Sites Console

Once in AEM, you'll be able to see all pages and sites in AEM. Locating your site and having a general understanding how sites and pages are organized in AEM will make completing several actions easier. 

Reminder

Anyone with an active 6+2 will have read-only access to AEM. After completing the required training, permissions will be added to your account that allow you to edit and publish the pages specific to your college and/or unit. 

Navigating Sites Console

Once in column view, you will see a single column on the left-hand side of the screen. All of the pages within AEM can be found by expanding down the correct node. 

Subdomains

Using the column view, the first column from the left will contain all subdomain sites. Subdomain sites can be easily identified by checking the URL. Any site follows the format sitename.uc.edu is a subdomain and can be found in the first column. Most colleges are examples of subdomains (cech.uc.edu, business.uc.edu, etc.) 

Sites under uc.edu

The other main section users will need to note is the "home/uc" node. Any site that starts with uc.edu/sitename can be found under this node. 

Selecting Pages in Sites Console

Since AEM is a touch system, you won't double click anything in AEM. All of the interactions have been designed to also work with touch devices, such as tablets or mobile devices. With that, there are two different ways to interact with pages.

Page Icon

The icon is the square to the left of the page name. If the page has a featured image, the thumbnail of that image will be displayed. A grey page icon will be displayed if the page doesn't have a featured image. 

When selected, the square will turn blue and a cirlce with a white check mark will be displayed. Most importantly, the page toolbar will appear at the top of the frame. 

Page Name

Selecting the page name rectangle to the right of the icon will expand a new column to display the next level of pages. If there are no pages below, page properties will be displayed in the expanded column. Note that the page toolbar does not appear when selecting a page this way. 

Action Toolbar

When the page icon is selected, the page properties toolbar appears across the top of the frame. Many of these functions will also be available from the page properties toggle menu while editing a page. 

The number of menu items shown across the top of the page is dependent on your screen size. When the menu bar is too longer than the screen, the additional menu items are available via a drop down menu by tapping on the ellipsis

AEM Tip

The functions available in the action tool are repeated in AEM in other places. Understanding these functions will help you understand other areas of AEM as well. 

Create

If you have permissions to a site area, you can click the create button to create a new page that will live below the page level selected. 

Edit

Select this if you want to open the page you have selected to edit. This will be one of your primary functions in AEM. 

Properties

Selecting this will open the page properties window. Page properties are set when the page is first created and can be edited in the page properties window with the exception of the name field. If you need to change the name field, check out how to move a page. 

Lock

We do not recommend that you lock any of your pages. When a page is locked it can only be unlocked by the user who locked it. There may be a significant delay in being able to edit your page if the original user cannont unlock the page. 

Copy

You can copy a page and all of it's subpages to a new location.

  1. After you click copy, the toolbar will be automatically exited. 
  2. Navigate to the location where the copy of the page will live.
  3. The paste icon will be available directly to the left of the create button.

If the template of the copied page is not allowed at the location you are trying to place it, an error message will appear. 

Move

Learn about how to move a page on our advanced tips and tricks section. 

Quick Publish

This will publish the selected page, pushing any changes to the pubically-visible page. A confirmation dialog box will be displayed confirming you want to publish the page. This will publish only the page selected, but does not also publish pages that live below this one.

Manage Publication

Manage publication offers more options than quick publish, allowing for the inclusion of child pages, options for referenced pages. Selecing this will open the manage publication wizard. 

  1. Options: The first window asks you to choose to publish or unpublish the selected pages and also if you want to take that action now or at a later date. 
  2. Scope: you can select an item in the list to configure its further options such as:
    1. Include its children.
    2. Remove it from the selection.
    3. Manage its published references

Delete

Deleting a page removes it completely out of AEM. It does not also deactivate a page. Remember to deactivate your page to remove it from the published site before deleting a page from AEM.