How do I create and edit link blocks in my Enterprise site?

On many of PSU's Enterprise sites you will see a link block in the left sidebar. A link block is separate from site navigation, which is automatically generated and is meant to help users navigate different sections of an Enterprise site.

Rather, link blocks are used for quick navigation to pages that would be helpful to visitors, but aren't immediately accessible from the page they're on. 

PSU's Enterprise sites primarily use two kind of link blocks: 

Quick Links: This kind of link block lists links to frequently visited internal pages on your Enterprise site that would normally take several clicks to get to through the site menu. This is a much less common use for link blocks, but it is helpful when your site has many pages. 

Useful Links: This kind of link block lists links that navigate to external sites or resources not available on your Enterprise site. 

Create a Link Block

To create a link block from the Dashboard, click the Add Link Block link. Alternatively, to create a link block from the Content screen, click the Add content button, and then click the Link Block link. Either way, you should see a blank Create Link Block form.

  1. In the top Title field, enter a heading for the link block.
  2. In the Link section, enter the text that will display as a link in the Title field.
    • If linking to a file, include the file extension in parenthesis, like so: Working with Grids (PDF).
  3. Also in the Link section, enter the link destination in the URL field.
    • For external links, use an absolute URL (including http://...).
    • For internal links, the destination page alias is sufficient). For example: working-with-files (rather than the full URL http://stage.pdx.edu/website-training/working-with-files).
  4. To add more links, click the ADD ANOTHER ITEM button and complete the Title and URL fields that appear.
  5. Optional: Adjust the position of links by clicking and dragging the plus sign to the left of each link title.
  6. To finish, click the Save button.

In the notification area, you see a message indicating that the block has been created and a link to the block configuration page. But wait, your role as a content manager doesn't include access to the block configuration page. The UComm web team will work with you to get the link block placed. Send email to the team that includes the block title and a list of URLs you'd like to see the block appear on.

Once the block has been configured to appear, editing is easy...

Edit a Link Block

  1. Either click on the link block's title from the Content page or click the gear icon that appears when hovering over an existing link block that appears on a page and choose edit (you have to be logged into the page to see the gear icon).
  2. Edit existing links.
    • To remove a link, empty the corresponding Title and URL fields. Don't worry about leaving empty spaces in the list. The Enterprise CMS will eliminate the spaces when the list is saved.
    • To add a link, enter text and a URL in the blank Title and URL fields. To add more than one link, click the ADD ANOTHER ITEM button, which generates another empty Title and URL field row.
  3. Click the Save button.


Please direct comments and questions regarding this FAQ to the UComm web team. Feedback is encouraged and appreciated.