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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.

5/5/16

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

7/18/17
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. 
5/20/16
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.
5/24/16
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.
4/21/17
We provide two demo sites to help you understand how UBCMS components and features work.
12/14/16
Specialists can add additional component options to pages.
4/25/17
RSS feeds are a handy way to pull dynamic content from an external website onto your page.
5/24/17
Build a directory to promote your faculty that has a standardized layout, but is very flexible for displaying your content.
5/24/17
Locate pages on your site that contain a word or phrase and optionally put another word or phrase in their place.
4/25/17
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.
1/20/17
Use these special steps to access additonal UBCMS functionality.
7/27/17
A general introduction to building links in the UBCMS.
12/14/16
Make a copy of an existing page that will reflect any modifications to the original page.
9/21/16
The UBCMS supports a variety of ways to provide wayfinding tools on your site.
9/21/15
We have customized how pages print from UBCMS websites.
6/14/17
Visitors can be automatically switched from one URL to another, using webserver redirects, UBCMS 'vanity URLs' and redirect pages, or third-party URL shorteners. These solve problems from previously published links or help to promote a alternate path to your pages.
9/21/15
Embed often-used links on the pages of your site.
12/11/15

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

5/25/17
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.
3/18/15

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

4/24/17
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.