Location of header objects

Is there a way to specify the location of the Store name, slogan, and Top navigation Menus? For my pruposes, I would turn off the store name, and slogan. I would however like to keep the Top navigation menus, but I am using my own graphic for the top area and the Top Navigation menu is in a terribel spot for the graphic I want to use. I would like to place it below the top graphic. Is this possible without editing the html directly once it has been published?

Re: Location of header objects

There is no simple built-in feature to allow moving of the top navigation menus to the bottom part of the top frame / area, but it can be accomplished via the following method.

Refer to the following "Top Frame / Area" screen shot image below for a visual aid.

Step 1.
Make sure the "Generate Support Pages for each menu item checked below" check box is checked.

Step 2.
Uncheck the "Generate the Top Navigation Menus" check box.

Step 3.
Enter the HTML code for the top navigation menus in the Business Slogan edit box. The following is an example of the top navigation menu HTML code:

<font face="Arial" size="-1"><a href="home.html">Home</a>&nbsp;<a href="news.html">News</a>&nbsp;<a href="about.html">About</a>&nbsp;<a href="sales.html">Sales</a>&nbsp;<a href="contact.html">Contact</a>&nbsp;<a href="support.html">Support</a></font>

Make sure the HTML code does not contain any carriage returns (line breaks) and is no longer than 255 characters. (Dialog boxes can only accept a maximum character string length of 255 characters.

To incrementally position the menus downwards, use <br> line break HTML tags as a prefix to the top navigation menu HTML code as in the following:

<br><font face="Arial" size="-1"><a href="home.html">Home</a>&nbsp;<a href="news.html">News</a>&nbsp;<a href="about.html">About</a>&nbsp;<a href="sales.html">Sales</a>&nbsp;<a href="contact.html">Contact</a>&nbsp;<a href="support.html">Support</a></font>

This should give you the desired results using your custom graphic.


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Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer

This did not work as I had hoped

When I used this method, if you have all of the available pages, you cannot add more than one
. If you delete a page or two and then add more
then it will repeat your header graphic and will not allow you to put the nav menu below the graphic. Any other ideas?

Top Frame Page / Area Legend Definition

About your Question
I d
on't quite understand your question, but I will try to answer it by providing enough information about the function the top frame / area header. This way you can develop a simple solution for a custom top frame header.

First of all, XLEcom uses the same top header for all published web pages. This is the most common approach used for web site navigation and is currently implemented on the majority of web sites.

A Possible Solution
If you for some reason you need to utilize multiple top headers utilizing different navigation menus for every individual web page, then you must design them individually via another application. A possible solution for this particular case would be to simply design a new framed site system and wrap it around the XLEcom published Product Ad pages (page_001.html to page_xxx.html). Within XLEcom you have an option to Publish "individual parts" of the web site, as for this case, just Publish the Product Ad pages themselves. This way you can later import them into other applications like FrontPage®, Macromedia® Dreamweaver, and NetObjects® Fusion to finalize your site.

Top Frame Page / Area Legend Definition
Note: You can view a map of the Top Frame Page / Area within XLEcom by switching to the Site Design sheet and checking the "Display Map Legend" check box.

The top frame / area header is divided into three (3) area regions as shown in Figure 1. Area H is for the Company Name, Area I is for the Business slogan, and Area J is for the top navigation menus. A single image can be used for the top header background. You can choose this background image via XLEcom's "Site Themes" utility.

Figure 1

A Visual explanation of the answer stated in the first reply of your original question.
To move the top navigation menus to the lower section of the top header, refer to Figure 2 below.

By placing the HTML code text for the top navigation menus into Area I, the Business Slogan area, as shown in the "Site Setup - Top Frame Page / Area" Dialog box above (in the first reply), you will be able to control the vertical position the top navigation menus. The Business Slogan text is by default vertically centered. You can move this text downward by inserting <br> carriage return statements as a prefix to text. In this case the Business slogan text is actually the HTML code for the top navigation menus. The example HTML code below is the top navigation menu hyperlink code used to access the support pages.

<br><font face="Arial" size="-1"><a href="home.html">Home</a>&nbsp;<a href="news.html">News</a>&nbsp;<a href="about.html">About</a>&nbsp;<a href="sales.html">Sales</a>&nbsp;<a href="contact.html">Contact</a>&nbsp;<a href="support.html">Support</a></font>

Keep in mind that you must turn off generating the "standard" top navigation menus that appear within Area J to avoid Publishing two sets of top navigation menus.

Figure 2

I hope this explanation will help you understand the functionality of XLEcom so that you can develop a custom solution that works well.


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Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer