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Page Properties Configuration Overview

Properties Tags

OmniUpdate offers a special set of tags (aptly named the "Properties" tags) for controlling the use of page properties such as the title and meta data. Using these Properties tags in existing pages and new page templates is a simple, yet powerful way to control user access within meta tags and other page properties. By utilizing one or more sets of Properties tags, users gain the ability to modify the content for some meta tags, while at the same time prevent them from editing others.

Here is what the Properties tags looks like:
<!-- com.omniupdate.properties -->
<!-- /com.omniupdate.properties -->

 

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How They Work

First, keep in mind that OmniUpdate requires the use of <html><head></head></html> tags to find the title and meta tags by default. If any of these four tags are missing, OmniUpdate will not find them and you will need to use the properties tags. Well-formed meta tags that are between the <head> and </head> tags on any page will automatically show up to Level 5 and higher users when they access the ”Page Properties” button. In this case there's generally no need to use the Properties tags. However, sometimes pages contain meta tags that don't conform to HTML standards. These meta tags won't be editable without the implementation of the Properties tags. By simply surrounding your meta tags with the Properties tags, you can tell OmniUpdate that these should be editable by your users.

Example:
<!-- com.omniupdate.properties -->
<meta name="keywords" content="Gallena University, college, university" />
<meta name="description" content="Gallena University athletics department." />
<!-- /com.omniupdate.properties -->

Next, understand that there are times you may not want anyone to edit the contents of one or more of the page meta tags. For example, you might want certain meta tags to remain "hard-coded" or "untouchable" (e.g., you might want all top level pages to contain the same keywords to optimize your institution's SEO visibility). In these cases, you will want to tag around the meta tags you don't want users to edit. This is really easy! Simply use the Properties tags to surround the meta tags you do want users to be able to edit, and skip those you want to render non-editable. Note that you may use as many meta tags as you'd like on any given page.

Example:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<meta name="keywords" content=" Gallena University, college, university" />
<!-- com.omniupdate.properties -->
<meta name="description" content=" Gallena University athletics department." />
<!-- /com.omniupdate.properties -->

In this example, only the meta tag "description" will be editable. Finally, there may be times when you don't really want any of your users to ever edit the contents of either the page title of any of the meta tagged content. For this case, you'll want to use an empty set of Properties tags.

Example:
<!-- com.omniupdate.properties --> <!-- /com.omniupdate.properties -->

 

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Summary

Keep in mind that editing the actual content of page properties by your users can be done it one of three ways. The first way, for level 9 and 10 users, is by editing the source code directly. This is how they are created in the first place so they may be edited here. The second way, for Level-5 users and above, is by visiting the “Page Editor” tab (“Content” tab in Version 8.0) and clicking the Properties button for a page that is checked out,. The third way users can edit the content of page properties, for Level-5 users and above) is immediately after saving changes to a page (just before publishing or sending for approval). After saving the page, users are presented with a preview of the page and the page actions toolbar which conveniently includes the Properties button.

 

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