Open Text Overview & Getting Started
The Open Text content management system is a software suite which contains the university’s primary web presence. Departmental editors modify offline copies of the live content, which allows changes to be made and reviewed by a team before revisions reach the live web.
The Open Text software runs from inside your browser, so there is no additional software to install. However, if the server asks for authorization or you receive a warning that Open Text is trying to install a web application, it is safe to proceed. All major browsers are officially supported by Open Text, however confirmed problems exist with all versions of Internet Explorer. We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to avoid known software conflictions. Mac users can use Safari.
Since Open Text runs inside of the browser, it is important to keep your session active in order to continue editing. If you type a different web address in the address bar of your browser while logged into Open Text, your session will be lost and you will likely need to log in again. It is also important to avoid using the Back, Forward or Refresh functions as this will also likely interrupt your session. Everything you need to do in order to work inside of Open Text is provided in some way within Open Text itself.
Log in to the Open Text server: http://cmsserver.semo.edu using your Southeast Key.
After logging in, the Homepage is displayed. Customization of the panels shown on this page is possible using the Configure Homepage button located in the upper right-hand corner, though this is not necessary.
On the far right of the page near the top, under the search prompt, click the Select Project button and choose ‘semo.edu’. For whatever reason this never works the first time, so click it again and a green check mark will appear next to semo.edu under Select Project. Now there should be additional tabs available next to the Homepage tab listed at the top.
Click the SmartEdit tab to access the main editing functions of Open Text. If everything works correctly, you should now be looking at your department's homepage or a custom start page that provides links to sites you are assigned to edit.