Published July 25, 2017
Several ways to find links that are buried deep on your Web pages, so you can update or remove them.
Occasionally you may need to change or purge a link that is no longer desired or has moved, one that the UBCMS cannot automatically update for you through normal processes.
Any of these methods will take a long time to search everywhere, and tax the system a bit. You can try them out in a lightweight way by searching a small selection of pages instead of all of "/content" or "/content/shared".
Also, be aware that there is quite a lot of risk in the Find and Replace method, if you automate the replacement.
These solution involve a high degree of risk. Please be extremely careful in your choices.
This will only find links to an exact page or URL. If you are seeking for URLs that deep-link into a site, or multiple URLs, try one of the other methods.
Create a new Inbound link report.
It will take a few minutes to generate the report.
You will need to repeat for any expected variations on the link (e.g. https://www.ise.buffalo.edu, http://ise.buffalo.edu, http://www.ise.buffalo.edu/index.html, etc.), or for any other thinks. So this is probably not an ideal solution.
This may be overwhelming, but comprehensive
Create a new Outbound Link Report.
The report will take several minutes to generate.It will link everything every page links to (hence the overwhelming part). You can then download the report and use another tool such as Excel to filter it down to pages that link to anywhere in ISE or CBE by any variation of URL.
This solution is very flexible, but requires use of another program.
It will take several minutes to load the list of results. The browser may tell you the page is crashed or unresponsive; tell it to wait longer. The list will load in that unpleasantly small box.
Unfortunately you cannot copy the list from the box and paste it elsewhere or save it in any way. You can type in a replacement string and choose Replace and it will replace any page with the box checked.
We do not believe the pages will be automatically activated/re-published after the replacement.
This solution works, but carries a lot of risk, as there is no practical way to undo your changes if the replacement has any unexpected side-effects. But if used cleverly, this solution will not suffer from the same exact-URL problem as the first method -- for example, search for "ise.buffalo.edu" instead of "http://www.ise.buffalo.edu".
Requests submitted by the online forms will be triaged quickly by the UBCMS Help Desk.
Expect UBCMS outages Wednesday mornings from 4:30 to 6:30 during routine updates.
Also, consult the documentation provided by Adobe Day, the vendor of the UBCMS software.
Please note that some of the vendor instructions may not apply and some features may not be available, as the UBCMS has been modified to suit the needs of the UB community.