The November CONTENTdm release is now live, and this release continues to improve the redesigned end-user interface. The CONTENTdm responsive website adapts to any screen size and has significant usability, performance, and accessibility improvements. It is production-ready and is now the default end-user website for more than 70 active CONTENTdm users.
This release contains several additional improvements to the new responsive website:
- Fully custom HTML collection landing pages to give you flexibility to add context to your collections and to shape them to match your branding
- Option to link to external pages in the site navigation so you can integrate CONTENTdm with your institution’s website
- Additional menu slots in the main navigation to support sites that have custom pages and external site references
- CONTENTdm API pass-through access for use in custom scripts to support sophisticated customizations that can pull data from your collections
For more details about this release, see the CONTENTdm Release Notes page.
Note: The responsive website exists alongside current 6.x CONTENTdm websites. Public URLs will default to version 6.x websites until you request to make the switch. Nothing in 6.x is changing in this release.
When you are ready for your end users to start using the new responsive website, you will need to contact OCLC Support to schedule the upgrade.
Here's what one CONTENTdm user has to say about the new interface:
"I can say that I am much happier with the new interface—it is significantly faster than the old interface, with a much more attractive and modern look. I love that the 'Browse' option for each collection is more prominent than on the old website—it had been difficult to browse an entire collection, or all of our collections, in the past. The faceting has been working great, and I think the searching and faceting are very intuitive and easy to use. I also love that there is the option to add social media buttons and I hope to see use of them going forward. So overall, the new interface has been going great."
Naomi Skulan, Metadata & Technical Services Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Morris