The latest UBCMS version has great features.
Last reviewed: June 2, 2022
The current 'Flex UI' version of the UBCMS is easy to learn, navigate and optimized to be very intuitive. Plus, it brings many improvements and enhancements, including keyboard shortcuts, search filters, and powerful tools such as the "Diff" Compare Pages tool and the ability to easily copy between pages.
Many of these are only in Flex UI or developed expressly for the new version:
Flex UI uses a series of consoles:
Sites Console: Like the Websites Admin Console, this is where you will create, rename/move, publish, and delete pages. It also has a Side Panel with 'drawers' for Content and Timeline (versions and modifications).
Edit Console: This is Edit Mode. Modify page content here, but you must generally return to the Sites Console to act on an entire page. There is no Sidekick or Content Finder, instead click the Toggle Side Panel button (upper left of the page) to reveal a sidebar with 'drawers' for Components and Assets (versions and modifications). And page properties and other tools are accessed by clicking the Page Information too ('equalizer' icon) at the top left of the page.
Assets Console: Only accessible from the Start page.
Keyboard Shortcuts: We developed a suite of keyboard shortcuts to help you do your work faster and easier.
Use Preview Mode to follow links: You can no longer follow a link in Edit Mode. Instead, switch to Preview Mode. This will also reveal those 'helper' references to embedded Shared Content. (Hint: click the 'm' key to toggle back and forth.)
Annotations are Hidden: Click the little icon at the top right of the window (it may show a number or a "+" sign) to reveal the annotations interface. We also added a new feature called Authoring Notes!
Unlike traditional Windows applications, right-clicking and double-clicking have no special function in Flex UI. Instead, select an item then look for additional menus.
Last reviewed: May 13, 2021
This is a quick reference. A comprehensive chart is provided for all the changes to the Sidekick tools and features.
|Classic UI||Flex UI|
|Activate Page / Deactivate Page ||now 'Publish Page' / 'Unpublish Page' in Page Information ('equalizer' icon) |
|Audit Log||Sites Console: toggle Side Panel and see Timeline|
|Components||Edit Console: toggle Side Panel and see Component Browser |
|Copy Page||Sites Console: select page then click Copy in Command Menu |
|Create Child Page||Sites Console: click Create in upper right|
|Delete Page||Sites Console: select page then click Delete in Command Menu |
|Move Page ||Sites Console: select page then click Move in Command Menu|
|Preview Mode||Edit Console: click Preview button in upper right |
|Page Properties||Sites Console: select page then click Properties in Command Menu |
|Edit Console: click Page Information ('equalizer' icon)|
|Reload page||no replacement, instead refresh browser|
|Show References ||Sites Console: toggle Side Panel and see References|
|Versions||Sites Console: toggle Side Panel and see Timeline|
|Websites||now called 'Sites Console'|
|Classic UI||Flex UI|
|Annotations ||not shown until enter Annotation mode|
|Content Finder||Edit Console: toggle Side Panel and see 'Assets Browser'|
|Start Page: see sidebar Tools + General|
|Digital Assets Manager |
aka the "DAM"
|now called Assets Console |
|Reports||Start Page: see sidebar Tools + UB Custom Tools |
|Tag Admin Tool |
|Start Page, see sidebar Tools + General|
|Users / Group Manager |
|Start Page: see sidebar, see Tools + Security|
|Websites Admin Console||now called 'Sites Console'|