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Blue Menu: Site Administration

The site administration screen is for managing your entire website, not just a single page contained within it. The menus in site management will always be blue.

To return to the Blue Menu from the Yellow Menu, click Finish at the bottom of the Yellow Menu.

Blue Menu Interface

The following is an overview of each option in the site administration screen. Match the numbers with the provided screenshot for visual reference.

  1. Content Options
  2. Borrow Tab
  3. Actions
  4. Item & Page List
  5. Search Filter

Note: If your site administration screen does not include these options, click Pages at the top of the blue navigation menu on the left of your screen.

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1. Content Options

This left-hand menu shows you the different types of content you can create and manage, including your web pages, assets/files, images, and forms. With these content options, you can manage existing items and create new ones of the type listed on this menu. For example, click Pages to manage your pages, click Images to manage the image database, and click Assets to manage all of your files and documents.

Important: All Reason websites will have a different set of Content Options; if you are missing a content option, please contact to ask the administrator to add a new option to your site administration screen (blue menu).

At the bottom of this blue left-hand menu, you can also view your Traffic Report, which shows you statistics about your website.

2. Borrow Tab

This tab allows you to borrow images and documents from any Kalamazoo College website hosted on Reason.

3. Actions

Blue Menu: Add Page ButtonAdd Page Function
Click Add Page to add a new page to your Reason website.

Blue Menu: Item Status ButtonItem Status
This menu indicates how many items exist within the content type that you have selected (pages, images, assets, etc.). It also shows how many items have been deleted and how many are still pending (i.e. NOT viewable to the general public).

Blue Menu: View ButtonView Options (Pages Only)
This drop-down menu allows you to view your pages as either a tree that shows parent/child relationships, or as a list that you can order by ID, Name, and Last Modified. The screenshot above shows a tree.

Blue Menu: Sort ButtonSort Items (Pages Only)
Allows you to order your pages as they appear on the left navigation of your live Reason website.

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4. Item & Page List

This area of the administration screen lists all of the items that exist within the content type that you chose (e.g. pages, assets, images). 

For most items, you can organize the list by clicking the Id, Name, and Last Modified headings on the table. The Admin Functions options allow you to either Edit the item listed or Preview what it looks like.

View: Tree (Pages Only)

In the tree view of pages, the top page is your website's homepage (as indicated by the home icon). It is the top level in the parent/child hierarchy.

Parent / Child Relationship
Reason uses parent/child relationships to organize webpages hierarchically.

  • Parent pages organize other pages into sections. For example, an "About" parent page can be the section for "Department History" and "Welcome from the Chair," which would both be children of the "About" page. A parent page must have one or more child page(s) associated with it to be considered a parent.
  • Child pages (sometimes called "children") are "associated with" and organized by a parent page. Each child page will have only one parent page. The homepage cannot be a child page because it is the topmost level of the parent/child hierarchy tree.
  • Sibling pages are child pages that share a the same parent.

In the screenshot below,

  • "Office of Student Involvement" is a parent page to both "Events" and "Student Organizations."
  • "Student Organizations" is a parent page to "List of Student Organizations."
  • "Events" and "Student Organizations" are children to "Office of Student Involvement."
  • "List of Student Organizations" is a child of "Student Organizations."
  • "Events" and "Student Organizations" are siblings.

Blue Menu: Parent/Child

The blue arrow next to a page ID indicates whether there are child pages associated with that page. Click the blue arrow to expand or collapse the section.

Admin Functions
These include adding new child pages, editing the page, and previewing the page.

  • Add Child allows you to add a child page to that parent page.
  • Edit takes you to the editing screen for a page (moves you to the Yellow Menu).
  • Preview shows you what the page looks like.

5. Search Filter

Search your content using filters to narrow the results. 

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