Category Archives: Rhythmyx CMS

Information on the Michigan Tech Content Management System

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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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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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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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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Image Captions

In the top navigation CMS template you can add captions to images displayed inline on a page. Creating these captions involves some code editing.

  1. Create your image using the Image Editor in the CMS. Note: This feature will add a gray box around the image and caption that will extend the entire available width. Be sure to use the appropriate size image for the space the picture and caption will be using. Refer to the Suggested Use of Image Sizes to determine the appropriate size to crop.
  2. Insert the images inline on your page or highlight using the screen shot of the inline image icon icon.
  3. Access the code using the Source Code button (<>).
  4. If your image is linked, look for the link tag (<a …>), otherwise find the image tag (<img … />).
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Social Media Widget

The social media widget can only display and link to Michigan Tech social media accounts as this is a custom-coded item. Your site must be using the top nav, responsive layout for it to function.

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  1. Copy the “SHARED Social Media Feed External Snippet” from the global folder under Top Level.
  2. Paste the External Snippet, As a Link, into the folder where you will be using it.
  3. Slot the External Snipped in the List Slot of the Generic (Page)


News Widget (Top Nav, Responsive Version)

The news widget can be full content width (Figure 1), 2/3 width (Figure 2), 1/2 width (Figure 3), 1/3 width (Figure 4), or with (Figure 5) or without (Figure 6) images in the sidebar. You can add one or more buttons or social media links also and you can combine multiple feeds. Your site must be using the top nav, responsive layout for it to function.

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