Until the KU CMS - Sunflower version of cms.ku.edu is released in mid-July the following information is incomplete. Detailed information about Sections and Templates, including practical examples of each, will be avalable at that time.

Step Six: Pairing Your Revised Content with KU CMS - Sunflower

There are many similarities between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, so you will find many functions and features are similar. However, a great deal has changed for both the user interface and the content creation process. One significant change is the addition of Sections and Clonable Templates

Sections and Clonable Templates

To make is easy to create KU CMS pages that look great and are mobile responsive, KU Marketing & Communications has designed a system of pre-made sections and page templates.


The KU CMS - Sunflower pages are built using Sections. Think of a section like a layer of a cake. The layers or sections stack on top of each other to build the page.

There are several section categories:

  • Headers
  • Body
  • Call to Action
  • Events
  • Images
  • Lists

Headers are required on all pages. Only one header can be used per page.

Each page must also contain at least one Body, Call to Action, Events, Image or List sections.

Clonable Templates

  • Cloneable Templates provide blue prints or a starting place for building pages. Cloneable templates are populated with placeholder images and text that you will need to replace with actual content. They are easy to use.
  • Cloneable templates contain a page header area. Each template has a number of possible headers to choose from. Every page must include a header.
  • Each cloneable template contains a body area with a number of recommended sections for each type of page. Every page must include at least one body section.
  • Each cloneable template includes one header section. For every cloneable template there are a number of possible headers. The template includes one or the possibilities for the template. If you don't want to use the placeholder header you can remove it and select a different option.
  • Each cloneable template is populated with all the possible body sections recommended for the type of page being cloned. Sections you don't wish to use can be deleted. The sections can also be reordered and duplicated.

Pairing Your Content

Practical examples of all Sections and Clonable Templates will be available in mid-July.

With all these new options, your team will need to familiarize yourselves with what is available and begin to pair your content with the sections and templates that create the best user experience.

We recommend you explore your options and begin to create “recipes” for your own pages – making note of what Sections and/or Cloanable Templates you will use to construct your pages. Taking the time to design your pages based on your content and goals ahead of time will help make your site creation process more efficient.