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Block (Section) Widget

Block or Section Widget

In XRipe Block or Section is the foundation on which all other widgets are made functional, that is Block or Section occupies the highest hierarchy in XRipe Website Builder's collection of widgets.. Section invokes section tag for insertion into the Central Workplace. Section or Block acts as container and is used to group together elements - for example, one or more heading elements and additional elements presenting related contents such as column, text, image, etc. In fact, anything.

You drag and drop almost all other widget elements into various Sections. Without having at least a Section, this will be impossible. It's important to bear this in mind, most especially if you have decided to start building your website with a blank page instead of using one of the pre-designed templates. In such a case, first and foremost thing you do is to drag-drop a Section element (Block widget) onto the page and then any other widgets may follow.

Typically, a web page will consist of at least three Sectional areas: the header, the main body and the footer parts. Further, header section may contain elements such as menu with vital links , company logo image, telephones etc., body part may contain company introduction, products or services, call to action etc. Footer part is where you have full navigational links to all other pages (if any), copyright notice etc.

Section handle is located top left corner of the element borders and designated by icon: XRipe website builder element handle icon1

To create a new Block or Section do the following:

  • Click on the Block widget icon (first item on the core widget list )
  • Drag the widget to the central Workspace (your web page)
    You should notice your default pointer (typically an arrow.) has changed to a Move pointer (indicating something to be moved) along with green thick horizontal line. The Move pointer looks like a cross with four arrows around it. The arrows show that you can move an entire object either up, down, or side to side. XRipe website builder move action cursor
  • Locate the place to drop the widget
  • Left-click on the Move cursor to drop the widget.
  • If necessary, drag and drop other Element Widgets into the Section Element area.
XRipe website builder widget block section icon

Editing Section Element Properties

  • To Add new web page, click on the copy iconAdd, Delete Icons You can also achieve same by clicking on the Add New Page button at the bottom of the panel.
  • To Delete a web page from the list, click on the trash icon
  • To Edit the basic properties of a web page, click on the page name in the list.
    • Name - set the name of the page as you want it to appear on the web page or/and navigation menu bar
    • Url - set the Url or Link address, i.e. where user should be forwarded to upon clicking the page's name.
    • Auto-generated menu - indicate if the auto-generated link for the page should be Visible or Hidden in the navigation menu.
  • Title - title of document that is displayed both in Search Engine result snippets as well as the page's tab in browsers.
  • Description - indicate brief description of what the web page is all about.
  • Keywords - indicate most relevant keywords, separated by comma, through which users can find the web page on search engines.
URL - Uniform Resource Locator, colloquially termed a web address. If the address is located on same website, you should enter only the link to the page without full URL, that means the URL is relative. For example, home, contactus etc. If the address is located on an external website, meaning the URL is absolute, then you must indicate the address full URL, For example, https: //, respectively.

Auto-generated menu - each time you add a page with a link, the page along with the link is automatically added to navigation menu and, by default, visible/accessible to visitors. There are situations where you do not want the link to be automatically added as navigation menu item, in such a case you indicate Hidden.

Page Title, Description and Keywords - belong to meta tags that define metadata about an HTML document. Metadata is data (information) about data. Meta tags always go inside the head section of a web page, and are typically used to specify character set, page description, keywords, author of the document, and viewport settings. Metadata will not be displayed on the page, but is machine parsable. Metadata is used by browsers (how to display content or reload page), search engines (keywords), and other web services.

Meta Title - keep the title length to 65 characters including spaces for best possible rendering. You can go up to 70 characters in total, but try not to exceed this.

Meta Descriptions can be any length, but search engines generally truncates snippets to ~155–160 characters. It's best to keep meta descriptions long enough that they're sufficiently descriptive, so we recommend descriptions between 50–160 characters.

Meta Keywords - helps to tell search engines what the topic of the page is. There is no limit of meta keywords.

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