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Creating a New Page

Before creating a new page it is important to ask yourself a few strategic questions:

  • What is the purpose of the page and what will it contain?
  • Where will the page live?
  • What value will it add to the website?
  • Does it need to be its own page or can the content be added elsewhere?

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Pages in navigation

It's standard behavior that when you create a new page and check it in, it will automatically be added to the left-hand navigation (and drop-down, if applicable). If this is not the case and you'd like it to show up in the navigation - or if it is showing up in the navigation and you'd prefer it didn't - please submit a TSC ticket. It will never show up in the navigation to the public until the page is published.

Also, if you've created a new page, but it's not showing up in the order you'd like it to in the left-hand navigation, please submit a TSC ticket and indicate the exact order you'd like reflected.

Steps for creating a new page

After logging in to your site, go to the place where you want the page to live. (This is the subsite or parent page that you want the new page to live under – any page that ends in "/Pages/default.aspx" is a subsite that you can create a page under. To have a subsite created, please submit a TSC ticket.)

In the top left corner, click on the Site Actions dropdown menu, and select New Page.

A box will pop up to give the new page a name. 

It is important to name the page purposefully and clearly, as it becomes the end of the URL of the page and can affect SEO. 

Use all lowercase letters and put dashes between words, like so: new-page-titleDo not leave spaces between words in a page title. No other special characters can be used in a page name for the URL. **

(You will have the opportunity to correctly format the Navigation Title and Heading of the page once it is created. See below.)

Click Create.

 

At the bottom of your new blank page, there are three tabs. The first is the Page Info tab. The Navigation Title defaults to the name you just gave the page. Take out the dashes and give the necessary words uppercase first letters. Enter the Heading, which is usually the exact same as the Navigation Title or a similar variation.

The Navigation Title becomes the title of the page in the navigation, so it is important to keep it short. Using an "&" instead of "and" helps with navigation title length. The updated Navigation Title will automatically show up in the left-hand navigation menu and the top navigation drop-down menu, if applicable, once the page is checked in. (If it doesn't, please put in a ticket through TSC.)

The Heading becomes the heading at the page — it appears when you Save & Close the page.

Now that you've changed the Navigation Title and added a Header, you can customize the look of the page. You can change the page layout, enter content, add web parts, etc. Don’t forget to Save & Close and Check In the page.

You must Save & Close AND Check In the page upon creation in order to create the first minor version of the page. If you do not check in the page it will not exist. The page will not be live to the public until it is published. 

** URL NAMING GUIDELINES:

This is critical because while SharePoint may or may not allow certain characters in page names (URLs), some mobile and desktop browsers won’t allow them to work as a link. They also get flagged with 406 errors on broken link reports and other scans. Plus, they are not SEO-friendly.

Remember that you have the opportunity to use these characters and uppercase letters when you change the Navigation Title and Heading after the page has been created.

The following should not be used as part of page names:

  • No “ ” ’ ‘ smart quotes.
  • No { } curly braces.
  • No [ ] square braces.
  • No ellipsis.
  • No ^ carrots.
  • No | pipes.
  • No \ backslashes.
  • No + plus signs.

Other important characters to avoid:

  • No , commas.
  • No . periods.
  • No & ampersands.
  • No ? question marks.

Only the single dash - to separate words in the page name (URL) is acceptable.​