Using a Testimonial in the Sidebar
The purpose of this article to illustrate the implementation of UM-Flint Testimonials into the sidebar via the CMS. The process of adding a Testimonial includes two steps.
- Add the Testimonial Sidebar component to your document. If your department's generic template does not include a Testimonial Sidebar Component, please consult with the ITS Webmaster(email@example.com) for further assistance.
- Browse to the desired testimonial from the Why "I Am UM-Flint" page. Copy the link to the desired testimonial, which requires adding "_sidebar" to original testimonial's URL.
Adding the Testimonial Sidebar Component
To add the Testimonial sidebar component, navigate to the bottom of your document to find the Sidebar container. Open the sidebar component menu by clicking on the blue plus sign to the far right and select "Testimonial" to add the Testimonial sidebar component.
Linking the Testimonial
After finding the desired Testimonial copy, paste the URL into the "Link URL" Field of the Testimonial sidebar component. Add "_sidebar" to the filename of the URL.
For example the Testimonial for Amy Schmitz has the URL:
After adding "_sidebar" the URL is:
NOTE: If you use the entire address http://www.umflint.edu/testimonials.amy_schmitz_sidebar.htm, an error will cause your entire page to malfunction.
Errors with Testimonials
In the CMS:
While viewing the Testimonial inside the CMS you may see an error like this:
This error is normal within the CMS preview. The error should not be present when the page goes live.
When the site goes live:
If you cannot get your page to load, you may have enabled a testimonial that you have deleted. If you delete a testimonial and do not change the testimonial listed on the page from the one that has been deleted, your page will not load. To fix this error, go into the CMS and simply replace the broken testimonial link with another working testimonial. After your site deploys, it should be fixed.