Footer

 

The Footer of a website is typically used to provide contact information, and also provides another opportunity to provide links to social media profiles, a call-to-action link for a core task, and/or a set of "quick links" to webpages or websites of importance to your website visitors.

 

The GW Drupal Editorial theme uses a content type called the Four-Column Footer to display its footer content.

This content type consists of four WYSIWYG text editors that can be filled in with whatever information the site owner deems appropriate and important to display across the website's footer area. It will display across every page of the website and cannot be customized on a page-by-page basis.

Typically, our recommendation is to:

  1. Use the first column to display your organization's official name or logo
  2. Use the second column to display address and contact information

For the third and fourth column, we often see them used effectively to present:

  • "Quick links" to your most important webpages, partner websites or web-based applications
  • Links to your social media profiles
  • A call-to-action button link for a core task

 

A sample four column footer with each column filled in with sample content

Managing the Four-Column Footer

  1. Hover over My Workbench > My Content > All Recent Content
  2. Click on All Recent Content
  3. On the next page, filter by Type > Four-Column Footer, and then click the Apply button

You should be presented with results of any existing Four-Column Footers in your website, although there should only be one. As only one footer can display at a time, and multiple instances create administrative confusion, we recommend deleting unused instances.

If you do not see any results, filter further by Published > Any. If you still do not see any results, you may not be a Site Administrator in the website. In that case, you will need to contact the main website administrator for your office, department, school or college for further assistance.

  1. Under the Actions column, click Edit
  2. Fill in the WYSIWYG text editors as desired
    • This step is completely optional, but we recommend at least using the first one
    • The field number represents which column the content will display in (i.e. Field 1 = the first column)
    • Each column will be separated by a dotted line, regardless of whether it contains content
  3. Under Publishing Options change the Moderation State to Published
  4. Click the Save button

Your Four-Column Footer should now be updated, and all pages of your website should display your updates.

The GW Drupal Classic theme uses a Content Type called the Local Footer to display its footer content.

The Local Footer is comprised of predetermined fields, such as organization name, address fields, and fields for providing links to social media accounts.

When filled in, this information will be presented in the footer.

There are two configurations for the Local Footer:

Default Configuration

The default, two column local footer layout with name and address to the left, and quick links and social media links to the right

Four-Column Configuration

The four column local brand layout with name, address and social media links in the first column, quick links in column two, and free form text in the final two columns.

Managing the Local Footer

  1. Hover over My Workbench > My Content > All Recent Content
  2. Click on All Recent Content
  3. On the next page, filter by Type > Local Footer, and then click the Apply button

You should be presented with results of any existing Local Footers in your website, although there should really only be one. If you do not see any results, filter further by Published > Any. If you still do not see any results, you may not be a Site Administrator in the website. In that case, you will need to contact the main website administrator for your office, department, school or college for further assistance.

  1. Under the Actions column, click Edit
  2. Fill in the predefined fields as necessary
    • The Phone and Fax fields must be formatted as (xxx) xxx-xxxx
    • Only fill in the Marketing and Badges WYSIWYG text editors if you are using the four-column configuration  
  3. Under Publishing Options, change the Moderation State to Published
  4. Click the Save button

Your Local Footer should now be updated, and all pages of your website should display your updates.

Four-Column Layout Configuration

After completing the above steps, you'll need to go to customize each page that you'd like the four-column layout on.

  1. On the desired page, click the Customize this Page button at the bottom of the screen
  2. Scroll down to the content pane with the Local Footer in it, and click on its gear icon to access its settings
  3. Change the Display Options to "Local Footer Alternate"
  4. Click the Finish button
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen

You should now see the four-column Local Footer layout on this page. Repeat these steps on all other applicable pages.