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OU Campus from OmniUpdate is billed as a CMS for institutions of higher education. It can be deployed as a cloud-based service or hosted locally. It is built in Java, uses open standards, and is extensible through APIs.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/Ag/eC/MS2JSBAK34G7.PNGAn OU Campus is a happy campusWe launched OU Campus in February of 2015, along with a responsive redesign of our main site. We have a web staff of two, but I was able to train over 100 content owners across campus in a very short time. Since we've launched, OU Campus has been so well received that we are currently working to move our Alumni & Development sites into the CMS. Purchasing OU Campus was a great decision. The learning curve for non-technical users is very small, and our campus community loves using OU. On the technical side, template creation can be a little difficult, but the customer service is top notch. I can count on someone to answer any question I have quickly and effectively.,The JustEdit feature makes updating content a breeze. With a small staff, we rely on others to update their content. OU Campus makes it easy. Site-wide find and replace. I use the site-wide find and replace feature for all sorts of things - links, enrollment numbers, department names. It's really helpful. Customer service. The staff at OU Campus answers questions quickly and is always willing to discuss the most effective ways to take on new projects.,Multiple browser previews. The browser/os preview seemed like a feature we could really use, but it is slow and not always accurate. Forms. The form builder lacks some advanced features, like captcha, but they are updating the form builder. Mobile access. As of now, OU Campus doesn't allow for users to log in from a mobile device. I don't want to update websites from my phone, but it would be nice to have access to some features on the go.,10,Increased satisfaction with user experience. OU Campus has made it easier for us to address problems when they arise, making our website more efficient. Role-based control. Our old CMS made it very easy for users to change fonts and colors on their sections, which was very detrimental to the overall brand. That's not a problem anymore. Reduced training times. OU Campus is so easy to use, I've been able to cut training times down by half.,Telerik Sitefinity,Adobe Photoshop,Content Author / Administrator,1,000-10,000 pagesGreat for content editors and content experts alikeOur university uses OU Campus to edit web pages for all departments and colleges. It is used to divide each of our six colleges each with their own editors and content creators. These individuals will have different permissions based on their role in the university to edit pages; edit pages and submit them to "publishers" or edit everything. It is very flexible in the sense that it is scalable so there isn't just one person editing everything all the time.,Assets are easily managed and can be edited independently of the page they exist on. Version history is handled well. Allows for a comment section to note what changes have been made. Dependency tags are perfect for media that is used in several places. Upload a photo once, use it in multiple places, edit the photo or its description in one place.,Formatting. The page can sometimes look very differently when published than what it looks like while editing. Some improvements have been made in this area with version 10 however. Find and replace. The command+F needs to find text on the page while editing, not present an actual find and replace dialog box. At least give me the option to simply "find" the text I'm looking for. The dialog box just gets in the way most of the time. There is not a way to "unpublish" items. At least not a way that I can think of. I would like the ability to pull a page offline without deleting it. Seems like it should be done simpler.,8,The time it took to previously publish an edit a web page was largely dependent on how busy the web team was during a specific period. With OU Campus, the content editing is now directly in the hands of the content experts. If a user notices a page needs to be updated they can do it themselves within minutes. It was imperative to get all of our content into a CMS before proceeding with a full website redesign. Things will go much more smoothly now that everything is more "universally" managed.,Content Author / Administrator,100-1,000 pagesWhen choosing a CMS for higher-ed, you cannot go wrong with OU Campus!OU Campus Content Management System is used across our campus to update the content for our entire university website.,OU Campus is quite simply a very easy product to manage and maintain for our users across campus. The easy-to-use interface makes using the product easy. As the administrator for OU Campus, I can set up user access and preferences according to user knowledge and expertise. Using OU Campus daily gives us the ability to keep our website up-to-date with quick access and easy usability. With version 10 of OU Campus, OmniUpdate has continued to grow and expand according to user needs.,10,With OU Campus as our CMS, our content remains up-to-date and easy to maintain back-end information for SEO. We have seen a significant increase in search engine traffic, along with repeat visitors to our website. Our users on campus now have the content in their hands. This took away the bottleneck with other CMS products we have used. By providing users with easy log-in, simple navigation and updates, content continues to always be updated for website visitors.,,,5,Managing end-users for our CMS Updating web content across our university website Updating main university content on a daily basis,Updating PDF files and images with ease.,Campus catalog, blogs, responsive design,10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor Third-party Reviews,If possible, we would have liked to have moved into OU Campus a couple of years earlier.,Vendor implemented Professional services company,No,Change management was a minor issue with the implementation,Training end-users with a completely new system. Easily overcome with online training and hands-on training.,10,Yes,10,Yes,We went through a complete overhaul of our site two years ago. OmniUpdate was available to assist with moving our site to a new server while at the same time launching a complete new site.,User log-in and content updates are made with ease across our campus. Administration of users is easy to manage.,When a user is no longer available on the campus, we would like the ability to be notified in the system. This may be a function needed to be set up through our I.T. department.,Yes, but I don't use it,10OU Campus - the best web CMS in the industry...OU Campus is the primary interface through which our public website(s) are edited and upon which web content is managed for our entire organization. Although there has been no real support 'from the top' of the organization regarding this product's adoption across our institution, OU Campus use has spread by word of mouth, and prospective users contact me on a regular basis requesting training on and access to the system for editing their website content. To date, we have had a 100% user adoption rate across the campus. Basically, everyone who has started using OU Campus is still using it today. The specific business problems that OU Campus continues to address are: (1) empowering users and content contributors campus wide to manage the content on their respective web pages, (2) decreasing the amount of time it takes for new content to be published live to our website, and (3) our public website content is more fresh, relevant and accurate as a direct result.,SIMPLE TO USE - non-technical users of the product learn the functions and features easily, and they continue to use OU Campus on a regular basis. PLATFORM-AGNOSTIC & NOTHING TO INSTALL - OU Campus can be connected to anything that can be accessed via FTP, and that content can be managed through a web browser. ENTERPRISE-LEVEL SOLUTION - content can be repurposed to multiple outputs (mobile, PDF, CSV, HTML) in a single step, OU Campus has site-wide dependency management tools built-in. Web-based image editor is built-in. Simple to multi-step workflow and content scheduling (publishing/expiring content) is built-in. Web content snippets (bits of code) as well as digital 'assets' management (images, scripts, code sections, data, etc.) is built-into OU Campus. Site export and ZIP Import (with auto-extraction) is built-into OU Campus. OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE - If you ever need a question answered, OmniUpdate's support team is second to none. My experience over the past 8 years has been that I get a response within the business day (and typically within an hour).,I used to have an issue with the 'Browse...' button on the initial 'Insert/Edit Link' interface, but that's already been fixed/resolved/improved. I think the reporting interface could use a facelift - at this point you can pull out CSV files and manipulate them in Excel (which works well), but providing something more visual for displaying system-wide data/reporting would be great (I believe there is something in version 10 that addresses this, but we're not yet migrated over to that version). I think a visual template editor (with drag-and-drop capabilities) would be a great addition to this product. Something that allows for reshaping CSS DIVs, drag-and-drop of page elements (in HTML5/CSS3 and/or for XSL functions).,10,Maintenance on dozens of sub-sites across our web presence are now being managed directly by the owners of the respective content, making our website's information more fresh and relevant to site visitors. OU Campus has been directly responsible for improving our entire Student Services and Counseling functions by providing relevant and important updates to students. Website style / theme consistency has been achieved through OU Campus, reducing the amount of confusion for site visitors and improving our marketing of our brand.,,10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability,I wouldn't. We ended up with OU Campus, so we did our work in choosing our product well.,Change management was minimalOU and MeOU Campus is used exclusively throughout Southeastern. I manage our scholarship, financial aid, work study, and veteran services web site. It has proven to be a much easier user friendly product than what we previously employed.,Instructions for OU Campus are clearly defined I am able to publish small corrections myself without having to send it to another approver.,I still struggle with uploading documents to the system.,9,N/A,
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May 05, 2016

User Review: "An OU Campus is a happy campus"

Score 10 out of 10
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We launched OU Campus in February of 2015, along with a responsive redesign of our main site. We have a web staff of two, but I was able to train over 100 content owners across campus in a very short time. Since we've launched, OU Campus has been so well received that we are currently working to move our Alumni & Development sites into the CMS. Purchasing OU Campus was a great decision. The learning curve for non-technical users is very small, and our campus community loves using OU. On the technical side, template creation can be a little difficult, but the customer service is top notch. I can count on someone to answer any question I have quickly and effectively.
  • The JustEdit feature makes updating content a breeze. With a small staff, we rely on others to update their content. OU Campus makes it easy.
  • Site-wide find and replace. I use the site-wide find and replace feature for all sorts of things - links, enrollment numbers, department names. It's really helpful.
  • Customer service. The staff at OU Campus answers questions quickly and is always willing to discuss the most effective ways to take on new projects.
  • Multiple browser previews. The browser/os preview seemed like a feature we could really use, but it is slow and not always accurate.
  • Forms. The form builder lacks some advanced features, like captcha, but they are updating the form builder.
  • Mobile access. As of now, OU Campus doesn't allow for users to log in from a mobile device. I don't want to update websites from my phone, but it would be nice to have access to some features on the go.
For a college campus, OU Campus is the best CMS product I've seen, especially when budgets continue to be cut and we are all trying to do more with less staff and less resources. It's impossible for a small web team to keep up with changes across campus, so it's very nice to be able to give users access across campus to update their content without sacrificing the university brand.
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July 20, 2015

OU Campus Review: "Great for content editors and content experts alike"

Score 8 out of 10
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Our university uses OU Campus to edit web pages for all departments and colleges. It is used to divide each of our six colleges each with their own editors and content creators. These individuals will have different permissions based on their role in the university to edit pages; edit pages and submit them to "publishers" or edit everything. It is very flexible in the sense that it is scalable so there isn't just one person editing everything all the time.
  • Assets are easily managed and can be edited independently of the page they exist on.
  • Version history is handled well. Allows for a comment section to note what changes have been made.
  • Dependency tags are perfect for media that is used in several places. Upload a photo once, use it in multiple places, edit the photo or its description in one place.
  • Formatting. The page can sometimes look very differently when published than what it looks like while editing. Some improvements have been made in this area with version 10 however.
  • Find and replace. The command+F needs to find text on the page while editing, not present an actual find and replace dialog box. At least give me the option to simply "find" the text I'm looking for. The dialog box just gets in the way most of the time.
  • There is not a way to "unpublish" items. At least not a way that I can think of. I would like the ability to pull a page offline without deleting it. Seems like it should be done simpler.
OU Campus is well suited for large organizations with multiple pages that should be updated by the content experts themselves. It is less appropriate if your marketing or communications team handles "all" of the website editing. OU Campus should be used if multiple (think 10 or more) editors will be used.
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July 07, 2015

Review: "When choosing a CMS for higher-ed, you cannot go wrong with OU Campus!"

Score 10 out of 10
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OU Campus Content Management System is used across our campus to update the content for our entire university website.
  • OU Campus is quite simply a very easy product to manage and maintain for our users across campus.
  • The easy-to-use interface makes using the product easy. As the administrator for OU Campus, I can set up user access and preferences according to user knowledge and expertise.
  • Using OU Campus daily gives us the ability to keep our website up-to-date with quick access and easy usability.
  • With version 10 of OU Campus, OmniUpdate has continued to grow and expand according to user needs.
Considering the product is geared toward higher-education, the potential customer should ask about tech support, ease of set-up and end-user needs.
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July 07, 2015

Review: "OU Campus - the best web CMS in the industry..."

Score 10 out of 10
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OU Campus is the primary interface through which our public website(s) are edited and upon which web content is managed for our entire organization. Although there has been no real support 'from the top' of the organization regarding this product's adoption across our institution, OU Campus use has spread by word of mouth, and prospective users contact me on a regular basis requesting training on and access to the system for editing their website content. To date, we have had a 100% user adoption rate across the campus. Basically, everyone who has started using OU Campus is still using it today. The specific business problems that OU Campus continues to address are: (1) empowering users and content contributors campus wide to manage the content on their respective web pages, (2) decreasing the amount of time it takes for new content to be published live to our website, and (3) our public website content is more fresh, relevant and accurate as a direct result.
  • SIMPLE TO USE - non-technical users of the product learn the functions and features easily, and they continue to use OU Campus on a regular basis.
  • PLATFORM-AGNOSTIC & NOTHING TO INSTALL - OU Campus can be connected to anything that can be accessed via FTP, and that content can be managed through a web browser.
  • ENTERPRISE-LEVEL SOLUTION - content can be repurposed to multiple outputs (mobile, PDF, CSV, HTML) in a single step, OU Campus has site-wide dependency management tools built-in. Web-based image editor is built-in. Simple to multi-step workflow and content scheduling (publishing/expiring content) is built-in. Web content snippets (bits of code) as well as digital 'assets' management (images, scripts, code sections, data, etc.) is built-into OU Campus. Site export and ZIP Import (with auto-extraction) is built-into OU Campus.
  • OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE - If you ever need a question answered, OmniUpdate's support team is second to none. My experience over the past 8 years has been that I get a response within the business day (and typically within an hour).
  • I used to have an issue with the 'Browse...' button on the initial 'Insert/Edit Link' interface, but that's already been fixed/resolved/improved.
  • I think the reporting interface could use a facelift - at this point you can pull out CSV files and manipulate them in Excel (which works well), but providing something more visual for displaying system-wide data/reporting would be great (I believe there is something in version 10 that addresses this, but we're not yet migrated over to that version).
  • I think a visual template editor (with drag-and-drop capabilities) would be a great addition to this product. Something that allows for reshaping CSS DIVs, drag-and-drop of page elements (in HTML5/CSS3 and/or for XSL functions).
I have been a staunch supporter of OU Campus since our first year as a customer (2006) and I have been continually impressed with how closely they match their development of the product to customers' requests. I don't know of any other company that delivers so much continuous improvement on their software, and all of those improvements have a direct and immediate benefit to their customers.
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September 09, 2015

OU Campus Review: "OU and Me"

Score 9 out of 10
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OU Campus is used exclusively throughout Southeastern. I manage our scholarship, financial aid, work study, and veteran services web site. It has proven to be a much easier user friendly product than what we previously employed.
  • Instructions for OU Campus are clearly defined
  • I am able to publish small corrections myself without having to send it to another approver.
  • I still struggle with uploading documents to the system.
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April 11, 2014

User Review: "OU Campus"

Score 5 out of 10
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OU Campus is being used to create links for professors, faculty, staff and community members to see viable information for our department and it is being used across the whole organization. The only business problem that OU Campus address is the ability to upload materials to the web in a matter of seconds. The only problem that I have with OU campus is not being able to upload the same document without changing the original document name. If OU campus would allow users to keep the original name and upload the document, then I would love it.
  • I love that fact that whenever I upload something, it is available to the community members within a matter of seconds.
  • OU Campus could use some improving on their upload changes as far as naming the document because when you are trying to upload the same document with minor revisions, OU Campus requires you to change the name of the document within OU Campus which creates multiple documents in the workfolder.
  • When naming documents to upload into OU Campus, it would be nice if we could name out documents the way we would instead of having to put an underscore to indicate a space in the document. Most users of OU Campus has not had proper training to know that you need to do that.
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April 16, 2014

Review: "OU Campus Content Management System is a fantastic software for creating and maintaining web pages/web sites."

Score 10 out of 10
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I worked as a Web Developer at The College at Brockport for over 3 years. During that time I maintained both departments' websites and main university web pages. I also taught many department leads core web skills so that they can take the bulk of maintaining their own web sites. Initially, we were plain HTML/JavaScript shop. It was very difficult for non-tech people to understand how the web works and how web pages need to be created and updated. Once we introduced OU Campus Content Management System, we saw a dramatic change. Not only it was very very easy for us to train non-tech people basic web development skills, but also many more employees wanted to learn such skills. OU Campus builds and offers fantastic software. In my experience and the experience of those whom I thought how to use it, the Content Management System offered by OU Campus is very intuitive and easy to use. It has a nice user interface, and great documentation explaining the user how to use each feature the user is interested in. With OU Campus Content Management System creating and maintaining web pages is a breeze. I would totally recommend it to anybody who wants to save time creating and updating web content.
  • Very easy to create and maintain web pages.
  • Very intuitive interface.
  • Easy to teach non-tech people how to use it.
  • Users love it.
  • Better integration of JavaScript debugging.
  • Better integration for dynamic web content.
OU Campus Content Management System is very easy to use and teach non-tech people how to use it. Once deployed properly, IT departments at colleges and other institutions with big web presence can offload most of the web maintenance to department heads. This saves a lot of time and effort on the IT department's side.
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April 11, 2014

OU Campus Review: "OUCampus rocks!"

Score 7 out of 10
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Across the whole organization. Content management for decentralized website management.
  • Easy to use.
  • Intuitive.
  • Consistency across users.
  • File structure was sometimes confusing; assets not filed intuitively.
  • Content migration didn't always flow across from old system to OUCampus seamlessly.
Make sure all stakeholders are included in vendor selection and implementation conversations.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (4)
10.0
API (3)
9.0
Internationalization / multi-language (3)
9.0
WYSIWYG editor (4)
9.8
Code quality / cleanliness (4)
9.0
Admin section (4)
9.9
Page templates (3)
9.0
Library of website themes (1)
9.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design (3)
9.0
Publishing workflow (4)
10.0
Form generator (2)
8.0
Content taxonomy (4)
2.6
SEO support (3)
2.5
Bulk management (4)
8.1
Availability / breadth of extensions (3)
5.2
Community / comment management (2)
5.2

About OU Campus

OU Campus from OmniUpdate is as an enterprise CMS platform for institutions of higher education. It can be deployed as a cloud-based service or hosted locally. It is built in Java, uses open standards, and is extensible through APIs. It features a WYSIWYG toolbar with in-context editing as well as source code editing, instant and scheduled publishing, multi-channel output, mobile-accessibility for end users, asset management, and so much more.

The vendor attributes the fast and responsive user interface to the HTML5 technology. Additionally, the vendor says that new page templates, and the drag-and-drop functionality make their platform extremely user friendly. OU Campus can integrate with other campus systems via REST-style APIs to solve digital marketing needs, including social media mashup, online course catalog, faculty directory, mobile website, calendar, email marketing, blogs, interactive campus map, cost calculator, and more. Its decoupled architecture provides flexibility and safeguards. Global find and replace presents a powerful search option when scouring code. Unlimited sites and sub-sites may be managed through OU Campus.

Categories:  Content Management

OU Campus Features

Has featurePowerful Administration
Has featureStreamlined Content
Has featureUser-Friendly Editing
Has featureReusable Content
Has featureQuality Control
Has featureConvenient Publishing
Has featureExtensibility
Has featureEffortless Syndication

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OU Campus Integrations

Oracle PeopleSoft HCM, Google Analytics, Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), Ellucian Banner/Colleague, CurricUNET, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

OU Campus Competitors

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Required

OU Campus Support Options

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Phone
Live Chat
Email
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

OU Campus Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone