can revert to the previous version of your custom CSS by clicking the Revert to previous version link that appears underneath the editor.

Allowed CSS

The following CSS selectors, values, and properties will work in the Custom CSS plugin.

Default CSS

Additional CSS

Selectors

:before
:after
area
article
audio
section
aside
base
bdi
body
canvas
command
datalist
details
dialog
embed
footer
figure
figcaption
head
header
hgroup
html
keygen
link
main
map
mark
meta
meter
nav
output
progress
rp
rt
ruby
source
style
summary
time
title
track
video
wbr

Properties

align-content
align-items
align-self
background-clip
background-origin
bottom
border-radius
border-image
box-shadow
box-sizing
color
content
display
filter
flex-grow
flex
flex-direction
flex-flow
font-size-adjust
font-stretch
justify-content
left
min-height
min-width
opacity
order
overflow
overflow-x
overflow-y
position
right
tab-size
text-align-last
text-justify
text-overflow
text-shadow
top
visibility
word-break
word-wrap
z-index

Values

src
rgba()
!important

If your site needs to use CSS properties not listed here, look into custom theming.

Going Live

Before Going Live

Check Admin Email

Be sure to check the admin email for the account, which is listed under Settings > General > E-mail Address. This email is used for a number of purposes and is essential for any sites using the Gravity Forms plugin. The admin email receives all form results and notifications pertaining to Gravity Forms.

email address

Check for Broken Links

Go to your dashboard and check to see if there are any broken links. If there are, be sure to repair them before you go live.
Broken Links Page Screenshot

Accessibility Check

Every site should have contact information in an obvious place (footer, main navigation, homepage). Read through the Accessibility Guidelines and perform spot checks on any pages you think might be problematic.

Search Engine Visibility

From the dashboard, go to Settings > Reading. Make sure the Search Engine Visibility option is unchecked. If left checked, this will block Google and other search engines from listing your content in their search results.

Request Live Site Address

Submit the Go Live Request form. Once the change is made, you will be notified. Some will see the changes immediately, although it may take a few hours for everyone to see the new version of the site. You can reboot your computer to see the change immediately, or if you’re comfortable in the command line you can clear your DNS cache.

After Going Live

You will receive an email notifying you that the site is live.  Now you should complete the following items:

Check for Broken Links Again

Run Broken Link Checker

Depending on how you made your site, it’s possible that there could be broken links in the Navigation or Homepage after the site address changes. Run one more check to be sure everything is ok.

  1. Tools > Broken Links
  2. Click the Search button on the top right
  3. Leave all the fields blank, and click Search

Manually Check Any Widgets

The Broken Link checker doesn’t scan the contents of widgets like the visual editor and others. On your homepage and any other page that uses sidebars, check the links by clicking on them to make sure they work correctly.

Google Setup

Optional, but recommended.

Analytics

Aurora uses Google Analytics to track site-specific traffic information. If you are interested in site traffic statistics, please follow the instructions to set up Google Analytics for your website.

Crawling

Google will eventually find your site and index it. With Google Webmaster Tools, you can speed up the process. This requires Analytics to have already been setup on your site, so if you haven’t done that yet, do that now. While verifying your ownership, use alternative methods: Google Analytics. You may have to clear the site cache under Settings > WP Cache in order to properly verify.

Requesting a Google Crawl of your site

Remove Old Site

It’s always a good idea to deactivate the old site to prevent your visitors from accessing the old/incorrect information. Old sites can show up in Google search results even after you’ve moved your address to the new site.

To remove old sites from the UITS web2 or web9 servers, contact webdev@uconn.edu.
To remove old sites from other servers (Business, NEAG, Libraries, Law, Health, etc) please contact the administrator of that server.