Import Pages from a Site Map

GLAMkit allows you to quickly create a page hierarchy by importing a site map document using an import command.

Site Map Document

A site map document is a comma-separated (CSV) document with a specific structure. Site map documents can be created in a spreadsheet program, then exported in CSV format (Unicode) once it is ready.

Here is a brief example site map showing some of the key features:

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Brief Alternative titles override_url
Home         /
What’s on          
Plan your visit          
  Buy tickets        
  Group visits        
  Public tours        
About us          
  Our history        
  Annual reports        
  (Not ready yet)        

When the document is imported a new page is created for each row with a page title, as long as that does not already match an existing page.

The site hierarchy is expressed by putting page titles in the levels columns, where “Level 1” pages are at the top level, “Level 2” pages are child pages, “Level 3” pages are grand-children, and so on.

Here is what the column headers mean:

  • Level N: columns where you must put page titles, higher-level titles are created as children of lower-level ones
  • Brief: a document brief describing the purpose of this content
  • Alternative titles: not yet used
  • override_url: the URL path “slug” to use for the page instead of a default slug based on the page name. This is mostly used to specify the site’s home page, which has the path /.

Here are rules applied when a site map is imported:

  • the site map document must have a header row with titles matching the example though you can have more or fewer “Level” columns if you wish using the --levels import option
  • each page titles must be in a “Level” column
  • rows without any page title (text in a “Level” column) are ignored
  • page titles surrounded with brackets or parentheses are ignored, unless the --include-titles-with-brackets import option is used. The “(Not ready yet)” entry above is an example that would be ignored
  • if a matching page already exists in your site hierarchy it is ignored. This means that you can re-import the same site map document multiple times and only new or changed pages will be created.

For a more complete example site map see the IC museum sitemap template.

Import Command

Use the import_site_map management command to import a site map CSV document.

Useful options are:

  • --verbosity=LEVEL: set this to 2 to see more detailed log statements when importing a document, such as which rows were skipped and why
  • --levels=NUMBER: change the number of hierarchy levels expected in your site map. Defaults to 3, but you may prefer 2 or 4
  • --include-titles-with-brackets: set this option to import titles surrounded by square brackets or parentheses
  • -author-id=ID: set this to the identifier ID of the User on your site who should be considered the author of imported pages. This defaults to 1, which is generally the ID of a super-user administrator on sites
  • --model=APPNAME.MODELNAME: set this to change the model class of imported pages. It defaults to layout_page.LayoutPage which is a generic page provided by GLAMkit, but you may need to change this if you have a custom page type you would rather use.

Here is the full output of import_site_map --help:

Usage: import_site_map [options] <site_map.csv>

Import pages from a CSV site map document

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v VERBOSITY, --verbosity=VERBOSITY
                        Verbosity level; 0=minimal output, 1=normal output,
                        2=verbose output, 3=very verbose output
  --settings=SETTINGS   The Python path to a settings module, e.g.
                        "myproject.settings.main". If this isn't provided, the
                        DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE environment variable will be
                        A directory to add to the Python path, e.g.
  --traceback           Raise on CommandError exceptions
  --no-color            Don't colorize the command output.
  -l LEVELS, --levels=LEVELS
                        Number of level columns in site map (default: 3)
  -m MODEL, --model=MODEL
                        Model to use when creating pages (default:
                        ID of user to assign as author of imported pages
                        (default: 1)
                        Should rows with page titles surrounded by brackets --
                        () or [] -- be imported? (default: False)