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Initial Site Setup

As an administrator, one of your first tasks is setting up your site so content editors can start creating pages. This page details common administrative functions to consider and configure before your content editors log in to your site.

You must be a level 10 administrator to view the Setup menu.

Page ChecksLink to this section

When you click the Publish button for a page, a list of possible page checks appears in the "Publish" box. As an administrator, you can configure which checks appear and which do not.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Account.
  2. In the Account menu, click Publish Settings. 
    Publish Settings
  3. In the "Page Check Options" field, select the checkbox(es) next to the page checks you'd like shown in the "Publish" box.
    • If you selected "Accessibility Check," choose the appropriate guideline from the "Accessibility Guideline" dropdown. Select the types of problems you'd like reported from the "Accessibility Options" field.
  4. Click Save.

Single Sign-On (SSO)Link to this section

If your school uses Central Authentication Service (CAS) or Shibboleth as an SSO solution, configure OU Campus to use your platform's log in/log out processes. If your school uses Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), configure LDAP to your individual user profiles.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Account.
  2. In the Account menu, click Login Page.
  3. In the "CAS or Shibboleth URL" field, add your school's SSO login URL.
  4. In the "Logout URL" field, add your school's SSO logout URL.
  5. Click Save.

Auxiliary SitesLink to this section

If your school has separate media servers, you can grant account-wide or site-wide access to these auxiliary sites. This allows you to reference images or other content on that separate server.

Account-Wide

  1. Navigate to Setup > Account.
  2. In the Account menu, click Auxiliary Sites.
  3. Click +Add.
  4. Add the appropriate server information to the "New Auxiliary Site" box.
  5. Click Save.

Site-Wide

  1. Navigate to Setup > Sites.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
    Site Edit More Actions Menu
  3. Click Edit > Site.
  4. Click Auxiliary Sites.
  5. Click +Add.
  6. Add the appropriate server information to the "New Auxiliary Site" box.
  7. Click Save.

Content located in auxiliary sites isn't handled by OU Campus' dependency manager. Any changes to content names or locations within the auxiliary site need to be updated manually on OU Campus pages.

Add-OnsLink to this section

Add-Ons are global bookmarks within OU Campus. You can configure add-ons that are visible to either your entire user base or only to administrators.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Account.
  2. In the Account menu, click Add-Ons.
  3. Click +Add.
  4. In the "New Add-On" box, enter the "Name" and a fully qualified "URL."
  5. Select "Admin Access Only" and "Open in New Window" as appropriate.
  6. Click Save.

Final CheckLink to this section

When page checks are configured for your account, they do not run by default. Enable and configure final check to force specific checks to run and to dictate whether your content editors can click the Publish button if checks fail.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Sites.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Site.
    Edit Site Menu
  4. In the Site menu, click Publish Settings.
    Site Publish Settings
  5. Select the "Final Check" checkbox.
  6. In the "Field Check Options" field, select the checkbox(es) next to the page checks you'd like to automatically run.
  7. In the "Enable Publish Button" field, select "Only When Conditions are Met" if you'd like to restrict the Publish button from being available if checks fail.
    • If you selected "Only When Conditions are Met," select the checkbox(es) next to the page checks required to pass before displaying the Publish button.
  8. Click Save.

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) EditorLink to this section

As an administrator, you can restrict the abilities of your content editors to edit images.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Sites.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Site.
  4. Click WYSIWYG Editor.
  5. If you'd like to enable decorative images, choose "Admin Only" or "All Users" as appropriate in the "Decorative Images" dropdown.
  6. If you'd like to prevent image resizing, select the checkbox in the "Disable Image Resizing" field.
  7. If you'd like to restrict image alignment, select the checkbox in the "Disable Image Alignment Menu" field.

Three settings to consider and configure during your initial site setup, as follows:

  • Decorative images do not require the "Description" field when inserted into a page. Images without a description won't have alt text, which is used for accessibility purposes.
  • Image resizing is the ability to change the size of an image on a page.
  • Image alignment is the ability to change the alignment of an image in relation to text on a page (e.g., float left or float right).

File Naming ConventionsLink to this section

As an administrator, you can restrict content editors to provide validated file names using a regular expression (regex). 

  1. Navigate to Setup > Sites.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Site.
  4. Click File Naming or Binary File Naming as needed.
  5. In the "(Binary) FileNameRegex" field, enter a regex that defines your file name pattern.
    • If the regular expression you entered describes characters you'd like to disallow, select the checkbox in the "(Binary) Filename Must NOT Match Regex" field.
  6. In the "(Binary) Regex Description" field, enter a plain language description of what is or is not allowed.
  7. Click Save.

Text entered into the "(Binary) Regex Description" field is used as the failure message in the event a user enters a file name that conflicts with the file naming convention.

Publish TargetsLink to this section

Publish targets are server locations where OU Campus content can be published. These are in addition to your primary production server.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Sites.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Site.
  4. Click Auxiliary Sites.
  5. In the "Publish Targets" field, click +Add.
    Auxiliary Sites panel
  6. Add the appropriate server information to the "New Publish Target" box.
  7. Click Save.

Custom ToolbarsLink to this section

The toolbars present when editing pages are customizable and you can configure them for individual users or for individual pieces of content.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Toolbars.
  2. Click +New.
  3. In the "Toolbar Name" field, enter a public name for this custom toolbar.
    Custom Toolbar Settings panel
  4. In the "Buttons" field, select the checkboxes associated with the tools to include in this custom toolbar. Deselect the tools you'd like to remove.
  5. In the "Options" field, in the "Paste" field, choose the radio button for the appropriate paste option.
  6. Click Create.

To assign a custom toolbar to a user

  1. Navigate to Setup > Users.
  2. Click on the name of an existing user to open his/her user profile.
  3. In the "Restrictions" field, from the "Toolbar" dropdown, select the appropriate custom toolbar.
  4. Click Save.

To assign a custom toolbar to a page or file

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages and find the page or file you'd like to associate with a custom toolbar.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Access.
  4. In the "Access Settings" box, from the "Toolbar" dropdown, select the appropriate custom toolbar.
  5. Click Save.

Template GroupsLink to this section

There may be sections within your OU Campus site where only certain types of pages should appear (e.g., only News Articles should appear in the News section). Template groups allow you to create a subgroup of your available templates so only specified options are available in different sections of your site.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Templates.
  2. Click Template Groups.
  3. Click +New.
    New Template Group panel
  4. In the "Name" field, enter a name for this template group.
  5. Select the checkboxes associated with templates you'd like included in this template group.
  6. Click Create.

To assign a template group to a section

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages and find the section you'd like to associate with a template group.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Access.
    Folder Edit Access Menu
  4. In the Access Settings box, from the "Template Group" dropdown, select the appropriate template group.
  5. Click Save.

Custom DictionaryLink to this section

OU Campus has a standard built-in dictionary, but many schools have unique acronyms, abbreviations, and language. You can configure your custom dictionary to accept these words and avoid the spell check flagging them as misspelled.

  1. Navigate to Setup > Custom Dictionary.
  2. Click Account Dictionary.
  3. From the language listing, select the appropriate language.
  4. Click +Add.
  5. Enter your school's unique words. Press Enter or use a comma between words when entering multiple words.
  6. Click Save.

Third Party ServicesLink to this section

OU Campus can be configured to work with:

  • Google Analytics to display analytics data in the Page and Site Analytics gadgets.
  • Facebook to post to a Facebook page when pages are published.
  • Twitter to post to a Twitter account when pages are published.
  • YouTube to link your school's YouTube channel with the YouTube gadget.
  1. Navigate to Setup > Google Analytics, or > Facebook, or > Twitter, or > YouTube.
  2. Click +New.
  3. In the pop up window, enter your third party service login credentials.
  4. Click Allow on any applicable authorization windows.
  5. In the "Available To" field, specify the group who should have access to this third party service.
  6. Click Save.

Extension AllowancesLink to this section

As an administrator, you can specify which file extensions are or are not allowed in specific sections of your site. This allows you to control the organization of your site content (e.g., only allowing images to be uploaded into specific image folders).

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages and find the section you'd like to associate with an extension allowance.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Access.
  4. In the "Extensions" field, enter the file extensions you'd like to allow or disallow. Add a comma between extensions when entering multiple extensions.
  5. Choose the appropriate radio button to either "Allow Only These Extensions" or "Disallow These Extensions"
  6. Click Save.

Directory VariablesLink to this section

Depending upon your school's web site design and OU Campus implementation details, you may be able to set directory variables. Directory variables allow you to control the actions or display of web pages in specific sections.

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages and find the section you'd like to associate with a directory variable.
  2. Click More Actions More Actions Menu.
  3. Click Edit > Access.
  4. In the "Directory Variables" field, click +Add.
    Directory Variables
  5. In the "Create New Variable" field, choose an option from the dropdown menu or enter the name of the directory variable.
  6. In the "Value" field, enter the appropriate input.
  7. Click Save.

You can find details about any directory variables associated with your school's implementation in your developer notes.