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Navigation helps users easily locate information on your website. Every page on your website will have a Left Navigation that is fully customizable, which means you have control over which pages you link to in that space:


Another aspect of navigation is Breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs are displayed above the title on a page to show the path or location of the current page by folder relationships:


Left Navigation

Your left navigation has a Block and a _SSI file. The Block is what you can edit to change your left navigation, while the _SSI file is how you publish your left navigation changes to all of your Pages.

The navigation block uses three levels of links: Link/Header is the first level, Sub-Link is the second, and Third-Level is the third.

  • Top level Link/Headers will link to pages, if no Sub-Link is specified.
  • Second level Sub-Links will force the Link/Headers to become toggles which expand to display Sub-Link options, which means the Link/Header will no longer be a link.

  • Third-level links will automatically display along with their Sub-Links when Link/Headers are toggled.

Each link can be either: an Internal Link (link to a page within Cascade), a Symlink (see HTML Links) or an External Link (a full URL entered manually).


Step 1 - Edit Left Navigation:

  1. Hovering over the left navigation and select Edit Content from the pop-up to access the Block
  2. Click the + to add additional links
  3. Add Link Text, Destination, and Sub-link (optional)
  4. Select the vertical ellipsis and choose Check Content & Submit


PRO-TIP: If you added Sub-Links but want to maintain the link in the Link/Header, enter a link title in the All Link Text field. This will create a Sub-Link for the Link/Header link. If you do not enter in a link title, the link will display without text as a clickable blank space.


Step 2 - Publish Left Navigation:

At the bottom of the Block, an _SSI page should be specified

  1. Right-click on it and select View
  2. Publish the _SSI page to publish navigation changes 

If you are having publishing issues, see Troubleshooting: Publishing Error.



NOTE: For Breadcrumbs to work, all folders in your website must contain index files. Breadcrumb links only link to index files; if a folder does not contain an index file, the Breadcrumb link won’t be generated.

  1. For each index file in your site, add text to the Display Name fields.

    Display Name fields are specifically for Breadcrumbs; make them brief. For example, if your about/index page Title is "About the Office of Academic Advising," your Display Name could be just "About" for a short Breadcrumb

  2. Under Configure tab:
    1. Locate "Breadcrumbs" Region
    2. Specify this Block
    3. Specify this Format

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