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AEM Environments

As an author in the AEM web environment, you will access your website in what we call the “Production" Environment: name. Notice the only difference between your AEM and Open Text editing sites is the word Author at the start of the URL. Feel free to bookmark this page, just as you did your sitename page in Open Text.


The first time you navigate to your site address, you will be presented with the now familiar Shibboleth WEBLOGIN that indicates AEM is part of the University of Michigan IT infrastructure.

You will then be taken to your “Project Dashboard,” which is the portal through which you will access your on-site editing UI.

Web Editors have three different environments to edit their site:

1) Project DashboardYour Departmental Project Dashboard is the portal through which you will access the editing functions for your website, its assets and some user settings. Once Web Editors have completed training, they can access their site by loggin on to

2) On-Page Editing UI: This is AEM’s in-context editing interface. It is similar to Open Text's pages. AEM’s on-page editing UI utilizes a Sidekick, which is a floating menu that has tabs (top) and modes (bottom) containing icons that enable different functionalities. 

3) Site Administration UI: The Web Content Manager (WCM) presents a consistent "explorer-like" interface (similar to Open Text’s App Console, but better). For example, the WCM console (referred to the Site Administration User Interface) features a two-pane interface with a dynamic expandable/collapsible tree on the left and a grid with draggable rows and columns on the right.