Managing your front page

The front page of your website, often referred to as your site’s “home page”, is an amalgamation of content that can include:

  • A carousel of feature slides or other hero graphic;
  • Quick links, which provide fast access to frequently accessed interior pages;
  • Unique content found only on the front page (such as infographics highlighting accolades or other facts of interest);
  • Information from other parts of your site (such as courses, news, or events); and
  • Content from external sources (such as social media outlets like Twitter)

Not all of these elements will be found on your site’s front page, and some sites may have additional types of content for unique situations.

When your site is being built, Trinity Communications works with your stakeholder(s) to determine the necessary elements, as well as their placement on the page, for your site’s communication strategy. Some of these elements, such as the quick links, infographics, or external content, can only be updated by Trinity Communications or Trinity Web Support. The placement of the elements can also only be changed by Communications or Web Support.

While the elements and their placement are cannot be changed by site editors, users with site editing privileges can modify the content that is included in several of these elements. This includes:

  • Feature Slider: If you have a large feature slider carousel at the top of your front page, you can control which slides are included, as well as the order they are displayed in the carousel, by modifying the Large Feature Slider entityqueue. See Managing entityqueues for additional information.
  • Featured courses: If you have course data on your site, your front page can be configured to display a carousel of up to three courses which have been added to the Featured Courses Carousel entityqueue. See Managing entityqueues for additional information.
  • News: If you have news articles on your site, your front page can be configured to display one of a variety of news views which show articles that have been added to the Front page news entityqueue. See Managing entityqueues for additional information.
  • Events: If you have events on your site, your front page can be configured to display one of a variety of events views which show upcoming events. By default these views show the upcoming events, in the order in which they will occur. The Front page events entity queue can be used to override this order, and force an event occurring at a later date than all others to appear before the earlier occurring events. See Managing entityqueues for additional information.
  • Block content: Your front page can be configured to include a block of text that introduces and includes a link to an interior section of the site, such as the “Undergraduate”, “Graduate”, or “Research” section. This content can be edited by accessing your site’s Block library, then clicking the Edit button respective to the block of text you wish to update. See Managing blocks for additional information.

If you are unsure if your front page includes any of the above elements, or if you would like to request adding an element not present on your site, please contact trinitywebsupport@duke.edu.