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9.5 How to Structure a Complex Site with Multiple Menus

Most department templates (except department.aspx) are designed to contain one horizontal top menu and multiple left menus.  The top menu persists on all pages in the site, whereas the left menu changes depending on which main section of the site the user is visiting. 

To set up a site with top and left menus:


Step 1: Plan

Before setting up the menus, first identify each main section in your site.  In this example site, the main sections are:

  • Anthropology,
  • Sociology, and
  • Criminal Justice. 

Note how the top menu contains a link to each of these sections, plus a Home link.

soancj site top menu


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Step 2: Add Subfolders

Create a subfolder for each main section of your site (excluding Home because the root folder serves as your home folder).  

department2 folder structure 

Then add a new landing page (html content block) to each subfolder (excluding Home, as a home page exists by default in your root folder). 

PLEASE NOTE: As you add additional pages to your site, be sure to put each page in the appropriate folder (e.g., Anthropology Club in the Anthropology folder; Sociology News in the Sociology folder).

anthropology folder contents


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Step 3: Add One Top Menu

Add a menu folder titled “top menu” to the root folder.  Add items/links to the menu, one link for each landing page you created in Step 2, plus a Home link that points to your home page.  

top menu


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Step 4: Add the Left Menus

Add a menu titled “left menu” to each of the subfolders and the root folder. 

You will add items/links to each left menu later, after you have created the content pages (you must create CMS content pages before you can link to them).

anthropology left menu

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