We provide University of Utah offices, colleges, departments, and programs with website support using a Content Management System (CMS) called Omni CMS (formerly OU Campus). Omni CMS is developed by a company named Modern Campus (formerly Omni CMS), and is used by more than 700 colleges and universities, with over 50,000 users . It was voted top product in higher education for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 by University Business readers, and was nominated for the 2015 People's Choice CMS awards for the best CMS for education.
Omni CMS is the leading web content management system for higher education institutions.
Hyperlinks to pages, files and images managed within Omni CMS are always up to date. If a user decides to rename a file or move it to a new location, the Dependency Manager will automatically update the URL found in the associated pages and update those pages on the live server. If a page is deleted and causes broken hyperlinks, the user is notified to take action on those pages.
Users can compare a page's changes with any previous version of that page. View changes, deletions, and additions in a visual format similar to those found in major word processors, including the page's source code.
We implement a unique Google Analytics profile for every site we manage. Omni CMS offers a google analytics gadget that provides helpful information about your website in the dashboard. This makes it easy to discover statistics about your site without leaving Omni CMS.
Media Integration and Video Transcoding
The WYSIWYG Toolbar provides users the ability to add media files to a web page with the necessary tagging and player automatically applied. In addition, users can easily drag and drop YouTube videos onto a web page via the YouTube Gadget.
Before publishing a page, users have the ability to preview the page in the latest browsers available. Select and view full-resolution screenshots of a web page from a multitude of combinations, including desktop browsers and mobile devices.
Users don't have to worry about others overriding their work because pages are automatically checked out when edits are made. And when a page is sent for approval, it's automatically checked out to the approver.
Removing files from the Omni CMS staging server are sent to the Recycle Bin rather than being permanently deleted. The files are removed from the CMS directory, along with all past versions of the files, and can be recovered and restored later as needed.
Keeps as many versions of each page published as needed. Users can easily back up or roll back to any previous version of a page.
Users can easily upload multiple zip files containing any file type allowed by the administrator, including text-based and binary assets. After uploading a zip file, but prior to its extraction, users are presented with an option to rename or exclude specific files and folders.
Every minute, the Omni CMS WYSIWYG Editor automatically saves a draft of the page being edited onto the local workstation. If the browser unexpectedly quits or the user inadvertently closes the browser before saving the page, the content can be easily recovered later.
Drag and Drop
Drag and drop functionality allows users to edit and create content more efficiently by streamlining the movement and copying of files. Quickly upload files from the desktop into the directory of choice within Omni CMS; move or copy files with a quick drag and drop; and customize the look of your dashboard and Gadgets sidebar with a quick rearrangement of your selected gadgets.
Image Upload and Editing
Upload and edit multiple images for quick use on a web page. Authorized users can easily insert images on a page from within the WYSIWYG Editor by browsing a gallery of image thumbnails or standard filename list. With the Image Editor, users can resize, crop, rotate, rename, and save a selected image in one of many administrator-approved file formats.
JustEdit™ In-Context Editing
Users can edit sections of a page in context within the fully rendered web page, allowing for quick editing and a live preview of most content types. Users simply click to activate the region they want to edit and then type directly on the web page.
Users can quickly search for page content, filenames, page titles, and other metadata. Searches can be constrained by scope, accessibility, and Boolean operators.
Gadgets make the smallest tasks easy and quick to complete. By functioning as mini-applications, users can quickly insert images, YouTube videos, or snippets onto a web page; access page and dependency tag information; create shortened URL links, and more.
Assets allow for the creation and use of reusable content such as text, images, media, code blocks, image galleries, and more. Update content used on multiple pages in one place instead of several.
Users have access to a variety pre-formatted HTML content (e.g., accordions, tabbed content, columns, buttons, panels) that they can easily select via the WYSIWYG Editor, insert on a page, and edit as needed.
Multi-Target Publish allows users to publish to different servers and extends many of the page features used in the Omni CMS staging server to auxiliary servers, including the ability to upload, compare, and preview pages.
Omni CMS provides scheduling tools directly within the publishing workflow for pages, directories, and even assets. Email notifications can be sent when a scheduled page is published.
Users can set pages to expire and be removed from the website, with options for page replacement or redirection also provided.
Stale Page Notification
Set any page to notify a user when it hasn't been updated for a certain period of time.
RSS Management and Automation
Add items to an RSS feed when a page is published. Omni CMS supports easy creation and management of any number of RSS feeds.
Easily combine RSS feeds into aggregate groups in Omni CMS for syndication on a website or newsreader subscription. Users can also add individual feeds to multiple feed groups that can be automatically updated.
Users can attach and share audio, video, and image files (e.g., podcasts, videocasts) to RSS feeds. The interface makes it easy to enter media files, links, titles, descriptions, image thumbnails, and keywords.
Automate the publishing of content to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Updates can occur on an immediate or scheduled basis and publish to different channels simultaneously. This includes Tweets, Facebook wall posts, and synchronization of entire Facebook pages with Omni CMS-managed web pages.
Omni CMS is a SAAS solution which means that Omni CMS handles the installation, upgrades, updates, maintenance, server hardware, and infrastructure in the cloud. This frees us up to focus our energy on supporting our users, finding creative front-end solutions, and configuring the system to best meet our users' needs.
Separation of CMS and Websites
Because Omni CMS is run in the cloud and pages are simply published out to our web servers, websites are not dependent on complicated systems or databases in order to function. If OU goes down or has performance issues, your site remains completely unaffected!
The Omni CMS features included above are unique to the University of Utah's implementation and should not serve as a comprehensive list of all Omni CMS features.