Publishing Schedule

CMS content automatically publishes on a set schedule. Only files in the Public state will be published.

Mobile Publish Schedule (Non-Responsive Websites)

  • 3 a.m.

Desktop Publish Schedule

All publishes take 1-2 hours to complete, from the starting times listed below:

  • 1:00 a.m. (full publish)
  • 12:00 noon
  • 4:00 p.m.

Unsure if your page published? Check the last-modified date of your webpage by viewing the page source (right-click -> View Page Source) and finding:

<meta http-equiv="Last-Modified" content="2014-02-08T15:00-0500" />

Need an immediate publish? Please email cmshelp@mtu.edu.

Website and Content Backups

There has been some confusion over what our CMS does and does not back up as a part of its revision process, so the purpose of this blog post is to clarify things. This information is accurate for both Percussion Rhythmyx and OU Campus.

Content Backups

Enterprise Content Management Systems store pieces of content. You have a Generic Page which stores the meat of your webpage’s content. However, there is more. Think of a sidebars and sliders (Highlights). Images. And navigation—made up of Navons. There are also Files. Maybe some Script items or Personnel Information items. All told, any given webpage is made up of 50-100 total individual items.

Any CMS does a good job of keeping track of revisions for these items. Each revision is basically a backup of that individual piece of content. As long as an item is not deleted (purged), we will have a history for that item. If the item is deleted, then its revision history is also deleted.

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Buttons buttons buttons

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Dude

Guy

We’ve had buttons in the CMS for a long time, although they looked a bit different than the ones above. There used to be only one button style! Now there are three to choose from. So how should you prioritize which button(s) should be used? The key thing to keep in mind is importance. If you have a main call to action (apply, download, etc.), this can work as a primary button. But what if you needed a button that was to compliment other buttons? Such as a “View more downloads” or “Application Information”, this would work as a secondary button. These two core buttons should serve all needs that you have. But maybe you’re looking for a button that isn’t necessarily a call to action? In this case, a styled button may work for you. Look below for the appropriate buttons and styles.

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Department News Blog Tips

Department blogs are a great way to push out your department-specific news to your website and keep your website fresh.

A number of departments routinely repost Tech Today announcements and that is great. Because Tech Today is meant for internal traffic only, we welcome users to repost that content without any reference or link to Tech Today. This will better serve our users by keeping them on external-facing websites and will save them a click. You should avoid using “from Tech Today” or “Read More at Tech Today.” Since Tech Today is internal, you don’t need to link back to it to avoid plagiarism.

Also, you are encouraged to remember these tips when creating blog posts:
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New Blog Theme—Michigan Tech 2016!

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Look to the left, the top, or the right of this post. What do you see? You should be seeing our new WordPress theme! Earlier this year, we launched the new Michigan Tech homepage to much fanfare and with all the positive reactions, we had the idea to rollout the new design for our blogs. OK, I admit: this was the plan all along. Starting now, as long as you are an admin for a blog hosted here on blogs.mtu.edu, then you have access to the new design and can enable it in just a few steps.
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Calendar EventReach Score

If you are a Michigan Tech Event Calendar admin you may have noticed the EventReach score when you are adding events to the system. What do that score and all the checklist items mean?

Screen shot of the EventReach score

According to the system vendor, “EventReach is a way to measure the expected ‘reach,’ or audience awareness, an event has.” They have discovered that including certain information in your event listing has a huge impact on increasing awareness and attendance at events. EventReach is the tool they developed to quantify those pieces. This “reach” comes from Google/Search Engine Optimization (SEO), within the Michigan Tech Event Calendar, and through post-event engagement.
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Images with Pop-up Gallery

In the top navigation CMS template you can display images on a page, with or without captions, that pop-up into a gallery of images that the user can click through. Creating these galleries involves some code editing.

  1. Create your images using the Image Editor in the CMS. You will need to create the size that you will display on the page and either a 765 Banner, 1024 Feature, or 1600 Feature for the pop-up.
  2. Insert the images inline on your page or highlight using the screen shot of the inline image icon icon.
  3. Select each image and link it to the 765 Banner, 2014 Feature, or 1600 Feature size of itself using the CMS link icon (screen shot of the inline link icon).
  4. Access the code using the Source Code button (<>).
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