Working with Menus: Creating Pages
There is no page limit in TreesCMS. Nor is there any limit to the number of drop-down levels on any menu. And TreesCMS is unique in that there is no limit to the number of menu systems you can build - you are not limited to just the primary menu.
Here we'll show you how to work with your primary menu - but all the steps are the same for any menu you create.
First, click on Menu then click on Manage next to Primary. The is the "menu tree" that is primary navigation for your website.
When adding a menu item to the menu tree, you are adding a visible tab or drop-down item to your menu. A menu tab or can be a page, a folder, or a link to another page or file. Each time you add a menu item you decide whether it is a page or something else. Let's add a page.
Click on the Add Menu Item button. Type in your Menu Item Name. This is the text that will be on the menu tab visitors click. Next, click on Page to make this menu item a page.
A New page is just that, a brand new page that doesn't exist yet. A Page Template is a pre-configured page that already has a layout selected and possibly several components already placed and configured on the page. Click on New.
Next, select a Layout. Your Designer may have created special Layouts for you to choose from. Or, you can select from one of the Layouts that comes with TreesCMS.
Now type in your Page Heading - and notice the magic! The fields for the URL, HTML Page Title and Open Graph Title are automatically completed for you. This is because most of the time your Page Heading is going to already be key word rich and very descriptive of your page content. However, you can edit any of those fields as needed to fine tune any SEO needs.
The are several other fields and settings below the HTML Page Title that are optional. But we do recommend adding the META Description and Keywords. If you'd like, you can upload a Facebook Open Graph image for the page as well.
When everything is ready, click Create in the top right. Your menu item is created and the Add Menu Item panel remains open. This is to allow you to quickly add more menu items. When done, click Close in the top right.
After closing the Add Menu Item panel you're back at the primary menu tree. You'll find your new page down at the bottom. Notice the page icon next to your new menu item is greyed out like this: This indicates the page is not enabled yet, and visitors won't see the menu item in your menu. This gives you time to work on content. When you're ready to enable the page, right mouse click on the menu item and select enable. The icon will turn blue to indicated it has been enabled and is available for visitors to view.
Page settings can be updated at any time by right-clicking on a menu item and selecting Edit Menu Item. Or, when viewing the live website or in Edit Mode, click the Page Settings icon in the toolbar.
You can now click-hold and drag your menu item anywhere on the menu tree and release. As you drag a menu item around other menu items you'll see one of two green indicators.
A solid green triangle indicates that if you release the mouse button the menu item you are dragging will become a child item to the one with the green triangle. In this example, we're dragging the menu item Getting Started onto the menu item for Support until we see the green triangle. When we release the mouse button Getting Started is now a child page of Support.
A green arrow indicates that if you release the mouse button the menu item you are dragging will become a sibling on the same level as the item with the green arrow. You can drop the menu item either above or below another menu item. In this example, we're dragging the menu item Getting Started above Support until we see the green arrow. When we release the mouse button Getting Started is now a sibling of Support right above it.
Any time a menu item is moved on the menu tree, all menus are automatically updated on your website. Also, if moving a menu item results in a new URL, a 301 redirect is automatically created for you. For example, if you had a Staff page in the root position of your menu the URL would likely be /staff/. If you moved that menu item to be a child of About, your new URL would likely be /about/staff/. Anyone with a bookmark to /staff/ will automatically be redirected to /about/staff/, and all page rank from /staff/ will be passed on to /about/staff/.