Rhythmyx Publishing Schedule

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

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.

Writing Good ALT Tags

ALT tags (also known as Image Descriptions) are a very important feature involving all images on any given website. Moz does a good job of explaining what ALT tags are. Please take a moment to read up on what ALT tags are and why they are important. Moz also provides some tips for how to write good ones.

There are many uses for ALT tags. The most well-known ones are:

  1. Screen readers will speak the ALT tag of an image for users who cannot see
  2. If an image cannot be loaded due to some sort of network or IT error, the ALT tag will display instead
  3. ALT tags boost search engine rankings and can help your website’s images display in Google search results

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Updating Your Faculty Profile

Michigan Tech is in the midst of upgrading to a new Content Management System (CMS) vendor. The upgrade began over the summer and will continue through the fall with a target end date of December 29. You can learn more about our new CMS product, OU Campus, online.

Faculty Update Form

Over the past several years, faculty have been able to update their CMS profiles through the faculty update website. This site enabled you to log in to our old CMS product and make edits to your photo, CV, and other profile content. You can view an example faculty profile to see what we are referencing.

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Google My Business

A free service called Google My Business lets small businesses update their search engine listing. This is particular useful for Michigan Tech departments who focus on sales, who run promotions, who have distinct hours of operations, and/or which attract and serve tourists.

Customizable Content

Google My Business lets you customize various aspects of your business information in Google search results, including:

  • Address
  • Hours of Operation, including special hours for holidays
  • Phone number(s)
  • Photos of your business (inside and outside)
  • Promotions/Sales
  • Website

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How to copy/paste clean code

Have you ever pasted content into the CMS, and it just doesn’t look right? You’re probably carrying old formatting code into the new CMS. Common culprits are copying from a Word document, copying text from one browser and pasting it into another, or copying text that was formatted in-line (using <span> and <style> tags directly in the code instead of letting the preformatted stylesheets do the work.)

Adding content with this type of formatting is bad for a couple of reasons:

  • It doesn’t let your page update with the rest of the CMS. We may decide to change the font size or style to make the site more accessible or to keep up with modern design trends. By using the standard heading (<h1>, <h2>, etc) and paragraph (<p>) tags, your content will be ready to shift in an instant. If you leave hard-coded styles in the page, your look won’t automatically change.
  • It can look strange on different devices. Everything on our new template is designed to expand and contract with the user’s screen size. Hard-coded styles may not change in the right way between desktop and mobile.
  • It’s annoying for you, the CMS user. Sometimes you’ll have lines and lines of needless code – annoying when you’re trying to find one or two words in pages of <span>s and <color>s. For example, look at the coding on the links below—the <u> and <span> tags make for messy code on the back and and ugly links on the front end.

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