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A Sub navigation is a collection of links organized horizontally. You can add a Sub navigation to any Section or Infopage. This includes your homepage, which is a Section page. If a page includes a Sub navigation, the Sub navigation is visible directly below the page header. This functionality lets you promote key pages from your site.

You can create a new Sub navigation in Pangea CMS. This article explains how to create a Sub navigation and add it to pages.



Open the Sub navigation list

To get started, go to Settings > Navigation menu > Sub navigation.



About Sub navigation items

Every Sub navigation on the public site includes at least one link.

On the Sub navigation list in CMS, every Sub navigation includes the following elements:

  • (A): Title: The title is visible only in CMS for internal organization.
  • (B): Links: The links in each Sub navigation are represented by subitems under the title. The text matches what is visible on the site.



Create a new Sub navigation

To create a new Sub navigation, select + Add new.

To configure the Sub navigation, follow the steps in the sections below in order:


1. Add the title

Under Title, enter the title for the Sub navigation. The title helps identify the Sub navigation in CMS and is not visible on the public site.


2. Add links

Select + Add link to add the first link.

Configure the following details on the New link dialog:

  • (A): Link: Select the type of page you want to link to. Alternatively, select Manual link to manually define the URL for the link.
  • (B): Link text: Enter text for the link that will be visible on the public site.
  • (C): Page: Select the specific page you want to link to. Start typing the name of a page to find it without scrolling.

If you select Manual link under Link, you need to configure the following details:

  • (A): URL: Define the URL for the link. For pages from the same site, you can enter a relative URL (such as /home). For pages from external sites, enter the full URL (such as https://rferl.org).
  • (B): Link option: Choose your preferred option:
    • Open in same window: Recommended for pages from the same site.
    • Open in new tab: Recommended for pages from external sites.

When you're satisfied with the link, hit Add.


3. Set the order of the links

After adding multiple links, you can set the order of the links. Use the drop-down menu next to a link to change its position within the Sub navigation. For example, if you select 1, the link will be positioned first.



4. Save the Sub navigation

When you're satisfied with the Sub navigation, hit Save or Save & close. This action saves the Sub navigation in CMS. However, it will not be visible on the public site until you add it to a page.



Add a Sub navigation to a page

You can add a Sub navigation to any Section or Infopage.

You can only add a Sub navigation to a page if the Sub navigation has already been created and its status is Enabled.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Sections in the top menu and select Sections or Infopages (depending where you want to add the Sub navigation).
  2. Choose the specific page where you want to add the Sub navigation.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Section Sub Navigation and use the drop-down menu to select the Sub navigation you want to add (you see the Sub navigations that are already created for the current site and have the Enabled status).
  5. Click Save settings.

The Sub navigation is now added to the page.



Add a link to an existing Sub navigation

Via the Sub navigation list in CMS, you can add an extra link to an existing Sub navigation:

  1. Hover over the title for the Sub navigation.
  2. Select + Add link.

To define the link, follow the steps in the sections below in order:


1. Define the link

The options for defining the link are described here.


2. Set the status

Before saving the new link, select your preferred status:

  • Enabled: After you save the link, it will be visible on the public site.
  • Disabled: After you save the link, it will be visible in CMS but not on the public site. Select this option if you need to make further adjustments. For example, you might change the position of the link.


3. Save the link

When you're satisfied, hit Save or Save & close. If the status of the link is Enabled, it will be visible on the public site after you perform this action.

NOTE: The link is only visible on the public site if the Sub navigation has already been added to at least one page.


4. Set the position

Use the drop-down menu next to the link to change its position within the Sub navigation. For example, if you select 1, the link will be positioned first.

If you created the link with the Disabled status, it is not yet visible on the public site. To display the link, hover over the panel and select Enable.



Hide a Sub navigation

Every Sub navigation on the Sub navigation list in CMS has one of the following statuses:

  • (A): Enabled: The Sub navigation is visible on the public site (if it has already been added to at least one page).
  • (B): Disabled: The Sub navigation is hidden and is not visible on the public site.

You can hide a whole Sub navigation (including all links) so it is not visible on the public site:

  1. Hover over the title for the Sub navigation.
  2. Select Disable.

The status for the Sub navigation changes to Disabled and it is no longer visible on the site. This action hides the whole Sub navigation on the public site (including all links). However, the status for each link in CMS does not change.

You can also hide an individual link:

  1. Hover over the link.
  2. Select Disable.

The status for the link changes to Disabled (the link is hidden). This action hides just the individual link. The Sub navigation remains visible on the public site (minus the hidden link).


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