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Overview and Uses

Preformatted pages can save time and offer various ways of displaying and managing information throughout the CMS web site.

Calendar

In addition to all of the existing calendar functionality, Active CMS has added recurring event functionality and end-user submission capability to the Calendar Page Type! Recurring events are treated much like they are in Outlook – you can set it for a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly recurrence. You can also configure the Calendar to allow your site audience to submit, edit and delete events, via Workflow, of course. This is especially efficient by eliminating the need for multiple calendars within your site.

Example Use Case Scenario
The use cases for the Calendar are generally very straight forward. Anytime you’d like to post content that is time dependant such as events, press releases, news, meetings and appointments, the Graphical or Non-Graphical Calendar is most likely the best choice.

Calendar events

Calendar events are the only type of child pages to be used with the Calendar. Use of any other page type will corrupt the database.

The event Descriptioninformation will be available to users by clicking on the event link on the calendar. The event information, including times and dates, is displayed on a new page.

Digital Asset Gallery

Like the Photo Gallery, this module displays digital assets (any file attachments) contained in a set of selected digital asset folders. This module is designed to support the presentation of a list of documents that are consistently updated on a site. Groups of folders and their display on the page is an excellent resource.

Instead of updating links to numerous files and dated text on a page, one only need manage the files themselves and the content of the page is kept current.

Example Use Case Scenario
Many organizations publish documents on their site. The Digital Asset Gallery can be used to automatically pull documents from a folder in the Digital Asset Manager for use on the front end of a site. A common use scenario is the dynamic publishing of an organizations policy and procedure documents, and/or meeting agendas and minutes.

Photo Gallery

This module enables a rotating slideshow of pictures, or a scrollable row of thumbnail images. Content providers select digital asset folders containing pictures, and the page automatically displays all pictures contained in those folders, even if the pictures are added after the page has been published. Like the Digital Asset Gallery page type, maintenance of the page is reduced to simply keeping the folders up to date.

Example Use Case Scenario
Now more than ever the world is taking pictures. The Active CMS Photo Gallery Page Type can be used to allow an organization to display photos on their site.

QuickLinks

For use with the Pagelets

This Page Type allows you to create external and internal links and display them through a pagelet in multiple areas of the site. Instead of the time consuming process of doing this manually for every page, QuickLink pagelets can be created once and used an unlimited number of times anywhere on the site. If you need to change the QuickLinks at any time, you only need to change it once and they’re auto populated everywhere on the site. The QuickLinks Page Type can be set so that it pulls only five (or whatever number you choose) most recent articles, automatically refreshing the listing on your homepage for you.

Example Use Case Scenario
An excellent example of this would be to have the five most recent news articles or upcoming departmental meetings display on your website.

QuickPoll

This feature lets you place a poll in a pagelet anywhere on the site, even the homepage. You can also restrict the number of times people are able to vote!

Example Use Case Scenario
QuickPoll functionality is more and more common on the internet. It allows an organization to quickly poll users, limit one vote per person, and allow users to view results immediately after voting. Get instant feedback from students and faculty on any matter of things that have changed

Survey Pagetype

This page type is used for creating forms for your site that your users can fill out and submit. This would include surveys and order forms or any other type of information gathering form, with the exception of a user account application form.

Survey pages have their own special child pages called Questions. No other type of child page should be used from a survey page, as it will damage the database.

Questions and information fields

These are the child pages used on surveys, general forms and application forms.

Respondent chooses a single answer from a set of answers » radio buttons, list, drop-down list
Radio Button. Use this question type when a respondent must choose a single answer from a small number of possible answers. The system does not permit more than one radio button to be selected.
List (Single Selection). Use this question type when a respondent must choose a single answer from a large number of possible answers. This type of selection box does not permit more than one selection at a time.
Drop-down List. Use this question type when a respondent must choose a single answer from a drop-down list of possible answers. This takes less space on the page than Radio Buttons and List (Single Selection) question types.
Respondent chooses multiple answers from a set of answers » checkbox, list
Checkbox. Use this question type when a respondent can make multiple selections from a small set of possible answers.
List (Multiple Selections). Use this question type when a respondent can make multiple selections from a large set of possible answers. Respondents can hold down the CTRL key and click on the multiple selections with their mouse.
Respondent types an answer into a text box » addresses, comments
Text (Single line). Use this question type when you want to provide a single text line for entering the answer. It is used for collecting address information lines and other single-line text answers such as the one shown below.
Text Area.Use this question type when you want the respondent to provide a lengthy text answer. The maximum number of characters allowed for each Text Area box is 32,000. There is no limit to the number of Text Area questions you can include in your system.
Respondent enters a phone number
Telephone Number. Use this when you want the respondent to provide a telephone number. The red text shown below is automatically added beside the phone number field.
Respondent enters an email address » an email address for general information purposes
Email. Use this question type when you need to collect an email address from the respondent. The red text shown below is automatically added beside the email field.
Respondent enters an email address to send survey results to
Email Results. This question type provides a field into which the respondent can enter an email address. A copy of the user's survey results are then sent to the address in this field.
Respondent selects a group to email survey results to
Email Results to Group. This question type provides a field from which the respondent selects a group. A copy of the user's survey results are then sent to each member of the group.
Note: To make groups appear in the drop-down box on the published survey, go to the Group Manager and make sure that the group has the Make Available to External Applications and Page Types checkbox checked. If you do not have access to the Group Manager, see your site manager.
Respondent enters a date
Date. Use this when you want the respondent to provide a date, such as their birth date.
Respondent enters a time and date
Date / Time. Use this when you want the respondent to provide a date and a time such as the date and time they were born.
Respondent selects a country as the answer » drop-down list of countries
Country. Use this question type when you want the respondent to select a country for their answer. The list already contains all of the world's countries so you do not need to create the list.
You want a descriptive line of text in between questions
Description. Use this when you want to add some instructions or other text in between questions or sections. This type of text on a survey has no answers as it is used only for displaying information for the survey respondent.
Note : Not Available in the Survey PageType. Only in the system application form.
Custom group single select » application forms
Used in the application formto select one group that has been made available for the application form.
Custom group multi select » application forms
Used in the application formto select more than one group that has been made available for the application form.
Survey Questions and Information Fields