Changing Page Properties

 

Overview

Along with their content, pages also have special properties associated with them that you may want to edit as well. Many of these properties, aside from setting them, work in the background and do not ultimately affect the page as the visitor sees it.

 

Page Properties Explained

Some of the page properties may be unfamiliar or confusing to users (and most times for less-advanced users, these properties will not need to be touched). The more complex page properties are summarized and explained below.

 

META Keywords and Descriptions

Search "bots", sometimes called "spiders", are programs that will from time to time visit your pages to gain information about them. When a program such as these accesses your page, it gains the information it needs from META tags in your web page's HTML markup. So, in order to get better results in sites like Google, you need to make sure you use good META data! These programs can also usually detect if a page is trying to trick it, so adding in irrelevent META data will not help you.

META Keywords are words or phrases that "tag" or categorize your page.

A META Description is a quick line or two about your site or page that the search "spiders" will keep and possibly store somewhere with other data about your site. This is a more verbose description of your page than what the META Keywords provide.

 

META No Index and No Follow

The purpose of the previously mentioned search "spiders" is to find your page, index it, search it for links to other pages, follow those links, and perform the same actions again. Usually, this is a good thing, as people want their pages to be indexed, as well as the pages it links to. There are times when this is not desired, which is why the META No Index and META No Follow settings were created.

The META No Index setting will alert the bot that it should ignore and not index the page.

The META No Follow setting will alert the bot that it should not process nor follow links on the page.

These settings can be used separately, or together. Note that using one does not automatically imply the other. (In Campusuite, though, these two are combined in the page properties, so both will be enabled or disabled.)

Not all bots will properly recognize these settings. Bots from more well-known and respected search engines will most likely correctly check these settings and handle them properly. Improperly programmed bots may simply ignore these settings and continue on processing your page no matter what.

 

Syndication

Syndication involves allowing the use of content on a page in multiple locations, whether it be on your site or through external applications.

You can set your page to use RSS or XML syndication. Typically, XML syndication is used to share the content of the page with other pages on your site, whereas RSS will be used more for external applications or other websites to grab and use your data.

When a page is saved, the syndication elements are automatically updated if the page is set to create the syndication feeds.

Learn more about sharing content between pages in Campusuite.

 

Duplicate Page as Template

If you have created a page that you would like to use in the future to base other pages off of, you can save the page as a template that you can select when creating a new page. This can save you time from not having to set up and layout a future page if it will use the same layout as a page already on your site. Granted, this feature is intended to be used if you plan on making a large number of pages based off of the template. If you plan on only using the template once or twice, you most likely do not want to use this feature (as it will needlessly over-populate the list of available templates).

If you change a page that is used as a template in the future, it will not affect the look of any pages that have already been created that used the templated page. Since the template's content is copied into the new page when it is created, only pages created after a change to the template will reflect it.

You can turn any existing page in the system into a template so that you don't have to create new pages from scratch. Here is how to do it. Go and edit any page in the system. Click the "properties" link at the top-right of the page to reveal the page properties.

Page properties

Next, toggle the radio button that reads "Allow this page to be duplicated as a template." This will enable this page to show in the pull-down menu in the navigation editor when you are creating a new page.

Page properties

When you check "Create new file" the pull-down menu is revealed. If you leave the selection that reads "Default - New Page" then the default new page layout will be used. However, you will also see any pages that you enabled as templates in this pull-down menu as well. Select the page/template that you wish to use. That is it.

 

Editing a Page's Properties

  1. Above the Editor Toolbar will be a Properties button; click this. The area will expand and more fields will appear.
  2. Edit these fields as necessary. View a description of this interface for reference.
  3. When finished, you can click the Properties button again to hide these fields, continue editing the page, or click the Save Page button to save all changes made to the page.