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Page Properties

You can use Page Properties to adjust many important settings that influence how the page is displayed or used within the UBCMS. In most cases, the changes are immediate.

Please be careful when adjusting these settings. Some changes may have unexpected results, and impact pages on other sites.

Accessibility Concerns

State and federal rules require most images to be ADA compliant, with meaningful 'alt text.'  > read more on accessible images

Page Properties has seven tabs: Basic, Advanced, Scheduling, Image, Background, Stewardship and Social.

Basic Tab

This tab controls the main settings for the page. The Title should reflect what you entered when you created the page. You can then make additional adjustments as noted below, although no further changes are required.

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The component opened for editing showing the Basic tab settings.

Title

  • One of two places to specify your page's title - also see Creating a New Website Page.
  • Controls how this page is labeled in the browser title bar 
  • Sets default labels for all Title components on this page
  • Sets default label for this page in navigation and in any lists that include this page

Page Type

  • This is an alternate way to adjust the page template.
    • e.g. "with banner" exposes banner area underneath the main website navigation bar (usually reserved for an image).
  • Adjusting this setting may hide content in areas (e.g. right column) that the new page structure does permit, but that content should come back once a type is selected that supports that area.
  • These are page layout templates, and not to be confused with the design templates that are used when a page is first created.

Tags

  • See the information about Tagging Your Shared Content.

Page Maintainer

  • Insert the UBITName of the page's steward to facilitate managing this page using the Page Report.

Review Date

  • Set to facilitate managing this page using the Page Report.
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The component opened for editing showing the Navigation Options.

Mobile Navigation 

  • Hide in mobile navigation menu (RWD-enabled sites)
    • Conceals this page and any child pages from appearing in a mobile device's navigation.
    • The page will still show in lists and searches.
    • This no longer takes effect in task and audience ('Info About' and 'Info For') sections of the mobile menu.

Desktop Navigation

  • Hide in top navigation menus
    • Conceals this page and any child pages from appearing in the standard top navigation bar.
    • The page will still show in lists and searches.
  • Always show child pages in top navigation.
    • Requires any child pages to appear in the top navigation bar.
  • Hide in left navigation
    • Conceals this page and any child pages from appearing in the standard top navigation bar.
    • The page will still show in lists and searches.
  • Always show child pages in left navigation.
    • Requires any child pages to appear in the left navigation bar.

Navigation Options

  • Hide in Lists
    • Conceals this page and any children from appearing in lists including searches.
    • The page will still show in other page navigation.
  • Hide in Site Map component
  • Hide in Google XML sitemap

More Titles and Descriptions

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The component opened for editing showing the More Titles and Descriptions settings.

Page Title

  • Overrides the default Title on this page (and in the browser title bar). Does not affect the Title in Navigation or Lists.

Navigation Title

  • Overrides this page's default label in site navigation and lists. It is often shorter than the full title.

Subtitle

Site Title

  • Sets the second part of the <title> tag, like "This Page Title - This Site Title".
  • If blank, inherited, so usually set just on the home page.
  • Important for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Overview Title

  • Overrides the default '<Section> Overview' name given to the first page of each sub-section of the RWD-enabled burger menu for mobile devices.

Description

  • Overrides default descriptive language in list and carousel teasers.
  • If left blank, teasers will be built using the initial sentence from the first Intro Text or Body Text component.
  • (If you adjust this setting, consider adding a thumbnail picture in the Image tab.)

Use Site Title as H1

  • Choose from:
    • Add H1 to header (default for home pages)
    • No H1 in header (default for other templates)
  • All pages must have an H1 title for accessibility compliance. This setting allows the site's Header component title to be used as an H1 if you do not have another 'Heading 1' Title component on that page, and will primarily be used on site home pages. > Learn more about accessibility concerns for headings

Advanced Tab

This area allows modification of additional settings and is mostly intended for developers.

Please be careful with these options. Some, such as Vanity URL, can impact other websites if not set carefully.

Language

  • Specify the primary language of the page. (English is presumed.)

Redirect

  • Use with great caution - developers only!
  • This option automatically redirects traffic from this page to another specified page.
  • When setting a redirect, links to this page will go directly to the redirect target, so you can only get back to this page in Author from the site admin tool.
  • Note: UBCMS also has a separate "Redirect" page template, which is functionally equivalent to this setting, but may be less confusing for site maintenance since this page will appear to be a 'normal' page unless you look in the Page Properties.

CSS Classes

  • Use with great caution - developers only!
  • Add extra CSS class names to the body of this page.

Design

  • Use with great caution - developers only!
  • Specify the location of a design file (e.g. /etc/designs/www/your-site) for this page.
  • This setting is normally set for the home page and then blank for all child pages. Adding a wrong path, or deleting the path for the home page will make it difficult to modify pages. For example, the Sidekick will no longer show available components.

Why Is My Sidekick Empty?

If the Design setting is not correct for your site, the Sidekick will no longer show components (and you will have other troubles). Reset to a previous Version or Contact Us.

Alias

  • Use with great caution - developers only!
  • Setting an alias gives a page and all of its children an alternative Name in addition to their actual Name as declared in the author environment. When the page has children, the URLs of the child pages will also be adjusted.
  • With an alias, BOTH the original and alias URLs work equivalently.  
  • Any word or series of hyphenated words can be used (no blanks or unusual characters please).
  • Make this setting on the top level page and activate that one page, and to undo this change, remove the Alias from the Page Properties settings and re-activate that page.
  • With an additional server redirect, the original URL can even be redirected complely to the new alias URL. For example, the UB Reporter uses the alias “ubreporter” so that its pages appear to be www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter even though its pages in the author environment are under /content/www/reporter.
  • You can only have one alias, so be careful before you assign it -- if you change your mind later, any bookmarks or shared links using this alias name will bounce.

Use Alias With Caution

Without extra provisions such as server-level redirects, the Alias setting will cause every page under it to have two URLs. This can be bad for SEO and can greatly complicate Google analytics.

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The component opened for editing showing the Advanced tab.

ShareThis.com Publisher ID

  • While the Share and Print component is primarily part of the Related Content Container and included by default on many page templates, this setting allows site managers to set a tracking code found in the <script> tag provided with registration at ShareThis.com.
  • This ID is inherited, so best to set at the highest level possible.

Related Links Reference

  • Designates a Related Links file to appear in the left navigation on this page.
    • These files are traditionally located in the Site Configuration area
      e.g. /content/www/your-site/config/related_links/some-links
    • Specialists may create additional Related Links files.
  • When added to a page that is in a site’s top navigation (a section home page), the Related Links will also show in the top navigation menu.
  • This Related Links Menu will also show in the left navigation for all child pages..
    • unless a different related links list is selected for the child page.
    • unless a dash is added to child pages “-” to break the inheritance.

Vanity URL

  • Use with great caution -developers only!
  • Allows you to have a shorter and more expressive URL | Read more.
    • Click the "Add Item +" button to add one or more URLs.
    • Also select the "Redirect Vanity URL" box.
  • Note: this will redirect another page to this page, but it will not impact any children of that other page.

No one is permitted to set a Vanity URL outside their own site. For authorization, contact us.

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The component opened for editing showing the Authenticated Published Pages settings.

Authenticated Published Pages

  • Authentication Required
    • Turn on authentication for this page and any child pages | Read more
  • Allowed
    • Optionally choose one of these pre-set groups: All users or All faculty/staff
  • Additional Users/Group
    • Add one or more UBITNames or LDAP groups | Read more

Analytics

  • Select an External Provider. For the UBCMS, this will be "Google Analytics."
  • Paste in the tracking code ID / Snippet; e.g. UA-1499965-40
  • Read more about Setting Up Google Analytics.

Segments

  • Segments are not currently in use for UBCMS.

Server Caching

  • Developers only!
  • Enabled - Allow or prevent the page from being cached on the server. (Flush triggers are not necessary if the page is not cached.)
    • Enable server caching (default)
    • Prevent server caching
  • Flush Triggers - Specify page(s) that will cause the site's server cache to be cleared when they are modified.
    • Changes to pages listed here will trigger the publishers to flush this page from the server cache so that your revisions are immediately visible on the published site. Flushing one page of a site generally flushes all pages of the site.
    • You may need to set a trigger so changes to shared content are quickly reflected on your main Web pages. Otherwise a change to shared content may only propagate after one of your regular pages is (re)activated.
    • Add one or more triggers by clicking the Add Item + button.
      e.g. /content/shared/www/your-site/some-page

A Flush Trigger is used to ensure the Emergency Alert Banner component displays simultaneously on all applicable sites.

Require SSL

  • This option allows the author to control whether the published page is treated as secure (HTTPS) or normal (HTTP) by broswers.
  • Enabled
    • No requirement default -- The page's status is determined by how the user types the URL into the browser or the link they followed (http:// or https://).
    • Require SSL (HTTPS only) -- forces the page to use HTTPS (a secure protocol). The URL of the page will automatically have https:// in the browser’s location bar.
    • Prevent SSL (HTTP only) -- forces the page to use HTTP (no security on the protocol). The URL of the page will automatically have http:// in the browser’s location bar. This is useful for sites that do not have an SSL certificate or if you want to ensure that the user does not end up on a page with HTTPS from a previous link or how they typed the URL into the browser.
  • Require SSL Wide-Wide
    • If activated, this page and all child pages will redirect to HTTPS.

To use the Require SSL setting, the site must be covered by a SSL certificate. Everything under www.buffalo.edu (/content/www) is covered but not all other virtual hosts on the UBCMS have a certificate.
> Read more about secure content

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The component opened for editing showing the Head Content field, with some Keyword values.

  • Head Content
    • Add additional meta-data code to the page's Head HTML element. HTML content will be included just before the end of the <head> section of this page.
    • For example, we use the following (and many more keywords) for the UB homepage:
      • <meta name="Keywords" content="University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo, UB, University of Buffalo" />
      • <meta name="Description" content="The University at Buffalo is the largest campus in the State University of New York system and New York’s leading public center for graduate and professional education. Our more than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, UB is a member of the Association of American Universities." />
    • You can also use this field to add code that blocks search engines from indexing this page. 

Scheduling Tab

Tip: This option is only available to those with Publisher permissions. For others, it will be grayed out.

 

The page does NOT have to be activated for them to take effect.

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The component opened for editing showing the Scheduling tab.

Using these settings, Publishers can schedule page activation and deactivation at a specific date and time (compare to the similar Activate/Deactivate Later).

Adjust the details in the On/Off Time settings. (Activation is automatic.)

For a scheduled On Time:

Using these steps, a new page will be added to your live site, while an existing page will continue to be on your live site. However, the page will now be completely hidden until the On Time is reached.  When the On Time is reached, the page will become visible on your live site and stay visible as a normal page.

For a scheduled Off Time:

Using these steps, a new page will be added to your live site, while an existing page will continue to be on your live site. The page will be visible until the Off Time is reached.  When the Off Time is reached, the page is automatically deactivated and will thus no longer be visible on your live site.

THIS SETTING MUST BE ACTIVATED

Tip: Before an On or Off Time will take effect, this page must be activated. While an Author can set the On/Off Time, onlya  Publisher can activate the page.

Image Tab

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The component opened for editing showing the Image tab.

  • Use this option to embed an image into the page's meta-data that will appear in "teasers" in lists and carousels, but will not be visible on the page itself.
  • The image may be uploaded from your desktop or dragged from the DAM.
  • If left blank, the first Photo component on your page will be used instead, which may not always be desirable.
  • (If you adjust this setting, consider adding a Description in the Basic tab.)

Alt text (Required)

When an image is added, a description must be added for users who may have difficulty seeing it.

  • Alt text is required by New York State policy for most images.
  • Blanks or a carriage return are not in compliance and will be blocked.
  • See webaim.org for tips on writing alt text.

Alt Text is generally required under state and federal accessibility laws.  Read more about Alternative Text.

'This image does not require alt text'

  • PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SETTING. 
  • This image will be used to build a teaser, which has a navigational function, and Alt Text is thus required.

Background Tab

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The component opened for editing showing the Background tab.

This option allows authors to override the parent site's default background color and image. 

To make a change from the parent site, choose "use this color and image" and then select a color from the chooser, or choose an image by uploading from your desktop or or dragging from the DAM.

Stewardship Tab

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The component opened for editing showing the Stewardship tab.

Adjust these settings to guide future authors in maintaining this page. These details will be visible in Page Reports.

Page Maintainer

  • Insert the UBITName of the page's primary steward.

Subject Matter Expert:

  • Insert the UBITName or email address of the person who is most knowledgeable about this page's content.

Review Date

  • Set an intended date (and time) to guide future maintaenance. We encourage you to establish a site-wide standard, either of the intended future date, OR the actual dat ethe page was last reviewed.

Review Frequency:

  • Define an arbitrary interval (e.g. monthly, quarterly, by-semester, annual) for regular maintenance.

Stewardship Notes:

  • Add additional comments to guide future authors in maintaining the page content. (Consider using in conjuction with Annotations.)

Social Tab

By default, UBCMS pages will draw 'teaser' details for Twitter and Facebook social media channels from the current UBCMS page (title, lead image and first paragraph). These settings allow authors to add alternate meta data to appear in social-media channels.

Title

  • Add a title here to override default information drawn from the current page.

Description

  • Add a description here to override default information drawn from the current page.

Image

  • Add an image here to override default information drawn from the current page.

Results from Social Media Channels

Using the example details above, here are the corresponding resulting shown on some social media channels.

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The component opened for editing showing the Social tab and example details.

The result of the social media tab displayed on Facebook

The result of the Social tab displayed on Facebook

The result of the social media tab displayed on Twitter

The result of the Social tab displayed on Twitter

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October 11, 2017