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OUNAV Files

Files with extension .ounav function similarly to .inc files that are used for navigation. OUNAV files provide a simple interface for adding, deleting, editing, and organizing navigation links for a folder or section.

AppearanceLink to this section

OUNAV files are generally displayed in the same location on every page and you cannot edit their appearance using a page’s editable regions. If your template allows you to change how an .ounav file is used on that page, go to Properties.

Because every Omni CMS implementation is unique, the specifics of how your .ounav files look and function might differ, but these basic principles apply to most implementations (if you have a custom solution, you'll need to consult with an administrator or the developer notes for your implementation).

blank .ounav
Create a new section and a blank .ounav file is automatically added. Click Edit to add navigation links to the section. 

 

.ounav example
This is an example of the edit view of an .ounav file populated with links. You can add, delete, and drag to reorder the links. Click a link to edit its settings.

Adding Links to OUNAV FilesLink to this section

There are two ways to add links to .ounav files. Add them automatically when creating a new page or section, or manually when editing the .ounav file.

Adding Links Automatically

When creating a new page or folder within a section already containing an .ounav file, there may be an option to add a link to the page in the navigation file.

By selecting Yes, a link to this new page will automatically be added to .ounav.
In the Add Navigation Item dropdown, select "Yes" to add a link to this page in the .ounav file. Keep in mind, the .ounav file must be published again for these changes to take effect on your live site.

Publish the .ounav file for this new link to appear in the section's navigation on your live site.

Note: The "Unpublished Changes" status may not appear next to the .ounav file.

Adding Links Manually

Add a link in the navigation file, as follows:

  1. Go to Content > Pages to find the folder that contains the new page.
  2. Click the folder name.
  3. Locate a .ounav file.
  4. Click the file name to open.
  5. Click +Add New.
  6. Type to enter the display text.
  7. In the URL field, click the file chooser URL File Chooser icon.
    • From file chooser, click the name of the new page.
      • Click Insert.
  8. Drag to reorder links.
  9. Click Save.
  10. Click Publish.

Link Settings

Text To Display
This is the text that will appear in the navigation on your site, that leads to this link.
URL Options

If this navigation item links to a page within Omni CMS, select the radio button for Link to File.

If this navigation item links to a web page that is not on your site, select the radio button for Link to External Source.

File/External URL
link to file
If you select Link to File, click the file chooser to select a page from Omni CMS (internal link). Note the dependency tag associated with the selected file, in this case, colleges-and-departments.pcf.

add external link

If you select Link to External Source, enter or paste a complete, valid URL. A complete URL, for example, must contain http or https.

Display Options
Select the radio button to determine whether the browser will open the page or external URL in the same window or in a new tab when a visitor clicks the link on your live site.
Class
Optionally, if there are class properties (such as for a custom style) to add to the navigation item, type them into the Class field.

If you have access to the .ounav file,

  1. Click the filename to open in Edit.
  2. Click the link to edit its settings.
  3. Use the trash icon to remove an item from the navigation.
  4. Save and Publish .ounav file.

Add the directory variable Ounav Levels to the folder with your navigation files. Then drag or arrow key the links in your .ounav file to nest your navigation.

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