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Episerver CMS iconStructuring the website

In the Episerver CMS, the page tree structure is located in edit view under Pages. At the top of the structure is the root page, usually with one or more start pages directly underneath. The structure of the website is made up of pages. By default, the page structure is reflected in the navigation menus. To simplify navigation, you should limit the submenu structure to a maximum of three levels.

The page tree

By moving the mouse pointer over a page in the tree structure, information about the page, such as ID and page type, is displayed. A set of page tree symbols provides additional information about the structure.

Episerver image The root page.
Start page symbol A start page.
Episerver image A published page.
Episerver image A page that links to another page on the same website.
Episerver image A page that fetches and displays content from another page on the same website.
Episerver image A page that links to an external website or a specific address.
Episerver image A page containing a shortcut that is not linked anywhere; it only displays the text and is used to create a heading with no link in the menu.
Episerver image A container page used for storing other pages; not visible on the website.
Episerver image A published page. This icon appears for project items; not in the Pages navigation pane.
Page not published symbol A draft of a new page that is not yet published.
Scheduled publishing with time passed symbol A new page that was scheduled for publishing; not visible on the website yet.
Scheduled publishing with time passed symbol A page that has an expiration time that has passed; not visible on the website.
Episerver image A page that is set to Ready to publish.
Episerver image A page that is set to Rejected.
Episerver image A page is currently In review and must be reviewed and approved before it can be published. See Content approvals (Beta).
Episerver image You do not have the rights to publish this item or the specific item version does not exist anymore. This icon appears for project items; not in the Pages navigation pane.
Episerver image A previously published page, not visible on the website.
No access rights symbol A page that is locked for editing for the logged-in user.
Episerver image A page that is being edited by another user.

Your website might be customized with other symbols implemented by the partner developer.

Moving, copying and removing pages

Moving a page

Use drag-and-drop to move a page, or select Cut in the context menu for the page you want to move, and select Paste for the destination page. You can also move pages by using keyboard commands Ctrl+x or Cmd+x, and Ctrl+v or Cmd+v.

When you move a page, internal links are redirected to the new location and are not broken. However, external links pointing to the moved page will be broken.

Copying a page

Select Copy in the context menu for the page you want to copy, and select Paste for the destination page. You can also copy pages by using keyboard commands Ctrl+c or Cmd+c, and Ctrl+v or Cmd+v.

Subpages and associated media files in local page folders are copied also, and the links point to the new copy of the page. Settings, such as dynamic properties and categories, are copied also with the new page.

When you copy and paste a page under the same node, the Name in URL property of the copied page is typically named [Name in URL1], which you need to change after copying.

Removing content

Removed folders, pages, blocks and media files are moved to trash, and are not publicly available on the website. Remember to update any links to removed content. When you remove a page, all underlying pages are removed also. See Deleting and restoring content.

Sorting page order in menus

The pages in the tree structure are sorted according to a predefined sort order. By default, the page that was created most recently is placed at the top of the tree structure, for example, in news listings. There also are other options for sorting, such as alphabetically or by sort index. The last option lets you control the sorting through an index defined on each page.

The sort order is set for the parent page of a branch, and is inherited by the subpages:

  1. Select the parent page of the branch in the structure where you want to set the sorting.
  2. Edit the page and select the Settings tab.
  3. Select sorting criteria under Sort subpages.
  4. Publish the page for the changes to take place.
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Episerver User Guide 17-1 | Released: 2017-02-07 | © Episerver 2017 | Send feedback to us