Utility Links

 

The Utility Links content type is an exclusive feature in the GW Drupal Editorial theme that allows site owners to display up to eight custom text links above the Main Header.

The links display in a horizontal row in a buff bar.

  • A maximum of three links can display on the left above the site's logo
  • A maximum of five links can display on the right above the search box and optional call-to-action button link

 

A sample image of utility links across the top of an Editorial site

Managing Utility Links

To edit an existing set of Utility Links:

  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 Utility Links in your website, although there should only be one. As only one set of Utility Links 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. Enter the plain language link title in the first text field (i.e. Contact Us)
  2. Enter the link URL in the URL field
  3. Check the Open URL in a New Window check box if:
    • You are linking to a different website (even if it's a GW website)
    • You are linking to a document
  4. Under Publishing Options, change the Moderation State to Published
  5. Click the Save button

To add a set of Utility Links:

  1. Hover over My Workbench > Create Content > Utility Links
  2. Click on Utility Links
  3. Give your Utility Links a title
    • This is a backend, administrative field that will not display to your users
  4. Enter the plain language link title in the first text field (i.e. Contact Us)
  5. Enter the link URL in the URL field
  6. Check the Open URL in a New Window check box if:
    • You are linking to a different website (even if it's a GW website)
    • You are linking to a document
  7. Under Publishing Options, change the Moderation State to Published
  8. Click the Save button

Your Utility Links have now been created, but you need to add them to your Main Header in order for them to display.

Add your Utility Links to the Main Header

  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 Main Headers in your website, although there should only be one.

  1. Under the Actions column, click Edit
  2. Scroll down to the Utility Links field
  3. Type in the name of your Utility Links set
  4. Drupal will show you results matching your title
  5. Select the appropriate item
  6. Under Publishing Options change the Moderation State to Published
  7. Click the Save button

Your Utility Links should now display above your Main Header across all pages of your website.