Displays timely information in a thin banner across your site, just below the header or above the footer.

An alert

Unlike most content types in YMCA Website Services, you don’t use Alert to create pages. Instead, Alerts display as a rendered entity or a section of content on other pages.

Alerts also don’t use Paragraphs or Layout Builder. By design, the layout of Alerts are rigid; however, the text editor and the color options listed below allow content editors some flexibility.

When Should You Use an Alert?

  • Timely updates for centers, such as when your hours change or facilities close.
  • Marketing promotions, such as for membership campaigns or even promotions.

How to Use an Alert

Go to Admin > Content > Add Content > Alert (/node/add/alert).

  • Title: Displays as the headline for your alert.
  • Description: The main body of your alert. Sentences should be short and minimally styled in this section. Uses the Text Editor.
  • Color Fields: These three dropdown fields control different aspects of color in your alert. All three dropdowns reference the color vocabulary.
    • Background Color: The color of your alert.
    • Text Color: Stick to using either black or white for accessibility.
    • Icon Color: Changes the appearance of the icon to the left of the title.
  • Link: Adds a button with a call to action to the alert on the right. The button color defaults to black.
  • Placement: Choose “Header” to show your alert above your main content or “Footer” to show below your main content.

The alert admin fields

Setting visibility

  • Visibility pages: This is where you control where the alert displays on your site. In the large text field, you write the relative path of the pages where you want this to appear or not appear. Enter each path on a new line. Each path should start with a slash, /.

    You also have the option to use an asterisk character * as a wildcard so you don’t have to enter a large number of relative paths. For example, if you wanted to add an alert to a /health-and-fitness section, you would enter /health-and-fitness* in the text area.

    The alert visibility dialog

    What is a relative path? A relative path is the part of your URL after your domain name.

    At, for example, the domain name is, while the relative path is /community.

    Using the Alert visibility state radio buttons at the bottom, you can either show or hide your alert from the page paths listed in the text area above.

  • Location: This field provides additional flexibility for controlling where the Alert will display. Selecting a Location from this field will display the alert on the Location page and any related page (blog posts, news, landing pages) that has the corresponding Location selected.

Rearranging alerts

Alerts can be rearranged to control the order in which they display if multiple appear on a page. The Alerts Rearrange page can be accessed via its link on the Content page or at Admin > Content > Alerts Rearrange (/admin/content/alerts-rearrange). The link might not appear in the Admin menu prior to version 10.3.1.

A screenshot of the Rearrange Alerts display with labels corresponding to the below steps

To rearrange alerts:

  • Go to the Alerts Rearrange page
  • Rearrange alerts with the drag handle () or the “Show row weights” option.
  • Save order when finished.

Alert visibility examples

Figuring out exactly how to show an alert on the right pages can be a challenge. The Visibility pages, Alert visibility state, and Location selectors work together to control where an alert is displayed. Here are some tips on how to get just what you want.

To show an alert only on a single Location page:

  • Visibility pages: add the path to the Location, like /locations/downtown-ymca
  • Alert visibility state: “Show for the listed pages”
  • Location: “None”

To show an alert on a location and any related pages:

  • Visibility pages:
  • Alert visibility state:
  • Location: select the Location, or select more than one using Shift or Command/Ctrl.

“Related pages” in this case means any page with a specific location selected in its Location field.

On groups of pages

The wildcard * can be used to specify any page in a section of the site.

To show an alert on every page on the site:

  • Visibility pages: *
  • Alert visibility state: “Show for the listed pages”
  • Location: “None”

To show an alert on every swimming page:

  • Visibility pages: /programs/swimming*
  • Alert visibility state: “Show for the listed pages”
  • Location: “None”

The position of the * wildcard is important. Consider /programs/swimming* versus /programs/swimming/*:

Show for /programs/swimming*:

  • /programs/swimming
  • /programs/swimming/drop-in
  • /programs/swimming/swim-lessons

Show for /programs/swimming/*:

  • /programs/swimming
  • /programs/swimming/drop-in
  • /programs/swimming/swim-lessons

On the home page

You can use / OR <front> to show an alert on the home page. <front> is a special token and should always be listed on its own line.

  • Visibility pages: / OR <front>
  • Alert visibility state: “Show for the listed pages”
  • Location: “None”

With exceptions

Sometimes you want to show an alert on all pages except a few. Maybe you have an alert for a fundraising campaign but don’t want to show it on the “Join” or the “Give” page. The Hide for the listed pages option can help in this case.

To show an alert on all pages except “Join” and “Give”:

  • Visibility pages:
  • Alert visibility state: “Hide for the listed pages”
  • Location: “None”