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Frequently asked questions regarding documents you upload to the website
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Media library images are stored in the CMS - Images you see there are not necessarily used by the live website, and therefore may not be on the live web server.
Normally, T4 uploads media items (files/images) to the web server only when a webpage is using them. And if you stop linking to (or embedding) a media item, or stop publishing the only page that was using it, it will be automatically removed from the web server again.
(Note: Administrators can override this, making individual sub-categories of the media library upload images and/or files - even if those items are not in use.)
How can I browse to media library images (in the CMS)?
If you are in t4, you can browse to the media library and see all images there. Just hover over the 'Content' drop-down menu and click on 'Media Library'
How can I browse to media library images (on the university website)?
Unlike some other websites, you cannot browse to a university web address to click through all the folders and images that have been published by the CMS's Media Library.
However, all media library items are stored on the web server, in subdirectories of https://www.nuigalway.ie/media/. The exact web address depends on the number and names of the media library sub-categories, in the CMS, where your file/image is located.
If you know the exact location of an individual image, and its filename, you can type the complete path to the image into your browser's address bar to go directly to it.
Normally, only images that are in use by a live page will be uploaded to the live webserver by the CMS - unless an administrator has configured a media library sub-category to always upload its images.
This answer is for Power users / Administrators only.
And it assumes you're in the media library's preview mode - if you're in detail mode, click that rightmost button (with the 6 blue squares) first:
If someone else has created a document / image and you want to link to it / use it, you can simply search for it in the media library - you don't need to know the exact category it is stored in ('sections' in the media library are called 'categories').
For example, you could search for 'travel' and filter it for 'Microsoft Office Documents" (in the top-right of the Media Library page).
When you find what you're looking for, hover over it and click 'Select'.
If you want to preview a document first, hover over it, click 'Advanced' and then 'Download'. Then press 'Cancel' to return to your search results.
But if you need to update a document or image, you DO need to know where it was placed in the media library - so that you can open its category first.
There are 2 ways to find out where a media item resides in the media library:
1. Look at the published page that links to the document or displays the image. If its an image, right-click it and open it in a new tab. If it's a document, right-click the link and 'Copy Link Location'.
The web address of the item will begin with https://www.nuigalway.ie/media/... Each directory after that is the name of each media category to open (without spaces in it). Except for the very last bit - that's the name of the file.
E.g. https://www.nuigalway.ie/media/informationsolutionsservices/images/saoirse-704x397.jpg indicates that the file saoirse-704x397.jpg is stored in Media Library - Information Solutions Services - Images.
2. In the media library, you can do the following:
a. Hover over the media item you're interested in, click 'Advanced' and then 'Modify'.
b. Go to the categories tab - search for one that's ticked - that's the category this piece of content is in.
Look at the indentation to see what its parent (and ancestor) sections are - so you'll know how to navigate to this category in the media library.
E.g. If your media item is in 'Agresso Files', and this is a sub-category of 'Files' which is, in turn, a sub-category of 'Information Solutions Services',
you know you'll find the file in Media Library - Information Solutions Services - Files - Agresso Files.
Most site visitors will be forced to download Office 365 files whenever they click on the link to a document.
Although you could consider exporting your word document to PDF (portable document format) and uploading that PDF document to the media library instead, PDF's are not very accessible for those using a screen reader. You should follow steps to make your document accessible before converting it to a PDF. A caveat is that even when converted the PDF may not be acccessible depending on its content. The only way to remediate an inaccessible PDF is by having Adobe Acrobat Pro (available on subscription) otherwise you will need to correct the error in the Source doccument (if possible) and then export it to PDF again.
- Remove it from the web server (media library):
a. Download it from the media library (to your own compueter)
b. Delete it from the media library
- Upload it to OneDrive (Microsoft's cloud-based storage):
a. Log into office.com and click the waffle menu (top left) to select OneDrive.
Note: if you create a document in office.com, it always saves to OneDrive.
b. Click the Upload button, at the top of the screen and select the file to upload.
- Open the Word/Excel file you just uploaded by clicking on its name, in OneDrive.
Share it with people in your organisation who have the link.a. Use the share button on the top right corner and choose 'Share'b. Click 'People you specify can view' for more sharing settings
c. Click the option to share the link with 'People in National Uni...eland, Galway'
d. Click Apply
- Click the Copy button - now the link to the file is in the clipboard, ready to be pasted somewhere.
- Go to the CMS and edit the section you want a link to the document to appear in.
- Edit some content in this section and add a link. When it's time to type in the web address, use Ctrl-V to paste in the address of the shared document.
Remember to make the link open in a new tab.
- Update and approve your change.
Once it publishes to the web server, the link will be on your public webpage but only staff will be able to see the file when they click on that link - everyone else will be refused access.
Sometimes, you need to make the CMS upload media library images/documents - simply because the CMS doesn't know they are in use!
Often, it's because you've typed in its web address, which isn't enough to let the CMS know it has to upload it.
And, very occasionally, users need to upload a document or image to the website without linking to it from any of their pages.
Things in the media library are not uploaded to the web server as soon as they are added - putting them in the media library just adds them to the CMS.
The CMS won't upload them to the web server until it knows they are needed (i.e. embedded / linked to) by a live webpage.
If you include the image/document in a content type (using or ), it will automatically upload to the web server - so long as that content type is approved ... and the section, containing it, is also approved.
Conversely, If this content or section ever gets set to 'Pending' or 'Inactive' (aka deleted), the media item will be removed from the web server because the CMS thinks it's no longer being used.
If you just type the location of an image/document into some part of the CMS (e.g. into an 'External link' or 'External Address' field), or reference/link to it in some HTML code, the CMS will not know that it has to upload that image.
If you ever need to make the CMS always upload documents / images, see the following instructions: How to make t4 always upload files (media library).
If you want to share any office document for collaboration, you should save your document to OneDrive (Microsoft's cloud-based storage) or else create it in office.com, which always saves to OneDrive. Then, in MS Word, share it with people in your organisation who have the link.
If you need the link to be on your site, copy the share link from Word and use this to create a link in your web page.
Find the document in the media library.
Modify that media item, click 'Choose File' and select the newer version of the file from your hard disk.
Tip: Make sure the filename does not contain any spaces or it might not upload.
Also, remove any characters that are reserved for web addresses ( ! * ' ( ) ; : @ & = + $ , / ? % # [ ] ) or you may not be able to browse to the file once it's uploaded.
Click 'Update' to save your changes.
Any links to this media item will point to the updated document within 2 hours. The old version of the file will be deleted from the web server.