By default, there are a number of different types of blocks that come standard with your website. Some of these, such as the Navigation block, are already enabled on your website, because they are so important to your website. However, there are a number of other blocks available to add to your website which have not been given a place on your website yet. If you scroll down the Blocks menu, you will see a list of all the positions where blocks may be placed--some of which have blocks, and some of which do not. At the bottom of this list is another, much longer list, with the heading "Disabled." These are where any blocks, either those created by the user or which came pre-made with the website, are stored invisibly. To add any of these blocks to your website, all you need to do is click on the symbol, and drag the block to one of the positions on your website.
To change the content of a block, click on the Configure link next to the block's listing on the block overview page. This allows you to change everything you established when you created the block, including the block's name. If you do not want anyone to be able to see a certain block, or if you are unhappy with a block you have created, you can disable or delete a block from the block overview page.
To hide a block, simply do the reverse of how you placed that block: click on the symbol, and drag the block down to the "Disabled" list. Once there, the block cannot be seen by anyone, though you can still edit it from the block overview menu. Use this to take a block down for editing or maintenance, before returning the finished block to your webpage. A block should be deleted as a last resort; hide or disable a block as often as you can so you can use the block (if desired) at a later time.
Blocks can be an incredibly versatile tool. By clicking the Configure link next to the block's listing on the block overview page, and scrolling down past the "Block body" section, you will see a number of helpful tools to adjust how your blocks appear on your site. Here are the tools at your disposal:
- Role-specific visibility settings: This allows you to only make a block available to certain access levels within your website. If you would like to make a block available only to senior staff, users who have registered with your site, or only your Board of Directors, these settings allow you to do so. You may need to create the appropriate role before being able to link a block to it. As noted in the instructions, selecting no roles means everyone can see the block.
- Page-specific visibility settings: This allows you to choose which pages a block is visible (or not visible) on, regardless of any other settings. Note the radio button which lets you switch between "Show on every page except the listed pages" and "Show on only the listed pages," providing you with additional options. If you would only like a block to apear on your front page, or if you want to keep sidebars from appearing on your calendar page to give it more space, this is how you do so.