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1. Subsite

A subsite is a collection of categories and their articles, with its own home page and navigation.

Descriptions of the navigation bar items.

The navigation bar items, other than links to the subsections, are:
1SubsiteSubsite identifier as a jump to its entry in the Access section in the Work list page, with its category list expanded
2ThemeShorthand representation of the subsite's design elements. Record this if wanting to return to it after making changes
The meanings of the Theme items are:
1Font stylePage heading text style, where s = Sans-serif and i = Italic serif
2ToneLuminance-saturation combination, where g = Greyed, l = Light, m = Mild, s = Strong, h = Headings and d = Dark
3HueNumber of the hue item on the colour wheel, starting at 1 for red, 7 for green and 13 for blue
4AccentHue shift for headings, where d for less and i for more
5CornersBorder radius in pixels


This section describes the basic information for managing a subsite.

The fields for the subsite details are:
1NameThe name of the subsite, as will be shown in the Subsite links in the subsite navigation bar. The name cannot be changed to one that already exists
2Title additionExtra text to appear in the title field in the header of a page. It also appears in the page's tab label in a browser, as well as being a prominent source of keywords for SEO. It will appear after the other title text, unless it includes @@, which results in this text being split at these characters to surround the other title text
3AuthorName to be attributed as the author for all pages in the subsite. This will used instead of the Author field in the Values section of the Settings page. If an article has its own Author, it will be used instead
4Font styleBasic font styling applied to the article header text. Sans-serif is the styling used for other heading text, giving a bold look. Italic serif gives a more pseudo cursive style for a more informal feel. This page is using Italic serif
5ToneAdjusts the saturation and luminance of the backgrounds of the various page elements, with Greyed being the least up to Strong. Dark is the luminance inverse of Strong. Headings is a hybrid of a Mild page with Dark headings. Note that while Dark subsites can be visually striking, they may not be suited to reading for long periods of time. This page is using Light
6HueParameter of colour mapped into a circle, where red is 1 for 0° , green is 7 for 120° and blue is 13 for 240°. This page is using 13. Note that the options are not evenly distributed around the colour wheel to make them more visually evenly spread
7AccentHow much the hue for the article and section heading backgrounds vary from the others. Use this to provide a little flair to a page. This page is using i1. Each option is half of a Hue option step
8CornersHow rounded the page elements appear, with 0 being square to 10 giving a retro/steampunk feel. This page is using 2
9ShowSpecifying how visible pages are in terms of discoverability. See the Visibility section of Versioning for details
10ContainsShows how many categories and articles are in the subsite. Categories jumps back to the site on the Work list page, expanding it to show its categories
11Use mainSpecifies which subsite-specific articles are to use the main subsite's versions. Not shown for the main subsite
12OtherJumps to the Banners and Rights pages
13SwapForm to enable making this subsite the main one, while giving the current main a new name. Not available for the main subsite
14DeleteDelete the subsite, but only if it is hidden and only has a default category and home page. Not shown for the main subsite

Some examples of using Title addition are where, for a page with a Headline of Subsites and using a Title addition of:

  1. a., by Potentially Superfluous produces a title of
    Subsites, by Potentially Superfluous
  2. b.Online help for @@ – Smallsite Design produces a title of
    Online help for Subsites – Smallsite Design.

The typical scenario for wanting to swap subsites is when the principal focus of interest in a site shifts from the main subsite to one of the subsites. Swapping ensues the more interesting subsite is what visitors first see when they encounter the site. The URLs for either subsite's categories or articles will not change, except for their home pages.

This section lists all the subsite's links.

The outgoing links fields are:
1Link typeName of the link group. This jumps to the Links page to allow modifying which links are in that group
2TargetList of the group's links targets and their type, with jumps to them. For Site links, there are toggles for which existing subsite-specific pages are to have links to them
The available types of links are:
1Subsite navigationQuick links to key site articles or categories, or external sites that are controlled by the site owner, such as a store
2Related articlesArticles and categories that are part of the site
3Related sitesPages from other sites
4Site linksLinks to extra utility pages placed in the Site links section of pages

For the Related links, if any are included for both an article and its subsite, the subsite links will not be shown. For Related sites, only the URLs – not the text – have to match for the subsite version to be hidden.


This section specifies what contact details are shown for the subsite.

The contact fields are:
1Phone numberMulti-line field to allow including extra information, like multiple numbers or opening hours
2Send emailEmail address to which the information collected in the web form is sent. Not included with the page
3Contact typesToggles for which of the email subject line options to display in the web form
4Office addressMulti-line field for full physical address details
5Postal addressMulti-line field for full postal address details

If Contact is not enabled in the Site links fields of the Links to section, it will not appear as a link on any page for the subsite. For all fields except Send email, to minimise repeating text for each subsite and possibly locales, a fall-through strategy is implemented.

So, in getting the text for a section, the basic rules are:

  1. a.If no master locale text for the current subsite, then check main, otherwise the section is not shown.
  2. b.If no text for the current locale, then use the master locale's.

The implications from these rules are:

  1. a.If there is no master locale text, the section will not be shown.
  2. b.If there is text for the main subsite, then the section will appear in all subsites, but using the subsite's text if any.
  3. c.Subsites can have sections the main subsite doesn't have, but not vice versa.
  4. d.Subsites can have different text in a section than the main.

The Contact page always uses the banner and theme of the current subsite, regardless of where the text is from.

See Reading direction for how to handle mixed direction scripts when structuring the content of contact fields (except Email).


Creating a new subsite only requires a new name and which subsite to clone from.

The fields required for a new subsite are:
1NameName for the new subsite. Cannot be the name of an existing subsite
2Clone fromSubsite from which to clone settings and its home page

Note that the resulting subsite identifier derived from Name might be rejected because it already exists, even if the new name is different. See Indentifiers. The only article cloned is the home page.

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