1. What is a structured page?

A structured page is suitable for very long or dense content that might overwhelm a user if it was put on a single basic page.

Structured pages make content-heavy pages appear less daunting by logically organising them into chunks that improve the user experience.

There are four types of structured page:

  • Tabs. These allow users to toggle through different chunks of content while staying in the same place on the page. Users should only ever need one tab at a time – they shouldn't have to switch between tabs to understand content.
  • Accordions. These create a stacked set of collapsible headings. Users click headings to reveal or hide content. Users should only have to open one or 2 accordions to find what they need – avoid forcing the user to click every accordion.
  • Step by step. This creates a list of numbered headings presented in two columns that a user can click through to follow a process. Each step has a separate URL. This option can be useful for processes with a clear start point and end point.
  • Table of contents. This creates a single vertical list of anchor links that jump to a section on the page when clicked. Unlike the Step-by-step option, all content is on the same page.

See a structured page with tabs

Use a structured page when:

  • you have a lot of content on a single topic that needs to be split up into sections or steps.

A structured page shouldn't be used for:

  • simple or short content – use a Basic page
  • time sensitive content such as a news article.
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2. How to create a structured page

Structured pages can be created, edited, and deleted by:

  • editors
  • site coordinators.

Once you log in to your website:

  1. Hover over the Drupal 'Content' menu, then go to 'Add content' > ‘Structured page’.
  2. Enter a title and your introduction.
  3. Use the ‘View mode selector’ drop-down menu to select your page type.
  4. Click the ‘Add new paragraph’ button to add the first section to your page.
  5. Enter a title for the section and enter the section's content in the ‘Body’ field.
  6. Click the 'Add another paragraph' button to add another section to your page.
  7. Once you've finished adding sections, click the ‘Publish’ button to save and publish the page.
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3. Best practice

  • Use one or 2 words for tab headings.
  • Use a maximum of 4 tabs on a single page.
  • Use a maximum of 8 steps on a Step-by-step page.
  • Do not use more than 9 Accordions in a single page.
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5. Fields

Fill in all required fields and as many optional fields as possible to provide the best user experience.

Field name

Required field?

Notes

Title

Yes

Page title and H1 heading of the structured page.

Summary

No

Provides a short description of the page content that will display in search results. It will also display in teaser and card views.

Introduction

No

Displays before the structured content (for example, above the tabs, table of contents or step-by-step).

View mode selector

Yes

Determines how the structured content fields will display on the page.

Structured Content

No

A section of content formatted by the View mode selector.

Structured Content > Title

No

Heading for a section of content.

Structured Content > Body

No

Content field for a section of content, linked to the attached Title field.

Teaser image

No

Displays image on teaser and card views.

Hero image

No

Replaces the default page header with a hero banner header on the structured page.

Related content

No

Allows other pages on the site to be referenced in a short list on the page.

Aside

No

Used for content that is related to the body content such as reminders or contact details.

Tags

No

Allows the page to be tagged with taxonomy terms.

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