Creating a Basic Page

Go to Add Content via Content -> Add Content (/node/add)

Use Basic Pages for your static content, such as an About us page.

Basic pages are quite versatile and will most likely make up most of the content on your site.

Page Title

Every page needs a title. This is a required field. Other required fields are marked with a red asterisk.

Revision Information

You can view the date and time of the last saved revision.

Additionally, type a revision log message indicating what changes you have made to the page.

When the page is saved, the revision log will be saved including the typed message, date and time of revision, and author for future reference.

Users cans can also revert back to past revisions of a page.  To do this, click the revert button to the right of the version you would like to revert to.  


Type a short summary of your content here. It will be used if there are any displays around the site that reference this content. By default, this is also used by search engines when they crawl and index your site. We recommend descriptions between 50–160 characters, although the “optimal” length will vary depending on the situation. You can also leave blank to use a trimmed value of the Body full text as the summary.

Content Description

This teaser field has been deprecated in v3 and replaced by the Summary field.  This field still exists in v2 and works similar to the Summary field described above.

Featured Image

A featured image for the page can be added. Select Browse media or Add media to add a picture from your computer or already existing media from the Media Library.

Display Setting

This option allows an editor to set different heights for the featured image or to hide the featured image so that it is only used for teaser displays and SEO purposes. There is a site-wide default to allow consistency across the site for pages with the site-wide default option selected. Individual content can opt-out of the site-wide default. You can set the site-wide default for the basic page content type at /admin/config/sitenow/uiowa-pages

This assumes the page has a header section in SiteNow v3. "Revert to defaults" in layout builder will restore the header section but delete any layout builder customizations on that page.

View image specifications here

URL Alias

Check the box to automatically generate a URL alias. Otherwise, specify an alternative path by which this data can be accessed. For example, type “/about” when writing an about page.

Authoring Information

Write the username of the content author and when it was authored.  

Relationships (Tags)

You can create relationships to taxonomy terms. Commonly used to organize and classify content behind the scenes.

You can reference existing tags (using autocomplete) or create new tags by typing comma-separated terms.

Additionally, to view existing tags, go to /admin/structure/taxonomy/manage/tags/overview.

You can provide a menu link. Select the button will create a menu link at the top of the page in the navigation bar. When the button is activated, additional options such as the menu link title, description, parent item, and weight of the webpage’s menu link are available to configure.

Menu Link Title

Add a title that will display as the menu link in the navigation bar.


Add a description that will display when hovering over the menu link.

Parent Item

Choose the parent item for the webpage.  When this parent item is clicked in the menu, it will display a dropdown menu that will include your webpage.  For example, this webpage's parent item is Documentation.  When you click Documentation in the menu bar, it displays a dropdown menu with Basic Page Content Type as one of the options.


Change the menu link’s weight. Menu links with lower weights are displayed before links with higher weights.  You can drag and drop the links to adjust.

Page Options

Page options contains additional page options.

Visually Hide Title

Select "Visually hide title" button to hide the title.

Remove Sidebar Regions

Select "Remove sidebar regions" to remove the webpage’s sidebar.

Page Actions

You can save, preview, delete, and configure the current state of the page at the bottom of the edit form.

Change to:

You can change the current state of the page to either published, draft, or archived.

Note: Site visitors will only see content marked as published.

Be sure to checkout our Content Blocks (v2), Layout Builder (v3) and WYSIWYG documentation