OU Campus Training

These blog posts follow the flow of OU Campus CMS training.

To request access to the OU Campus CMS and receive training, the site’s web liaison should email cmshelp@mtu.edu and provide:

  • Employee’s Michigan Tech user ID
  • Employee’s first and last name
  • Permission level
    • View only
    • Edit
  • Homepage URL of the site(s) needed

CMS Content Search

Content managers may occasionally want to search for specific phrases within the content of their CMS website. To search your site for a specific phrase, follow these steps.

  1. Log into the CMS and select the search icon in the main toolbar
    Search icon
  2. Click on the Advanced dropdown menu
    Advanced menu
  3. Open the Type dropdown menu
    Type menu
  4. Select only the text-based files and/or assets options
    Type selection options
  5. Enter your search phrase in the Contains the Words textbox
    Search text field
  6. If you chose only the text-based files option, you can select a specific Location (folder) in the CMS to search within.
    Location selector
  7. Click the blue Apply button in the bottom right corner to see results.
    Results example
  8. To edit content, click on the blue Title link as outlined in the above example.

Page or Site Redirects

Redirects are important when webpage URLs change on your website. There are many reasons why this could happen:

  1. your site’s root folder name may need to change because your department is going through a name change
  2. you may change the name of a folder or subfolder
  3. you may move a page, folder, or file
  4. you may delete a page, folder, or file

When any of these actions occur, it is important that a proper redirect is put into place. This ensures that the old URL continues to work for any users who find it or have it saved.

Redirects help preserve the search engine rankings that you have built up over time and shows search engines that you responsibly manage your website. A failure to place or request proper redirects can leave your users frustrated with 404 errors and can cause your search engine rankings to plummet, making it harder to find your website moving forward.

Placing or Requesting Redirects

If your website is in OU Campus, the UMC web team will manage redirects for you. All we need are two pieces of information:

  1. the old URL(s) (e.g.: https://www.mtu.edu/umc/services/web/)
  2. the new URL(s) (e.g.: https://www.mtu.edu/umc/services/digital/)

If you are deleting content, you may not have a new URL. However, we can still redirect that content to something relevant (at a minimum, your homepage).

Email cmshelp@mtu.edu with the redirect information and we will place your redirects for you.

If your website is not in OU Campus, you may still be able to request a redirect through Central IT. Email your website, old URL, and now URL to ithelp@mtu.edu and they will let you know what they are able to do.


Recommended Formatting of Hours

There are many instances when you need to display hours on your webpage—hours of operation, advisor walk-in hours, and learning center times to name a few. The following formatting recommendations and tips for displaying basic hours will make them easy to see and understand by both sighted users and anyone using a screen reader. Additional formatting information can be found in the University Editorial Guide.

Sidebar with Hours title and example hours.
Basic hours of operation differentiate by time of year.

Sidebar with Make an Appointment title and text and hours in the content.
Basic hours with additional text.