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Special-purpose Sections

Some sections are included for special purposes - to manage the site header, set up navigation menus, or configure systems used for comments, sharing, and other extensions to your site.

The site design utilizes a few sections that have special functions. For the most part, these are found at the top level of your site structure, as they are used to supplement the page layout, customize the site design, and add functionality to all pages in your site. Here's a list of the special-purpose sections that you might see, and what they're used for.

site-config - This section is used along with the Site-specific and Site Standard page layouts, allowing you to set the header images, background colors, and site-wide navigation. The content types used in this section are all named "Site Specific..." (header, navigation, subheader, footer, etc.) Any changes made here will be applied to all pages in your site that use the Site-specific Page Layout, so use caution when making changes to this content type and section.

header-name - This section is used to present the office or department name subheader in a Site Main page layout. You can enter the name of the site in the Department or Office Name content type in this section, and select a background color for the site name banner. This gives you the option to include your site name on all pages of your site, but retain the core university header and navigation.

footer-config - Add this section to your site to create a customized footer that offers unit-specific branding, including customizable contact information and social media links to your pages. Create a section named '"footer-config", and add the "Footer Configuration" content type. Footer guidelines can be found in the brand toolkit.

link-menu - If your site starts at a deeper level of the overall SCU site structure, you can use this section and the Link Menu Level content type to set the right sidebar navigation menu to start at the appropriate level. By default, the right sidebar menu would start listing pages at the third level of the site structure, so if you site starts at a level below that you can use this to change the start point. A common example of this would be for academic department. Most will be at the fourth level of the site, just below the college section. Adding the link-menu section and setting the menu to start at level 4 will set the navigation level properly.

sidebar-config - Add this section to your site to collect content that you want displayed in the right column sidebar  on every page in the site (or on every page in a subsection branch of the site. Create a section named "sidebar-config", and add any content type to it that can be positioned in the right sidebar. This would include Related Links, Text Block, Announcement, Buttons, and more.

analytics-config - If your site uses a Google Analytics account other than the main SCU account, you can use this to change the analytics account number. You should contact UMC if you'd like to make use of this capability.

sharethis-config - The ShareThis social sharing buttons use SCU's general use ShareThis account. If you have your own ShareThis account you can over-ride the default settings by adding the sharethis-config section, and adding the ShareThis Comments Configuration content type and entering the short name for your account.

disqus-config - We're using the Disqus plugin for comments in pages and stories. If you'd like to use Disqus, add the disqus-config section and add the Disqus Comments Configuration content type to it. With that setup complete, you can add the Disqus Comments content type to sections where you want to offer a comments form.

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