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Text Block Module

Best Practices

  • Useful for creating a visual break to highlight particular content or when changing subjects within a page.
  • Use images with caution. Many images won't look as good against the dark blue background as they do in the standard WYSIWYG.
  • Don't overload the text block. Even though this can hold more text than the other modules, it is still meant to add visual interest in order to highlight content. It is not a replacement for a normal page.

To create a new text block module:

  1. From the New Content menu, click Modules->Text Block. The module will be placed in the _modules folder by default. You can create multiple sub-folders within _modules as needed (similar to images and files). To create multiple instances of this module, copy the module and rename it. Edit each module separately.
  2. Click Edit to bring up the edit screen.
  3. Complete these fields:
    • Block name: This will default to "text-block". Change it to something that describes the module.
    • Headline (all caps, left aligned):
      • Note: This will be formatted as H2. You can start with H3 in the module.
    • WYSIWYG (indented from Headline):
      • Standard WYSIWYG controls, but pre-formatted. H2 will be all caps to match other modules, for example.
      • Keep the Dark Blue background in mind if you are doing anything other than basic formatted text.

Examples

Text Box Module: Headline

How it works

The Text Box module features a headline plus an unlimited WYSIWYG field for all of the text below the headlne.

All headlines and text display in white, on a bright-blue background with the Triton trident logo pattern. The headline (and any other headers that you may add) will appear in all-caps. You cannot change background color or text color, and there is no option for a graphic button like those found in other modules.

Other formatting

The Text Block module lets you add formatting to the main body of text. For example, this Text Block uses two H3-level headers (How It Works and Other Formatting) to break up the content into two sections.

You can also add other formatting to the Text Box, such as:


What Not to Do

Text problems:

There is too much text in this module.

  • Headline is too long. Because the headline text is in all caps, it looks best when when it's only a few words long, or two lines long at the most.
  • Body text is too long. The text box's deep-blue background can look overwhelming on a page when when it is too large, and it's hard to read long stretches of text in this format. If you have a lot of text to use on your page, it's best to use a WYSIWYG block of formatted text instead of a module.
  • Break up your text into shorter paragraphs or bullets. This is a best practice for websites in general, not only for the Text Block module.
  • Read more about writing for the web.

Here's an example of a v5 text block module, and how it looks when you have too much text in the headline and also too much text in the field below

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