The CM1 Finder

Overview: The CM1 Finder

The upper panel in the CM1 user interface is called the Finder. The Finder allows you to navigate and manage your site folders, pages, and assets.

The CM1 Finder

The Finder contains folders that store other folders, pages, or assets. When you click a folder, the next column opens and displays its contents. 


The Finder Toolbar

At the top of the Finder is the Finder Toolbar.

Finder Toolbar

Finder Toolbar Icons

Finder Toolbar Icon - Expand & Collapse
Expand/Collapse Finder: Show or hide the Finder.
Finder Toolbar Icon - Views
Change Views: Switch between column and list views.
Finder Toolbar Icon - My Pages
My Pages: Display bookmarked pages to quickly edit or manage them.
Finder Toolbar Icon - Actions Menu
Configuration Menu: Select an action to take on an item (folder, page, asset).
Finder Toolbar Icon - Preview
Preview: Opens a preview of the selected item (page, asset).
Finder Toolbar Icon - New Site
Create New Site: Editors and contributors can disregard this function.
Finder Toolbar Icon - New Folder
Create New Folder: Create a new (non-section) folder.
Finder Toolbar Icon - New Page
Create New Page: Create a new (non-landing) page.
Finder Toolbar Icon - New Asset
Create New Asset: Creates a new asset.
Finder Toolbar Icon - Delete Item
Delete Item: Removes the selected item from CM1 (not from the live server.)


The Finder Navigation Bar

In the Finder toolbar is the Finder Navigation Bar.

Finder Toolbar Icon - Nav Bar

 The Finder Navigation Bar is used to:

  • display the CM1 path of the selected item
    (Example of a CM1 path: /Sites/CSUDH/site-name/folder-name/index)
  • search for items (type in keywords and the system will return a list of matching pages and assets)
  • navigate directly to an item by entering the CM1 path to the item and pressing enter (useful when a CM1 path is copied and pasted into the Navigation Bar)


Using the Finder to Find Site Pages and Assets

In the first (far left) column of the Finder, you can select Sites or Assets to navigate.

Site pages are complete website pages.

Assets are pieces of content that you can include on pages (such as images, PDFs, Word Docs, Excel files, etc.).

See: How to: Find and Select Items (Pages and Assets)


The Properties Panel

If you click a site page or asset (not a folder), the next column displays its properties, and you cannot open additional columns.

The Finder Properties Panel

The Properties Panel displays:

  • Page Link: Click the link to open a preview of the item in a new window/tab (Note: Pop-ups must be allowed in your browser settings for preview to work properly.)
  • Template: (Pages only) Displays the template used by the selected page
  • Type: (Assets only) Displays the asset type (Examples: file, image)
  • Status: Displays the workflow state of the item (Examples: draft, pending, live, archive)
  • Workflow Name: This is the name of the custom workflow used by the site. It will be shown in parentheses after the Status.
  • Last Modified: Displays username and date/time info of when the item was last modified
  • Last Published: Displays the date/time of when the item was last published to the live server


Site Folder & Page Types

In CM1 there are are two types of folders and two types of pages.

Folder Types

There are two folder types used in CM1: Standard Folders and Section (Navigation) Folders. Both can contain sub-folders and pages, and have their own CM1 path and URL. The main difference between the two folder types are:

  • Standard Folder
    • Icon: Finder Standard Folder Icon
    • Is not linked to a right navigation menu item on the site
    • Can be created, deleted, moved, and renamed by Editors and Contributors
    • Is useful for storing or categorizing pages and other folders in any way that is logical to users
  • Section (Navigation) Folder
    • Icon: Finder Section Folder Icon
    • Is linked to a right navigation menu item on the site
    • Cannot be created, deleted, moved, or renamed by Editors and Contributors. (To add, remove, or modify Section Folders, contact your site administrator or I.T. support.)
    • Is used to represent a section of the website and must contain a landing page (see below).

Page Types

There are two page types used in CM1: Standard Pages and Landing Pages. The main difference between the two folder types are:

  • Standard Page
    • Icon: Finder Standard Page Icon
    • Can be created, deleted, and moved by Editors and Contributors
    • Is used for any page in the website that is not linked to a right navigation menu item
  • Landing Page
    • Icon: Finder Landing Page Icon
    • Cannot be created, deleted, or moved by Editors and Contributors
    • Is used as the main entry page for a site section. 
    • Is linked to a right navigation menu item on the site (with its Section Folder). Each Section Folder must contain one Landing Page. (The Landing Page is typically named "index".)