Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Site Configuration

To change your logo

  1. Navigate to Appearance in your Admin panel and then click on Settings under Enabled Themes: UA Zen.
  2. Scroll down the page to find the Logo Image Settings and Footer Logo Settings sections.

From there, you can upload new logos and make changes to alt text and title text.

Also see Setting up the main menu.

You can add items to the main menu in two different ways. 

  1. You can add pages to the main menu while you are editing the page by using the Menu Settings tab.
  2. You can add pages or links (internal or external) to the main menu from Structure > Menus > Main Menu.

Main menu items can be enabled or disabled (they are enabled by default). This settings allows you to keep items in the menu but disable them as desired (such as for seasonal content or if a page is temporarily unavailable).

These items are also able to be nested within each other, so that you can create a page hierarchy. Note that the Main navigation bar (the horizontal menu in the header) is configured to show only two levels by default - the main menu link and any children associated with it. However, the vertical sidebar navigation (also known as UAQS Second Level Navigation) is configured to show multiple nested levels. A good rule of thumb is to keep your menus to three levels deep.

If the Global Footer is enabled, you should see a list of social media links under the column labeled CONNECT. (Note: If you don't this, enable the Global Footer). These links are part of the Social Media Settings configuration.  

By default, these links are configured to link to the main University of Arizona social media accounts. You can customize them to point to your department or organization's own social media accounts. You can also remove links.

You can add a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and Mobile App link in this area.

To modify the social media links (easiest way):

  1. Login.
  2. Go to the home page.
  3. Hover over the block and click the gear icon that appears.
  4. Click Social Media Settings.

You can make the edits that you need there and then Save Configuration. To remove one of the links, just delete the URL and description and then save.

 

If you have made a change to content on the site and you don't see your change, you may need to clear your cache. To clear the cache, navigate to Configuration > Under Development > Performance. Click Clear all caches (a big red button at the top of the page that you cannot miss).

You can only perform this action if you have the right roles and permissions. If you feel you need to clear your cache and you don't have the permissions to do so, contact your site administrator for help.

Also see Site Name & Front Page.

To set your front page/homepage

  1. Navigate to Configuration > System > Site Information
  2. Enter the URL of the desired front page in the Default front page field. You may use a node number or a URL alias (Examples: node/251, home, welcome.) Be sure the URL you enter matches the one for your desired front page.
  3. Click Save Configuration.

There a number of ways to change page URLs. As a rule of thumb, your URL structure should be consistent across your site, and by default with UA Quickstart, you do not need to do anything to create URLs. For all content types, URLs are automatically created and follow a certain pattern. You can see how the pattern is defined in Configuration > Search and metadata > URL aliases > Patterns.

 

By default

  • The URL for a flexible page in a UA Quickstart site starts with "content/" followed by the page title consisting of words separated by hyphens (with stopwords removed) - also known as [node:title]. 
  • Any time the page title is updated, the URL is updated, too (and a redirect is automatically created - so no worries there).

You can see that on this Quickstart documentation site, we've changed the default flexible page URL to simply be [node:title] and removed the preceding "content/."

The above area is one way you can control the URLs at a site level. You can also create unique URL aliases for each page that you create, if you wish to do so.

To create unique URL aliases:

  1. Click Edit on any page for which you want to update the URL.
  2. Open the URL path settings tab.
  3. De-select Generate automatic URL alias if it is selected.
  4. Enter your desired URL alias in the URL alias field. Keep in mind that if you choose this option, you will need to be sure that you create appropriate redirects if you later change that customized alias!
  5. Save the page.

We have gathered all of the pertinent information and details around how to configure the UAQS SEO Module in a readme file on Bitbucket. Please go to https://bitbucket.org/ua_drupal/uaqs_seo/src/7.x-1.x/README.md to learn more.

Working with Content

You can add several types of documents to your Quickstart site and allow site visitors to download them. The ability to download files is managed through Permissions.

  1. First, insert your file into a text area, html field, or other paragraph item type, and select the view mode UA Bootstrap Media List. This will ensure that your site visitors will see a "Download" option next to the file name.
  2. Then, navigate to Admin > People > Permissions (<yourURL>/admin/people/permissions) and scroll down to find the settings for Document: Download any files. The default setting for this is administrator only. Change it to anonymous to allow site visitors to download files that you've linked to on pages in your site.

If you do not modify the permissions, site visitors will see an Access Denied (Error 403) page, which is most likely an undesirable experience. So be sure to change the download file permissions if you use insert downloadable files (such as PDFs).

Related keywords: download files, download

When you create a link in a Quickstart WYSIWYG editor, you have the option to turn that link into a button, like this:

This is a link

This is a button

Creating buttons in the editor is easy. But don't over do it! Buttons should be part of intentional and thoughtful design. They also have accessibility implications, so think carefully how you need the page to flow before deciding when and where to add buttons. Most of all, avoid using buttons in the middle of a sentence. Use a link instead.

To turn a link into a button:

  1. Create your link using the link icon in the WYSIWYG editor.
  2. While the link text/link is still selected in the editor, click the Styles dropdown.
  3. Choose one of the available Object styles (they all begin with the word Button).

If you don't see the button style you want listed, there are additional styles in UA Bootstrap

After an image or video has been uploaded using either a media browser or photo upload field, you will be given an opportunity to add

  • A file name
  • Alt text
  • Title text
  • Image credit
  • Caption/Cutline

You can complete each of those fields and then save your file.

Key tips

  • Changing the file name to something human readable will assist site builders and content editors when they view a list of uploaded files.
  • Alt text should be descriptive, but not as long as a caption. Use a caption to fully add context to an image; use alt text to simply and clearly explain what the image is (to assist those using screen readers as well as to assist search engines with indexing).
  • Title text is shown on hover - so be thoughtful about what you enter in that field and avoid making it too long.
  • Image credit isn't widely used in Quickstart so unless you know you are using a View with image credit displayed, you can skip that field. 

If your department doesn't have a collection of images to choose from, you can find free, downloadable, UA brand compliant imagery for use on your website at brand.arizona.edu. You will need your Net ID and password to login and download images.

UA Bootstrap

Milo is the official University of Arizona typeface for both web and printed material. You can find out more about acceptable brand fonts and ensure that you always stay on brand by visiting this link: http://uadigital.arizona.edu/ua-bootstrap/fonts.html or https://brand.arizona.edu/web.

UADIGITAL

In addition to this documentation site, UADigital has created a slack channel (ua-quickstart) to post announcements and updates as well as to field and respond to questions about Quickstart. 

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