KB Users Guide - SitePref Tab - Site-Map Navigation by Topic via Side Module

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This document will show you how to create a site-map style topic navigation module for your Live KB Site(s). This module will display your highest-level topics, which once clicked, will direct the user to a page with links to sub-topics and their associated documents.

Please Note: The module described on this page is different than the built-in topic module that displays sub-topics in horizontal fly-out menus (See Example). For information on the alternative style of topic module, follow the instructions here: KB User's Guide - Topics Tab - Enable the Topic Tree Side Module on your Live Site(s).

Site Navigation by Topic via Side Module

The image below is an example of what we are trying to achieve. It is a screenshot of the Demo Sample KB's Side Module Navigation.

The Demo Sample KB Staff have created a Topics Tree and have assigned documents to each topic in the tree. One of the topics is "Browsers", which is a Level 5 topic in their Topics Tree. Upon clicking on the "Browsers" link in the Topics side Module, the "Browsers" topic appears to the right along with all of it's subsequent sub-topics. You have the option click on buttons that allow you to see all the documents assigned to a topic or get the RSS Feed.

Create Topics Side Module

  1. Create a Side Module (container) called "Topics".
  2. Create a Side Module Link for each Topic.
  3. Populate the Link URL field. (see next section)
  4. Click on Update button to save.

Populate the Side Module Link "Link URL*" Field

The construction of the URL is a bit tricky. You will need to determine your Topic ID number and the Topic Level number.

In the image below you see all the Side Module Links in the Side Module, called "Topics".  Next to "Browsers", the Link URL* field is circled in red and shows the link, topics.php?c=1057&l=5&a=d. The "1057" indicates the topic ID number, and the 5 determines the level of that specific topic. Follow the instruction below to determine your Side Module Link's "Link URL*".