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Hidden Pages

Sometimes webmasters wish to create a page that's not accessible via the Navigation Menu. To create a hidden page, follow one of the two methods listed below. Once the page is hidden, you can then link to that page as needed by use of a quick links section on the homepage or as a link embedded in text created with the rich text editor element. You may also include links to these your hidden pages in news, notes, and events published within the School Loop system. If you need the page URL to create a link to a hidden page, the easiest method is to right click on the link for the page in your site map and select the option to copy the link. Depending on the browser, that option might be "Copy Link Location," "Copy Link Address," "Copy Shortcut," or "Copy Link."

Hidden Page: Method 1

This method allows you to easily hide any page from the navigation menu, but the hidden page must be housed in an existing folder of the site.

  1. When creating a new page, look for the option to "Exclude from navigation menu" as pictured below.
  2. Publish the page.


Note: To hide a previously published page or un-hide a hidden page, just click the Properties button next to the page title and either check or uncheck the option to exclude the page from the navigation menu and then republish the page.

Hidden Page: Method 2

The primary advantage of this method is that the containing folders are hidden from the navigation menu. The main disadvantage is that it is possible to inadvertently make all your hidden pages suddenly visible by accidentally dropping a published page into the outer folder or moving the inner folder to a new location.

1. Create two subsection folders at the same level. One of these folders will be used to hold your hidden page(s). In the example below, these folders are called Hidden Section 1 and Hidden Section 2.

2. Add the page you wish to hide to one of the folders. You must publish this page before moving on to the next step. Doing so will make it viewable in the navigation menu, but that's okay because we're about to hide it.

3. Drag the section with the page just published in step 2 into the folder with no pages. In the example, Hidden Section 2 with Hidden Page is dragged and dropped onto Hidden Section 1.


Note: It is essential that the outer folder (Hidden Section 1 in the example) had never previously contained a published page.