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The front page of a country Web site shows articles that you specifically select to appear on the front page. These articles can also appear in the menus as well. In addition to specifying the articles that appear on the front page, you can select and customize the banner that appears, the footer, and other elements.

Add articles to the front page

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You can select which articles you want to appear on the front page. Articles assigned to the front page can also appear within a menu as well. To assign an article to the front page:

  1. Go to Content > Article Manager.
  2. Click the article you want to appear on the front page.
  3. In the options above the article, next to Front Page, select Yes.
  4. If you haven’t inserted a Read more tag, put your cursor where you want to insert the tag, and then click the Read more button at the bottom.
  5. Click Save. Now when you refresh the site, you see the article on the front page.

Set the front page article order

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By default, the articles you assign to the front page appear with the most recent article first. To set the front page article order:

  1. Go to Menus > Main Menu.
  2. Click the Home menu.
  3. Expand the Parameters (Advanced) section on the right.
  4. In the Primary Order box, select the way you want the articles ordered on the home page. If you want to manually arrange the order, select Default.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Go to Content > Front Page Manager.
  7. Click the arrows in the Order column to move the articles up or down. Then click the little Save icon in the Order column. Note that you can only control the order of the Front Page articles using the arrows or numbers in this Order column if you set the Primary Order as Default in step 4. If the Home menu is set to sort by most recent articles first, these Order buttons won’t work.
  8. Click Save.

Remove front page articles

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To remove articles from the front page:

  1. Go to Content > Front Page Manager.
  2. Select the check box next to the article.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To unpublish the article, click Unpublish. This option allows you to easily add the article back to the home page by later selecting Publish.
    • To move the article to your archives, click Archive. This removes the article and adds it to your archives. You can show all archived articles by creating a menu item and choosing the Archived Article List.
    • To remove the article from the Front Page Manager entirely, click Remove. This doesn’t delete the article; it just removes it from the Front Page section.

Note: You can show archives as a menu item. When you customize your menus (see Add Links to All Articles in Sections or Categories), select the Articles > Archived Article List option.


Choose a different banner

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You can change the default banner with other Church banners already created. (The Church logo is separate from the banner. It looks seamless, but that’s only because the blue colors where the two files meet are identical.)

To change the banner:

  1. Go to Components > Banner > Banners.
  2. Click Country Banner.
  3. In the Banner Image Selector field near the bottom, select the banner you want. There are several additional banners you can choose from.
  4. Click through them to see each one.
  5. Click Save. When you refresh the page, you can see your new banner image.

Create your own banner

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You can create your own banner. To create a seamless fit between the banner and the Church logo, the banner must have a dark blue gradient on the left, where it meets the Church logo.

To create your own banner:

  1. Send an e-mail message to CWStechnicalsupport@ldschurch.org requesting the banner Photoshop file (PSD) needed to help you create your image. The Photoshop file has a variety of site images contained in various layers that you can turn on or off, like this.
  2. Add your own image to the file by first creating a new layer and placing your image on the layer.
    Note: Make sure you have the license to use the image. You can often email us requesting a specific image that you’ve seen the Church use somewhere.
  3. When finished, save your file.
  4. Upload your image to the banner’s folder by doing the following:
  5. Go to Site > Media Manager.
  6. Click the Banners folder to go into it.
  7. Click Choose File, browse to your banner and click Open. Then click Start Upload.
  8. Follow the instructions in the previous task, Choose a Different Banner to select your banner. Select the banner by going to Components > Banner > Banners. Then click Country Banner.
  9. Now go to the Banner Image Selector and select your new banner.

Note: If you create your own banner, make sure you have the license to use the image. If you need a special image of a temple or other Church scene, send an e-mail to CWStechnicalsupport@ldschurch.org requesting it.


Change the banner based on the menu option

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You can change the banner based on the menu item that the user clicks. For example, if you have a section on your site called Firesides, when the user clicks Firesides, you can have a Fireside specific banner appear rather than the default banner from the home page.

To create a banner that changes according to the menu option or page, you have to create a new banner and module, and then assign the banner to a menu.

  1. If you created a custom banner, upload it by doing the following:
    1. Go to Site > Media Manager.
    2. Go into the banners subfolder.
    3. Click Choose File, select the banner, click Open, and then click Start Upload. In this example, I’ll use the landscape banner I uploaded in the previous video.
  2. Create a new banner category:
    1. Go to Components > Banner > Categories.
    2. Click New.
    3. Add a title in the title field. Leave the rest of the fields at the defaults.
    4. Click Save.
  3. Now add a banner component:
    1. Go to Components > Banner > Banners.
    2. Click New.
    3. Give the new banner component a name.
    4. In the Category drop-down box, select the category you created earlier in step 2.
    5. In the Client Name drop-down box, select Church.
    6. In the Banner Image Selector near the bottom, select the banner you want and click Save.
  4. Now you need to Add a banner module and configure it to the menu where you want it to appear:
    1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
    2. Click New.
    3. Select Banner and click Next.
    4. Add a name for the banner in the Title field.
    5. Next to Show Title, select No.
    6. In the Position drop-down, select Banner.
    7. In the Menu Assignment section at the bottom, select Select Menu Item(s) from the List. This allows you to choose the specific menu items where your banner will appear.
    8. Select the menus where the banner should appear. Hold down the Shift or Control key to select multiple items.
    9. In the Module Parameters on the right, select the following:
    10. In the Banner Client drop-down box, select Church.
    11. For the category, select the category you created earlier.
    12. Click Save.
  5. As a final step, you need to adjust the menu assignment of the other banner so that your custom banner will appear.
    1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
    2. Click Country Banner.
    3. In the Menu Assignment area, select Select Menu Item(s) from the List.
    4. Hold down your Control key and select the pages you don’t want the countrybanner to appear.
    5. Click Save.

Change the search text

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Although some of the interface text is automatically translated, the text that appears in the search field is not. You can change the text that appears in the Search box by doing the following:

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Click the Search module.
  3. Go to the Module Parameters section on the right.
  4. In the Text box, type the text you want to appear. For example, if you’re translating this to Spanish, you might type Buscar ....
  5. Click Save.

Change the footer

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The footer is the text that appears at the bottom of your site. To customize the footer:

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Click Copyright Information.
  3. In the Custom Output section at the bottom, change the footer. In this example, I’ll change the copyright year.
  4. Click Save. When you refresh the page, you can see the changed footer.

Change the right sidebar content

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The content in the right sidebar is just three custom HTML modules. You can change the content through the Module Manager.

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Click the module you want to change: Mormon Messages, Quote, or Worship with Us.
  3. For example, to change the Quote, click Quote.
  4. To work directly with HTML, click the HTML button.
  5. Click Save. Now let’s refresh the page and see the change.

Add a module to the sidebar

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You can add a new section to either sidebar. To add a new section:

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Click New.
  3. Select Custom HTML, and then click Next.
  4. Type a title for the section.
  5. In the Position drop-down box, select whether you want the module to appear on the right or left. The right position appears as a right sidebar, and the left as the left sidebar.
  6. The Order drop-down shows all other modules that are assigned to this position.
  7. Type the content in the Custom Output section at the bottom.
  8. Click Save.

Rearrange the order of the modules in the sidebars

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Positions can often have more than one module assigned to them. This is particularly true of the right and left positions (which look like right and left sidebars). To rearrange the order of the modules assigned to the right and left positions:

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. In the Select Position filter in the upper-right, select the position you want to order.
  3. Change the order using the arrows or numbers in the Order column.
  4. Click the little Save icon in the Order column.
This page was last modified on 7 January 2010, at 18:11.

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