Working With Sidebars

The Montclair State website template allows users to optionally have a right sidebar on their pages with associated content. To get started, first you'll need to use a Style for your page that supports sidebars. Usually this is called Standard Base w/ S.

Next, make a Section named Right Side Content and hide it from navigation.

When building a page that has a sidebar, TerminalFour will look for a sub-page called Right Side Content. If it doesn't find one, it'll look at the parent page to see if that has a sub-page called Right Side Content.

Now you're ready to add content. The following content types are designed specifically for use with the right sidebar.


Standard Spotlight

A Standard Spotlight consists of a header, an image (optional), and a chunk of HTML. Sidebars are 190px wide, but since Standard Spotlight items get a 1px border, you should make your images 188px wide when you're working with a Standard Spotlight.

In Site Manager, navigate to your Right Side Content Section and Add Content using the Standard Spotlight Content Template.

Result:


Standard Call-Out

A Standard Call-Out places the image in the background and overlays white text. Like above, your images should be 188px in width, but you should also ensure that the lower 100px of your image are dark enough that you'll be able to read the white text once it's placed on top.

In Site Manager, navigate to your Right Side Content Section and Add Content using the Standard Callout Content Template.

Result:


Sidebar Image

A Sidebar Image is a simple image with optional link intended for use in the sidebar. Images for this Content Template should be the full 190px in width since Sidebar Image does not provide a border for you. It is important to use this Content Template instead of General Content because it will ensure proper spacing between items in the sidebar.

In Site Manager, navigate to your Right Side Content Section and Add Content using the Sidebar Image Content Template.

Result:


Combined Results:

A Note on Publishing

Although you're adding content to Right Side Content, you must publish the pages on which the content appears before you'll see any effect on the website. In this case, although I'm adding content to Right Side Content I need to publish Content Template Test Page and Test sub-section to see a result.