1. What is a content column block?

A content column block allows you to create a site-specific footer on your site's homepage. This component is commonly used to display contact details, links to social media accounts and links to related sites.

Content column blocks display content in 3 columns with specific styling:

  • sections in the first column display on alternating blue backgrounds
  • text is white in all columns
  • column headings are underlined.

Use a content column block when you want to:

  • include key contact information or social media links on your site's homepage
  • display a relationship to other organisational units and websites on your homepage.

A content column block shouldn't be used:

  • on pages other than your homepage
  • to duplicate content in the UQ standard footer that appears on all pages
  • to duplicate the function of your site's main menu.
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2. How to create a content column block

Content column blocks can be created by:

  • site builders.

Use the in-place editor to create a content column block:

  1. Click 'Customize this page' in the black Drupal menu at the bottom of the page, and then click the plus icon (+) in the blue box at the top of page.
  2. Select 'UQ' from the side menu, and then click 'Content column block'.
  3. Enter a title to help page editors identify the panel. This title won't appear on the page.
  4. Under the headings for the 'Left', 'Middle' and 'Right' columns, click 'Add new Paragraph' to add content. You can add multiple paragraphs to each column. For each paragraph, enter:
    • a title – this will display on the page as an underlined heading
    • the content for the section.
  5. Click 'Finish' to add the content column block to the page.
  6. Click the 'CSS' icon in the grey bar at the top of the content column block.
  7. Enter content-column-block in the 'CSS class' field and click 'Save'.
  8. You should then apply the section style with a dark background to finalise the layout. Set the top padding to 'No padding'.
  9. Click 'Save' in the black Drupal menu at the bottom of the page to publish the changes.
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3. How to edit a content column block

Content column blocks can be edited by:

  • editors
  • site coordinators
  • site builders.

Follow the instructions for editing panels on panel pages to edit existing sections and add or remove sections in any column.

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4. Best practice

  • Limit the first (left) column to 2 paragraphs, as the background colours will repeat after that.
  • Add a new paragraph for each section within a column, rather than adding headings within paragraph content fields. The underlined heading style used in content column blocks only applies to paragraph titles.
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5. Fields

Complete all required fields and as many optional fields as necessary to provide the best user experience.

Field name

Required field?

Function

Title

No

Administrative title to help page editors identify the panel. This title won't appear on the page.

Paragraph > Title

No

Heading for each section within a column. Displays as a level 3 heading (H3) with underline.

Paragraph > Content

Required if you add a paragraph

Content for each section within a column.

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