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An article is predominantly a body of text and, by far, the most widely-used piece of content on CMS websites.

The form has four main fields:

1. Title – (required) the name of the article, usually displayed on the site as a link to the article detail page (the Body field as its own web page) or to distinguish between multiple articles on a page. 

2. Teaser – brief, eye-catching sentence to motivate viewers to read the remainder of the article; usually displayed with the article’s Title as a link to the complete article (also called the article detail page).

3. Body – (required) main portion of text; the tool bar that loads enables you to make sophisticated changes to the content without requiring that you know HTML.

4. Detail Image – attach a media image content item. Select a format in the region configurator that includes "img" so the detail image will display at the upper left or right of the Body field.

An article is predominantly a body of text and, by far, the most widely-used piece of content on CMS websites.

The form has four main fields:

1. Title – (required) the name of the article, usually displayed on the site as a link to the article detail page (the Body field as its own web page) or to distinguish between multiple articles on a page. 

2. Teaser – brief, eye-catching sentence to motivate viewers to read the remainder of the article; usually displayed with the article’s Title as a link to the complete article (also called the article detail page).

3. Body – (required) main portion of text; the tool bar that loads enables you to make sophisticated changes to the content without requiring that you know HTML.

4. Detail Image – attach a media image content item. Select a format in the region configurator that includes "img" so the detail image will display at the upper left or right of the Body field.

The document content type refers to the information surrounding any non-image static file (e.g., pdf, .ppt) you want users to be able download from your website. It is often a more appropriate choice (rather than an article) for long papers, applications, spreadsheets, or presentations.  

The three main fields are:

1. Title – (required) the name of the document.  It is not the name of the static file, but is usually displayed on the site as a link to download the file (.docx, .xls, etc.)  or display in the browser (.pdf)

2. File Name (Body) – (required) a static file that cannot be edited with the CMS software.  The static file is uploaded from your computer or server to the site from this interface or the AppConsole.

3. Teaser – brief, eye-catching sentence to motivate viewers to click on the name generated by the Title field.

Informing your audience about happenings in your department/unit is one of the key functions of your website. The event content type is the primary method to communicate events across the College. Unless otherwise indicated, events entered into the CMS will also display on the LSA events calendar, eliminating the need for duplicate entry.

The current version of the event content type has been completely restructured from previous versions based on CMS-user feedback. It features two screens each containing distinct fields (i.e., Key Information, Further Details).

The Key Information tab contains all the required fields:

1. Title – (required) the name of the event as advertised on other promotional materials, usually displayed on the event list.

2. Start Date – (required) date the event begins.

3. End Date – (required) date the event ends; auto filled by system. Frequently same as the start date.

4. Start Time – (required) time the event begins.

5. End Time –event end time; this is not required as some may be open-ended.

6. Department – (required) the primary host of the event; other department collaborators can be added via the Channels tab (See Associating and Classifying Content).

7. Location – (required) where the event will take place; Google map and CICS Building Search links now built into Location field. Enter room number first to enable CICS building sync.

8. Teaser – brief, eye-catching sentence to motivate viewers to investigate the further details. Shows on events calendar/listing page.

9. Description - detailed information about the event not visible from the events calendar/listing page.

10. Speaker - Name of person speaking at event (if any).

11. Speaker URL - Website link to speaker's webpage or people content instance.

12. "Show on main LSA events page?" - Select yes for public events only. This promotes event automatically to College of LSA site calendar. 

13. Tag - select the type of event from drop down menu, so it may be sorted on LSA site.

The Further Details tab (upper left of editing page) contains other fields that may be helpful for your audience:

14. Download File Title – Text that will appear as a link below the Description field to direct user to a linked document (PDF, DOC, etc.)

15. Download File - upload an external file (or browse to an existing file) to the CMS for user to link to for more information about event.

16. Detail Image – add a media image to display at the upper left or right (see Media Image overview video) of the description field.

Link content types are standalone hyperlinks to other URLs. 

  1. Title – (required) the words will appear as the link (e.g., “Click here to search Google” or “LSA Course Guide”); it will not display the URL
    unless filled in as such
  2. Teaser – a short description of where the link will take your audience
  3. Destination Fields – Required; complete only one of the following. Described in greater detail below.

After selecting your destination field, the entry form will adjust to display additional fields specific to that type of link.

URL – link to a web address or RSS feed for an external site

Link to a Channel – another page or channel of any CMS site; if someone changes the URL of the channel, the CMS updates your link automatically

Link to a Content – a piece of content in any site in the CMS; if someone changes that content, the CMS will ensure your link remains intact

The region configurator content type is a robust piece of content that holds other pieces of content, providing you with the ability to create content, order and format those pieces of content to display in different ways. There are relatively few fields but each has significant impact on your website.

1. Title – (required) This will always say, “Region Config - name of channel"; it never displays on the live site, but can be named to distinguish it from other region configurator content types on the same page (region config left, right, etc).

2. Description – used only to differentiate between region configurators by comparing the editing forms; never displays on live site.

3. Region Column – usually has a  “1”, “2”, or “3” in it. Along with the page templates the region column field will enable the region configurator content type to appear on different locations of the page.

4. Region Config ID – this “Relator Widget” is at the heart of adding content to your site; use the create drop down to create a piece of content, the find button to search for existing content, move content up or down on the page with the buttons of the same name, and finally, format content using the format field

The CMS contains three dynamic ways to display people, news and event content on Non-Dynamic pages of your website (i.e., pages with region configurators).

The People List is the newest content type but the same functionality is available for News and Events.

The benefit of adding a People List, News List, or Events List content type to a region configurator is that selected dynamic content from your main dynamic channels (events, news and people) can also appear on non-dynamic pages of your site.

Consider this scenario: Your department is hosting a conference/workshop/symposium or other special event and your chair has requested that you build a page on your website devoted to all things conference related (events, people, text about the conference, a link to registration, etc.).

You can place the descriptive content in the large left or large right column and beneath it, and evets list with only the events pertaining to that conference (which of course also show on your main events page). In the smaller column you can add a people list with the conference speakers, which link directly to their people profiles in the CMS.

For visual reference, take a look at this sample page laid out as described above.

The basic components of the List Content Type(s) are:

1. Title

2. Identifying department or/and classification/category

3. Number of items in the list

4. Type of format for the list

By filling out the form you can select to display a subset of your events from your main events page on a non-dynamic page without having to maintain the content.

Another example is shown on the CMS Workshops Page in the lower right hand corner we are displaying only our special workshops. We identified our department, and the category/classification of “workshop.” Now, when we create a special workshop on our main events page, the event list on our special sessions channel will automatically populate with the new event.

Related articles:

Creating new classifications

Associating and Classifying content

Link content types are standalone hyperlinks to other URLs. 

  1. Title – (required) the words will appear as the link (e.g., “Click here to search Google” or “LSA Course Guide”); it will not display the URL
    unless filled in as such
  2. Teaser – a short description of where the link will take your audience
  3. Destination Fields – Required; complete only one of the following. Described in greater detail below.

After selecting your destination field, the entry form will adjust to display additional fields specific to that type of link.

URL – link to a web address or RSS feed for an external site

Link to a Channel – another page or channel of any CMS site; if someone changes the URL of the channel, the CMS updates your link automatically

Link to a Content – a piece of content in any site in the CMS; if someone changes that content, the CMS will ensure your link remains intact

The CMS contains three dynamic ways to display people, news and event content on Non-Dynamic pages of your website (i.e., pages with region configurators).

The People List is the newest content type but the same functionality is available for News and Events.

The benefit of adding a People List, News List, or Events List content type to a region configurator is that selected dynamic content from your main dynamic channels (events, news and people) can also appear on non-dynamic pages of your site.

Consider this scenario: Your department is hosting a conference/workshop/symposium or other special event and your chair has requested that you build a page on your website devoted to all things conference related (events, people, text about the conference, a link to registration, etc.).

You can place the descriptive content in the large left or large right column and beneath it, and evets list with only the events pertaining to that conference (which of course also show on your main events page). In the smaller column you can add a people list with the conference speakers, which link directly to their people profiles in the CMS.

For visual reference, take a look at this sample page laid out as described above.

The basic components of the List Content Type(s) are:

1. Title

2. Identifying department or/and classification/category

3. Number of items in the list

4. Type of format for the list

By filling out the form you can select to display a subset of your events from your main events page on a non-dynamic page without having to maintain the content.

Another example is shown on the CMS Workshops Page in the lower right hand corner we are displaying only our special workshops. We identified our department, and the category/classification of “workshop.” Now, when we create a special workshop on our main events page, the event list on our special sessions channel will automatically populate with the new event.

Related articles:

Creating new classifications

Associating and Classifying content

The CMS contains three dynamic ways to display people, news and event content on Non-Dynamic pages of your website (i.e., pages with region configurators).

The People List is the newest content type but the same functionality is available for News and Events.

The benefit of adding a People List, News List, or Events List content type to a region configurator is that selected dynamic content from your main dynamic channels (events, news and people) can also appear on non-dynamic pages of your site.

Consider this scenario: Your department is hosting a conference/workshop/symposium or other special event and your chair has requested that you build a page on your website devoted to all things conference related (events, people, text about the conference, a link to registration, etc.).

You can place the descriptive content in the large left or large right column and beneath it, and evets list with only the events pertaining to that conference (which of course also show on your main events page). In the smaller column you can add a people list with the conference speakers, which link directly to their people profiles in the CMS.

For visual reference, take a look at this sample page laid out as described above.

The basic components of the List Content Type(s) are:

1. Title

2. Identifying department or/and classification/category

3. Number of items in the list

4. Type of format for the list

By filling out the form you can select to display a subset of your events from your main events page on a non-dynamic page without having to maintain the content.

Another example is shown on the CMS Workshops Page in the lower right hand corner we are displaying only our special workshops. We identified our department, and the category/classification of “workshop.” Now, when we create a special workshop on our main events page, the event list on our special sessions channel will automatically populate with the new event.

Related articles:

Creating new classifications

Associating and Classifying content