MINES CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
WORKING WITH IMAGES
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 add images
to CMS pages, and modify image presentation.
GETTING STARTED
The CMS helps site owners and administrators add images to web pages by allowing
them to easily upload image files (.jpg, .bmp, .png) up to 2MB in size to a Mines server
and create references to those files on any web page managed through the CMS.
To begin, place the image file you would like to upload on your desktop (this is for the
sake of the tutorial; images 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 add the image to, 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 an image
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 IMAGE REFERENCE
Creating a reference to an image is similar to the
process used to add a new document link to a page,
though the starting point is a bit different. Begin by
placing the cursor at the point in the content well youʼd
like to insert the image (at the beginning of the first
paragraph, for example), then click the “Insert/Edit
Image” icon in the WYSIWYG toolbar to launch the
Image Properties box.
If you were creating a reference to an existing image,
you would simply provide the URL (web address) of the
image. In this case, the imageʼs URL doesnʼt exist yet
because the image file isnʼt on a server. The image file
has to be uploaded to the CMS server before you can
create a reference to it.
Select an insert position for the
image, then click the “Insert/Edit
Image” icon in the editorʼs
toolbar.
UPLOADING THE IMAGE
Click the “Browse Server” button
in the Image Properties box to
launch the CMS File Manager
window. Note that if you are using
a pop up blocker, you must disable
it before the window will appear.
The File Manager is used to
Click the “Browse Server” button on the Image
manage images, documents, and
Properties box to open the File Manager window.
other media used by the CMS. In
this case, you are working with an image file. Image files are stored in the “Image”
directory, so click the “Image” folder to reveal its contents.
To avoid clutter, the “Image” 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 image, 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 “Image”, 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 the image.
To upload a new image, 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 image file youʼd like to upload, and
click “Open” in the file selector. The file selector should
close, and the path to your image file should be listed in
the “File Upload” box.
Use the directory tree to navigate
to your departmentʼs image
directory. In this case, weʼre using
“research.”
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Click “Choose File” (or “Browse”), select your image, then click “Choose.” Click the “Upload”
button in the File Upload box, and youʼre almost done.
Click the “Upload”
button to upload the
image youʼve
selected to the CMS.
You should see the
image copied to the
File Managerʼs main
management window.
Double-click on the
image thumbnail in
the main
management window.
This closes the File Manager. You should see
the path to the image youʼve just uploaded
displayed in the Image Properties boxʼs URL
field. Click the “OK” button on the Image
Properties box to complete the process.
Preview and save as normal, then double-
check the page outside of the CMS to ensure
that it looks as intended.
Double-click the image thumbnail in the main
management window, then click OK in the Link
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Creating a New Image Directory
In most cases, your department will already have an image directory. If it does not, or if
youʼd like to create an additional subdirectory under your departmentʼs main image
directory, right-click a parent directory (either “Image” or your departmentʼs main image
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 an image directory, then select “create sub-directory” to make a new image folder.
Modifying an Image
Once an image has been uploaded, you can change how it appears on the page by
changing attributes in the Image Properties box. You can:
• Align (float) an image to the left or right
• Add a border.
• Modify an imageʼs width or height.
In any case, the CMS allows you to preview changes before you commit to them. Below
are examples of the modifications listed above:
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Align right/left.
Resize image. Note the proportion lock.
You can also use the Image Properties box to add alt text to an image.
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STEP BY STEP: ADDING AN IMAGE
Start to finish, this is the procedure used to add an image to a page in the CMS. Note that
these steps assume you have not already logged in to the CMS, and have no pages
currently checked out.
1.
Log in to the CMS, navigate to your site's directory, check out the page you'd like to add
the image to, and open the page in the CMS editor.
2.
Place the cursor in the content well at the point where youʼd like to add the image.
3.
Click the Insert/Edit Image button (it looks like a mountain with the sun behind it). This
should launch the Image Properties box.
4.
In the Image Properties box, click the "Browse Server" button. This launches the File
Manager window.
5.
Use the directory tree on the File Manager's left side to navigate to your departmentʼs
image directory. Click "Image" then on your department. At this point, you should see
other images in your departmentʼs directory in the main management window.
6.
Use the "File Upload" box (located immediately beneath the File Manager's directory
tree) to upload a new image. Click "Browse" to launch the file selector, then locate the
image on your computer and click "Open."
7.
Click the "Upload" button in the "File Upload" box. The image should be copied to the
main management window.
8.
In the main management window, double-click on the image you just uploaded. This will
close the File Manager window, and you should now see that the URL field in the Image
Properties box has been populated with the path to the image.
9.
Click the "OK" button in the Image Properties box to complete the procedure.
10.
Preview and save the page as normal. Be sure to double-check outside of the CMS to
ensure that the page looks as intended.
Thatʼs it. Always remember to check the modified page in a browser to ensure the
changes are live and correct.
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