Now that you have created your static page, you will need to place it somewhere on your journal's homepage that is readily accessible to its audience - this does not happen automatically, in fact, it is impossible to access this page if you do map it - so this step is very important.
Looking at the Static Page you have just created in the Static Pages tab under the Settings - Website tabs;
- Click on the "Navigation Menus" tab:
The Navigation Menus can change what options users have when looking at your site.
- The User Navigation Menu dictates what menu appear for your personal profile, and the
- Primary Navigation Menu will determine what users can see on the main menu in your website. We are going to working with the Primary Navigation Menu, but first we need to add our newly created Static Page as a Navigation Menu Item.
- Click on Add Item in the Navigation Menu Items menu.
- This will cause a window to open, prompting you for a title of the Item you are adding and the Navigation Menu Type.
- For the Title, it is best to name the item the same as the title of your static page in order to minimize confusion, as you can see below, I have named this item, "Static Page Example" which is the same as the name of the Static Page itself.
- For the Navigation Menu Type, click the dropdown and select "Remote URL"
- Now you will be prompted to provide a URL for the page you are going to be linking to - this will indeed be the same URL that you generated as a "path" in the Static Pages menu. For this example, I have pulled an image from the Static Pages screen we filled out in the last part of the this guide - here is a closer image so that you can tell exactly what goes into the URL
Looking at the example above, the full URL is indeed going to be https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/librarytest/static_page_example
- Please keep in mind, this URL is for a specific page on the Library Test journal, so you will want to be sure you are creating a unique URL for each Static Page you create. You will likely notice that your journal's title has likely taken the place of "Librarytest" in the URL where it appears above.
Plug your URL into your URL field in order to proceed to the next step.
- Once you have entered your URL from the Static Page, Click Save. Now, if you scroll down the bottom of the page under Navigation Menu Items, you should be able to see the Static Page that you have just added.
- Now that you have added your Navigation Menu Item, Click on Primary Navigation Menu under Navigation Menus.
- Now you will see all of the different menu options presented (and hidden) from the viewers of your Ejournals webpage. This screen allows you to play around with the order of the menu, and how your menu options are nested within one another. Here, you will need to drag and drop your new Static Page Example, which will now appear as a hidden, "Unassisgned Menu Item" into the Assigned Menu Item field.
Once you have dragged your Static Page into the Assigned Menu Items column and clicked Save, you will now be able to see it on your journal's home screen. Please refer to the next page for tips on editing your Static Page's content, and moving it around within the menus on your journal's home screen. As you can see in the example below, the Static Page is now working properly with it's unique URL, and it has a very visible link (highlighted by the red box) in your journal's main menu.