How to add components to your UBCMS pages, how they appear and how to copy and delete them.
This information refers to the Classic version of the UBCMS. Classic will be retired in May, 2022.
Add components to a page by one of two methods:
Divide long or very complicated pages into several pages.
We recommend no more than 400 components per page. Less if you need to plan for growth through any dynamic elements. Indeed, it is best practice not to have really long and complicated pages. More details are in this Known Issue: Page editing slow / lists break when too many components are included.
When components are first added to a page, they are represented in two different ways depending on their type:
Components may be copied or cut from one position on your page and pasted to another. They may also be moved from one page to another.
Always drag a component, or click to copy a component by clicking on its border or control bar, and never on the interior of the component.
Clicking on some components will activate a link or video. Dragging a Photo component may even fail. (Read more about this Known Issue: Dragging a Photo by the Image Fails.)
It is possible to copy components from a source page to a second 'target' page, provided the target page already exists, that you stay within the same browser window (or tab), and that the content finder is loaded -- look for "cf#/" in your browser's location bar;
One way to do this is by linking directly from the source to the target page (/content/www/...). You can even add a temporary link on the source page and remove it when you are done with the transfer. Now select the content you wish to transfer on your source page, right-click to copy it into the special buffer, then click the helper link, and when your source page loads, paste it where desired. The target page must load in the same window (or tab) for this to work, otherwise your paste will not do anything.
If the pages are not linked, an alternative solution is to preload the target page in a new browser window. (This step is a convenience -- if you already know the URL, you just need to be able to copy and paste it.) Now on your source page, select the content on your source page and right-click to copy it into the special buffer. Back on your target page, select the complete URL in the browser location bar (including the cf#/), and then paste the URL into the location bar of your source page and click enter, so the target page loads in the source window. Now paste your transfered content into the desired spot on the target page.
Copying the component between the two pages is now as simple as copying to another part of the same page. The copied component will appear ABOVE where you position your mouse. If you accidentally paste the content in the wrong spot, you can drag it to the desired location, or use right click to cut and then paste.
You can move backwards in your browser to return to the source page to transfer additional content, then click another link or move forwards in the browser to return to the target page.
This process relies on the content finder being present, because that contains a special buffer to aid in copying content. If the cf#/ is not present in the URL of either the source or target page, when you paste the content, nothing will happen.
Menu Bar Components
Should you realize you deleted or changed a component by mistake, the built-in Undo/Redo feature may be helpful.