You can add A-Z lists to your general content pages using the General A-Z list content type. An A-Z list is a good way of presenting a directory of content, or catalogue of information, and can be used as an alternative to the Accordion content type.

This content type consists of two components, the General A-Z item for each separate entry and the General A-Z Widget that adds the whole list to the page.

See the General A-Z list example at the bottom of this page.

Give it a try

Building an General A-Z list is a two stage process.

  • Stage 1 - Create the list – This is when you’ll create a sub-section of the page, where each of the General A-Z list items are stored.
  • Stage 2 - Add the General A-Z List Widget – Then you’ll add a General A-Z list widget to the page where you want the list to appear.

Stage 1 - Create the list

1. Open Site Manager and go to the page that you want to add an A-Z list to.

2. Create a hidden sub-section to this page (find out how to Add a new Section). This is a special storage Section (page) so you need to:

  • a) Name the section: A to Z List
  • b) Untick the Show in navigation? option

3. Then create another sub Section of this A to Z List, in my example I named my one : Animals. (see screenshot below).

Folder structure 4. In this Sub-Section add a General A-Z list item content type for each of your individual A-Z entries. See the available fields in this table .

Form fields for the General A-Z list item content type

Here are the options available in the General A-Z list item content type. The General A-Z list Widget options appear below. 

Field titleWhat should I do?Is it compulsory?
Name* This name will appear behind the scenes and needs to clear and concise so any other editors can quickly identify the content type they need to edit from all the others on the page Yes
Link Text* This is the text that appears in the link that the user sees. Yes
Link Internal Use the Select link to add an internal link OR No, but A-Z items must link to somewhere, or the item will not appear on the page.
Link External Copy and paste URL from external website OR No, but A-Z items must link to somewhere, or the item will not appear on the page.
Media Library link Pick a pdf, Word doc, etc., from one of your Media Library folders. No, but A-Z items must link to somewhere, or the item will not appear on the page.
A-Z group* Sort your entries. If the item starts with a number select # or if a letter, then select its letter from the drop down list. Yes
Sub-list content You can add sub lists to your main item. (see Goshawks or the Peregrine falcons entries in the example below). Use the bullet list option to create your sub list items. No
Display item* This defaults to yes. Yes

5. Repeat step 4, until you've added all your items you want to be included in you’re a-Z list

6. See Stage 2 for how to add the list into your page using the General A-Z list Widget.

Stage 2 - Add the General A-Z List Widget

7. On the page where you want the list to appear add a General A-Z list Widget content type. 

8. Once you've given this content type a Name and Block title, you'll need to 'tell' the widget where its A-Z items are stored. Click Select and navigate the folder structure to the sub-section where you put the items. In my example the folder (sub-section) is called Animals. (see screenshot above).

9. Add and approve the widget.

Form fields for the General A-Z List Widget content type

Field titleWhat should I do?Is it compulsory?
Name* This name will appear behind the scenes and needs to clear and concise so any other editors can quickly identify the content type they need to edit from all the others on the page Yes
Block title* This field is for screen readers. Give the widget a title, you can hide it if necessary (see below). Yes
Show block title? This default to Yes, select No if you want to hide the title. No
Find items* Use the Select option and navigate to sub-section where the General A-Z List content types live. In my example in the sub-section called: Animals under A to Z List. Yes
Show top navigation? This displays the A, B, C etc., navigation at the top of the list No
Show bottom navigation? This displays the A, B, C etc., navigation underneath the list No
Display item* This defaults to yes. If you select No your list won't display. No