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UB Web Management

Transforming UB’s digital communications through process and tools

Advanced Topics

Enhance your site by employing these advanced techniques.


Place virtual "post-it" notes on your pages in author to help with content management.

Using Shibboleth, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and Secure Socket Layers (SSL), it is possible to limit access of your published pages to specific LDAP groups or named UB constituents. 
At times it is helpful to display an error page that is tailored to your website and audience. For example, when a visitor attempts to land on a page that no longer exists, they could get a '404 error' (no such page) that includes special instructions, high traffic links, or branding elements and contact details specific to your own site.
Your pages can be published or taken down automatically by the UBCMS at a predetermined date and time. The UBCMS provides two methods—Delayed Activation vs Scheduling On/Off Time—each with its own pros and cons.
We provide two demo sites to help you understand how UBCMS components and features work.
Specialists can add additional component options to pages.
RSS feeds are a handy way to pull dynamic content from an external website onto your page.
Locate pages on your site that contain a word or phrase and optionally put another word or phrase in their place.
Forms are integral to most websites. The UBCMS has an existing set of components to support simple forms. For more complex needs, we encourage you to consider Formstack.
Use these special steps to access additonal UBCMS functionality.
On pages that are long or provide very detailed content (such as FAQs), it may prove useful to provide an easy way for your readers to quickly navigate back to the top of the page.
Make a copy of an existing page that will reflect any modifications to the original page.
The UBCMS supports a variety of ways to provide wayfinding tools on your site.
We have customized how pages print from UBCMS websites.
Publishing a page makes it viewable. Manually publish your page or schedule publication. Content can also be scheduled to appear or disappear on a specific day. We recommend you use versioning because content cannot otherwise be recovered unless your page is published.
Embed often-used links on the pages of your site.

Compile data about your pages, including annotations, page status, vanity URLs, tags and use of external resources.

UB uses a custom version of Google to run our local searches. Site-wide search is a standard UBCMS feature, common on larger or more complex sites.

Special characters like umlauts, 'smart quotes' and sub/superscript can be added to many text components.

By adding tags to your pages, the UBCMS can automatically display your content through list-building components. While tags can be added to any UBCMS pages, they are most powerfully used in conjunction with Shared Content.
Redirect visitors from a bookmarked or previously published URL to a specific page within your site. Also handy for promoting a 'short' URL to one of your pages.