Working with Pages in BigTree

Departmental webpages are organized hierarchically within a page tree. Your homepage is listed at the top, with all sub pages listed beneath it. The pages listed underneath the homepage are the primary pages that will display as your sites main navigation.


Clicking on the page title within the list of child pages is the best way to navigate using the BigTree CMS. These child pages are are divided into a Visible category and a Hidden category. If a page is set to Visible, it will be be viewable within your webpage navigation. If a page is Hidden, it will not display in your navigation, but visitors to your site will still be able to access it.


A Visible pages order can be changed by simply clicking on the blue up/down arrows next to the page name and dragging the page to a new location in the list. This new position is immediate and does not require saving. Hidden pages do not display in navigation and thus cannot be reordered.

Page Actions

There are tabs on each page screen which perform different functions relating to your webpage:

Page actions tabs

View Subpages

Selecting this tab will display all of the child pages that are listed underneath the page you are currently viewing.

Add Subpage

Selecting this tab will create a new page directly under the page you are currently working on within the site hierarchy.

Edit Page

Selecting this tab allows you to edit the content on you page, as well as any features or callouts you wish to edit.


Selecting this tab displays past and pending page edits.

Adding a Page

Step 1: New Page Creation

Navigate to the parent page that you would like a sub-page added and select the Add Subpage tab. This will create a new subpage (or child page) beneath the page you are currently working on with the site hierarchy. You will be directed to your newly created page within the Properties tab.

Step 2: Setting properties on your page

Before you begin entering content into your new page, BigTree requires some properties for the new page:

Under the Properties tab:

  • Navigation Title - This will set the title of your page within the navigation.
  • Page title - This should automatically fill in with the same name you gave the Navigation Title. This title is what displays in the web browsers title bar/tab.
  • Publish Date - If you do not want your page to publish immediately, this field allows you to select a date to auto-publish your page. This function is useful if you do not want users to view content until a specific date.
  • Expiration Date - If you want a specific page to no longer display after a certain date, you can enter a date in this field and BigTree will automatically remove the page from navigation for you.
  • Content Max Age - Enter a maximum content age if you'd like BigTree to remind you of a page that has content which may need updating.
  • Visible in Navigation - By default, this box is checked off, allowing the new page to display within you site navigation. If you uncheck this box, the page will only be accessible to users if a direct link to the page is provided.

Under the SEO tab:

  • URL Route - BigTree will auto-generate a URL Route for you based on the Navigation Title you provided. If you want to change this, please note that you only need to provide the specific part of the URL Route that is pertinent to your webpage, not the entire URL for the site. For example, a page with the Navigation Title of "Gaming on Campus" will have a URL Route of just "gaming-on-campus" instead of "" in it's URL Route. Spaces or special characters cannot be used in this field, only letters and numbers are allowed. If a space is needed, please use a hyphen between the words to designate a space.

Step 3: Template Selection

In most cases, you will leave the default Content template selected when creating a new webpage. If you have been advised by the Web Office of any other templates your office or department use, you will select them under the Template tab.

Step 4: Adding Content

Select the Content tab to begin entering information on your newly created page. Please view our Working with Content in BigTree Knowledge Base Article for more information on adding content to your webpage.