Navpods

What are Navpods?

Navpods are another way to direct users to content. Navpods can be used to draw attention to events, resources or products. Navpods allow you to show relationships between related content pages. Navpods allow people to move quickly or take action at any point while reading through the content of a given page. Use them to:

  • make clear who created/owns/updates/solicits the content on that page
  • provide your user the opportunity to take action such as join ALA, register for an event, apply for an opportunity, send an action alert, etc.
  • direct users to related resources and initiatives
  • promote a related publication, product or event
  • reference other organizations that might have resources in this area
  • help make ala.org as user-centric as possible

How To Create a Navpod

Image from PowerPoint attachment describing Group, Arrange and Save As Picture commands in Powerpoint

Step 1: Create (or Procure) an Image

Starting out with a NavPod Image Template, use a photo editing tool of your choice to create the Navpod image.

Step 2: Create Navpod Content

Using the Add Content command, choose Navpod from the list (note you will not see this unless you have elevated edit rights). 

Complete the Navpod fields using the following tips::

  1. The title is required but does not display. It's helpful for differentiating your navpods when working with them.
  2. Upload your image using the Choose File widget. Use the templates or create a 69x49px image.
  3. The Body content area is required. Use the Bold command in the WYSIWYG editor to create a title-like effect.
  4. The next two fields are for the link text and the URL. The link will also be automatically attached to the image.
  5. Use the required Weight dropdown to set the sort order. Remember, the smaller the number, the higher it floats in the grouping.
  6. Set the page(s) or paths on which you want the navpod to display. 

Step 3: Show or Hide the Navpod

When creating the navpod, you can set its path to be visible on a specific page, several pages, an entire directory, or the entire microsite.Those with the role of site admin, or content editor, advanced* have permission to use the Navpod content type.

*role permissions vary across unit sites.

Best Practices for Navpods

When creating a navpod aim for visual appeal:

  • keep the words to a minimum
  • don't clutter a navpod with links
  • have a plan for how long it should stay in place and have it as a reminder on Outlook to take it down/swap it out as soon as the information is out of date (a conference or week or programming is over; a product is no longer available etc.)
  • save the pod image in .png file formats as it will load faster.