A major benefit of the content database is that one or more site navigation menus can be automatically created and updated from the database . . as new pages are added to the database they can automatically linked into the menu system. Items within the content system can be designated as either Main menu items of Sub menu.
The appearance and positioning of the menu, or menus, whilst goverened by the Menus secition of the Content Management System, is normally completed by the site designer. Because the menu is then rarely altered or repositioned during general site maintenance, by default, the menu administration function is not switched on for general users.
Whilst new menus can be created in the CMS, the code to activate the particular menu needs to be embedded in the required ASP template which is normally done during the website design and development stage. For further information, please contact GeelongWeb/Pagination.
Two basic types of menu are provided . .
- Horizontal, where the main menu items spread horizontally across the page with sub menus dropping down from the highlighted main menu item.
- Vertical, where the main menu items are stacked vertically and the sub menus fly out from the highlighted main menu item.
The top of a menu is positioned a specified distance [in pixels] down from the top of the page.
The menu can be positioned either . .
- a specific distance [in pixels] from the left hand side of the screen. This distance remains the same on all browsers regardless of the total browser window width.
- centered within the browser window. The system calculates the total width of the menu and browser window to position the menu in the center of the screen. If a user resizes the browser AFTER the menu has loaded the menu position will no longer be centered and the menu will need to be reloaded.
- a specific distance [in pixels] to the left of the center of the page. This option is generally used when a website design involves a fixed width page [eg 900 pixels wide] which is centered in the browser window, and the menu is wanted a specific distance from the left of the site page design rather than the browser window.