There are several assets created and maintained by University Marketing and Communications, described below, that can be used on your website. As the data included in these assets changes, we will update them and the updated information will automatically update on any pages where the asset is used. Check back as this list gets updated as new assets are added. Suggestions for new assets can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. These assets will all begin with [Global]. Continue reading
Assets are pieces of content that are saved in a central location that can be used on multiple pages or in multiple sites. If the asset content is changed that change is applied to all pages using it.
To insert an asset, click the asset icon , select the asset you want to use, and click Insert. The actual asset content will not be visible while you are editing. You will be able to see it from the preview. Some University-wide assets have already been created for you to use including university-wide touts. Since it can change frequently, a description of available assets can be found at blogs.mtu.edu/webmaster/asset-listing.
Assets can be created by selecting Assets from the Content menu in the Global Navigation bar. You could create an asset for content that will be used on multiple pages, within your site or among other sites, so you don’t have to recreate it each time you use it and so that all instances of it can be updated at once. There are four types of assets that are available: Web Content, Plain Text, Image Gallery, and Form. Instead of using the Image Gallery asset, you should use the Image Gallery snippet.
After creating the asset, you must publish it. When you edit an asset and publish it, the page(s) that are using the asset are automatically published.
Editing an Existing Asset
When an asset it used on your page, it will appear similar to the following screen shot in the editor screen of the web page.
- Make note of the title listed in bold.
- Go to Content > Assets in the Global Navigation Bar.
- Use the filter field at the top of the screen to type in text from the title of the asset to find the correct asset.
- Open the asset by clicking on the name in the listing.
- Check out the asset by clicking on the lightbulb icon.
- Go to the Edit tab.
- Edit the content.
- Save your changes using the blue Save button at the bottom of the screen.
- Publish the asset. This will also publish all pages that are using the asset so they will be updated.
A gadget is a little program that provides additional functionality or streamlined access to functionality within OU Campus. Additional gadgets may be created at any time and gadget access may be limited by a user’s permissions. Some gadgets are only located on the Dashboard or on the Gadgets sidebar, while others are available in both locations.
Each individual user can choose which gadgets to show or hide on their Dashboard or Gadgets sidebar; some gadgets are context-specific, meaning that they will only appear when viewing a page or inside an editable region.
While this functionality is still available in OU Campus, we have created the Image Gallery snippet that is simpler to use instead.
This asset is used for entering formatted text or media items. You might create a snippet (such as a Sidebar Right: Box), linked text, content that includes images or videos, or other formatted content. Content is created in an editor similar to the TinyMCE editor that is used for content.