Complex Link Lists

What you will learn

  • How to create complex lists of links that divide up the links into defined categories

Quick Steps

  1. Create link components
  2. Add link components to multiple list components by category
  3. Add list components to one master list
  4. Insert the master link list component onto the page as a Gateway Link List or a Right column expandable link list
Complex link lists are useful when you want to display many  links, and you can easily divide the links into categories.

Create Link Components

  1. Navigate to an appropriate location in the Building Blocks folder
  2. Click the New Component button
  3. Enter an appropriate name for your link component
  4. Select “Link” from the Schema drop down menu
    1. Link Name: Enter the text you want displayed as the link here
      • Component link: If you want to create a link to another page in your site, use the component link field. Click the browse button on the right, navigate to the location of a component that is on the page you want to link to (preferably a  content component), and click insert.

        OR 

      • URL for the link: If instead you want to link to an external website, enter the full URL in this field
    2. Image: You can ignore this field, it’s only required for the Button template
  5. Click Save & Close

Repeat these steps until you have created a component for every link you wish to list.

Create Link List Components

Now that you have created your link components, you will need to create lists to combine them into categories.

  1. In the same folder in building blocks that you created the link components in, once again click the New Component button.
  2. Enter an appropriate name for your component
  3. Select “List” from the schema drop down menu
    1. Display title: Enter the text you want displayed as the category for this selection of links
    2. List element: Click the browse button on the right. Navigate to the location of the link components. Select any links you want listed under this category and click insert. Click close.
  4. If you want to add any additional components, click the green add button located to the left of the components list. 
  5. To change the gallery order, click the move button. Move the cursor to the location you want the component to be in, and left click. Repeat as necessary
  6. Once you have finished inserting and arranging the links, click Save & Close
Repeat these steps until every link component you created is listed in one link list.

Create One Master List Component

Now that you have created your categorized link lists, you will need to create one master link list to combine them.

  1. Still in the same folder in building blocks, click the New Comonent button
  2. Enter an appropriate name for your component
  3. Select “List” once again from the schema drop down menu
    1. Display title: This time, enter the title you want displayed above the entire list
    2. List element: Click the browse button on the right. Navigate to the location of the link list components you just created. Select all of the list components, and click insert. Click close
  4. You can arrange the links in the same manner used previously
  5. Once you have finished inserting and arranging the links, click Save & Close

Insert the List Component on to a Page

Now that you have created the master link list, you will need to insert the link list onto a page

  1. Navigate in the Root Folder to page you want the link list displayed on, and open it
  2. Click on the Component Presentations tab
  3. Click the insert button located at the bottom
  4. In the window that opens, navigate to the location of the master link list you just created. Select one of the following templates from the template dropdown menu
    1. Gateway page list: Select this template to display the link list as the main content on a page. All links will be visible upon opening the page, organized by category (as determined by the categorized link lists)
    2. Expandable right column list: Select this template to display the link list on the right side of the page. The links will be collapsed to only display the categories, and can be expanded by clicking on the category name.
  5. Click insert, then click close.
  6. Save & Close the page
  7. In the home tab, publish the page