Using sections

The section content type allows content to be nested within books and is the ideal way to structure your site for information that will remain somewhat stable.  For example, you can use this content type to create sections that might be called “About Us”, “Programs” and “Services”.  These top level sections can be given menu links so they appear on the home page. Then within each section, you can create subsections (called child pages).  For example, under “About Us” you might have sections called “Mission”, “History” “Board”, “Staff”, etc.  These subsections will all be part of the “book” “About Us”.  You can also give them menu links, so that they become secondary links under the “About Us” menu.  Spending some time and thought in organizing your required sections on paper before beginning is an important step.

  • To create a top level section, add new content of the type “section”, in the same way described in the example of “article”.  You will have the same fields except for “tags”. You will likely want to give your section a menu link so check the “Provide a menu link” box and fill in with the name you want to appeal in the menu item.  Most likely this will go in the Main menu, which is the primary navigation menu for your site.  It is the “Book outline” that will order how your sections are nested. Select “create a new book” to make this section the top level.
  • To add another level, from within that parent section, select “Add child page”.  This will give you a form to create new content but will already know what “book” you want it to be part of.  If you want it to have a listing in the menu system, check the “Provide a menu link” box. Give it the name you want to appear in the menu and select the correct menu.
  • You can reorder the order of section pages under your content management page, where there is a tab for “book”.