Frequently Asked Questions about the CMS

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Create a Page

On the main CMS Administration page, look for the Create Page form.
This form contains three fields: Title, URL Stub, and Parent page. The parent page should be unit, office, department or division that 'houses' your page - often your site's home page.
The URL Stub is the part of the URL after the https://hilo.hawaii.edu/ site address. To create a directory, use a trailing '/' after the URL stub. Any pages that are not directories will have a trailing '.php' at the end of the page.

Create Page Form

URL Examples

Please Note Page names are Case Sensitive. Lowercase url stubs are highly recommended.

View All of my Pages

Follow the My Profile link at upper left-corner. At the bottom of this page, find a filterable list of the pages that you have permission to edit. The page title, with the next to it, will open the page for editing. The link with the URL stub and the next to it will view the page.

Example Sidebar
Most pages use a shared sidebar, common to all of the pages in a folder. Find the name of your sidebar by editing a page, and select the 'Additional Information' tab. The name will be appear after [[INCLUDE and before the closing ]​].

Fragment Selector
Once you have the name of your fragment, go to the Fragments area of the CMS Admin. There is a button - Show only those I can edit, as well as a filter that will help you find the fragment to edit.

Create an Image from my PDF Flyer

Screen shot showing path to export image from Acrobat Pro

If you only have a PDF of a flyer or poster, then the PDF must be saved as an image file before it can be shared on some social media channels or included on the UH Hilo Calendar. To do this, open the file in Acrobat Pro (available to UH staff), and choose the Export To --> image --> JPEG option from the File menu.

Resize image screen

The resulting file may be quite large (over 1MB). If so, then run it through the Image Resizing Tool, with a reasonable max width (1200 pixels), and it will yield a much smaller file size. This example achieved a 90% reduction in file size by setting appropriate values for maximum width and quality.

Resize or Crop an Image

The content management system does not crop or resize your images. Images should be 'right-sized' before they are uploaded. Uploading an image that is too large takes more time to display the page. Even a 'compressed' image, if it is too large, will take too long to load. Use an image editing tool to shrink overlarge images. No image on the web needs to larger than 1500 - 1600 px wide. For .jpg and .jpeg images, a quality setting of .6 is recommended.

Software Tools

Cropping and resizing photos can be done using your computer or device. Android and iOS have built-in image editors that will allow you to crop or rotate an image.

Here are some resources to help you edit images on your computer or handheld device:

Online Tools

Some online tools allow you to crop or rotate, resize, or apply watermarks to an image.

  • Photo Editor Cropping and rotating tool. Allows cropping, flipping, and rotating of an uploaded image.
  • Online Image Resizer Resizing of images, transparency, changing image type.
  • PicResize.com Supports uploading and resizing of multiple images. All images are made available in a .zip file after processing.
UH Hilo Image Editing Tools