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When a new sub-site (department, project, etc.) is created, a home page layout must be selected. There are two core layouts to choose from:

  • 4-column
  • 3-column

Each has different strengths and weakness, as explained below.

Certain sub-sites have other layouts within the CMS, while others (Muskie School; School of Law) live outside the CMS, but these are exceptional situations.






  • PRO: Use of ?Promo Items

  • CON: Less space for text content 'above the fold'
  • CON: If no ?Promo Items are published, that column will be blank; the other content areas will not expand to fill the empty space.

  • PRO: More space for text content 'above the fold'

  • CON: No ?Promo Items
    NOTE: While the CMS does allow 3-column site publishers to create Promo Items, those items will never appear on the site because of the layout restrictions

Promo Items

  • As indicated, the content will remain blank; the Overview and ?News & ?Events blocks will not expand sideways to fill the space
  •  Not applicable, since 3-column sites do not have Promo Item space


  • PRO: Overview content may be expanded downward, including images
  • CON: Loss of large dynamic image content
    NOTE: May be somewhat compensated for by adding images to Overview content
  • CON: If no published ?Promo Items, that space will still remain blank

  • Same Pros and Cons as 4-column view
    (except regarding ?Promo Items)
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