Basic and Custom Pages
In this section, learn how to:
- Create a simple web page using Basic Pages
- Create pages with more complex layouts and features using Custom Pages
- Use a web builder page as your catalog's main page
Aspen Discovery provides a web builder at no extra cost! Best of all, you can create pages that look great with a variety of content options at your disposal with no coding knowledge whatsoever. Whether you want to create a few pages to supplement your catalog or build out your library's entire website in Aspen, we have options for you.
Creating a Basic Page
Navigate to Aspen Administration → Web Builder → Basic Pages.
Click Add New.
Give your page a title.
Enter a URL Alias. This must always begin with a forward slash. For example: /bookclub
Enter a teaser description, if desired. If searching within web builder pages is enabled, the teaser will display as a brief description for the page within search results.
Next, the page contents: this is where the fun begins! In this box, you can add and format text, upload images, and more. Click here to learn more about using the text editor within Aspen's web builder!
- Require login to access: Only check this box if you want to restrict this page to users who are logged into Aspen Discovery. Once selected, you can even narrow down the access to specific patron types. This means you could potentially create pages that only staff have access to!
- Audience and Categories: Select any audiences or categories that apply to the page. If your library has enabled searching within web builder pages, the Audiences and Categories will appear as search facets patrons can use to narrow down to specific website content.
The audiences and categories are completely customizable. Visit the Audiences and Categories sections of the web builder module in Aspen settings to edit, add, or delete any of the default options.
Libraries: Select the library (or libraries) this page should be associated with. If no libraries are selected, you will not be able to view the page.
Don't forget to save your changes periodically!
Custom Web Builder Pages
Create a New Custom Page
- Navigate to Aspen Administration → Web Builder → Basic Pages.
- Click Add New.
- Give your page a title and a URL alias.
- At this point, you'll see a new option: Add Row. Before we can start adding rows to build our page layout, we'll need to save the page at the bottom.
Once the page is saved, you can start adding rows. These are the first building blocks for our layout.
Adding Content to Custom Pages
Click the Edit icon on a cell to edit its contents.
The Source Type is where we can specify what content we'd like to add for this cell. By default, the source type is Text/Images which brings up the standard text editor. However, Aspen provides several options to choose from to make adding content easy.
In addition to adding content to cells, you have some extra options at your disposal.
Layout Settings: Column Widths
Make cell accordion
To view or edit settings for a row, click the Edit icon for that row.
Make row accordion
By default, users will not be able to search through web builder content you've created. If you would like to enable this:
- Navigate to Primary Configuration → Library Systems → edit your library's settings
- Scroll down to find Web Builder Results and check the box for "Allow searching locally created web content"
Once Aspen indexes your web builder content, you'll see a new "in Library Website" search dropdown available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of our libraries use Web Builder to replace their existing websites with Aspen or create a whole new one from scratch. Take a look at some of these awesome examples for inspiration:
Okaloosa County Public Library
These libraries have opted to use a web builder page as their new main landing page rather than the standard browse category page.
Make a Web Builder Page Your New Home Page
- After you've created your new home page in the web builder, head to Aspen Administration → Primary Configuration → Host Information.
- Click Add New.
- Host name: enter in your library's URL with no http/https or www in front of it.
- Library: Select the library/library system.
- Location: In most cases, you can leave this at the default (-1). Only select a location if you want a specific page to become the main landing page depending on where the user is accessing your Aspen site. This also requires IP Address settings to be in effect.
- Default Path: Enter the URL alias for the page you want to become the new landing page.
Save your changes. When visiting your catalog URL, your web builder page should now display.
We recommend using Layout settings or manually adding a menu link to make sure users can still get to the browse category page.
The Basic and Custom pages within Aspen use a WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor by TinyMCE.
While the WYSIWYG functionality may work for many users, you also have the option to edit the HTML using the Source Code view. Click the <> icon to access and edit the source code.
Using CSS with Web Builder
Editing the source code will allow you to assign CSS IDs and classes to various elements on your pages. These elements can then be styled with CSS from your Theme settings.
Adding Extra Space
To add extra paragraph spaces between text, images, or other elements, edit the source code and add: