Creating index pagesAdded by IBM | Edited by IBM on January 8, 2014 | Version 9 (Show original)
|After creating an index page from a template, add some sample content and set up an index to display it.
When you are done, the page contains a couple of portlets showing content from this area, but none cross-referencing to other areas.
Parent topic: Creating index and details pages
- Add the details page.
You must add a corresponding details page underneath the index page; otherwise, the links to your content are not going to work. IBM® WebSphere® Portal attempts to display the content on the index page, but you must set up portlets to display the content.
- Modify the default content.
Edit the title that appears in the index, the phone number and email, and the heading. Add introductory text for the body of an Index item.
The default content is stored in an Index content item, which you can edit inline or through the IBM Web Content Manager authoring portlet.
- Modify the breadcrumb text.
The text you see in the breadcrumb comes from the title of the site area that is mapped to the page. This text is copied from the friendly URL name entered when the page was created. If you need to change it, you can do so by editing the site area through the IBM Web Content Manager authoring portlet.
- Modify or remove the promotional content.
Many index page templates have a large promotional slideshow banner. Index page templates designed for intranets or for deeper levels of the site do not have a promotional banner.
You can add or modify promotional images through inline editing or the IBM Web Content Manager authoring portlet. They are all stored in a Promotions area local to the area of the site for this index. To change the sequence of the images, change their order in the authoring portlet.
To remove the promotional slideshow, you must replace it with a "signpost" item designed for use on an index page. You can copy a signpost item from any of the templates that are not set up to use a slideshow – for example, the FAQs template. Copy the Index Signpost component configuration into the Components area associated with your index page, and then reroute the signposting portlet to use this component configuration.
To keep the site area free of unused content, delete the promotional slideshow component configuration from the Components area. Also remove the sample promotions from the Promotions area.
Tip: If you expect to make these changes every time you use a particular template, save time by making a new version of the template that does not include the slideshow.
- Modify the index.
You can modify the index, for example, to change the header or footer or select a different result design. Edit the index inline by switching into edit mode and clicking the "gear" icon on the index. You can also edit the index through the authoring user interface. The Index component configuration is stored in the Components.
- Add teasers, navigation, and lists.
All of the same options discussed for landing pages regarding teasers, navigation, lists, slideshows, and so on apply to index pages too. This is how you create cross-referencing and shortcuts across the site and drive users through to particular site areas with teasers.