Adding New Content

Creating Pages and Subpages

The Basic Pages app offers the ability to post miscellaneous web pages of your choice, like a "blank canvas". 

Enabling the Basic Pages App

Before adding any pages, you must first enable the app.

1. Go to the administrative toolbar at the top of the page.
2. Hover over BUILD.
3. Click on APPS within the Manage menu.

build apps

4. Search for BASIC PAGES.
5. In the drop down menu, click PUBLIC.  

basic page

6. SAVE and view results.


Creating Pages

  1. Navigate to Content on your administrative toolbar and click on Page from the Add menu.

  2. The Add Page link will open a form where you can begin entering the contents of your page.
    create page

  3. Save.


Creating Subpages

When you have a page that is also a menu item, you have the option of adding subpages to that main page in two ways.

Option 1 - Adding a brand new page as a subpage:

  1. Click the Add New green button and select Pageadd page
  2. Fill out the form and add content.
    page form

  3. Save and the new page will appear within the Section Navigation widget.

    example page

Option 2 - Adding an existing page as a subpage

  1. Click the green Add New button and select Existing Page to Section

    existing page

  2. In the text field, begin to type the name of the existing page you want to add to this section and select the name once it appears.

  3. Save and the existing page will appear within the Section Navigation widget.

existing page


Your CNS site supports many rich ways to publish, manage, and showcase your content. These content types are provided when you enable apps on your site.


To manage what apps are enabled on your site, navigate to:

  • Administration Toolbar > Build > Apps

Many apps will provide one or more new content types, as well as a new page and menu link. For example, once you enable the Publications app, a "Publications" page will appear on your site, as well as a new content type designed specifically for managing rich and detailed publication listings.


By far the easiest way to create content on your site is the Control Panel. The control panel is the black administrative horizontal menu at the top of every page if you are logged in as an administrator on your site. To add content, simply navigate to:

  • Administration Toolbar > Content > Add... [choose type]


To see what new content types are available from your enabled apps, you can simply navigate to that app's page. For example, when you enable the Publications app, you will find a new menu link called "Publications" in your primary menu. Go to this new page and you will see a button right on the page: the "Add new" link. Only administrators can see these buttons, and it lets you add content right on the page where it will be displayed.

Similarly, when you enable the blog app and go to the "Blog" page, you will see an admin link right on the page to add a new blog entry.


Your site comes with a rich-text editor with options like font style, lists, images links and much more. If you're only seeing one row of tools above a text area, click on the right-most icon to see a second row with even more options.

Tip: If you're familiar with HTML, check out the HTML editor by clicking "Disable rich text" at the bottom of any rich text editor.

Controlling the "teaser" break

Many pages of content will initially show short "teasers" of each post along with a link to the full page. By default the system will try to show the first paragraph of your post as the "teaser" but you can adjust where that teaser break should go. To adjust the teaser break, move your cursor to the desired location and click the teaser break button  

Copying and pasting from other sources

Many site owners will want to copy and paste material from other sources such as a word processor document, a PDF file, or an email. Unfortunately applications like word processors and email clients often include a lot of unwanted formatting code with each copy/paste. Your site will ultimately hide unwanted or dangerous code from public view but it may appear to you in the rich text editor and may be distracting. To avoid this you can click the Paste as Plain Text button which will open a new popup window. By pasting into this window, all unwanted formatting code is stripped away entirely. You can then continue to format the text as you like.