MINES CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The Mines Content Management System (CMS) is a web-based application that allows
web site owners and administrators to update pages, add images, and upload documents
without any prior web development experience. This tutorial explains how to upload
documents to the CMS, and create links to uploaded documents.
The CMS helps site owners and administrators distribute electronic documents to end
users by allowing them to easily upload document ﬁles (.pdf, .doc, .xls, etc.) to a Mines
server and create links to those ﬁles on any web page managed through the CMS.
To begin, place the document ﬁle you would like to upload on your desktop (this is for the
sake of the tutorial; documents can be uploaded from any location on your computer or
from a networked drive). Note that you should avoid using ﬁle names that contain spaces
or special characters.
Log in to the CMS and use the directory tree to navigate to your siteʼs home directory.
Locate the page you would like to create a document link on, check it out, and open the
page in the CMS editor.
This tutorial assumes that you have an understanding of basic CMS operation and concepts. If you do not
have a CMS account, don’t know how to navigate to your work area, check out pages, or approve
changes, refer to the Content Management Basics tutorial.
Log in to the CMS, navigate to your departmentʼs folder, ﬁnd the page youʼd like to add a
document link to, check it out, and open it in the CMS editor. In this example, weʼll be working on
the Research departmentʼs Technology Transfer page.
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CREATING THE LINK
Creating a link to a document ﬁle is a bit different than creating a link to a web page, but
both processes begin in the same manner. Use your mouse to select the content text
youʼd like to link, and click the “Insert/Edit Link” icon in
the WYSIWYG toolbar to launch the Link box.
If you were creating a link to another web page,
you would simply provide the URL (web address)
of the destination page or resource. In this case,
the destination URL doesnʼt exist yet because the
document ﬁle isnʼt on a server. The document ﬁle
has to be uploaded to the CMS server before you can
create a link to it.
Select the text youʼd like to create
the document link on, and click
the “Insert/Edit Link” icon in the
UPLOADING THE DOCUMENT
Click the “Browse Server” button
in the Link box to launch the CMS
Click the “Browse Server” button on the Link box to
File Manager window. Note that if
open the File Manager window.
you are using a pop up blocker,
you must disable it before the window will appear.
The File Manager is used to manage images, documents, and other media used by the
CMS. In this case, you are working with a document ﬁle. Document ﬁles are stored in the
“File” directory, so click the “File” folder to reveal its contents.
To avoid clutter, the “File” directory is divided into subdirectories based on department.
You can navigate through these subdirectories by expanding the folders in the directory
tree to the left of the File Manager interface. Before you can upload a new document, you
must ﬁrst navigate to your departmentʼs main folder in the File Manager.
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Use the File Managerʼs directory tree to navigate to your departmentʼs document directory.
Locate your departmentʼs directory under “”File”, and
click it. This will display the directoryʼs contents in the
main view area of the File Manager, and will reveal
further subdirectories under your departmentʼs main
folder. No matter where you navigate to, your current
location will be indicated at the top of the File Manager.
It is important to make sure that you are in your
departmentʼs directory before you upload a document
To upload a new document ﬁle, use the “File Upload”
box under the File Managerʼs directory tree. Click the
“Browse” button to open the ﬁle selector, navigate to
your desktop, choose the document ﬁle youʼd like to
upload, and click “Open” in the ﬁle selector. The ﬁle
selector should close, and the path to your document
ﬁle should be listed in the “File Upload” box.
Use the directory tree to navigate
to your departmentʼs ﬁle directory.
In this case, weʼre using “research
> technology transfer.”
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Click “Choose File” (or “Browse”), select your document, then click “Choose.” Click the “Upload”
button in the File Upload box, and youʼre almost done.
Click the “Upload”
button to upload the
selected to the
CMS. You should
see the document
copied to the File
window. Double-click on the document tile in
the main management window. This closes
the File Manager. You should see the path to
the ﬁle youʼve just uploaded displayed in the
Link boxʼs URL ﬁeld. Click the “OK” button on
the Link box to complete the process.
Preview and save as normal, then check the
link outside of the CMS to ensure that it is
Double-click the document tile in the main
management window, then click OK in the Link
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Creating a New File Directory
In most cases, your department will already have a ﬁle directory. If it does not, or if youʼd
like to create an additional subdirectory under your departmentʼs main ﬁle directory, right-
click a parent directory (either “File” or your departmentʼs main ﬁle directory), and select
“create sub-directory” from the option list. Type the directoryʼs name into the popup
window, and click OK to create the directory.
Right-click a ﬁle directory, then select “create sub-directory” to make a new document folder.
Opening a Document in a New Window
Browsers do not handle links to document ﬁles in a consistent manner. Browsers like
Internet Explorer, for example, will open document ﬁles in the browser window by default.
This behavior often leads to a substandard, confusing user experience. To combat this,
you may wish to open document ﬁles in a separate window. To do this:
• Create a link to a document ﬁle as normal.
• Instead of immediately clicking the “OK” button in the Link box, click the “Target” tab at the top of
the Link box.
• In the Target tab, select “New Window (_blank)” from the Target select box.
• The Target Frame name ﬁeld should automatically change to “_blank”
• Click the “OK” button
• Save and approve the page as usual.
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To open a document link in a new window, click the “Target” tab and select “New Window.”
Your document link should now open in a new window in all browsers.
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STEP BY STEP: DOCUMENT LINKS
Start to ﬁnish, this is the procedure used to edit a web page in the CMS. Note that these
steps assume you have not already logged in to the CMS, and have no pages currently
Log in to the CMS, navigate to your site's directory, check out the page you'd like to
create the document link on, and open the page in the CMS editor.
Select the text you'd like to link to the document.
Click the Insert/Edit Link button (it looks like a globe with a chain in front of it). This
should launch the Link box.
In the Link box, click the "Browse Server" button. This launches the File Manager
Use the directory tree on the File Manager's left side to navigate to your departmentʼs
document directory. Click "File" then "Your Department." At this point, you should see
other documents in your departmentʼs directory in the main management window.
Use the "File Upload" box (located immediately beneath the File Manager's directory
tree) to upload a new document. Click "Browse" to launch the ﬁle selector, then locate
the document on your computer and click "Open."
Click the "Upload" button in the "File Upload" box. The ﬁle should be copied to the main
In the main management window, double-click on the document you just uploaded. This
will close the File Manager window, and you should now see that the URL ﬁeld in the
Link box has been populated with the path to the ﬁle.
Click the "OK" button in the Link box to complete the procedure.
Preview and save the page as normal. Be sure to check the link outside of the CMS to
ensure that it is functioning correctly.
Thatʼs it. Always remember to check the modiﬁed page in a browser to ensure the
changes are live and correct.
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