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Creating a New Section or Folder

You may want to create a new folder or section for your website. Here's how:

FOLDERS
SECTIONS
ACCESS SETTINGS
SPECIAL NOTES

Folders

Create a new folder when you want to store a collection of files, such as images or PDFs.

Note: a few folders should exist in your site by default. These are:

Default folders

  • The  _images folder is for you to store your website images.
  • The  _includes folder holds your site's configuration files.
  • The _pdf folder is for you to store PDF downloads.

Note:  The underscore _ is used at the start of a folder name to denote a folder with files that are supporting files and not webpages. This comes into play when setting up your side navigation. Read more...

Organizing Your Site

You may categorize your images within the _images folder by creating subfolders. For example, if you have a collection of profile images for your faculty member list, create a subfolder within  _images called "faculty" or "people". This way, you store all images of that type in a single folder, and keep things easy to locate.

Example:

Image folders

 

How to Create a Folder

Use the drop-down in  Content > Pages.

Content > Pages

Navigate to the location you need to create your folder and click on the dropdown arrow next to the New button.

New button annotated

Now choose the Folder option.

New folder dialog

And name your folder ( use only lowercase letters and dashes if you need to delimit words):

New Folder dialog

Sections

Sections are folders that align with the content sections of your website, which often mirror the sections or 'tabs' in your top navigation, and contain web pages and sometimes subfolders within.

Each content area of your site should have its own section folder, and your content should be organized clearly and efficiently. OU Campus allows you to have a configurable side navigation within each of your sections to enhance ease of navigation.

Read more about organizing your site content

When you create a new section, an index page, or home page, for that section is also created within the section folder. A section folder should always have a home page, also called an index page, and the filename should always be named index.pcf.  

By default, the folder inherits the access settings from the directory it is created in. Access settings can be modified if needed in special circumstances.

 

How to Create a New Section

Use the drop-down in  Content > Pages.

Content > Pages

Navigate to the location you need to create your folder and click on the dropdown arrow next to the New button.

New button annotated

Now choose the New Section option.

New Section

Now provide a name for the section folder ( use only lowercase letters and dashes if you need to delimit words):

New section dialog

Access Settings

Access settings allow you to modify special parameters for your site folders and files. For most sites, you won't need to adjust access settings. These parameters may or may not be accessible to you depending on your user level in OU Campus. Parameters include:

  • Access Group: Defines permissions for who can/cannot access or edit a file or folder
  • Approval Settings: Defines a workflow
  • Template Group: Defines the options for the New... dropdown     ADMIN ONLY 
  • Directory Variables: Developer fields for use in XSL Templating      ADMIN ONLY 

To edit, hover over the  Three Horizontal Dots, click the   Edit option in file list view, and click on  Access:

Access edit

 

You will be prompted with a list of settings:

OU access settings

OU access variables

OU access variables

Special Notes

Files that should not be stored in folders on your site include:

  • Video files (wmv, m4v, mov, avi...)   Read more...
  • Flash files (flv...)

These file types will create a performance issue and/or security risk to your site if stored against approved standards.

Video Help

View the following OU Campus help video for more info on section folders: