13.2 Creating or Copying a Navigation Page

Navigation pages enable you to provide a standard set of navigational elements that can be included on the pages in a page group. Navigation pages can be used across page groups when they are created in the Shared Objects page group.

The process of creating a navigation page involves three main steps: creating the page, populating it with navigation and non-navigation elements, and publishing it as a portlet. This section describes how to create a navigation page. Section 13.6 describes how to add navigation elements to it or to any other page. Section 13.3 describes how to publish a navigation page as a portlet.

Copying a navigation page is similar to creating one. As you create the page, you are given the option to base it on an existing page. Once you make a selection from the navigation pages that are offered, click OK, and you have your copy.

To create or copy a navigation page:

  1. Log in to Oracle Portal.

  2. Click the Build tab to bring it forward.

  3. From the Page Groups portlet Work In drop-down list, select a page group to own the navigation page.


    To use this navigation page in more than one page group, create it in the Shared Objects page group. However, keep in mind that to use a shared navigation page in a page group with a non-English default language, a translated version of the shared navigation page must be provided.

    By default, the Page Groups portlet is located on the Build tab of the Portal Builder page.

  4. In the Layout & Appearance section, click the Create link next to the Navigation Pages heading.

    This opens the Create Navigation Page screen.

  5. In the Display Name field, enter a Display Name for the navigation page.

    Use up to 256 characters of any kind. The Display Name is used to identify the navigation page in the Page Groups portlet and the Portal Navigator.


    An asterisk (*) indicates a field that requires a value.

    For a summary of the rules governing the naming of objects in Oracle Portal, see Appendix D, "Object Naming Rules in Oracle Portal".

  6. In the Copy From list, choose a navigation page to use as a starting point for your new navigation page.

    This creates a copy of the selected page. The list includes all the navigation pages in this page group on which you have at least the page privilege View.

    To start with a blank navigation page, choose <None>.

  7. Select or clear Publish As Portlet.

    • Selecting makes this navigation page available to other users.

    • Clearing prevents the display of this navigation page on pick lists.

    Eventually you will need to publish the navigation page as a portlet so that other users can add it to their pages. However, while the navigation page is under development, you might prefer to clear this check box.


    If you do not see the Publish As Portlet check box, you do not have portlet publishing privileges. Contact your portal administrator to request these privileges.
  8. Click Create.

    The navigation page opens in Edit mode.

After creating your navigation page, you can add items, portlets, and regions to it. For information about adding content to a page, see Chapter 14, "Working with Items" and Chapter 15, "Working with Portlets". See also, Section 13.6, "Populating a Navigation Page with Navigation Elements".