Features

Our focus on higher education allows us to develop web content management system (CMS) functionalities prized by college and university web professionals. Users, administrators, and developers all benefit from the powerful, yet intuitive features native to our OU Campus CMS.

Powerful Administration

Auditing and Accountability (Reporting)

Administrators can generate custom reports instantly on user activity, pages in process, pages scheduled to publish and expire, stale pages, recently edited pages, recently published pages, content and asset usage, social media messaging, and more.


File Size Upload Limits

Administrators can set site-wide size limits for uploads of new files into the CMS. File size limits can be set separately for text-based files, image files, and all other binary files (e.g., Word, PDF, ZIP, audio, video).


Global Find and Replace

Administrators can use literal text or regular expression searches to locate, preview, and replace plain text, HTML, CSS, XML, and other underlying code across an entire site or selected directories. The process runs remarkably fast, making changes to thousands of files per second.


Granular Access Controls

Set permissions in OU Campus at the site, directory, file, and page element level. Authorized access to areas of a page or to a directory can be restricted to select groups of users.


Groups-Based Access Assignment

Assign OU Campus users to one or more groups (a user is also a “group” with one member). A group is used as the basis for assigning access to any level of the CMS.


Multi-Site Management

OU Campus is built to support and manage unlimited sites and subsites (even sites hosted on different web servers). Administrators can independently control access, user, and group management for each site, as well as share templates, content, and other resources across multiple sites.

OU Campus™ for Mobile

Get on-the-go access to OU Campus workflow, messaging, reports, and user management. Mobile users can approve content for publishing, decline or reassign content, check their inbox and reply to messages, see what content is checked out, pending approval, recently published, and so much more.


Regular Expressions

Regular expressions, also known as regex, are a powerful tool for searching and replacing text, as well as enforcing file-naming restrictions. Administrators can enforce acceptable filenames of pages and uploaded files in OU Campus. In addition, administrators can create custom regular expressions for text validation in LDP Forms.


Role-Based Permission System

With 11 customizable user levels, administrators have fine control over the features and functions a user can access. These levels are grouped around user roles (e.g., contributors, editors, designers, approvers), making it easy for administrators to choose the appropriate role for each user.

 

Streamlined Content


Customizable Template Groups

Administrators have an intuitive point-and-click interface to define which templates are available in a given section of the site, guaranteeing a consistent look and feel to published pages.


Dependency Manager

Hyperlinks to pages managed within OU Campus are always up to date. If a user decides to rename a page or move it to a new location, the Dependency Manager will automatically update the URL found in the associated pages and update those pages on the live server. If a page is deleted and causes broken hyperlinks, the user is notified to take action on those pages.


Document Comparison

Users can compare a page’s changes with any previous version of that page. View changes, deletions, and additions in a visual format similar to those found in major word processors, including the page's source code.


Fixed Footer

The fixed footer bar persistently displays options for list views, long forms, or configuration screens. The footer provides users quick access to pagination, Save and Cancel options, and more. 


Media Integration and Video Transcoding

The WYSIWYG Editor provides users the ability to add media files to a web page with the necessary tagging and player automatically applied. In addition, users can easily drag and drop YouTube videos onto a web page via the YouTube Gadget.


Multi-Browser Preview

Before publishing a page, users have the ability to preview the page in the latest browsers available. Select and view full-resolution screenshots of a web page from a multitude of combinations, including desktop browsers and mobile devices.


Multi-Output Preview

Contributors can preview pages rendered with different file type formats, including HTML, PDF, RTF, CSV, XML, and mobile, as well as any UTF-8 compatible foreign language formats (including two-byte languages such as Chinese and Japanese). If an XSL template is designed to output multiple files, Multi-Output Preview provides the ability to view the outputs together before publishing.


Page Check-In/Check-Out

Users don’t have to worry about others overriding their work because pages are automatically checked out when edits are made. And when a page is sent for approval, it’s automatically checked out to the approver.


Page Parameters

Users can manage nearly any page characteristic – edit hidden content with ease, such as meta keywords, description, and author; change a page template or choose a different skin for a content region; select a page header from a list of available possibilities without having to worry about user error or editing code; and much more.


Recycle Bin

Removing files from the OU Campus staging server are sent to the Recycle Bin rather than being permanently deleted. The files are removed from the CMS directory, along with all past versions of the files, and can be recovered and restored later as needed.


Version Control

Keeps as many versions of each page published as needed. Authorized users can easily back up or roll back to any previous version of a page.


Zip Import

Users can easily upload multiple zip files containing any file type allowed by the administrator, including text-based and binary assets. After uploading a zip file, but prior to its extraction, users are presented with an option to rename or exclude specific files and folders.

 

User-Friendly Editing


Auto Draft

Every minute, the OU Campus WYSIWYG Editor automatically saves a draft of the page being edited onto the local workstation. If the browser unexpectedly quits or the user inadvertently closes the browser before saving the page, the content can be easily recovered later.


Custom WYSIWYG Toolbars

Administrators can create any number of custom WYSIWYG toolbars by adding or removing individual toolbar elements. This provides complete control over what and how content is edited or styled in the WYSIWYG Editor. A comprehensive set of functions is provided, including text formatting, spell checking, media insert, customizable CSS drop-down menu, table and form editing, and many more.


DirectEdit™ Links

Add a link, image, or date stamp anywhere on a published page for one-click access to quickly edit that specific page.


Drag and Drop

Drag and drop functionality allows users to edit and create content more efficiently by streamlining the movement and copying of files. Quickly upload files from the desktop into the directory of choice within OU Campus; move or copy files with a quick drag and drop; reorder form elements in LDP Forms; add and reorder images in LDP Image Galleries; and customize the look of your dashboard and Gadgets sidebar with a quick rearrangement of your selected gadgets.


Forms

LDP Forms lets users quickly build form elements such as text, radio buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus, and date/time pickers for use on any web page. If form elements need to be reordered, users simply drag and drop them into their proper position. Users can define which form elements are required and easily select from pre-supplied or custom validation rules.


Image Galleries

Live Delivery Platform’s Image Galleries feature allows users to easily create and manage image galleries in OU Campus. Users can upload images into the gallery; provide a title, caption, and description information; and drag and drop images to modify the order. OU Campus will automatically generate thumbnails based on user-defined settings.


Image Upload and Editing

Upload and edit multiple images for quick use on a web page. Authorized users can easily insert images on a page from within the WYSIWYG Editor by browsing a gallery of image thumbnails or standard filename list. With the Image Editor, users can resize, crop, rotate, rename, and save a selected image in one of many administrator-approved file formats.


JustEdit In-Context Editing

Users can edit sections of a page in context within the fully rendered web page, allowing for quick editing and a live preview of most content types. Users simply click to activate the region they want to edit and then type directly on the web page. Regions of a page that can be edited using JustEdit include content within the page body or related content from separately included files.


MultiEdit™

OU Campus allows for form-controlled editing for XML and other structured content. Administrators can create a forms-based template that presents users with an easy-to-follow guide for adding content to a structured layout. Templates can include both forms-based MultiEdit and WYSIWYG content editing.


Quick Search

Users can quickly search for page content, filenames, page titles, and other metadata. Searches can be constrained by scope, accessibility, and Boolean operators. Administrators can control which pages are indexed, allowing only the desired content to be searchable.


Save-in-Place

Working in the WYSIWYG Editor, users can quickly save content without exiting the editor. The function saves any changes made in the editor to the staging server, which allows the user to continue working.


Source Code Editing

OU Campus provides authorized users context-sensitive source code editing with auto-closing tags for HTML and XML, save-in-place functionality, word wrap, and more. The Source Editor also supports color-coding for HTML, CSS, XML, PHP, ASP, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and several other languages.

 

Reusable Content


Assets

Assets allow for the creation and use of reusable content such as text, images, media, code blocks, managed forms, image galleries, polls, and more. Assets can even be copied for quick creation of new content. The creation and management of assets is integrated into the permission system and administrators can restrict the editing of assets through group access.


Auxiliary Sites

In the WYSIWYG Editor, users can select images and media from, or make links to, files that reside on a centralized content repository. Administrators can also set up any number of additional server sources at the account and site level.


Snippets

Administrators and developers can create pre-formatted HTML content (e.g., tables, forms, image with caption) that users can easily select via the WYSIWYG Editor, insert on a page, and edit as needed.

Tag Management

Users can tag content within the CMS, enhancing the content search and repurposing capabilities of OU Campus. Tags can be applied to files (pages, images, documents, and other binaries), folders, assets, and RSS items. Administrators have a simple interface to manage and determine the availability of tags applied to content. Administrators can automatically apply tags to all content within a folder or limit the selection of tags on a per-folder basis. Tags are account-wide and available for all sites. 

 

Quality Control


Accessibility Check

As part of the Page Check feature, users can validate web pages for Section 508, WCAG, Stanca Act, or BITV and ensure accessible pages to all site visitors.


Custom Dictionaries

Store correct spellings, abbreviations, names, labels, and vocabulary for your Accounts and Sites. With five supported languages, Custom Dictionaries act as a knowledge base for the agreed upon terminology for your institution and work hand in hand with Spell Check. You can quickly add words right in the midst of editing, so none of your unique dictionary terms give you spelling errors.


Final Check

Before a page is published, administrators have the ability to enforce spell checking, link checking, W3C validation checking, and/or accessibility checking. Administrators also have the option to prevent users from publishing a page or scheduling it to publish until errors are corrected.


Page Check

Check any page managed by OU Campus for broken links and spelling, as well as W3C and accessibility compliance any time during the review process.


Site Check

Authorized administrators can easily check all website links, both internal and external to the site. Administrators can choose to check links for all site pages or only selected pages; they also have the option to follow link redirects and set timeout rules to ensure that links are in an optimal state. Additionally, administrators can view reports of broken links by page or by link.


Spell Check

Users can check spelling in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese with the built-in spell checker. Authorized users can also add words to a custom dictionary to supplement the default dictionary used in the WYSIWYG Editor.

 

Convenient Publishing


Multi-Channel Output

Using multiple XSL designs, publish a single piece of content into multiple output types (e.g., HTML, PDF, CSV, mobile).


Multi-Target Publish

Multi-Target Publish allows users to publish to different servers and extends many of the page features used in the OU Campus staging server to auxiliary servers, including the ability to upload, compare, and preview pages.


New Page Wizards

Simply fill out a form to create different page types, multi-pages, and RSS feeds, as well as carry out complex site structure building, navigation, and deployment.


Page Expiration

Users can set pages to expire and be removed from the website, with options for page replacement or redirection also provided.


Publish Now

Users can instantly publish pages, directories, or entire sites with the direct publish model. OU Campus does not rely on publishing queues and deployment tables, which can drastically slow down the publishing process.


Scheduled Publish

OU Campus provides scheduling tools directly within the publishing workflow for pages, directories, and even assets. Email notifications can be sent when a scheduled page is published.


Stale Page Notification

Set any page to notify a user when it hasn’t been updated for a certain period of time.

 

Extensibility


APIs

Developers can harness the power of the CMS to remotely modify users, groups, and other record data, including creating new sites and subsites. In addition, developers can access APIs to create powerful Gadgets for your users.


Add-Ons

Integrate any homegrown or third-party web app into OU Campus through the Add-Ons menu.


Gadgets

Gadgets make the smallest tasks easy and quick to complete. By functioning as mini-applications, users can quickly insert images, YouTube videos, or snippets onto a web page; access page and dependency tag information; create shortened URL links, and more.


Live Delivery Platform™

Customers have the option to install the OU Campus Live Delivery Platform (LDP) and enable a rich set of Web 2.0 applications to extend the dynamic interactive capabilities of their website, including support for image galleries and comments; the optional server-side module provides forms, polls, surveys, and more.


OU Marketplace™

Your one-stop shop for the latest and greatest OU Campus modules and gadgets. Accessible via the Add-Ons menu, the marketplace categorizes modules and gadgets by most popular and recently added. Users can see what's already installed, plus they can "like" modules and gadgets not yet installed, alerting their administrators that the tools are desired. The OU Marketplace makes it easier to administer the CMS and get the toolsets your users need.


WebDAV Integration

Access and modify content on the OU Campus staging server with third-party applications such as Dreamweaver®, oXygen® XML editor, Cyberduck, Transmit, Coda 2, and more.

 

Effortless Syndication


Media RSS

Users can attach and share audio, video, and image files (e.g., podcasts, videocasts) to RSS feeds. The interface makes it easy to enter media files, links, titles, descriptions, image thumbnails, and keywords.


OU Social™

Automate the publishing of content to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Updates can occur on an immediate or scheduled basis and publish to different channels simultaneously. This includes Tweets, Facebook wall posts, and synchronization of entire Facebook pages with OU Campus-managed web pages. Administrators can also view a report of all social media posts published from OU Campus.


RSS Management and Automation

Automatically generate RSS items when a page is created or updated, and add items to an RSS feed when the page is published. OU Campus supports easy creation and management of any number of RSS feeds.


Syndication Groups

Easily combine RSS feeds into aggregate groups in OU Campus for syndication on a website or newsreader subscription. Users can also add individual feeds to multiple feed groups that can be automatically updated.


What’s New Live™

OU Campus allows for dynamic display of RSS content on a web page with What’s New Live. Unique scripts for any major platform (e.g., PHP, ASP, CFM, JSP) are provided in a page template to present RSS feed data in any format required.