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CONTENT TYPES IN THE CMS
Find out more about how content types should be used to create content

Before creating a web page, it is important to consider the content that it will display and the best content types that should be used to create a simple and clear layout. Our content type guidance and examples will help you with this.

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The One Horizontal with Background content type is versatile and can be used to accommodate different content requirements.  For example, it can be used as directional content to highlight information that you want users to be aware of and easily access from key pages on your website.  By default, the text is aligned to the left and the image is aligned to the right. The default background colour is red. You can choose a different background colour from the options provided and choose to align the image to the left.

General Guidance

Please use the following information to help ensure that you are using this content type correctly: 

  • Some of the fields have character limits as defined in the form field guidance below.  Please ensure you are aware of these before planning out content using this content type.

Imagery

  • You should have full permission for any image you intend to use on your website.
  • All images should be the correct dimensions, 800 x 533 pixels (width x height) and optmised for the web.  For users that do not have access to Adobe Photoshop or a similar image editing resource, we would recommend the use of PIXLR, a free online image editing platform.  This platform can be used to resize and optimise images.
  • You are not required to add an Image Alt Text / Description if the image will be decorative only.  Further information is available in the Text Alternatives for Images section of our Accessible Content Guidance.
  • Do not create images with embedded text.  The image will be inaccessible and the text will not scale across mobile and desktop devices.  If an image with text is required, please use an alternative content type to display this information, such as DTP - One Horizontal.

Links

  • To link to a specific section on your website use a Section Link.  The CMS automatically remembers section links, even if you need to move the linked section when restructuring or reorganising content on your website.  
  • To link to a specific piece of content on your website, use a Content Link. As with section links, the CMS will automatically remember the content link, even if the content is moved to another location on your website.
  • When linking to an external website or resource, then use a Web Address.  The full URL of the website or resource is required i.e. https://www.qub.ac.uk.  Please note that the majority of websites published via the CMS are now accessed over HTTPS only. 

Accessibility Guidance

Please use the following guidance to help make sure your content adheres to accessibility regulations:

  • Do not add HTML elements such as span, div, h1 or otherwise to any of the form elements to change the structure of the content type.  Either you will be asked to remove it, or it will be removed by the Web Support Team.  
  • Do not add any CSS styling or selectors to any of the form elements to change the display of the content added to the content type.  Either you will be asked to remove it, or it will be removed by the Web Support Team.
  • Do not create images with embedded text.
  • Do not add image Alt Text / Description to your image if it is decorative.  Further information is available in the Text Alternatives for Images section of our Accessible Content Guidance.
  • Do make sure that the link text used is as descriptive as possible.  Do not use generic link text such as 'Click Here' and 'Read More'.  Further information and examples are available in the Using Links Effectively section of our Accessible Content Guidance.

Form Field Guidance

Please use the following information to help you use this Content Type effectively:

One Horizontal With Background Form Field Guidance
Field TitleInformationIs it required?
Name This is the name of the content block, only visible to editors of the section.   Yes
Heading Add a heading in the left column (by default) of the content type.
Maximum characters allowed: 39
Yes
Introductory Text Emphasised introduction to the content located below the heading in the left column (by default). 
Maximum characters allowed: 80
Yes
Sub Text

Used for the main body of text or to give an overview of the content that it will link to located below the heading and introductory text in the left column (by default).
Maximum characters allowed: 1500

No
Image Add your optimised image via the Media Library. Maximum image dimensions are 800 x 533 pixels. Yes
CHOOSE Section Link OR Web Address OR None Use this option to define whether you want to create a link.  The options are to specify a Section / Content Link, an External Link or none.  If you do not want a link, select the option None. No
Section Link for Button For use when Section Link is selected in the field Choose Section Link OR Web Address OR None.  Click on the appropriate button option and select the correct section or content link.   No
Use default link text The default sets the link text to the name of the section or block of content you are linking to.  You can leave the default setting as it is OR you can change the link text by unclicking the default tick box and typing your own link text into the Enter custom link text box. Please make sure the text is descriptive and is not generic as outlined in the accessibility guidance above. No
Web Address for Button For use when Web Address is selected in the field Choose Section Link OR Web Address OR None. Type in the full URL of the external website ensuring the correct protocol prefix is included (http:// and https://). Where possible, it is recommended that you use https for security. No
Text for Web Address Button

For use when Web Address is selected in the field Choose Section Link OR Web Address OR None.  Add the link text you want to display.  Please make sure the text is descriptive and is not generic as outlined in the accessibility guidance above. 
Maximum characters allowed: 100

No
Background Colour  The default background colour is red.  You can leave the default colour as it is OR choose a different colour from the drop down list.  Click the arrow to view the list.  No
Image Alignment The default alignment is Right.  You can leave the default alignment as it is OR change it to Left. No
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