What's New In The WCMS Template
March 15, 2011 - Matt Carter
When we started recreating the UNM Template in the WCMS we found a few areas where we could make some changes. The idea was to add some more advanced features to the template that would become global elements on webpages.
The first thing we did was to consolidate the top toolbar into a single row that did not take up a lot of space on the page.
The toolbar contains some of the most used links from the main UNM homepage.
- A link to the UNM homepage
- UNM A-Z - The departmental listing page
- StudentInfo and FastInfo - online help for students, faculty, staff, etc.
- myUNM - The UNM web portal
- Directory - The searchable directory of students, faculty, and staff
- more... (The Drop Panel. See more details on this below.)
- UNM Search box
The Drop Panel
The idea behind this drop down panel is to provide a quick set of links from any UNM webpage that will allow a user to jump to other websites they might need. We will adjust the content of the "drop panel" as we better understand how people use it.
The Expandable Menu
We have made some minor changes to the expandable menu found in the left column of many UNM websites. The previous version of this menu had a small usability issue related to the expandable menu items. If you click on the icon that identified a section of the menu it would not open that section, it required you to click the menu title. The new version fixes that problem and makes the entire menu item clickable.
We have added a couple icons to the bottom right of each page in the WCMS template. In this area you will find a Share This link and a Print link.
The print link is simply a shortcut to the browsers print function. The Share This link is the more interesting of the two. By clicking the link a small pop-up will appear on the page allowing you to select from some common social networking and link sharing sites. Clicking on one of the items in the pop-up will take you to the appropriate site to share the information on the current page.
The links in the Share This pop-up include: