Person Block


What is the Person block?

The Person block gives users a way to manage more detailed information about faculty, students, staff and any other official category of UC Davis affiliated individual.  Person block provides core public identity information, as well as categorical meta-data relevant to their public profile, including their  role and position at UC Davis, their contact information, their office hours. Person block also provides a “Works and content” section for publishing extended content related to their work, career, or position, for example a CV. Works and content can be html content, pdf, word, or other file attachment.

Who can use it?

The Person block is available to publishers and managers.


  1. Go to New > Blocks > Person block.
  2. Provide a System Name.
  3. Designate the Parent Folder location as the folder you've created to hold your Person blocks.
  4. Configure the settings as you prefer. So long as one Person Page profile exists in the folder or one of its subfolders, the default settings will display the results immediately.
  5. Click Submit to save.
  6. Navigate to where you saved the block on your site. Click on the block. Click the Edit tab in the view pane and set up the block as you wish using the instructions below.
  7. Click Submit to save.
  8. Navigate to the Flex page where the Person block will be added. Click on the page and, in the view pane, click the Edit tab. Attach the block in the 1st row and column. Make sure to set the width of the single column to 100%. Active the block and remove the border.
  9. Click Submit to save.


By default the Person block is styled through the CMS' central files. You do have the option of adding your own CSS in a supplemental stylesheet.

How to configure a Person block or page

Categories are set in the People Block at the top of the form. Multiple categories can be added to allow for people to be listed from the main campus People categories.


  • Category – Select Unlisted, Faculty, Student or Staff. You can create multiple categories using the [+] sign. If Unlisted is one of the selected categories, the Person block will not display in the People index, or where attached to any page.
  • Unique ID – A unique identifier can be applied to allow for a single person to be listed in a People block.
  • Tags – Additional tags can be added for more precisely filtered searches in the People block.
Person section

Person » Identity

  • First name – First name only
  • Last name – Last name only
  • Profile photo – Browse for and attach a previously uploaded profile picture. All pictures should be no more than 800px, and no less than 600px in width. Height is irrelevant, however pictures should be previewed on the page, to ascertain the right crop for best appearance on index pages, and the person page.
  • Personal Note – A brief (one or two sentences) note about yourself, meant to personalize your listing. DO NOT USE DOUBLE QUOTATION MARKS IN THIS SECTION -- IT WILL CAUSE YOUR PAGE TO BREAK.
Person - Identity

Person » Identity » Etc.

  • Middle name – Include any middle names
  • Degree credentials – Include your credentials. If you have more than one, separate them with a comma
  • Prefix – Text will appear before your name
  • Suffix – Text will appear after your name
Person - Identity - Etc

Person » @UC DAVIS

  • Optional group label – You can create multiple group labels using the [+] to denote separate sections. The label is the title for the section.
  • Organization/Department - Optional official department
  • Unit/Sub-Department - Optional official unit
  • Job title/Working title - Optional self-descriptive or career title
  • Job classification/Payroll title – The HR designated title. Optional.
  • Job description – Optional
Person - @ UC Davis

Person » Contact

Optional grouping label [+]

  • Person » Contact » Email [+]:
    • Email label
    • Email address
  • Person » Contact » Website [+]:
    • Website label/name
    • URL
  • Person » Contact » Phone [+]:
    • Label
    • Number
Person - Contact
  • Person » Contact » Mailing address [+]:
    • Label
    • Apt, Building, Room #, Street address
    • City
    • State
    • Country
    • Zip code
Person - Contact - Mailing Address

Person » Office Hours

  • Optional group label [+] - You can create multiple group labels using the [+] to denote separate sections.
    • Person » Office Hours » Day [+] – You can select multiple Days and select the To and From times as necessary.
Person - Office Hours

Person » Works and Content

Category – Select from Biography, Books, Lectures/Presentations, Publications, Responsibilities, Degrees and Accreditation
Title – Provide a title for this section
Tags – Additional tags can be added for more precisely filtered searches

  • Person » Works and Content » Attach and link [+]:
    • Title – title of the work or content to be attached
    • Choose page – select a pre-created page inside your site to link
    • Or Choose file – select an already uploaded file
    • OR External link – provide the URL to an external Web page
  • Person » Works and Content » Display
    • Content – WYSIWYG
    • OR block – Create a block and attach it to this section
Person - Works and Content

Person » Settings

Heading level – the block allows you to select your semantic heading level. If you’re unfamiliar with HTML leave it at Auto

Layout – Select either Portrait or Landscape ( currently not available in common, just in dev version. will release later, hopefully. )

Language code – By default the HTML is set to English, but if you wish to use an alternate language when spelling your content and want the appropriate symbols to appear, then enter in a corresponding language code.

Person - Settings

Person » Style

Custom class – if you wish to apply your own style to the block, enter in the custom CSS class using the “u_your-class” name convention.

Person - Style

How to attach a Person block

This block can be attached to the Page content » Main content area » Main content row » Main content column(s) » Block content area of the Flex page template.

However, for Person block to be listed in a People index, the Person block needs to be attached to a page within the "people" folder in the document root of a site.

Person block demo

View the Person block demo for an example page.

CSS Stylings

All blocks offered in the Content Library have a built-in hook to allow users to create custom stylings via the use of a supplemental style sheet. To date, the following classes have been created in conjunction with the available blocks:

  • Code block - class name: ._code-block
  • FAQ block - class name: ._faq1 (._faq-block)
  • Feature block - class name: ._feature-block
  • Jump menu block - class name: ._jumpmenu1
  • RSS block - class name: ._rssfeed1 (._rssfeed-block)
  • Slideshow block - class name: ._slideshow1 (._slideshow-block)
  • Title area links block - div id: #links
  • Video block - video2.css
  • XHTML Raw block - class name: ._xhtml-block