Parameters

Overview

Parameters can be used to control preconfigured aspects of a page, such as supplying meta tag content and keywords, as well as any custom settings that have been configured for the template. Page parameters are accessed from the Page Properties view. In order to access Page Properties, the page must be checked out to the current user.

User levels 5 through 10 have the ability to edit the parameters of a page to which they have access. The available metadata and parameters in the Parameters panel depend upon template design. Some of the fields available during page creation also include parameters. The Page Parameters panel includes the Title and Meta Tags area and the Custom Settings area. 

Accessing Page Parameters 

In order to edit the metadata and configuration parameters for a page, Properties must be accessed. 

  1. Navigate to the Pages list view and check out the page.  
  2. Access the page parameters by one of two ways:
    • Hover over Edit in the page row and choose Properties

      Accessing Page Properties from Pages List View
    • Click on the linked path for the page, and then click the Properties button on the Page Actions toolbar.

      Properties Button on Page Actions Toolbar

The included fields in the Parameters panel vary greatly from implementation to implementation, but will always fall under the Title and Meta Tags or Custom Settings headings.

Example Page Parameters Screen

Title and Meta Tags

The first area of Page Parameters contains the Title and Meta Tags heading, which frequently contains the following:

  • Title: Allows users to create a user-friendly name for the page that is used to identify the content in the OU Campus CMS, and is used for the title of the page that appears in a browser.
  • Description: Allows users to provide a brief description of the page.
  • Tags: Tags are used within OU Campus to categorize pages and files so that it is easier to search for and filter them. If allowed, users may create new tags directly on pages. For more information about tags, visit the Tags Access and Tags in Setup pages.
  • Note: because Tags are defined through the properties of each individual page, users are unable to apply tags to multiple pages at a time, save through the Tags Access settings of the directory.
  • Author: Defines the user who created the content.
  • Keywords: User-defined keywords that are used in searches to help find content and for SEO purposes.

Custom Settings

The Custom Settings heading contains any custom settings that have been configured with the template used to create the page. The options under this heading will vary depending on the template used. The available fields may include: 

  • Page Type: The ability for the page to be displayed as a one-, two-, or three-column layout
  • Keywords: Choose from a set of predefined keywords to add into the page metadata using checkboxes.
  • Additional Editable Regions: Optional editable regions that can be enabled or disabled for the page, such as Student Quotes, a Quick Links section, or a secondary content region.
  • Image Slider Region: An editable region that, when clicked, will allow users to add an image gallery asset to the page in the form of an image slider (requires LDP to be activated for the site).
  • Article Image
  • Article Description
  • Article Author
  • Left and Right Column Options

Once edited, changes can be saved by clicking the blue Save button at the bottom of the page. If the page is navigated away from before changes are saved, they will not take effect.

Binary Files

For binary files, the only field available under parameters is Tags. Tags function as they do throughout OU Campus, and are used to mark the files to make them easier to search for.