When a new sub-site (department, project, etc.) is created, it is given one of two core layouts to choose from, as described 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.

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Comparison of 4-column v. 3-column layouts

 

4-column layout

3-column layout

Default


  • PRO: Use of ?Promo Items

  • CON: Less space for text content 'above the fold' (visible area of the browser window when page first opened)
  • 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' (visible area of the browser window when page first opened)

  • 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

Without
Promo Items


  • As shown, 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

Without
Slideshow


  • 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 exist, that space will still remain blank


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