Linked pages

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Linked pages are used to redirect users from one URL to another, either another page on your site, or to a page on a different site entirely. This is often done in order to create an easy-to-remember URL that can be given out to parents, students, etc., that points to a page that's much deeper in the site navigation. For more information about creating custom URLs, refer to Customize page addresses and URLs.

Linked page types

There are three types of linked pages available: Internal Redirect, External Redirect, and Reuse Content.

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Internal Redirect

An Internal Redirect sends the user to another page on your site. The Page Picker allows you to select a page, even from another domain, to redirect your visitor to when they click on this page. 

External Redirect

An External Redirect sends the user to a direct URL, usually to another website.

Reuse Content

Reuse Content is a way to display the contents of another page on your site without sending the user to that page. From the user's perspective, it will appear as if that other page's content is located in the section of the site where you created this Linked Page.

Reuse Content can be beneficial when you have an entire page of information that needs to be consistent across multiple areas of your site, but you don't want to take the user out of the area they've been browsing. You can also add different banners to a Reuse Content page to differentiate it, if necessary. For example, you may have a district policies page that you want to be repeated in an individual school's section of the site. With a Reuse Content page, the main content would be updated whenever the page on the district's site is changed, but the user isn't taken away from the school's site and the page features the school's colors and navigation.

Reuse Content vs Clone a Page

Reuse Content is very similar to cloning a page. The difference is that, when a page is cloned, it creates a completely separate pageAny edits to the original page would not impact the content on the clone. When editing a page with reused content someone else on the site, edits will all be imitated anywhere that reused content pages live. 

Create a linked page from scratch

Linked pages are created just like any other page.

  1. In the left bar, hover over the page you want to be the "parent" of the linked page, and click New Page.

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    Best Practice

    Many Finalsite clients create a new branch in Composer specifically for linked pages.

  2. In the New Page dialog window, select the Linked Page tab. Give your page a name. Notice as you do that the URL field automatically mirrors the page name (replacing any spaces with hyphens).

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    Override the automatic URL string with whatever text you want to include. If you have created a custom URL for use in printed brochures, etc., make sure that this field matches the web address that you're distributing.

    Important Note

    This must be a unique URL! If you try to create a custom URL that's already being used by another page, you'll see an error telling you to choose a different address.

  3. Select the type of linked page and configure the link:
    • Internal Redirect: Redirect to another page on your website.

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      Use the Page Picker window that appears to select the page where you want users to end up. If an admin user has access to another domain, Internal Redirect can also include pages on other domains within the same CMS. 

    • External Redirect: Send users to a different URL entirely. Paste the target URL in the Redirect to this page field.

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    • Reuse Content: Click Select Page, and choose the page from the page picker. Now the newly-created page will only exist as a reflection of the content from the page selected in the Display content from this page picker. Read more above in the Reuse Content section.

      Linked page settings with Reuse Content button selected

  4. Save and Publish the page.

    Composer will indicate that visitors to the custom URL you set up will be redirected to whatever page you selected. In the page tree, the linked page will be designated by a link icon to the right of the page name.

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Convert a normal page into a linked page

An existing page can be changed into a linked page to fulfill a different purpose in your site navigation. The process is very similar to when Creating a New Page with a slightly different strategy.

To update an existing linked page, follow these steps:

  1. Select the page in your left navigation Composer page tree to open the page in the main panel.
  2. In the bottom right corner, select the Page Settings gear to open up the menu. 

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     3. Select the Linked tab in the Page Settings menu 

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     4. Selecting the box next to the words Linked page will display more settings along with a warning. 

Important Note

Converting a normal page into a Linked Page will delete existing page content.

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     5. Select the type of linked page and configure the link:

  • Internal Redirect: Redirect to another page on your website.

    internal redirect.png

    Use the Page Picker window that appears to select the page where you want users to end up. If an admin user has access to another domain, Internal Redirect can also include pages on other domains within the same CMS. 

  • External Redirect: Send users to a different URL entirely. Paste the target URL in the Redirect to this page field.

    external redirect.png

  • Reuse Content: Click Select Page, and choose the page from the page picker. Now the newly-created page will only exist as a reflection of the content from the page selected in the Display content from this page picker. Read more above in the Reuse Content section.

    Linked page settings with Reuse Content button selected

  • Save and Publish the page.

    Composer will indicate that visitors to the custom URL you set up will be redirected to whatever page you selected. In the page tree, the linked page will be designated by a link icon to the right of the page name.

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