How to Create a CCIT News or Outage Item
in the Content Management System
7/2/15
Items created in this fashion wil appear immediately at http://ccit.mines.edu/CCIT-News and in associated RSS
feeds. Outages also appear in a special “CCIT Outages” Trailhead channel.
While the fol owing instructions may appear complicated, with practice posting an item becomes quick and easy.
Creating a CCIT News Item
1. Log into the CMS.
2. In the left-hand menu, navigate to the CCIT News directory at: Administrative Departments, Offices & Services
> Departments > Information Technology (CCIT) > Left Navigation > Important Notices > CCIT News Items
3. In the “Pages I am working on” area, click the white icon to “Create a new page.”
4. Choose “HTML Editor” as your new page type and click “Submit.”
5. Give the page a title. For News-type items, there is no particular format required. Be descriptive.
6. If the News item refers to an event happening on a specific date, set the date in the “News Date” area. If the
News item is more generic, you can leave the default date as simply the “date this item was posted.”
7. Add Contact Info (optional). This can be useful if people have further questions.
8. Click “Submit.” There is no need to fil in any other field or choose any other option on this page. Please do
not change the page template. It should be the “Content (Sidebar) Template.”
9. You have created the basic page skeleton. To add content to the News item, click the “Open in HTML editor”
icon in the “Pages I am working on” area of the CMS interface.
10. In the content-editor window at bottom, add the content of your News item. Then click “Save” (on that page)
and “Approve” (in the “Pages I am working on” area of the CMS). Your item is now online. Take a look. To edit
the item, reopen it, edit, and again “Save” and “Approve” your changes. Changes wil be seen immediately.
Creating a CCIT Outages Item
1. Log into the CMS.
2. In the left-hand menu, navigate to the CCIT Outages directory at: Administrative Departments, Offices &
Services > Departments > Information Technology (CCIT) > Left Navigation > Important Notices > CCIT Outage
Notices
3. In the “Pages I am working on” area, click the white icon to “Create a new page.”
4. Choose “HTML Editor” as your new page type and click “Submit.”
5. Give the page a title. For Outage items, there is a specific title format:
For a single-day item, indicate the date, time, and subject of the outage more or less like this:
[30-Jun-2015 11am-3:30pm] Self-Service Banner (SSB) Outage
For a multiple-day item, indicate the dates, time, and subject of the outage roughly this way:

[30-Jun-2015 2pm to 1-Jul-2015 7pm] ADIT File Server Outage
Note that 12am is midnight and 12pm is noon.
6. Add Contact Info (optional). This can be useful if people have further questions.
7. Set the Date of Event. This is mandatory. For multiple-day Outages, also set the End Date of Event. This is
necessary so that events appear correctly on the CCIT Important Notices page (http://ccit.mines.edu/CCIT-
News).
There is currently no need to set beginning and ending times for the event. (We have no calendar view that
would show that information.) Information about beginning and end times should, however, be included in the
text of the Outage title, and in the body of the Outage description.
8. Click “Submit.” There is no need to fil in any other field or choose any other option on this page. Please do
not change the page template. It should be the “Content (Sidebar) Template.”
9. You have created the basic page skeleton. To add content to the News item, click the “Open in HTML editor”
icon in the “Pages I am working on” area of the CMS interface.
10. In the content-editor window at bottom, add the content of your Outage item. Then click “Save” (on that
page) and “Approve” (in the “Pages I am working on” area of the CMS). Your item is now online. Take a look. To
edit the item, reopen it, edit, and again “Save” and “Approve” your changes. Changes wil be seen immediately.
Notes
1. Please do not reuse old Outage or News items for recurring events. Create a new event each time. Why?
Because even if you change the text and subject line of the Outage notice, you won't be able to change the
original page name. In some cases, people could be seeing, say, a “July 1, 2015” outage notice with the URL
saying “February 27, 2012.” Very confusing.
2. Questions about this process? Want a demonstration? Talk with anyone on the CCIT Web Team.