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About the Ag CMS

The Ag Content Management System (Ag CMS) offers NDSU Agriculture faculty and staff an easy-to-use, flexible and effective environment for creating and maintaining web pages.

The Ag CMS is based on an open source content management system called Plone. For assistance, contact Bob Bertsch at 701-231-7381 or Sonja Fuchs at 701-231-6403.

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Ag CMS News

A collection of the latest news items about the Ag Content Management System (Ag CMS).
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Ag CMS Upgrade - September 27, 2014

The Ag CMS is getting an upgrade!

 In order to upgrade Ag CMS, we will be shutting down the all Ag CMS content creation and editing on Friday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. CDT to prepare for the upgrade which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Ag CMS websites will be unavailable to the public while the upgrade is taking place.

Assuming all goes well, Ag CMS content creation and editing will return on Saturday. However, you should plan not to have access to Ag CMS content creation and editing until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bob Bertsch, 701-231-7381. Thanks!

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Ag CMS Planned Outage - Feb. 14 - 18, 2014

The Ag CMS is getting a new server! This new piece of hardware should improve the load times of web content on Ag CMS.

In order to switch all the Ag CMS content from the current server to our shiny new machine, we will be shutting down the all Ag CMS content creation and editing on Friday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. CT to prepare for the transition which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Assuming all goes well, Ag CMS content creation and editing will return on Saturday. However, you should plan not to have access to Ag CMS content creation and editing until Tuesday, Feb. 18.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bob Bertsch. Thanks!

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Twitter Portlet Not Working

The Twitter portlet in the Ag Content Managment System (Ag CMS) is no longer working.

Twitter provides an API which allows programs to retrieve tweets and other Twitter account information. They have recently introduced a new API (version 1.1) and just a few days ago stopped supporting the old API (version 1.0).

Our current Twitter portlet has not been updated to support the new Twitter API.

You can still display your tweets on your Ag CMS site by creating a Twitter widget and using the widget code to create a Static Text portlet in Ag CMS. Check out the screencast below to learn how.



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Ag CMS Portlets To Be Made Unavailable

Some of the portlets in Ag CMS will no longer be available beginning May 24, 2013.
Ag CMS Portlets To Be Made Unavailable

Manage portlets screen in Ag CMS

Portlets are pre-programmed, templated tools that allow you to dynamically or creatively display content in the left and right side columns, as well as above and below content in Ag CMS desktop view. In mobile Ag CMS, portlets appear below the content.

There are currently 19 portlets available on the Ag Content Management System (Ag CMS), but some of those portlets offer little or no value or are not being used. In an effort to simplify the management of portlets, our Ag CMS team will be making some portlets unavailable  (see the full list below) beginning on May 24, 2013.

If your Ag CMS site is currently using a portlet that will become unavailable, don't worry. In all cases but one (the TAL portlet), you can continue to use that portlet on your site. Making portlets unavailable will remove them from the "Add Portlet" menu, but will not disable them on existing sites.

That said, we do recommend removing or replacing portlets that have become unavailable as soon as possible. In some cases, there is a portlet that will provide the same function as the portlet being made unavailable.

Managers of sites using portlets that will become unavailable will receive an email listing the soon-to-be unavailable portlets in use on their site and outlining options for removing or replacing them.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bob Bertsch, 231-7381, or Sonja Fuchs, 231-6403.

Learn how to use portlets in Ag CMS

Portlets to be Made Unavailable

PortletReason for RemovalPossible Replacement
Calendar does not function correctly due to use of search to list day's events Events portlet
Classic provides no value in Ag CMS none
Facebook Feed Form provides little value in Ag CMS none
Login provides little value in Ag CMS none
RSS Feed does not correctly function Feed Mixer portlet
Search does not use our default custom Google search none
Tag Cloud provides little value in Ag CMS none
TAL provides little value in Ag CMS Static Text portlet
Video Player provides no value in Ag CMS none
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Ag CMS Upgrade Completed

The Ag CMS upgrade from Plone 3.x to Plone 4.x has been completed. We began the upgrade process in the spring of 2012. Most Ag CMS sites were transitioned to the new Ag CMS within the first couple of months, but some sites required more time for review and update before going live.

Now that all Ag CMS sites are live in the new Ag CMS, we have removed the "Logins" links to the old Ag CMS from this site. In the next several weeks, we will be phasing out references to the "NEW" Ag CMS and return to just Ag CMS.

Thanks to all site managers for your work and patience in getting your Sites transitioned.

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Ag CMS Web Site Revisions

The Ag CMS web site has been revised to add functionality and to integrate more effectively with the Agriculture Communication web site.

The Ag CMS web site has served as a central location for information about using the Ag CMS for about a year-and-a-half. In that time, we probably haven't utilized the site as effectively as we could have. However, with a new web technology specialist coming on-board soon. We are renewing our efforts to provide the information and resources you need to succeed in building your site in the Ag CMS.

Our renewed efforts have begun with a revision of the Ag CMS web site. We have made a handful of changes, including creating a new home page, updating request forms, adding links for logging in and reorganizing training and tutorials.

A New Home Page

The home page of the Ag CMS site will now feature the latest information about the Ag CMS in the form of blog posts. We have recently added the capability to display an Ag CMS folder or collection in "blog view." We are taking advantage of this new functionality on the Ag CMS home page. We'll be creating new posts frequently in an effort to keep you informed. These posts will be displayed on the home page and archived on the site for you to refer back to.

Updated Request Forms

The forms for requesting an account and a site in the Ag CMS have been updated and moved to Google Docs. This transition will have little affect on your use of these forms, but it will help us keep better track of your requests.

We have also added a form for a Go Live request. The "go live" process, which makes your site available to the public, used to be initiated by an email. now you can come to this site to complete the request.

Links for Logging In

Most Ag CMS users log in directly to their Ag CMS site using a URL sent to them via email when their site was first created. Sometimes this link gets lost. Sometimes one user manages more than one site and has trouble keeping track of the multiple login URLs.

To help address this problem, we have added login links to the right-side column of this site. Now users can click on the login link that matches the type of site they are trying to access, login with their username and password, and choose the site they want to manage from the left-side navigation.

Reorganizing Training and Tutorials

We have lagged sorely behind in developing Ag CMS training and tutorials. Although the web site revisions do not include new resources at this time, we have reorganized our existing resources to make them more accessible. Ag CMS training resources will now be hosted with all other communications training materials on the Agriculture Communication web site.

This reorganization reflects the increasing overlap in the different areas within Ag Comm. You'll still be able to find the Ag CMS resources by coming to the Ag CMS site.

Hope you enjoy the changes. There are definitely more to come.

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