By adding tags to your Shared Content, the UBCMS can
automatically display your content through list-building
To prevent complications on your published site, tags should be activated as soon as they are created.
Tags are special keywords that are attached to your pages as additional meta-data. This information can help with searches, but more directly, it can be used by the UBCMS to cluster shared content within one site, or across several sites. A variety of tags have already been created in the UBCMS for use by all authors. Additionally, units have built out more tags for their own use. If you would like to explore using tags on your site, let us know using the Request Tag Information Form.
In the UBCMS, tags have the following form (read more):
Tags allow you to separate the production and publication side of your work flow. For example, you could have several authors generating shared content pages, tagged appropiately, but never actively placing the pages onto your live website.
The UBCMS can automatically display this tagged content by way
of list components, with any new content appearing as soon as it is
published in all the appropriate, predetermined channels. Content
can appear in multiple places on your own site, or on multiple
sites across the UBCMS. It can be split into several collections,
or pulled together into one collection as you specify.
Tags are most effectively used when there are a lot of shared content pages in one folder, that naturally subdivide into a series of separate clusters or topics. For example, you might have a large folder of stories about your constituents, some focusing on students, some on faculty, and some on your alumni. You could then use tags to let the UBCMS channel those stories onto corresponding the alumni, student, and faculty pages of your site.
Tags are also an effective way of reducing your stewardship effort (or risk), by allowing you to maintain information on one piece of shared content that is then reflected on several or many places around your site. For example, your office's contact information might occur on every Web page, or in hundreds of news stories, yet located on one shared content page that can be updated in seconds.
Additionally, if many site authors use the same system of tags, it will eventually be possible to provide campus-wide collections of content to populate central Web pages, or to be shared by all units. For example, if each unit generates Faces and Voices stories, tagged by their audience (e.g. student, or faculty, or alumni), we can then generate pooled collections of these stories for all sites to display.
To assign a tag to your content, open its Page Properties. Tags are set on the Basic tab — click the little dropdown arrow to display a tree of available tags (see red circle in the picture).
In the tag tree, carefully click the (+) or (-) to
expand/collapse the tree and not the folder/tag name.
Only click the folder/tag name when you wish to add that tag to
Click any tag from the dropdown to add it to your page, or click the tag again to remove it. You can also click the little X that is revealed beside the tag's name in Page Properties.
Each tab in the dropdown is a tag Namespace. The tags in Content Type, Location, Target Audience, and Target Website are available for your use.
Expert Tip: If you click into the tag box and type a word
from the tag's name, the UBCMS will show a list of matching tags
for you to select. You can even paste in the word (Ctrl-V) to speed
up the tagging process.
We suggest you start gently, by tagging a few sample pieces of
content, to see if the effect is of business value.
To pull tagged content onto one of your Web pages, you need to use one of the list components, such as the List Builder, Full Width Carousel, News List, or Horizontal Slide Deck (see the Components Library for more details).
Build List Using Tags
This is the standard and simplest way to list tagged pages.
Build List Using Search
This alternative way to list tagged pages allows for more complex configurations.
Starting with CQ version 5.5, lists built with tags will pull in not only content flagged with those specific tags, but also any content flagged with their child tags. > more details
From the example above, a list built on Target Audience: Student would automatically also include content taggedUndergraduate, and also content tagged Graduate.
UB's News Center relies heavily on tags to deliver its stories onto the various topics pages, such as Arts and Culture, Business, and Law. The news releases are all produced in a shared content folder, and tagged with their appropriate topic(s).
Separately, each of the topic pages on the published website includes a News List component that draws on a matching news topic tag (e.g. Business) and is limited to just that shared content folder.
For production convenience, the news releases are actually stored in a series of nested year and month folders (2013/01, 2013/02, 2013/04 etc.). This makes it much easier for Media Relations writers to handle the stories, which date back to 1990. To prevent the UBCMS from accidentally also displaying these folders as if they were news releases, all of the news releases are also tagged using the Content Type: News Topic tag.
If you have a large collection of objects in the DAM that you wish to pull onto your pages (e.g. a library of PDF documents), consider creating shared content, each with a link to a DAM object and other relevant information, and then tag those pieces of shared content.
Advanced users of the UBCMS may wish to make adjustments to the available tags. If you wish to have new tags added to the existing taxonomy, of if you would like to develop large numbers of tags for your own site, please contact the UBCMS Help Desk.
If you are a tag administrator, be very careful before moving or
merging tags. If you move or merge a tag, do NOT delete the
original tag. The UBCMS maps the old tag to its new name, and
deactivation or deletion of the original tag will result in errors.
(The old tag will be made invisible, but it does still exist and
your older content will still actually be marked with that
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If you would like to explore ways in which tags might be of use to your site, and none of the existing tags meets your needs, fill out the Request Custom Tags form. Your request will be reviewed by University Communications, which may need to contact you for more information.