Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students win numerous awards each year. UMC has been asked to recommend a template for promoting award winners on departmental and academic websites.
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.
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.
There are two ways to post events to our Events Calendar:
General Campus Community
- Use the large, gold “Submit an Event” button on the calendar homepage
- Login to the calendar using the link in the header
- Once logged in, click the “Admin” shortcut in the header
- Click the “Add an Event” button
Please note that calendar admins have access to additional fields that do not exist on the public event submission webpage.
If you are a calendar admin, please use the event submission form available through your Admin login, as specified above.
Tips for Posting an Event
The following is a step-by-step guide for filling out your event information:
Our new Events Calendar has been a huge success so far, with over 43,000 views in the past month, representing an 85% increase in calendar use compared to last year. We have learned a few things along the way and want to explain a few changes that we have made, along with some best practices, and new features.
Consider the following scenario:
- Career Services adds Career Fair to the calendar
- Many different departments want to put this event on their calendar as it is a very popular event
- Some departments use the Contact Us form to have the event properly added to their own department’s calendar
- Some departments duplicate the event onto their calendar
- We end up with 7 copies of the same event floating around in the system, causing user confusion
- The original event now appears to involve several departments instead of only the originator (in this case, Career Services)
Sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? Luckily, we have made some adjustments and have developed some ‘best practices‘ to alleviate this common issue.
The time may come to remove or delete content or links from your website. This can be done quickly and easily once you understand what scenario you are facing:
- Removing body content
- Removing a sidebar or slider
- Removing an entire webpage
- Removing a left navigation link
- Removing a link from the body
- Removing a link from a slider or sidebar
- Removing a file (PDF, Doc, etc)
- Removing an image or banner
The following two video tutorials will help you to learn how to create customized course listing webpages to add to your CMS website. These customized course listing pages are meant to be used when you only need to list a limited/specific number of courses from either one department or many departments.
You can also created automated course listing webpages that pull all undergraduate and/or graduate courses from one/many departments. The tutorial below shows you what to do when you only need to pull certain/specific courses. For more information about how to create automated course listing webpages, please email the UMC web team at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Your existing CMS webpages will often have the meta data (keywords and descriptions) already filled out. If your meta data fields are blank or if you’re creating a new webpage, then it is important to fill these fields out.
When creating new webpages, it is important to properly fill out the keywords and description fields (meta data) in your Generic (Page). In the keywords field, enter 6-8 phrases that are comma separated. A keyword phrase is a 1-4 word phrase that describes your webpage. These are typically phrases that web users will type into a search engine, in order to find your webpage.
As an example, let us say that you have a webpage about the campus job fair. Your keyword phrases may be:
houghton job fair, michigan tech job fair, job fair, houghton career fair, michigan tech career fair, career fair
It is important to fill out keywords that relate to your webpage to help search engines like Google and Yahoo rank your webpage higher in their search rankings.
Attention web liaisons: if you copy existing content into your department’s blog from a web page or another source, please ensure that you have given credit to the author(s) by adding a byline. This policy applies to content that is authored by any member of the campus community (except for Tech Today), including individuals within your department, not only content that originates outside of the University. Plagiarism charges may be filed if credit is not given where it is due.
– UMC Web Team
Note: This was originally posted on October 4th, 2012.
The following video tutorial will help you to learn how to add new pages to your CMS website and sidebars to your various pages:
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The following video tutorial will help you to learn how to add syllabus links to the “Departmental Courses” web page on the Chemistry website:
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