AppConsole Overview

General Overview Site Tab Specifics Content Tab Specifics

General Overview

The AppConsole is a rarely-used file-structure based interface that allows users access to more advanced functions of the CMS. It is also referred to as “The Back End”. The AppConsole is accessible through the URL: https://edit.lsa.umich.edu/AppConsole.

It is features several tabs (images below each numbered list):
1. Home – page shown here; clicking on this tab returns you to this view
2. My Page – customizable user interface described elsewhere in the KnowledgeBase
3. Sites – hierarchical, folder-based CMS management of the structure of your site (i.e., the navigation and templates that make up your site) reviewed below
4. Content – hierarchical, folder-based CMS management of the content of your site covered below
5. People Admin – enables users with special permissions to create and manage people content items (additional training required)
6. Workbench – advanced administrative controls for managing internal data
7. Rich Media Asset Console –  Not recommended for use. Allows you to work with Rich Media (e.g., images and video)
8. Diagnostics – special messages appear here alerting you of any errors in the system
9. Actions Menu – a series of links that enable you to create content and other things, depending on your permissions
10. TaskInbox–partofaworkflow system that is not used
11. Logout – click here to sign out of the CMS; also applies to any ICE window you have open

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Site Tab Specifics

The Sites tab of the AppConsole is used mainly by site adminitrators, but can also be used by editors to create and publish content.
1. Path – lets you know where you are at in the CMS folder structure; when clicked inside, displays folder (channel) hierarchy and enables quick navigation

First Four Icons
2. Green Plus – create a new content instance anywhere in the CMS or a new Channel (folder) in the Channel you are currently browsing
3. Delete – if content is selected, clicking this button will remove the association between the content and the channel in which it resides; does not apply to channels
4. Properties – this button brings up the editing/properties form of a selected content item

Like most other applications, if an icon is grayed-out, it is not useable. To make the icons active, try selecting a channel or piece of content.

5. Move – moves either the association of the selected content to the destination channel or moves the channel itself to a new location
6. Start Workflow – part of a workflow system that is not used
7. Workflows – part of a workflow system that is not used
8. Associate – the CMS requires that all published content be associated to a corresponding channel; clicking on this button opens the “Associate” dialogue box
9. Publish – opens a dialogue box which allows you to publish content in all selected channels to your live website
10. Unpublish– removes from the live site any selected content items or channels

11. Preview – opens up the selected content to preview in context
12. Clone – create an exact replica of the selected content
13. Approve – selected content will be made ready for publishing
14. Caching Summary–for CMSWeb support use only
15. Order – sets the order of channels and sub-channels in your website’s navigation (i.e. which items appear first, second, or third)
16. Friendly URL – DO NOT USE
17. Channel List – contains the contents of the channel into which you are looking

18. Up – Clicking on this arrow will move your browser up one level in the channel hierarchy, usually the previous channel you had open
19. Name – the name of the piece of content or Channel
20. Approval – indicates the approval status of the CMS entry
21. Publishing – indicates the publishing status of the entry
    - Unpublished – not on live site
     - Published – on live site
     - Stale – changes have been made to the entry that have not yet been published
22. Type–denotes the type of content (e.g., article, image, event) described in Chapter 2.
23. Modified–when the entry was last changed
24. Modifier – uniqname of individual who last changed the entry
25. Created – when the entry was created
26. Creator – the uniqname of the individual who created the item

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Content Tab Specific

The Content tab of the AppConsole bears a strong resemblance to the Sites tab; however, whereas the Sites tab shows you the hierarchy of channels in your site, the Content tab is more about organization and storage of your actual content. Much of the screen works the same way, but there are a few differences:
1. Green Plus – offers some additional selections for you to create Projects (folders in which to store and organize your content), content or static files
2. Resubmit – allows you to update static files (e.g., a .jpg image file, a Word document) with new files of the same name.

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