Terminalfour will offer WCMS users new features and enhanced functionality including:
- Direct (or inline) editing function will make it easier to edit a page
- T4 automatically links new sections and pages to your site structure
- New “content types” make it easier to add special elements to a page
- T4 saves previous versions of all your pages
- Schedule content to only appear a certain time of year
- Schedule content to publish on certain date
- T4 prevents accidental loss of your pages and sections
- Add new left-hand links with the click of a button
- Broken link management
- Search engine optimization made easy
- Add widgets to any page (not just your home page)
- New 3-tier system for enhanced internal review of pages
- Optional content update alerts for "moderators"
- Optional approval process for "moderators"
- Bookmark shortcuts to pages you edit frequently
Direct (or inline) editing function will make it easier to edit a page
Content editors can easily add or remove text, images, videos, banners and special elements like a button or banner, all within a single page editor view.
T4 automatically links new sections and pages to your site structure
T4 makes adding new pages or sections as easy as clicking a button. When you create a new section in T4, the section is automatically linked to your site structure. You can even drag and drop sections or pages from one section to another, and T4 will automatically relink any navigation pathways on your site, without breaking any links. Because T4 handles all site navigation and linking for you, you can build a new page/section or website more quickly and easily.
New “content types” make it easier to add special elements to a page like buttons, accordions, image grids and banners
Content editors can easily add elements such as a button, accordion or an image grid without modifying HTML code or a table. Elements such as buttons, banners, image grids or accordions are created much more easily. Each of these special elements are now labelled as “content types” and you can choose to add one to a page by simply clicking “add content type” in your page editor, choosing the content type you want to add, and then filling in the fields you are prompted to fill in. T4 will then create that content type for you. You can drag and drop your content types wherever you want them to appear on your page.
T4 saves previous versions of all your pages
From the date your site is migrated to T4 onwards, there will be a time-stamped version of all pages on your website. You can choose to revert to that version, or simply read that version.
Schedule content to only appear a certain time of year
If you would like certain content on your website to only appear at specific times of year – such as the lead up to a new semester, or during exams – you can schedule a block of content to only appear on a page at certain times of the year (such as August and September only).
Schedule content to publish on certain date
You can also schedule or manage the publication of content. For example, if you have a news item that should go live at a time when you are out of the office, or if you’re simply embargoing that news item until a certain date, you can schedule that content to go live on a date and time of your choosing.
T4 prevents accidental loss of your pages and sections
If a WCMS user deletes a page, a section, or even a bit of content on a page by accident, or, if you intentionally delete something and change your mind, it isn’t immediately lost. T4 holds all deleted content in a recycle bin for a limited time.
Add new left-hand links with the click of a button
Adding a new left-hand link to a page is as easy as clicking a box titled “new section link,” and choosing the page you want to link to.
Broken link management
WCMS users can receive “broken link” reports to review and fix broken links on their websites.
Search engine optimization (SEO) made easy
T4 demystifies SEO best practices by making it easier for users to input page information (“metadata”) that will ensure your pages rank well in search engine results, and in MUN’s internal search bar.
Add widgets to any page (not just your home page)
Widgets are no longer limited to your home page. While it is ideal to limit widgets to your home page, there are instances where it may be convenient to add a widget to internal pages as well. For example, if you have created a temporary page for a conference, you can add an events widget to display key presentations for the conference.
New three-tier system for enhanced internal review of pages
Pages can be marked as “approved,” “pending,” or “inactive.” Approved pages are live and visible to the public, whereas pages marked as “pending” are visible to all users on your website, but are not live on your site until they are marked as approved. The “pending” status will improve a unit’s ability to collectively create, review and approve new sections or pages on their website, because it allows WCMS users to edit and/or approve each other’s content before it goes live. This is also a safe way to build draft pages or sections. The “Inactive” status indicates a page has been deleted from your site and is currently in a recycle bin.
Optional content update alerts for "moderators" (previously known as site admins)
If you would like to be notified every time a contributor to your site makes a change, you can sign up to receive an email notification of what’s been added or changed. This can be limited to certain sections of your website.
Optional approval process for "moderators" (previously known as site admins)
Moderators can set up an approval process on their sites for any content changes that require approval. You can even make comments on why it isn’t ready yet to go live, and what you’d like to see changed about the content, so contributors can make the necessary changes prior to publishing. This is optional, as it can cause bottlenecks if a moderator isn’t able to review content in a timely manner.
Bookmark shortcuts to pages you edit frequently
Bookmark pages you edit often, so you don’t have to sort through your site structure to find a page you frequently edit.