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OU Campus Definitions

With the CMS comes a new language for editing your content. Use this list as a reference when creating a site.



.aspx - Content entered by web authors is stored in a database and, when the page is published, that content is combined with the template code to form an .aspx page that helps communicate to a browser how a webpage should be displayed.

Assets - A reusable piece of content (text, form, or image gallery) that can be placed on many pages. This allows content to be created and edited in one place (the Asset Manager) and populated automatically on all subscribing pages. This makes it easy and convenient to update common content such as a department phone number, an image, or simplify form creation.


Dashboard - The dashboard is where a Web Author can access author-specific information through dashboard gadgets.

Dashboard Gadgets - Have site-wide functionality, such as site analytics or activity gadgets. Others provide shortcuts to content such as: My Checked-out Content, Activity, Workflow, Inbox and Site Analytics.


Folders - A folder creates an empty directory meant to organize and contain binary files, such as PDFs and images.


Gadgets - A gadget is a little program that provides additional functionality or streamlined access to functionality within OU Campus. Some gadgets are only located on the Dashboard or on the Gadgets sidebar, while others are available in both locations


Include file(s) - Include files are similar to assets in that they are considered global and editing the include file updates all the pages that are using it. The main difference is that include files are hard coded into particular locations within the Sections.


Master Section - The main section for all top level sites. Almost every site will only have one Master Section along with several Sub Sections. When a Master Section is created it will automatically create a documents folder, images folder, and widgets folder. It will also create an index.pcf file and the three include files named _props.pcf, _sidenav.pcf, and _topnav.pcf.

Multiedit - Function within page types that allow web authors to edit content within a form based editing environment. Negating the need for any knowledge of HTML or page layout.


OmniDev - Location in OU Campus where UNC web pages are initially built and tested before going live.

OU Campus - Acronym for Omni Update the content management system used by the University of Northern Colorado

OU Campus rolesUsers have different levels of access to functions within the system based on their user roles:

  • Administrator – Level 10: Web Communications Team
  • Assistant Administrator  – Level 9: Web Communications Team
  • Level 8: Most Campus Web Authors
  • Level 5-7 (ex. Student worker, faculty, dean)
  • Level 1-4 (ex. Student worker, faculty, dean)
  • Level  0 (ex. Dean, supervisor, director)



Page Parameters - The Parameters screen allows you to edit basic metadata information and template-specific parameters for the checked-out page. While the available fields are dependent upon the template design and implementation for an institution, the metadata fields frequently include title, description, keywords. Typical configuration options in this panel control page layout and structure, as well as give you the ability to enable optional editable regions or choose an image for the banner or image slider.

Page Properties - Properties is where metadata and custom settings for page types are stored. Users with access to properties can edit Page Parameters, create Reminders, view the Log and more.

Production - The production server is updated via the staging server. Published pages are transformed with the XSLT engine and the specific XSLs from an implementation and the resultant HTML and/or other page products (such as automatically-generated PDFs) are put on the production server.

Once content is published to the production server the content becomes viewable to the public-facing web site.

Profile List Page: A formatted list of all faculty, staff and team members that is automatically formated using the Profile list snippet.

Profile Page: A biography page for an individual faculty, staff or team member.

_Props.pcf - An include file in all sections that controls the Master Section or Subsection's Title and sidebar widgets (optional) via the Subsection Parameters.

Publish Control File (.pcf)File extension used in OU Campus. The publish control file (PCF) is an XML data file which contains specific instructions concerning the manner in which OU Campus processes XML data upon publishing. The PCF has the .pcf extension and the listing of PCF files are visible to content contributors from the Content > Pages view.


_sidenav.inc - An include file that allows a you to manually build level three site navigation . The _sidenav.pcf file is automatically created with every new Subsection but must be manually edited and maintained once your site has been built.

Snippets - A type of editable content that can be placed into any editable region inside editable content, and when inserted, the snippet code becomes part of the page's HTML.

Staging - The staging server is not public-facing, while the production server is. The staging server can be used to preview content prior to publishing it to a public-facing web site.

 The staging server is used to store and serve web pages in the editing, workflow, and approval process prior to publishing on the target production server. Remember, when making updates to content within OU Campus and clicking the Save button, the file is only saved on the staging server. The updated content is not viewable on the web until the page is published.

Subsection - Sub sections are contained within Master Sections and help break out content into logical and organized sections.


TopNav (_topnav.inc) - An include file that allows a you to manually build site navigation. The _topnav.pcf file is automatically created with every new Master Section. But must be manually edited and maintained once your site has been built.


Versioning - The ability of a web CMS to store different versions of a website at given times and roll back the pages to be displayed to a previous version. A unique version of a page is saved through the automatic version control system every time a page is published.


Widget - Small application with limited functionality that can be installed and executed within a web page by an end user. Using a widget, you can add content/features to your sidebars.

WYSIWYG - What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) allows you to view and edit content in context of the webpage.