Focal Link block

The Focal link allows you to create a block containing an arbitrary link with a thumbnail icon.

To create a Focal link

  1. From the admin panel, click on Manage » Structure » Block layout or Shortcuts » Blocks.
  2. On the Block layout page, click on the Custom block library tab located close to the top of the page.
  3. Click on the + Add custom block button.
  4. From the list of available blocks, click on Focal link.
  5. Configure the available options (outlined below).
  6. Click Save to finish.

Configure your Focal link

Available options include:

  • Block description - (required) - A brief description of your block
  • Title - (required)
  • Link - (required) - Start typing the title of a piece of content on your site to select it. You can also enter an internal path such as /node/6 or an external URL starting with https:// (, for example). If you want to link to the home page, enter <front>.
  • Use Default Icons - (optional) - Choose whether to select one
    A screenshot of the original icons available with the Focal link block prior to the implementation of the Font Awesome icons.
    Original icon set
    of the default icons provided by SiteFarm or to upload your own. If you would like to still use the original icons provided by the service prior to the SiteFarm 5.0.0 update, you can download the archived icon set and use the one(s) you need. The archived set includes:
    • Bookmark
    • Org chart
    • Telephone
    • Book
    • Calendar
    • Gift
    • Hard hat
    • Envelope
    • Flowchart
    • Knife and fork
    • Scroll
    • Microscope
    • Directional arrows
  • Icon - (optional) As of SiteFarm 5.0.0, icons can be selected from the Font Awesome Free list.
    1. Right click on the Choose an icon link and select the option to open the link in a new tab
    2. Use the search field to look for an icon appropriate to the subject matter of your link.
      View of the Font Awesome search field and list of icons
    3. Click on the icon you would like to use.
    4. On the icon's screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and either copy all the code:
      Copy the entire HTML including the class information.
      Copy just the class name:
      Copy the class names associated with the icon
    5. Paste the code or class information into the Icon Classes field.
  • Custom Image (optional) - if you would prefer to upload your own image for use with your Focal Link block:
    1. From your Focal Link block's Edit mode, uncheck the Use Default Icons box.
    2. Click the Choose File button and upload an image from your local file system.
    3. Keep in mind that the image's dimensions should appropriate for the size of the block on the screen. The default image dimensions set through our PatternLab are 63x63px at 72dpi.
  • Display as a vertical link - Leave unchecked; this functionality is intended for the Priority Link block. While it will technically work (stacks the image above the link title text), it is not visibly formatted to look right outside of the Link Grid region.
  • Branding color - select a color from the official branding color palette
  • Sibling column size
    • Default - fill 100% of the available width of the region it's placed within
    • 1/2 Column - fills 50% of the available width of the region and is intended to sit next to another block that is also set to 1/2 column width.
    • 1/3 Column - fills 33% of the available width of the region and is intended to sit next to two more blocks that are also set to 1/3 column width. 
  • When the block configurations are complete, move on to reviewing your block's visibility.