Bulk Tagging in the CMS Lite

Bulk Tagging offers the ability to populate metadata and/or tags to multiple nodes (pages) or assets in one action.  This feature can be used to apply terms to all fields (for new content/assets), or add additional terms to a field.  The tool may also be used to replace existing content with a new term, for example, updating the Creator field of all content/assets when a Ministry name change occurs.

There are no mandatory fields when bulk tagging; therefore, a user can choose which fields to update without encountering validation errors.  However, the end result must include terms in all mandatory fields or the page(s) cannot be published.  This does not apply to Asset Metadata as there are no validation requirements.

Content

  1. From the Content Navigation pane, choose one of the following options:
    1. Check the box selected checkbox next to the applicable node(s) and select the Bulk Tag Metadata and Terms to Selected, or
    2. Check the box selected checkbox next to the highest level node and select the Bulk Tag Metadata and Terms to Selected and Their Children

The bulk tagging screen will be displayed in the Content Pane
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Content Metadata Bulk Tagging screen

  1. Select the applicable tab(s) and update the terms (see Applying Terms to Fields below)
  2. Click [Save]

    Bulk Tagging Warning Message will be displayed
    Bulk Tagging warning message

  3. Click [Confirm] to complete the action

    Confirmation Message will be displayed
    confirmation message
  4. When the bulk tagging action is complete, the right-hand pane will be blank

  5. Click on any title in the Navigation Pane to re-display the Content Pane.  All selected pages will be updated regardless of the status of the node (e.g. locked or being modified by another user), and the Settings information will reflect the modified date and the name of the user that invoked the bulk tagging action

Assets

  1. Choose one of the following options:
    1. From the Navigation pane, check the box selected checkbox next to the applicable asset folder(s) and select the Bulk Tag Metadata and Terms to Selected and Their Children from the Action Menu, or
    2. From the Asset Folder Pane, choose one of the following options to select the asset(s):
      1. Check the box selected checkbox next to the applicable asset(s), or
      2. Select the box next to the File/Folder Name heading to select all assets
        selected checkbox next to Title field
      3. Select the [Bulk Tag] action button

The bulk tagging screen will be displayed in the Asset Pane
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Asset Bulk Tagging screen

  1. Repeat steps 2 - 5 under Content
  2. Click on any folder in the Navigation Pane to re-display the Folder Pane.  All selected assets will reflect the modified date and the name of the user that invoked the bulk tagging action

Applying Terms to Fields

It's is important to remember when using the bulk tagging that any existing information will be overwritten if a new term is added to a field.  When a new page is created, the following metadata fields are auto-populated:

  • Language = English
  • Security Classification = Low
  • Security Label = Public

If these fields values are applicable, leave the fields blank.  Only updated fields will be modified.  Any field left blank during the Bulk Tagging process will not be overwritten or removed.   If an additional term is required in a populated field, both the existing term and the additional term must be included in the field.  If the term is to be replaced, only the new term should be chosen.

In the following example, French needs to replace English in the Language field.  By selecting only the term 'French' in the Bulk Tagging pane, the current term of English will be replaced. 

Existing MetadataClick image to view in full screen.
Metadata tab before bulk tagging occurs

Bulk Tagging with only the term 'French' populated in the Language field
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updating the language field with French in the Bulk Tagging screen

Result of bulk tagging. Click image to view in full screen
updated language field with French in the Metadata tab

In this example, French needs to be added to the existing English term in the Language field.  By selecting both English and French in the Bulk Tagging pane, the field will be populated with both terms.

Bulk Tagging with both terms populated in the Language field
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updating the language field with both English and French in the Bulk Tagging screen

Result of bulk tagging. Click image to view in full screen
updated language field with English and French in the Metadata tab

In all cases, the pages are updated regardless of the status of the node (e.g. locked or being modified by another user), and the settings information will reflect the modified date and the name of the user that invoked the bulk tagging action.