In Memoriam Archive
In July 2015, the Memoriam Archive was taken out of the news systems and given it's own area within the retirees site. Below is instructions on how to setup a new Memoriam article and troubleshoot existing articles. These instructions assume you have basic knowlege of OU Campus and how to navigate it.
You must have access to the retirees section of the website in order to add a Memoriam article, if you do not have access, contact the web team.
Creating New Article | Updating Existing Article | Tags List
Walkthrough of creating a new article
Step 1) Log into OU Campus and navigate to the /retirees/memoriam/ folder.
Step 2) Navigate to the folder that you wish to enter your article. Each folder is broken up into a single year, most likely you will be entering in the current year but if you are entering archive items, you my go a previous year folder.
Step 3) Once inside the folder, click the green NEW button near the upper left corner and select the Memoriam Page template.
Step 4) Fill in the required fields for the template.
- First Name - First name of the person (include middle name if available)
- Last Name - Last Name of the person (must start with the last name, but can have anything afterwords)
- Page Title - this can be the first and last name
- Keywords - this is used by search engines.
- Description - This is the short description that will display on the list of all memoriam articles.
- Story Text - the article
- Category / Tags - Select the Memoriam tag from the checkboxes.
- Additional Tags - Enter in other tags with a comma delimiting them that are not in the checkbox list
a bove. Note that if you have selected a tag above, then this must start with a comma.
- This should include their department in lower case, or staff.
- No spaces between the tags
- Filename - Common practice is to have the filename similiar to this: MMDD-jane-doe.pcf it should start with month, then day and then the persons name. Dashes are to replace any spaces and leave out any special characters like apostrophe or commas. Example: 0709-mike-oflannigan.pcf or 1213-bruce-wayne.pcf (Note that the .pcf must be at the end of the filename.
- Access Group - just leave the default.
- Press the blue Create button when finished.
Step 5) If you didn't add the text in the Story Text from the previous step, you can do this now by click on the green Edit button. Add the text and images that you wish to have and press save when you are finished.
Step 6) Publish the page - click on the green Publish button near the top of the page. A pop up will ask you to enter a Version description. You can enter in something like "First Publish". Click the Green publish button again and OU will publish the page.
Congratulations, the memoriam article has been posted.
Tips for updating an existing Memoriam article
When editing a an existing Memoriam article, the biggest thing to remember is that the article / page and the RSS Feed are two seperate areas that need updating on their own. So make a change to one, you may need to make a change to the other.
The reason that their is an RSS feed is because we are using this like a database to be able to sort and filter through when displaying the memoriam articles on the main memoriam page. Then when the user clicks on an article, it is reading the article / page.
Updating the article/page is just like updating any other page within OU Campus, navigate to the page, check out the page and click edit. Then you can add / edit / remove any text or images that you wish. Be sure to save and publish it when you are finished. This information is covered in teh OU Campus Training Class but if you need help with this, please contact the web team.
Updating the RSS feed is slightly different and something that is not covered in OU Campus Training Class.
Step 1) Log into OU and navigated to the file that you wish to update.
Step 2) Check out the file and hover over the Edit button and click RSS.
Step 3) Click on the Name
Step 4) Edit each of the properties
- Title - This is added to the RSS Feed but is not really used (it's more behind the scenes).
- Description - This is the short description that gets added to the main Memoriam page.
- Link - You shouldn't need to touch this.
- Author - You shouldn't need to touch this (more behind the scenes).
- Publish Date - You shouldn't need to touch this (more behind the scenes).
- Publish Time - You shouldn't need to touch this (more behind the scenes).
- Media Content - this is not being used.
- Extra XML - This is the most important part. Here you will need to edit a little bit of code.
There should be 4 different html nodes within this area. <ouc:category> <ouc:tags>
<ouc:first_name> and <ouc:last_name>. You'll need to edit the content that is within
the opening and closing node. All four of these should have an opening node <ouc:category>
and a closing node </ouc:category>. Then there is content in the middle, just edit
<ouc:category> - A comma seperated list of categories.
<ouc:tags> - A comma seperated list of tags.
<ouc:first_name> - First name for the article (may include middle name)
<ouc:last_name> - Last name for the article.
- When finished, click the blue Save button.
Step 5) Once you have saved it, you'll need to rebuild the RSS by clicking on the grey Rebuild Feed button near the upper left. It will ask you if you are sure, click the blue Publish feed button.
Congratulations, you have updated the RSS feed.
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