The Pacific Mobile Site in the CMS
During the month of October, Pacific will launch a mobile website across all three campuses. The primary goal of the mobile site is to make content more easily accessible and readable on a mobile device. Other highlights include:
- A new campus map allowing users to get directions to and from locations on their campus
- Easy access to campus events, including links to purchase tickets from your phone
- Quick links to connect users to frequently accessed pages and services like Sakai, email and insidePacific
- An easy-to-access employee directory to quickly find and contact a colleague
- Pages optimized for mobile devices, making content easy to read and navigate
Changes in the CMS
There are several changes CMS authors will experience in the CMS due to the mobile site. These are minor changes that should not negatively impact author's experiences.
Mobile Content Override Groups
The biggest change users will see is the implementation of Mobile Content Override Groups. These groups contain fields in which authors can override the field of the page for the mobile site. For example, perhaps you noticed the text on the mobile version of your page is too long and you'd like to shorten it, but want to provide the full copy on the desktop site. You can use the Mobile Body Copy field to override the copy on the desktop site with shorter test for the mobile site.
Examples of fields within the Mobile Content Override Group include:
- Mobile Title: Overrides the title of the page for the mobile site
- Mobile Body Copy: Overrides all body copy of a page for the mobile site
- Mobile Featured Image and Caption: On Section Front and News Detail pages, these fields allow you to override the featured image and caption for the mobile site
- Mobile Subtitle: Used to override the subtitle on News Detail Pages
You can find the Mobile Content Override Groups near the bottom of the page, typically below the Right or Left Column Components section.
Viewing Mobile Pages in the CMS
Authors can easily view what their page will look like on a mobile device with the Page View tab of the CMS. Using the "Device" drop-down, you can select between Desktop (the view from a normal desktop computer) and several mobile devices. Currently iPhone and a generic mobile device are available, but more phone emulators will be added in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to maintain two sets of content: one for mobile and one for desktop?
No. One of the many advantages of the mobile site is that users do not have to maintain two sets of content. When a user accesses your pages from a mobile device, the CMS takes the content that is on the desktop site and optimizes it for the mobile device.
Are all page types mobile optimized?
Not Yet. While many of our page types in the CMS have been optimized for the web, not all are supported. When a user visits a page that is not yet optimized for the web, they'll be taken to the desktop version of that page. In the future, the Office of Communications will implement new mobilized page types for those not currently supported.
Is this an app?
No, this is better than an app. With an app, the University has to program it for multiple devices (Apple, Andoird, etc.) as well as update the apps when new changes are made to a phone's software. Additionally, apps can only show information that is programmed within it and require users to first download the app on their phone. This is a mobile website which allows visitors to access the entire website on the Internet browser app they already have on their phone. It also allows for quicker updates to information seeing users only need to update their page in the CMS and not separately in an app.