Sidebar

The sidebar is located in the area below your left navigation. Adding sidebar content can be done a few different ways.

(See samples of each type of sidebar content on the left sidebar of this page.)

Typs of Sidebars content types include:

  1. Editor
  2. Call to Action Buttons
  3. Sidebar Text with Photo Block
  4. Sidebar Contact Info Block
  5. RSS Feed Block
  6. Announcement

Sidebar Blocks

Three of the Sidebar content types are created from blocks: Sidebar Text with Photo Block, Sidebar Contact Info Block and RSS Feed Block. To use a sidebar block on a page, you must first create the block.

Sidebar Contact Info Block

The Sidebar Contact Info Block is used to display contact information with optional social media links. To create a new block, click New from the blue horizontal bar, then select Sidebar Contact Info Block.

New Sidebar Block

Important Note: Each social media text field displays the default text http://. If you do not want a social channel to appear, you must delete the default text. If you do not delete the default text, the social media icon will appear with a broken link.

In this example, only Facebook and YouTube links will appear. The default text for Twitter and Instagram were deleted, so those icons will not appear.

Sidebar example

When you are finished adding content, click Submit.

Note: You will not see a preview of your formatted block. Add your block to a page to view it. 

Sidebar Text with Photo Block

The Sidebar Text with Photo Block is a flexible content area with a headline, purple horizontal Swiss bar and text (can include formatted text like links). To create a new block, click New from the blue horizontal bar, then select Sidebar Text with Photo Block.

Sidebar Text with Photo Block

System Name: sidebar-callout is the default system name. You may keep this name or edit it. If you edit it, please only use lowercase letters and separate words with hyphens.

Heading: Add your Headline. Example: Did You Know?

Add Image: If you want an image to appear, check this box. Your image dimensions must be 960 px x 640 px.

Text: Enter and format your text. Be sure the text in the Editor is formatted as Paragraph text. 

Link Text: This creates a formatted text link (ALL CAPS) below the text you enter above. For an Internal Link, Search or Browse for a page on your site. For an External Link, be sure to enter http:// at the beginning of your URL.

When you are finished adding content, click Submit.

Note: You will not see a preview of your formatted block. Add your block to a page to view it.

RSS Feed Block

The RSS Feed Block displays titles and links from an RSS feed, such as a blog. To create a new RSS Feed Block, email cmshelp@brandeis.edu and a member of the Web Team will assist you.

Adding Sidebar Content to a Page

You can set up sidebar content so that all pages on your site have the same content, or you can have different content on each page. To set up all pages with the same content, you will follow the steps below in the site-setup block for your site. To add or edit sidebar content to a single page, follow the steps below on a single page. 

  1. Scroll down to the Sidebar label. Check the box next to Override Site Setup.
  2. Click the Sidebar > Group button to expand the content.

Check Override Site Setup box

You will see six radio buttons with types of sidebar content: Editor, Call to Action Buttons, Sidebar Text with Photo Block, Sidebar Contact Info Block, RSS Feed and Announcement.

Editor

Enter and format your content directly in the WYSIWYG editor.

Sidebar WYSIWYG editor

To add another Sidebar type, click the green plus sign ( + ) in the top left part of the screen.

Once you add a second Sidebar type, you will see options to move content (using the up/down arrows) or delete content using the red minus ( - ) sign.

Use the arrows to move sidebar content up and down

Call to Action Buttons

Create clickable button(s). Buttons will be automatically formatted with black text in ALL CAPS. Buttons will be white with a black border.

Call to Action Button sidebar content

Button Text: This is the text that will appear within your button. Keep your Button Text brief and descriptive. Do not use any variation of the phrase “Click Here.”

Examples:

Link Type: For an Internal Link, Search or Browse for a page on your site. For an External Link (any page not on your site), be sure to enter http:// at the beginning of your URL.

Note: If you do not enter a URL, your button will appear but it will not be clickable.

To add another Sidebar type, click the green plus sign ( + ) in the top left part of the screen.

Once you add a second Sidebar type, you will see options to move content (using the up/down arrows) or delete content using the red minus ( - ) sign.

Use the plus sign to add another sidebar content block

Sidebar Text with Photo Block

Search or browse for a Sidebar Text with Photo Block you have already created.

Sidebar Text with Photo Block

To add another Sidebar type, click the green plus sign ( + ) in the top left part of the screen.

Once you add a second Sidebar type, you will see options to move content (using the up/down arrows) or delete content using the red minus ( - ) sign.

Sidebar Contact Info Block

Search or browse for a Sidebar Contact Info Block you have already created.

Add a Sidebar Contact Info Block

To add another Sidebar type, click the green plus sign ( + ) in the top left part of the screen.

Once you add a second Sidebar type, you will see options to move content (using the up/down arrows) or delete content using the red minus ( - ) sign.

RSS Feed

Search or browse for a RSS Feed block that the Web Team has created for you.

RSS block fields

Heading: Add your Headline. Example: Economics Department Blog

Max News to Display: Enter a number of titles you want to appear in the sidebar. We recommend 3-5.

Link Type: This creates a formatted text link (ALL CAPS) below the text you enter above. For an Internal Link, Search or Browse for a page on your site. For an External Link, be sure to enter http:// at the beginning of your URL.

When you are finished adding content, click Submit.

To add another Sidebar type, click the green plus sign ( + ) in the top left part of the screen.

Once you add a second Sidebar type, you will see options to move content (using the up/down arrows) or delete content using the red minus ( - ) sign.

Announcements

The Announcement sidebar content type will display the titles of indexed Announcements from the main Announcements Content Type.

sidebar announcements

Heading: Add your Headline. Example: Recent Job Postings

Announcement Page: Browse to the folder on your site where your Announcements Content Types are located. Select any asset in the folder.

Max News to Display: Enter a number of titles you want to appear in the sidebar. We recommend 3-5.

Link Type: This creates a formatted text link (ALL CAPS) below the text you enter above. To have the link go to your main Announcements page, select Internal Link and then Search or Browse for the index page in your Announcements folder.