KB User's Guide - SitePref Tab - Side Modules and Side Module Links

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The Side Module 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.

    A Quick Analogy about Side Modules and their Side Module links

    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 Side Module called "Media Outlets"

    ...inside which you will have Side Module Links to "BBC Mundo", "CNN", "NPR", "Tech World" and "Wired".

    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's 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.

    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, your custom Side Module will not be saved. *The Update button saves edits to existing Side Modules*.

    Module name

    The name of your Side Module. The name you enter here will be displayed to users if the module position is Menu Bar Dropdown - Under Search, Side Left or Side Right. For the other positions, the module name will only be referenced by admins working on this page in the KB Admin Tools.

    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.

    Position

    The position you choose has a significant impact on the layout of your KB site. Below are descriptions of each position option.

    Visibility Settings

    Side Module Links

    Navigation: SitePref tab > Side Module Links > Side Module Links screen. The image below shows a blank Side Module Link waiting to be customized. Note the red arrow leads to the names of existing Side Modules. This image shows "References" as the Module name. the aptly named Position field's 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.


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