KB User's Guide - SitePref Tab - Side Modules and Side Module Links

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Side Modules appear on your Live KB Site(s). There are seven distinct places where an Admin can apply a Side Module. Please know this feature has become so robust, its name has become a misnomer. Side Modules are not just restricted to the "sides" of your KB site. This document will help describe Side Module functionality and how you can use it to best engage your users.


A Quick Analogy about Side Modules and their Side Module links

For you visual thinkers, imagine when you create a Side Module, that you are creating a "container" in which you will place Side Module Link(s).



Example: you may create a "container" named "Tech Media" as a Custom Left Side Module.

...inside this "container", you will have Side Module Links of  CNN, Wired, NPR and BBC Mundo.

This is what this Left Side Module would look like on the Live Site.



Side Modules: A Description

There are seven options for Admins to apply "Side Modules".

Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Modules > Side Modules screen.

The image below shows a blank Side Module waiting to be customized. Note the positional options in the aptly named Position field dropdown menu. The image below shows a blank Module field circled in red and also shows all the options available. These options will be further illustrated below.



Positional Options Attributes

You may define as many Side Modules as you would like. After you enable the specifics of your Custom Side Module, click the Add button. Should you only click the Update button at the bottom of the screen, your custom Side Module will not be saved. *The Update button saves edits to existing Side Modules*.

Module name - The name of your Side Module. The name you enter here will be displayed to users if the module position is Menu Bar Dropdown - Under Search, Side Left or Side Right. For the other positions, the module name will only be referenced by admins working on this page in the KB Admin Tools. 

If you are choosing one of the other module positions, such as Link Bar - Between Logo and Search, it is recommended you set the name to something simply like "Link Bar" for easy reference.

Position- The position you choose has a significant impact on the layout of your KB site. Below are descriptions of each position option. 

Visibility Settings

How to Create a Side Module

  1. Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Modules > Side Modules screen.
  2. Put your cursor in the Module name field and enter a name for your Side Module.
  3. Choose a position in the Position drop down menu where you want this side module to appear.
  4. Determine whether you want this Side Module to appear on the Internal/ or External site by checking the appropriate boxes.
  5. Click on Fullview, Mobileview, LandingPage and/ or DocPage check boxes as you see fit.
  6. In the Order field, enter a number. This field determines where this Side Module will appear in the sequence of current Side Modules.
  7. Click the Add button to save this Side Module that you just created.

     Note: Scrolling to the bottom and clicking Update does not save your Side Module.

 

Side Module Links: A Description

Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Module Links link > Side Module Links screen.

The image below shows a blank Side Module Link waiting to be customized. Note the red circled arrow leads to a dropdown menu of the names of already existing Side Modules. This image shows "References" as the Side Module name.


How to Create a Side Module Link

  1. Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Modules Link link > Side Modules Link screen.
  2. Put your cursor on the Module name dropdown menu and select the desired Side Module.
  3. Enter a name for your Side Module link in the Link name field.
  4. Enter the link in the Link URL field..
  5. Select Internal and/or External check boxes to make your Side Module link available on the site(s) you wish.
  6. Select the Popup box if you want your link to appear in a new window.
  7. In the Order field, enter a number. This field determines where this Side Module will appear in the sequence of current Side Modules.
  8. Click the Add button to save this Side Module that you just created.

     Note: Scrolling to the bottom and clicking Update does not save your Side Module link.

 

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