Individual Page Settings

On the Configure page are four tabs: General, SEO, Look and Feel, and Advanced. Options selected here have no effect on the rest of the Site; just the page you’ve selected. Many of these options are the same as those that configure the complete page set, so you can view more details in the Configuring Page Sets article.

Note that many of the options are localizable, so you can provide translations based on the user’s locale.

General

The General tab lets you configure the basic information and design for the page. You can change the Name, Friendly URL, and Page Layout.

Name and Friendly URL

The Name is the title that appears in the browser’s title bar, and how the page is identified in the navigation. The Friendly URL defines the page’s link. It is a best practice to have the URL match the name of the Page, so these two should generally be updated together.

Page Layout

For Widget Pages, you can select a Layout Template that defines droppable locations for widgets. Layout templates define a number of sections with columns and rows. Widgets added to a section expand (or contract) horizontally to fill the space and can be stacked vertically.

Figure 1: Setting a layout template for your page.

Figure 1: Setting a layout template for your page.

Categorization and SEO

Managing your page’s content drastically improves your page’s organization and user experience. The Site page’s configuration options offers some opportunities to organize page content.

Categorization

The Categorization tab shows the categorization options. These tools help administrators organize the page so users can find your page and its content through search and navigation. For more information on using tags and categories, see Organizing Content with Tags and Categories.

SEO

SEO provides several ways to optimize the data the page provides to an indexer that’s crawling the page. You can set the various meta tags for description, keywords and robots. There’s also a separate Robots section for telling robots how frequently the page is updated and how it should be prioritized. If the page is localized, you can select a box to generate canonical links by language. If you want to set some of these settings for the entire Site, you can specify them from the Sitemaps and Robots tabs of the Manage Site Settings dialog box (see below).

Each asset (web content article, blog entry, etc.) has a unique URL. From the search engine’s point of view, this makes your pages rank higher since any references to variations of a specific URL are considered references to the same page.

You can also configure the page to use a custom canonical URL. To do so, set the Use Custom Canonical URL toggle to YES, then enter your desired canonical URL in the field that appears. You can define a custom canonical URL for each language. If there’s no value for a specific language, the canonical URL for that language is controlled by the global/instance-level setting.

Figure 2: Enter the custom canonical URL that you want to use for the page.

Figure 2: Enter the custom canonical URL that you want to use for the page.

You can also configure canonical URLs at the global and instance levels.

Global: Control PanelConfigurationSystem SettingsPagesSEO

Instance: Control PanelConfigurationInstance SettingsPagesSEO

Navigate to the level (global/instance) on which you want to configure canonical URLs, then choose one of the following in the Canonical URL menu:

Use Default Language URL (default): When a user visits a page in any supported language, the default language’s URL is used as the canonical URL.

Use Localized URL: The page’s localized URL is used as the canonical URL.

Figure 3: You can also configure canonical URLs at the global and instance levels.

Figure 3: You can also configure canonical URLs at the global and instance levels.

Look and Feel

Look and Feel lets you set a page-specific theme. You can inherit what you already have configured for your Page Set’s theme, or you can define a theme per page. See Customizing the Look and Feel of Site Pages for more details.

Advanced Settings

Advanced Settings contains options useful for specific cases. Some of these are the same as the options available at the Site or Page Set level, but Custom Fields, Embedded Widgets, and Customization Settings are unique to the individual page configuration.

Query String

You can set a query string to provide parameters to the page. This can become useful to web content templates. You can set a target for the page so that it pops up in a particularly named window or appears in a frameset. And you can set an icon for the page that appears in the navigation menu.

Custom Fields

Custom Fields lets you edit the custom fields you already have configured for the Page resource. If you don’t have any custom fields configured in your Site, this option doesn’t appear. In this case, navigate to the Control Panel → Custom Fields located under the Configuration tab. These are metadata about the page and can be anything you like, such as author or creation date. For more information on Custom Fields, see Custom Fields.

Embedded Widgets

This option only appears if you have embedded one or more widgets on the page.

Widgets can be embedded on a page via web content template or fragment. To learn more about this, see Adding Templates. You can embed a widget on a page layout or theme programmatically. If you’re interested in learning more about this, visit the Embedding Portlets in Themes tutorial.

Customization Settings

This configuration option in the Advanced tab lets you mark specific sections of the page you want users to be able to customize. You can learn more about page customizations in Personalizing Pages.

JavaScript

This shows a JavaScript editor for code that’s executed at the bottom of your page. If your Site’s theme uses JavaScript (as is usually the case), it’s best to add custom JavaScript code to the theme instead. This way, all your Site’s JavaScript code remains in one place.

This configuration option is also available for Page Sets like Public Pages and Private Pages. Visit Executing JavaScript in Site Pages for more information on doing this for Page Sets.

Mobile Device Rules

Apply rules for how this page should render for various mobile devices here. Create them by navigating to Site Administration menu and selecting ConfigurationMobile Device Families.

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