Information Services Division


Silva CMS: manage the template (UCL attributes)

The UCL Corporate Identity template is configurable in Silva.

It allows you to choose from a range of properties that will affect the layout and look of your web pages e.g. you can change the colour of the banner.

You can change these properties in the UCL Attributes object (orange and black icon), found at the root of your site.

Sometimes there is more than one UCL Attributes object on a Silva site e.g. there might be one inside a folder - this will be because different properties are required within that folder from the rest of the website.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • IT Administrators

Before you start...

You will need to have Chief Editor, Editor or Author access in Silva;
You will need to have attended Silva training.

  1. Avoid using Internet Explorer when editing;
  2. Log on to the relevant website by adding /edit at the end of the web address or clicking on the small cross at the bottom of the page.

The properties to choose from are as follows:

PropertyDescriptionCommentsForm TypeValue
TitleTitle of websiteLeave as isText boxAny
Website NameName of websiteWill appear in CAPITALS
It's the <h1> of the website so very important for SEO!
Text boxAny
Website Name ColourColour of the website nameLeave as isDrop-downWhite or blue
Additional NameSub-name of websitee.g. Centre of excellence since 2012Text boxAny
Additional Name ColourColour of sub-name of websiteLeave as isDrop-downWhite or blue
BannerColour of the banner Choose your colour but NOT Seraus, Qatar or Ifwh or SLMS (unless part of SLMS)Drop-downRange
Menu-typeChoice of menus that can list files position in relation to other documents in the structure of the websiteLeave as is or discuss with WAMS first!Drop-downRange
Number of columnsChoice of two or three column set-upMake your choice.Drop-down2/3 column layout
Hidden Object IDsDefine documents NOT to be listed in the left hand menuLeave as isText box.
Items separated by a space
Include left-columnOpportunity to include content in the left-hand column. This content must be given the id "index_left"Make your choice.Drop-downYes/no
Include right-columnOpportunity to include content in the right-hand column. This content must be given the id "index_right"Make your choice.Drop-downYes/no
Display last modified info with authorShows 'last modified by Joe Bloggs on January 1st, 2013"Make your choice.Tick boxYes/no
Display last modified info without authorShows 'last modified on January 1st, 2013"Make your choice.Tick boxYes/no
Display Accessibility ToolbarProvides users with option to display website with high contrastGood to have.Tick boxYes/no
Display Text Resizer ButtonsProvides users with ability to resize text by clicking on letter ADon't use, it's not used.Tick boxYes/no
Remove left-hand menuOnly relevant if you are using top-navigation and no left-hand navigationWe encourage the use of left-hand nav for non-responsive sites.
Tick box

Insert Dept Contacts FooterUsing a Silva document with the id 'contacts' allows you to add an extra footer on every page.
NB It takes up a lot of space!
Make your choice.
Tick box

Display top navigationOnly relevant in the CI template and if you need top-navigationSee comment about left-hand nav. above.Tick boxYes/no
Google Analytics Tracker CodePlace the tracker code you receive when signing up for Google Analytics here, wait 48 hours and start looking at your statsAbsolutely vital to have GA set up.Text boxNumber


  1. Ensure you are in editing mode and at the root of your site;
  2. Click on the UCL Attributes object;
  3. Scroll down to find which attribute needs changing;
  4. Tick or untick the relevant box(es);
  5. Save and publish.

Help & Support

If you are looking to make a right-hand column

For further help and assistance you will need to contact web-support@ucl.ac.uk


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