Day: January 31, 2017

Section Properties

Each section will pave a _props.pcf file. Settings you choose in a _props.pcf file will carry through to all files and folders within that folder. The _props.pcf file in the site’s root folder includes some additional options.

Available in All _props.pcf Files

Available Only in Root or Restarted Navigation _props.pcf Files

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Index Page Breadcrumb

You can customize the breadcrumb the is displayed for your index.pcf page. It is recommended to keep this text short and not repeat words from other breadcrumbs already displayed in the path. This field is available on all _props.pcf files.

Example of breadcrumbs on a page.

  1. Open the _props.pcf file for the page.
  2. Go to Properties in the Page Actions Toolbar.
  3. Be sure you have the file checked out (if not, click on the lightbulb icon in the Page Actions Toolbar).
  4. From the Parameters menu on the left, find the Section Breadcrumb field.
    Section Breadcrumb field on the Parameters screen.
  5. Enter the desired breadcrumb text.
  6. Click the blue Save button.
  7. The _props.pcf file, index page, and any subpages will need to be published.

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Section Title

For sections at the tab level (those always visible across the top navigation bar) you can customize the heading that appears in the left navigation. This field is available on all _props.pcf files.

Example of section title as the heading of the left navigation.

  1. Open the _props.pcf file.
  2. Go to Properties in the Page Actions Toolbar.
  3. Be sure you have the file checked out (if not, click on the lightbulb icon in the Page Actions Toolbar).
  4. From the Parameters menu on the left, find the Section Title field.
    Section Title field on the Parameters screen.
  5. Enter the desired title.
  6. Click the blue Save button.
  7. The _props.pcf file and all subpages will need to be published.

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Revert

Revert allows you to restore any previously published version of a page or include file to the staging server. Reverting a page to a selected version makes that chosen version the one that is available for editing on the staging server. It must then be published for that version to go to the live site. To revert a page to a previous version hover over the desired version in the Versions screen and select Revert. From the confirmation window you can view the chosen version by clicking the link within the text before clicking the blue Revert button to confirm the selection. You can also view the version by selecting Page in the View menu when hovering over the desired revision.

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Compare Versions

Within the Versions screen, the Compare feature allows you to compare different versions of a page. Additions, deletions, and format changes of page content are displayed graphically, so you can easily see what changes have been made across versions. Additions will appear in green, deletions in red, and format changes in blue.

Clicking the Compare to Live button at the top of the screen will compare the current version in staging to the version that is currently live.

To compare a previous version with the current version in staging hover over the old version you want to compare and select Page from the Compare menu.
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Save Version

Although a unique version of a page is saved automatically in the CMS version control system every time a page is published you may want to create a version manually. For example, after editing and saving a page several times you may want to save a version.

To save a version in the Pages List View you must have the item checked out. Hover over the row for the item and select Save Version from the Review menu. You can also access it from the Save Version icon save-version-icon in the Page Actions toolbar when you have a page open.

save-version

In the window that pops up you can click the linked text to see a preview of the page as it currently exists. It is recommended that you enter some descriptive text for the version as this will be viewable from the Versions screen later and can be useful to differentiate between versions. When you are done, click the Save Version button.
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Publish

Pages and other content within OU Campus are located on a staging server. They must be published to be viewable on a live website. Images are automatically published during creation with the image editor and do not need to be manually published. You can only publish pages to which you have access. Some departments may be set up with an approval process in which another user must approve the file before it publishes.

Publishing can be done in a few ways.

  • If you have a page open, click the green Publish button in the Page Actions toolbar.
  • From the Pages List View, hover over the row of the item you want to publish and select Publish from the Publish menu.
  • Multiple items can be published at once by selecting each item’s checkbox in the Pages List View and selecting Publish in the table header. You should not select and publish an item that is checked out by another user.

You also have the ability to schedule a publish and content can be removed by scheduling it to expire or recycling it.

Final Check

Final Check gives you the capability to perform a series of quality assurance tests on a page before publishing. These include spell checking, link checking, and accessibility compliance. Click Run All to run all checks, or click any of the individual checks to selectively run them. You should run all three checks on pages and the spelling and broken links checks on _nav.shtml and _props.pcf files.

publish window

Once the checks have completed, click the Show Results links below each check to view the results. Return to the content to make corrections prior to publishing the page.

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Site Footer Contact Information

You can customize the contact information that appears in the footer of your website. This is only available in the _props.pcf file within the root folder for your site or the folder where navigation is restarted.

Example footer contact information.

  1. Open the _props.pcf file in the root folder for your site.
  2. Go to Properties in the Page Actions Toolbar.
  3. Be sure you have the file checked out (if not, click on the lightbulb icon in the Page Actions Toolbar).
  4. From the Parameters menu on the left, find the “Site Footer Contact Information” section. All fields are optional.
    Site Footer Contact Information section.
    1. Department Name: First line of the contact information.
    2. Department Name Link: Use the page icon next to the field to select a CMS page that will be linked to when a user clicks the Department Name.
    3. Contact Form Link: Use the page icon next to the field to select a page that contains additional contact information or a contact us form. If a page is selected here, the site will link to this page when the user click the Department Name from the homepage and will link to the Department Name Link from other pages in the site.
    4. Address: Enter the department’s address information. Text will automatically wrap when it gets too long.
    5. Phone Number: Enter the department’s phone number, including area code and with hyphens (-). This will automatically include “Ph:” on the live site.
    6. Fax Number: Enter the department’s fax number, including area code and with hyphens (-). This will automatically include “Fax:” on the live site.
    7. Toll-Free Number: Enter the department’s toll-free number, including area code and with hyphens (-). This will automatically include “Toll-Free:” on the live site.
    8. Email: Enter the department’s email address, including @mtu.edu. This will automatically include “Email:” on the live site.
  5. Click the blue Save button.
  6. Publish.

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