Creating and managing a splash page

For sites that have a fully bilingual URL, we provide a splash page tool. This tool creates a splash page that will be shown to visitors as the home page so that they may select a language. This is only for sites that do not have a language-specific domain or path component (such as www.uottawa.ca/uoweb/). To modify your splash page configuration, go to Admin > Configuration > System > Static splash page. If you do not see this configuration option available, you may have to enable the Static Splash Page module.

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Once on this page, you will be able to modify the variables for the static splash page. Here’s what that looks like:

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Our template provides multiple variables that you can use to customize the text on the splash page. You specify these variables in a {key}={value} syntax in the Variables field, one entry per line. If you expand the Advanced collapsible, you will find a Path field as well. This controls which paths the splash page will appear at. It is automatically generated and it is fairly accurate.

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Here are the variables that our template supports:

Key

Valid values

Description

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description_en

Plain text, in English

This descriptive text will go below the link to the English site.

Green

description_fr

Plain text, in French

This descriptive text will go below the link to the French site.

Red

image

A URL, or part of one

This can be anything that will fit in an <img> tag’s src attribute, and will be displayed as the background image.

Violet

page_header_en

Plain text, in English

This should be the English name of your site, to be read to screen readers.

Not shown

page_header_fr

Plain text, in French

This should be the French name of your site, to be read to screen readers.

Not shown

title

Plain text, bilingual

This should be the text you want to display in the title bar.  We recommend that this should be “English Site Name | French Site name”.

Orange

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