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Setting up your site

Setting up the site structure

Once you have created a map of your site representing your site structure you will know what your top-sections are and in turn the sub-sections.

Try to keep the number of sections in the top-toolbar to a minimum so that the links do not wrap onto two lines on small screens and so users can easily scan the page.

If you have too many top sections then do not use the top toolbar, instead treat the left-hand navigation as your first level.  This will remove a layer of navigation but will make the site more user friendly.  Try to structure the site as your audience would expect.  Your site should act as a business tool helping people to perform tasks or find information.

Create folders for the top level of navigation. In each of the top-level folder create folders for the second level and so on.

Start with your home page

  1. Base your home page on default.htm.  
  2. The top toolbar is a FrontPage Include.  You can open the top toolbar by right-clicking on it and choosing Open ...  
  3. The banner is another FrontPage Include which you can open in the same way. 
  4. You will need to replace the site title image with your own. The Photoshop file title.psd is included in the images folder. If you have a graphics package you will be able to modify it, otherwise contact Christina Thompson or Maureen McLellan who can create one for you.  
  5. You will also need to replace or delete the link to your parent department/site.  You should always keep the link to the I-Web home. 
  6. When you save the changes in the banner the toolbar will be updated.
  7. You will also need to add your top sections to the toolbar.  You can overwrite the example sections in the toolbar and change the links.  In this case Home uses the style topactive and the other links use the style top. To change the style on a hyperlink right click the link and select Hyperlink Properties, click Style then change the Class. For more information go to the Stylesheet page in the templates site.
  8. There is a Search link on the top toolbar. If your site is on the Corporate I-Web server then you will need to replace yoursite on the link with the short name of your site. If your site is held on another server then contact that server manager for advice on search facilities.
  9. When you save the toolbar this will update all the pages including it. 
  10. Amend or delete sections in the left-hand navigation to show the second-level of navigation of the Home section. All non active sections in the left hand navigation should be contained by dashed dividing rules. The active section is highlighted by solid dividing rules.
  11. Change the footer to show your name linked to your Global Employee Directory Entry.  The Authorised image in the footer has to link to the Registration Details page for your site.  You can register your site at http://www.ime.reuters.com/site/register.asp .
  12. You can then add your content to the content area.
  13. If you want external links you can copy that element from the file template.htm

Creating more pages

  1. Make a copy of default.htm and change whatever you need. 
  2. The file template.htm contains all the elements that you will need to create a new page 
  3. The authorised footer should now be replaced by the footer for other pages as outlined in the How to use.. section of the templates site. It should contain links to the homepage of your site, the date updated, the name of the last person to update the site linked to their GED and a link to the I-Web homepage.

A new top level page

  1. When you create a new top-level page you will need to create a new top toolbar which shows that section as being active.  
  2. Make a copy of top_home.htm in the includes folder and rename it top_newsection.htm  you will need to do this for all the top level sections in the site.
  3. Edit the styles in this file so that the new section uses the style topactive and home uses the style top.
  4. You will also need to change the new page to point to the new top toolbar.  Right-Click on the toolbar and select Include Page Properties, choose Browse and you can navigate to the new toolbar.
  5. Change the left hand navigation. The active section should be highlighted by using the leftactive style applied by right clicking the link select Hyperlink Properties then Style and then class, this link should be highlighted by solid dividing rules .  All non-active sections have style left and are surrounded by dashed dividing rules.

A second-level page

  1. Make a copy of the page nearest in appearance to the one you need to create.  This will mean your copy will already have the correct top toolbar and the beginnings of the left-hand menu.  
  2. To change the active section in the left-hand menu select Hyperlink Properties, Style and change the style to leftactive.  
  3. You will also need to change the image dividers surrounding the active section.  If the active section has sub-sections (i.e. third level navigation)  then you will need to add a cell below the active section you can copy this from the menu in template.htm
  4. If you need to add links to other sites then use the example for external links in template.htm


There is a feedback form included in the templates feedback.htm there are instructions in that file to enable you to direct the form to the correct recipients


For the styles to work each of your pages needs to contain a link to the stylesheet. If you need to link the stylesheet in to a new page then open the page within FrontPage, click Format, select Style sheet links this will open a window you can then select or browse to the stylesheet styles.css. For more detail about the Style Sheet look at the style sheet section in the template site http://www.ime.reuters.com/templates/  If you are unsure how the navigation works there is a demo site available from the templates site. 


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Updated by: 

Christina Thompson


Last Updated on: 

10 September 2014

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