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Properties

Screenshot showing the Omni CMS properties section.
The homepage properties is where you want to navigate to set up the look and feel of your homepage. The properties tab on your homepage includes the parameters section. The parameters of your homepage allows you to decide what content you would like displayed on your homepage. 

The parameters of the page can also be accessed when you click edit and clicking on parameters from the navigation on the left. 

TIP: Think of the parameters section as a setup area for content features. Once you have your page set up to look how you would like, you would edit the content displayed in those areas by navigating to the MultiEdit or visiting the widget you selected to be displayed. 

Parameters

Metadata

For any page you create, you will need to update the Title and Description in the Properties section of each page.

Screenshot of the Properties section of a CMS text page


Update Page Properties

  1. Check out the page you're working on by clicking the lightbulb icon.
  2. Click Properties.
    1. It will automatically take you to the Parameters tab.
  3. From there, update the Title based on the guidelines below.
  4. Update the Description by adding a short sentence about what the page is about.
  5. Include keywords and/or tags (if applicable).
  6. Click Save.
  7. Publish.

Learn more about creating great metadata.

Page Title

A page title, also known as a title tag, is the word or phrase that appears in the tab in an Internet browser, at the top of an Internet browser window, and on an Internet search result page. Creating the correct page title descriptions can help boost your site's web pages on Google's Search Engine Results Page (SERP) and make it easier for visitors to find your information. Learn more about creating great page titles.

Text Page Title Examples

Custom Settings

Screenshot of the feature area section in the Omni CMS properties section.

Feature Area

The feature area is the content displayed at the top of your homepage right below the main navigation. This area is highly customizable allowing the following options: 

  • Image
    • small image with one widget area to the right/left of image
    • large image
    • full-width image
  • Video
    • small video with one widget area to the right/left of the video
    • full-width video
  • Rotator with 2-5 image or graphics
    • small images 
    • large images
To select type of Feature (image, video or rotator)
  1. Click Properties button in the page options at the top of the homepage. 
  2. Select type of feature from the "Feature Media Type" drop down menu.
  3. Select size of feature from the "Feature Media Size" drop down menu. (error?)
    • Images can be small, large or full-width
    • Videos can be small or full-width
    • Rotator can be small or large
  4. Select layout of feature from the "Feature Media Layout" drop down menu (this option is only available when Feature Media Size is set to small) and will establish where the widget will be positioned.  
  5. Select mobile layout of feature from the "Feature Media Mobile Layout" drop down menu (this option is only available when Feature Media Size is set to small).
  6. Navigate to and select the desired sidebar widget from the "Feature Media Sidebar Widget" text field (this option is only available when Feature Media Size is set to small).

For more information, check out the complete list of widgets.

Horizontal Call to Action

The purpose of the call to action boxes are to drive traffic to specific functionalities on your website. For example, at different points of the year, you may want to drive prospective students to apply, or donors to give, or community members to attend a campus event.

To hide/show the Horizontal Call to Action
  1. Select hide or show from the "Show Horizontal Call to Action" dropdown. 
  2. Click on the choose file button in the Horizontal Call to Action to find the widget in your designated widget folder.

Note: This area is used to determine whether you want to display the Horizonal Call to Action and link to the specifc widget in your folder. For complete instructions, visit widgets. 

Highlighted Content Section

The highlight content section is designed to draw attention to content that is special. The section includes an image, text and hyperlink. This could be used to highlight a news story, event or other piece of content such as an annual report. 

To display Highlighted Content Section
  1. Select Yes from the Highlighted Content Section Display. 

Note: This area is only to determine whether you would like the Highlighted Content Section to display on your page. To edit the actual content in the Highlighted content section follow the instructions in the MultiEdit section.

Widgets

This area is to determine what widgets you would like to have appear in the widget row above the footer of your homepage.

Note: This area allows you to select the widgets that will be displayed on the homepage.  Widgets need to be created and published prior to following the instructions below. For instructions on how to create or edit a widget, visit widgets

To select widgets
  1. Click on the choose file in Widget One or enter the path manually to place a widget in the left section of the widget row on your homepage.
    • If choose file is selected locate the widget you in your designated widget folder.
    • Click choose file. 
  2. Click on the choose file in Widget two or enter the path manually to place a widget in the middle section of the widget row on your homepage.
    • If choose file is selected locate the widget you in your designated widget folder.
    • Click choose file. 
  3. Click on the choose file in Widget three or enter the path manually to place a widget in the right section of the widget row on your homepage.
    • If choose file is selected locate the widget you in your designated widget folder.
    • Click choose file.