Help with the page settings menu

A quick guide to page setting options in this demo

NB: Not all settings are available to demo users.

Page settings help you manage the appearance and functionality of your content. Change page settings for visibility, publishing, custom URLs and many more.


Basic page overview information



  • changes made to the page
  • who made the changes


You can also revert to a previous versions of the page.


Template uses

A template is a page design containing layout, editable and non editable content, and special features and functionality.

Every page uses a template. Some templates are used by many pages, some are only used by one page (ie: the Home page).


Visible in navigation

Choose whether the current page is visible in any in-page navigation used in the currently selected template and thus visible to website visitors.

Visible in CMS navigation

Choose whether the current page is visible in any in-page navigation used in the currently selected template and thus visible to CMS users.

Parent page

Move the current page to be the child of a new parent page. Moving a page will also move all the pages that are children of that page.


Default URL

The first time a new page is saved the URL is created from the position of the page within the site and the new page title.

For example a new news story might have a default URL of:

Managing URLs

The Primary URL is the one used by the page.

URLs previously used for the page are automatically saved and redirect to the primary URL.

Manual or vanity URLs can be added that will also redirect to the primary URL.

Click on a row to make it the primary URL for the pageURL changes are automatically saved.


Additional meta data for the page can be entered here. This is used by some search engines when filtering searches (but not Google!)


By default the CMS uses the page standfirst (principle paragraph) as the meta description. This is better for SEO, especially with Google.


Additional keywords can be added. Use specific keywords that add value to search results for the page.

Allow indexing by search engines

Block search engine spiders from the page

Show in site search results

Hide the page from the internal site search results


Use tags

Using tags can help organise and surface relevant content horizontally across your website. Tags can be useful in blog posts, calendar entires, news and press releases to name a few.

Tags can be added and edited individually or to groups dependent on the page requirements and template configuration.

Free tags

May be used as part of functionality.

Grouped tags

These are configured where special tag/page relationships are required. Individual use cases will be different.


Relationships are hard, except in BoomCMS

Relationships are used to define connections between pages and are used when functionality is built into a template. For example a member of staff's profile might be related to a page of content as the author or contact by adding a relationship to the person profile page in the content page.

Reuse, don't rewrite

If the template uses this functionality then it will pull across content from the related page such as the title and the standfirst, and perhaps a feature image.


The term child pages refers to a group of pages that are beneath the same parent page.

Default child template

A child page of this page will use this template by default.

Child ordering policy

Sets the order of child pages of this page. Manual ordering can be set by dragging and dropping from the list using the Re-order button.

Update existing child pages

Applies the changes to all the child pages of the page.

Children visible in nav

Hide the child pages from an in page navigation layout (where configured in a template) for website visitor views.

Children visible in CMS nav

Hide the child pages from an in page navigation layout (where configured in a template) for CMS user views.

Default child URI prefix

Set the URL format for pages created as children of this page.

This is useful when you want to shorten the URLs for a certain type of page, ie: news stories - when the news section is at then, by setting a short URL as /news/ all news stories can have the URL

Default grandchild template

Set the template for any children of the children of the current page (!) This is useful when creating sections that will have levels of content created by users with reduced CMS permissions.


Useful for 'super admin' or more experienced users especially during site set up or a reorganising exercise.

Internal name

This can have a functional use so change with caution!

Prevent this page from being deleted

Does just as it says. Useful for preventing mishaps with site editors

Add page button behaviour

These settings are useful in ensuring that behaviour is consistent in site sections and can help limited the creation of pages in the wrong parts of the website.

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Useful when configuring an environment where you have logged in users who are not CMS editors. For example an extranet, intranet or a members dashboard of some kind.


  • If no groups are specified then the page will be visible to all logged in users
  • If groups are specified then the page will only be visible to members of those groups
  • The page creator and page managers can also see the page
  • Restrict access to a page to certain user groups only
  • Restriction is automatically applied to all descendent (or child) pages
  • Settings take precedence over the ability to edit a page (you must be able to view to edit) meaning only authorised editors can see content


Set a feature image

The feature image is shown where a link to a page is set for signposting or cross-linking journeys through the website.

The size and ratio that the feature image is displayed is dependent on the design of the template in which it is being used.

The feature image will crop to fill the available slot and will resize and/or re-crop for display on different size screens and devices.


You can make the page live or set a date and time at which the page will become live.


By default a newly created page is ‘invisible’, meaning it is not viewable by site visitors in the live website.

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The toolbar icon shows the page is invisible or visible

Visible from

When a page is ready to be seen on the live website it can be made visible.

An embargo date and time for publication can also be set.

Visible until

Set a date and time at which the page will become invisible.


Understanding the various visibility states a page can be in.

Publish now

The changes in your draft replace the live/published page.

Set embargo time

The changes in your draft replace the live/published page at a future date and time.

Revert to published version

Discard your changes and revert to the previous live/published version of the page.

Preview current version

See your draft changes as they will appear when live/published.

Page status

Draft pages and published pages explained


  • A visible page has a published version - this is the version seen on the live site.
  • A published page will not be seen in the live site unless it is also visible.


  • If the live page is edited a draft version is created that is only visible to CMS editors.
  • This version of the page remains as a draft until it is published at which time it replaces the live page.


  • Changes to a draft page can be set to publish at a future date and time rather than be published immediately.
  • The live version of the page remains until the draft is published at the set date and time.

The page is finished, you've published it, check what it looks like in live view.


  • View live only shows page versions which are published and visible. It’s how the site appears to website users.