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  • Content Management

    OU Campus Support Site: What Does It Do and Why Is It Here?

    You may be familiar with the OU Campus Support Site, or you may be a newbie. Either way, it’s good to get an overview of the basics so you can get the most out of the site, including how to access the site, navigation options, and user-level indicators.

  • Content Management

    Small Shop Blues: Technologies You Should Know

    When you’re in a small shop, you get the privilege of wearing a bunch of hats. If you are in the same situation or think you might be down the line, I’d like to give some advice on what skills to focus on in order to better support OU Campus and your users, as well as resources to get you started.

  • Content Management

    New in OU Campus: Quick Publish Gadget and Updated Workflow

    We get excited around here when new versions of our OU Campus content management system are released. Version 10.3.2, released on October 29, is no exception! The highlights from this update are the new Quick Publish Gadget and an improved user interface for workflow.

  • Usability, Content Management

    Get Found! How to Optimize Your Web Content for Search Engines

    Search engines serve millions of people per day looking for answers to their questions or solutions to their problems. As colleges, we want those people to find the answers and solutions we provide. SEO is a way to optimize web pages so search engines understand them better. Once implemented, SEO keeps the visitors coming and effectively does the promotion for you!

  • Content Management

    Small Shop Blues: Getting Your CMS Users to Help Themselves

    We’ve taken the “do more with less” thing to heart here and our web team consists of me and the other guy. Delegation and content management are some of the more obvious ways OU Campus helps us, but if you really want to maximize your time, getting your OU Campus users to help themselves is probably the place where you can make the most impact.

  • Content Management, Technology & Development

    Snippets: Your New Best Friend

    In OU Campus, a snippet is a pre-built chunk of code that non-technical users can easily add to a web page by clicking a button in the WYSIWYG Editor or dragging it from the Snippets Gadget. Whether you are using snippets to define formatting for a block of content or transforming a complex piece of HTML code, snippets are easily created, maintained, and adapted for any use.

  • Content Management

    Essential Functionalities and Services for Your CMS: Ongoing Support

    “A relationship with your CMS vendor should not end after your implementation. The vendor should offer the highest level of customer service, allowing you to work without downtime and have peace of mind in the company’s ability to quickly come to the rescue when you need assistance. Customer support should also provide 24/7 coaching in the form of reference guides, videos and online courses that are readily available to you and your users.”

  • Content Management

    The Perils and Perks
    of Outside Consultants

    Let's talk consultants. A quality design consultant can be a boon. The time savings alone can be well worth the investment. But a poorly vetted consultant can lead to lost site visitors. Once you've decided a consultant is in your school’s best interests, you should start the process by gathering your people and going through a checklist before you contract with the consultant.

  • Usability, Content Management

    Taming the Beast: Rogue Websites in Higher Ed

    A modern content management system (CMS) is designed to address the web and digital marketing needs of your institution. The problem is that a lot of colleges and universities use older systems that lack in functionality and don't have user buy-in. Because of this, website content is sometimes created outside the scope of the CMS that can weaken your marketing efforts. Empower your users to create web and digital marketing content without going rogue!

  • Content Management

    Learning to Love _resources

    Not so deep under the skin of an OU Campus installation is the _resources folder. It's a vital part of the content management system and contains your templates, scripts, design, and the XSL that transforms your content. It's nothing to be scared of. Just make sure you do your backups and you should be able to tinker away or solve any issues that might arise.

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