Recent CM Software Updates
By Eric Howe on Jan 20 2009, last modified on Feb 04 2012.
We made a couple updates to the software recently.
We started automatically archiving uViews a few weeks ago. We're doing this to clear out old news that people aren't talking about anymore. Any uView that hasn't been commented on for 30 days will be automatically archived; the uView's…
We made a couple updates to the software recently.
We started automatically archiving uViews a few weeks ago. We're doing this to clear out old news that people aren't talking about anymore. Any uView that hasn't been commented on for 30 days will be automatically archived; the uView's author will be emailed a notice about the pending automatic archiving seven 7 days before it happens. There are three ways to avoid auto-archiving:
What Is Archiving?
This seems like a good place to clarify archiving. Archiving a uView does three things:
Archived uViews can still be accessed through search.
We're trying to make things easier to use so we've revamped the uView creation process. You start building a uView in the usual way: hit the Build a uView button in the CMS. Then we'll take you through the process one step at a time.
Every page in the process three buttons at the bottom. The Back « button saves your changes and takes you to the previous step; the Next » button saves your changes and takes you to the next step; the Cancel button cancels the process. Hitting the Cancel button will bring up a little dialog to make sure you meant to cancel:
From here you can hit Yes to cancel the process or No if you've changed your mind. You can also delete the uView you've been working on or leave it as a draft if you want to finish it later.
Throughout the process you will see a diagram of the steps in the right sidebar. The current step will be highlighted, hovering over a step with your mouse will show you some notes on that step.
Once you have some content (i.e. when you get to step two) an infobox will appear below the diagram and the steps in the diagram will become links. The infobox shows various bits of information about your uView. If you want to jump to another step in the process (instead of going through one step at a time), then you can click on the links in the Where am I? diagram; we have reasonably defaults for everything along the way so you can skip any steps that you don't care about.
Step 1: Edit Content
You start things off by writing your content. Make up a title for your uView, write the content, and add pictures and videos as needed. This is pretty much the same as the old way of doing things.
When you think you're done writing, just hit Next » to go to the next step.
Step 2: Preview
You will be taken to a simple preview of your content once you have written it. We have a preview to help you know what your content will look like after publishing. Please check the layout, spelling, grammar, etc. Firefox and Safari (at least on Macs) have spell checkers built in and there are tools you can add to IE that offer similar functionality (I don't use IE so I can't say much about these tools).
If you want to make some changes then hit the « Back button at the bottom of the page and fix things up.
If you're having trouble with the formatting then you can get help from the site's editors by hitting the Submit to Editors button.
Step 3: Edit Summary
Every uView has a summary; the summary is meant to be a short overview or description of what the uView is about. We show the summary in section listings and search results to keep things compact and easy to scan. We extract the first paragraph or so to build a default summary. Just hit next if the default summary works for you; or, you can write your own summary.
Step 4: Extra Keywords
You can add extra keywords to your uView if desired. You don't have to add any but they might help people that are searching for things; also, some sections include uViews based on keywords.
Step 5: Sections
Next you can choose some sections for your uView. Site hosts can change the sections your uView appears in.
If you don't choose any sections then your uView will show up on the site's homepage only.
Step 6: Feature Image
The feature image is used in two places: featured uView slide shows (if the site uses them) and beside the summary in section listings.
If you don't choose a feature image then we'll use a default one as needed.
Step 7: Publish When?
You can publish your uView immediately or at some point in the future. If you don't make a choice then your uView will be published immediately after the final step.
Step 8: Publish Where?
You can publish your uView on the current site only or you can make it available to other CM sites. You can change your mind later if you choose Only this site.
Step 9: Confirm
The last step is just a confirmation that you really want to publish your uView with the current settings. The where and when settings are listed, other settings are displayed in the infobox in the right sidebar.
The usual Next » button is called Publish » here. Pressing this button will publish your uView.
And finally, a confirmation that you have, in fact, finished. There are a couple links here for viewing your uView as everyone else will and subscribing to new comments.