By default, a Website Release will display a navigation that is generated automatically based on the structure of the "Content" panel in the release. However, you may choose to enable custom navigation via the "Navigation" panel of a release for finer-grained control.
Custom navigation provides additional capabilities relative to the default navigation style, including a traversable menu layout that supports nesting of navigation items up to six levels deep and an option to add navigation links pointing to external URLs.
However, it is important to note that, when custom navigation is enabled, you must add or remove navigation items manually when adding or removing the corresponding Title/Media objects from the "Content" panel of the release.
To enable custom navigation for a Website Release, visit the “Navigation” panel within the Release and activate the toggle switch labeled “Enable custom navigation.”
In the left column, the “Navigation Items” section displays the hierarchical structure of navigation links that will be included in the published release. In the right column, the “Release Content” and “Custom Link” sections represent the available sources for new navigation items.
To add a Media or Title item to the Navigation Items, click the “Add” button adjacent to its label in the Release Content area. To add a link to an external URL, complete the fields in the Custom Link section at the bottom of the Release Content section and click “Add” (see “Custom Links” below for details).
Change the order of navigation items by clicking and dragging on the “sort” icon (three horizontal lines). Click the “delete” (trash can) icon to remove from the Navigation Items.
You can nest Navigation Items below other items by dragging to the right — nested items appear indented as shown in the image below. Nesting navigation items in this way creates a browsable hierarchy within your published release’s navigation.
Navigation Item Options
You can customize the label text or URL slug (a text fragment that appears in the URL, once the release is published) of individual Navigation Items if the default values are not desirable. For “Custom Link” items, you can also change the link’s destination URL.
To adjust these options, click the disclosure triangle icon on the left of a navigation item, and edit the text fields as needed.
Use the “Expand all” and “Collapse all” shortcut links to quickly show or hide options fields for all Navigation Items.
Using the “Custom Link” form in the right column, you can add a link pointing to an external URL to your release’s navigation. Enter the label text and target URL in the fields provided, and click “Add.” Custom links can appear anywhere in the hierarchy of navigation items.
It is also possible to add a custom link with no URL specified (simply enter label text, and leave the URL field blank). This creates a navigation item that can be used as a “container” for nested child items. When a user clicks on such a navigation item in your published release, it will have the effect of exposing the child items without actually navigating to a different page within the release.
Reset Custom Navigation
You can reset the custom navigation configuration by deleting any existing custom navigation items and saving the Release. Custom navigation items will be regenerated based on the structure of the Sections, Titles, and Media included in the Release. (Please note that any Release items that have their “Include in section navigation” option unchecked in the Content panel will not be included in the resulting custom navigation configuration.)
This reset process can provide a useful starting point for further customization.