Side Modules appear on your Live KB Site(s). There are seven distinct places where an Admin can apply a Side Module. Please know this feature has become so robust, its name has become a misnomer. Side Modules are not just restricted to the "sides" of your KB site. This document will help describe Side Module functionality and how you can use it to best engage your users.
For you visual thinkers, imagine when you create a Side Module, that you are creating a "container" in which you will place Side Module Link(s).
Example: you may create a "container" named "Tech Media" as a Custom Left Side Module.
...inside this "container", you will have Side Module Links of CNN, Wired, NPR and BBC Mundo.
This is what this Left Side Module would look like on the Live Site.
There are seven options for Admins to apply "Side Modules".
Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Modules > Side Modules screen.
The image below shows a blank Side Module waiting to be customized. Note the positional options in the aptly named Position field dropdown menu. The image below shows a blank Module field circled in red and also shows all the options available. These options will be further illustrated below.
Positional Options Attributes
You may define as many Side Modules as you would like. After you enable the specifics of your Custom Side Module, click the Add button. Should you only click the Update button at the bottom of the screen, your custom Side Module will not be saved. *The Update button saves edits to existing Side Modules*.
If you are choosing one of the other module positions, such as Link Bar - Between Logo and Search, it is recommended you set the name to something simply like "Link Bar" for easy reference.
Top Left and Top Right Links appear in a bar at the very top of the page in their respective corners. When multiple links are added to a Top Left or Top Right module, they will be displayed horizontally, with the first link appearing the further left and progressing to the right.
The image below has Top Left and Top Right Links pointed to by blue arrows.
Link Bar - Between Logo and Search
When this position is selected, the search bar will be moved out from alongside the site logo and will instead display in a separate section below, with the Link Bar appearing between the logo and new search areas. When multiple links are added to a Link Bar, they will be displayed horizontally, with the first link appearing the further left and progressing to the right.
The image below shows a Link Bar between the logo and the search bar.
Link Bar - Under Logo and Search
When this position is selected, the Link Bar will appear below the combined logo and search area. When multiple links are added to a Link Bar, they will be displayed horizontally, with the first link appearing the further left and progressing to the right.
The image below shows a link bar under the logo and search field.
Menu Bar Dropdown - Under Search
When this position is selected, the Menu Bar will appear below the combined logo and search area. Each module added with this position represents its own dropdown menu in the menu bar area, ordered left to right, with the name of each module displaying in the menu bar. When a user hovers over the dropdown name in the menu bar, the links will be displayed in a vertical list.
The image below shows the Menu Bar. Under the "Learn More" menu item, you will see three links to choose from in the dropdown menu.
When one of these positions is selected, a column will be created to the right and/or left the main content area. Each module added with this position will be a separate grouping of links in the column, ordered top to bottom. The module name will be displayed at the top of the link grouping, and an expand/collapse arrow will appear next to the module name.
If a user collapses a side module, their selection will be stored in a browser cookie, and this will be retained if the user goes back to your site in the same browser session. Additionally, UW-Madison sites configured with the new UW Theme layout will have side modules auto-collapse at smaller screen widths.
These downward pointing arrows/ chevrons are accessible to those accessing the KB via a screen reader by means of the keyboard, specifically the space bar.
Internal - Check/enable for Side Module availability on the Internal Live site.
External - Check/enable for Side Module availability on the External Live site.
FullView -Check/enable for the Side Module to appear when viewing on a full desktop/ laptop screen view.
MobileView - Check/enable for the Side Module to appear when viewing on mobile devices.
LandingPage - Check/enable for the Side Module to appear on the homepage. (recommended)
DocPage -Check/enable so the Side Module will appear on all other pages within your KB.
In the image below, you see that the Side Modules appear whenever you pull up a document. If your content is better presented using the full screen, then do not check DocPage.
Order - Select what order the Side Modules will appear on your site.
*Add button - Please be sure to click this button to add the your Custom Side Module. If you only click on the Update button on the bottom of the screen, your new Custom Side Module will not be added. The Update button only updates existing content.
Note: Scrolling to the bottom and clicking Update does not save your Side Module.
Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Module Links link > Side Module Links screen.
The image below shows a blank Side Module Link waiting to be customized. Note the red circled arrow leads to a dropdown menu of the names of already existing Side Modules. This image shows "References" as the Side Module name.
Note: Scrolling to the bottom and clicking Update does not save your Side Module link.