2020 CMS Status Updates

Here are CMS status updates for 2020.

Key to Status Updates

⚠ = Informational Message

✔ = Service Operating Normally

⛔ = Service Disruption

Sept. 22, 2020

Sept. 22, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - We're offering special Office Hours this week for those interested in previewing upcoming Mass.gov navigation design changes.

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Sept. 18, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - Mass.gov will soon have a new look at the top of its pages designed to give users a clearer path to the information they need. The familiar horizontal row of terms and dropdown menus (“Living”, ”Working”, etc.) that traditionally appears at the top of Mass.gov pages will be moved to a menu that can be opened from the upper left corner of the page.

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Sept. 17, 2020

Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. -We’re thrilled to introduce a new set of Web Analytics Dashboards built into the CMS. They provide basic reporting capabilities to help you better understand how your content is being consumed and, potentially, how to improve it.

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Sept. 14, 2020

Sept. 14, 2:00 p.m. - We’re excited to announce that we’ve upgraded from an out-of-the-box version of Google Analytics to the premium GA 360 edition. This delivers immediate new features to those who use Google Analytics to track data about their content, and will soon allow us to restart the embedded CMS Web Analytics Dashboards.

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Aug. 19, 2020

Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m. - The issues with menu items for “My content” and “All Documents” in the CMS, and with public-facing News and Alert content, have now been fixed.

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Aug. 19, 2020

Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. - We're investigating 2 issues affecting the use of the CMS and issues that may be public-facing.

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July 8, 2020

July 8, 3:45 p.m. - We previously reported an issue with the Feedback Manager tool in the CMS performing slowly and not showing data when first loading. This issue has now been fixed.

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July 1, 2020

July 1, 2:35 p.m. - Two new features have been released to the Information Details content type — the visual story template and the ability to add Tableau data visualizations.

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June 29, 2020

June 29, 2:30 p.m. - In an effort to improve Mass.gov navigation, we’ve made a couple of noticeable changes to the relationship indicators found atop pages across the site.

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June 25, 2020

June 25, 3:30 p.m. - Now, within 1 week of an Alert or Promotional page's unpublish date, all users belonging to an Organization as listed in the CMS for that Alert or page will receive an email to let them know that it is set to unpublish.

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June 17, 2020

June 17, 1:30 p.m. - We’ve become aware that the Feedback Manager tool in the CMS is performing slowly and not showing any data when it first loads. In the meantime, there is a workaround for the results issue. Once you add information in either the Feedback Manager author or organization field and click the "Filter" button, you should see data.

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June 3, 2020

June 3, 2:30 p.m. - Due to an update to Alerts in the latest CMS release, all published Alerts show a last modified date of June 2, 2020. There have been no changes made to any Alert content, and this updated last modified date is not posted anywhere on the public-facing site. Please reach out to Mass Digital through ServiceNow if you have any questions.

June 3, 2:30 p.m. - Authors can now put an Alert on all their organization’s pages at once.

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May 18, 2020

May 18, 11:30 a.m. - Please join us via WebEx for the next Mass.gov User Group Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 1, from 2-3 p.m. This meeting will be an opportunity for Mass.gov authors and editors to come together to ask questions and share best practices about a new type of Service pages — custom link groups.

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May 14, 2020

May 14, 10:20 a.m. - Authors can now build decision trees with up to 6 possible answers for each question posed in a Decision Tree Branch. Previously, authors were limited to 2 possible answers.

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May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m. We previously reported an issue where pages were not displaying correctly on public-facing Mass.gov, even though they appeared correctly in edit.mass.gov. This issue has now been fixed.

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May 13, 2020, 9:27 a.m. Some users are reporting that pages are not displaying correctly on Mass.gov. We’re investigating the issue and will update you once we have more information.

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May 7, 2020

May 7, 2:16 p.m. - To make the CMS more secure, we’re now requiring new or newly re-activated users to set up 2-factor authentication (TFA) during their first log-in session.

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May 5, 2020

May 5, 3:30 p.m. - We still have access to the data normally found in the analytics dashboards. Reach out if there is data we can help your organization find.

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May 4, 2020

May 4, 3:15 p.m. - Quickly convey important information to your audience using a Featured Message on your Organization page.

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May 1, 2020

May 1, 1:30 p.m. Thank you to all who attended April’s User Group Meeting and made it such a success. We know these are challenging times and we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to join us.

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April 30, 2020

April 30, 1:08 pm - Flexible new Service page template called Custom link groups now available to all. This format allows more freedom in the amount and type of content you can organize on Service pages.

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April 23, 2020

April 23, 1:30 p.m. - Join us at our next User Group meeting on April 27 to talk about your agency's COVID-19 content and the new COVID-19 landing page.

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April 17, 2020

April 17, 1:16 p.m. - You are invited to join us via WebEx for the next Mass.gov User Group meeting scheduled for Monday, April 27, from 2-3 p.m. Join us to discuss your COVID-19 content and how your agency is responding to the outbreak.

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April 15, 2020

April 15, 10:00 a.m. - The Binder content type has been expanded to support a wider variety of content types, including links to How-to, Form, and Promotional pages.

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April 13, 2020

April 13, 9:15 a.m. - Reach out to us if your pages are receiving user feedback intended for another organization. We might be able to help constituents find what they're looking for.

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April 2, 2020

April 2, 8:00 a.m. - Mass Digital, in conjunction with Governor Charlie Baker’s office, the Department of Public Health and the COVID-19 Command Center, has launched a new COVID-19 landing page.

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March 31, 2020

March 31, 2:48 p.m. - Page dashboards within the content management system are displaying incomplete data because of the unprecedented traffic Mass.gov is experiencing due to COVID-19.

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March 26, 2020

March 26, 10:00 a.m. - We recognize that organizations across the state are rapidly creating content on Mass.gov to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We’re here to help with any of your content needs.

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March 17, 2020

March 17, 1:31 p.m. — We’ve heard from some customers that they’ve experienced difficulty logging in to Mass.gov remotely. In some cases, this happened because users could not find the CMS login URL outside of their usual work environment.

We wanted to share the Mass.gov login URL to make sure you could save it in your teleworking bookmarks. You can log in to the CMS at any time using your regular credentials here:

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March 16, 2020

March 16, 2:11 p.m. — Some users have let us know they are currently using an iPad or tablet to edit content on Mass.gov and have requested some documentation on how to work in that kind of environment.

You will need to select your content items differently to access the “Edit” function when using an iPad or tablet to work within the Mass.gov Content Management System (CMS).

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March 16, 10:28 a.m. — Over the last week, lots of information has been thrown at all of us very quickly and our colleagues at the DPH have put together an incredible collection of information on COVID-19. We appreciate the work all of you are doing to keep the people of Massachusetts informed on this and other matters.

We considered a lot of options to make it as easy as possible for you to access the CMS while teleworking and implemented the best option Friday. Feel free to try logging in at home.

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March 15, 2020

March 15, 12:01 p.m. — Over the last few weeks, lots of information has been thrown at all of us very quickly and our colleagues at the DPH have put together an incredible collection of information on COVID-19. We appreciate the work all of you are doing to keep the people of Massachusetts informed on this and other matters. We know how hard you are working to figure things out in your own agencies. We are too.

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March 13, 2020

March 13, 1:22 p.m. — Over the last week, lots of information about COVID-19 has been thrown at all of us very quickly. We appreciate the work all of you are doing to keep the people of Massachusetts informed on this and other matters. Access to the CMS while teleworking has been implemented. Feel free to try logging in at home.

If you have trouble logging in, please submit a ServiceNow request.

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March 12, 2020

March 12, 12:00 p.m. — As Mass Digital updates the infrastructure behind the CMS today to support telework, we want to let you know this may cause log-in issues.

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March 11, 2020

March 11, 3:30 p.m. — COVID-19: We're actively working to ensure all CMS users will have the access required to make updates to Mass.gov in the event they need to telework.

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March 9, 2020

March 9, 5:17 p.m. — Currently the "Content that needs attention" dashboard is not displaying properly. Scores and Pageviews (1 Month) are not displaying on the "My Content," "Needs Review," and "All Content" tabs.

We are currently investigating the issues and will provide an update when we have more information. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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Feb. 24, 2020

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. — On Wednesday, Mass Digital will be making improvements to SiteImprove groups so users will have a more complete view of pages within their organization and all pages they are interested in following.

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Feb. 11, 2020

Feb. 11, 2:03 p.m. — On Feb. 26 Mass Digital will be making improvements to SiteImprove groups so users will have a more complete view of pages within their organization and all pages they are interested in following.

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Feb. 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 10 a.m. — Thank you to all who attended January’s User Group Meeting and made it such a success. An event description, recordings of the meeting and Ignite Talk presentation, and notes from the breakout sessions have been published in the Knowledge Base.

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Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 29, 2:34 p.m. — Thanks to all of you who came to the Massachusetts Digital Service offices for Monday’s User Group Meeting. Nearly 40 people joined the meeting in person while another 30 joined remotely to learn about Promotional pages. Look in your email tomorrow for more details about the Promotional page dashboard.

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Jan. 28, 2020

Jan. 28, 1:02 p.m. — Thanks to all of you who came to the Massachusetts Digital Service offices for Monday’s User Group Meeting. Nearly 40 people joined the meeting in person while another 30 joined remotely to learn about Promotional pages. Look in your email tomorrow for more details about the Promotional page dashboard.

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Jan. 27, 2020

Jan. 27, 9:58 a.m. — We are looking forward to the User Group Meeting being held at 2 p.m. this afternoon. If you are attending in person, we will see you there. Remember, today's meeting is being held on the 8th floor at 1 Ashburton Place.

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Jan. 24, 2020

Jan. 24, 1:52 p.m. — The next Mass.gov User Group Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. on the 8th floor of the McCormack Building. This is a change in location, please make a note of it. This meeting will be an opportunity for Mass.gov authors and editors to come together to ask questions and share best practices about our newest content type, the Promotional page. Be sure to register and save your spot today.

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Jan. 21, 2020

Jan. 17, 12:55 p.m. - Tonight, Governor Charlie Baker will give the State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Massachusetts House and Senate assembled in the House Chamber. Watch along with constituents across the Commonwealth as we livestream the event on the Mass.gov homepage beginning at 6:30 p.m

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Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 17, 2:08 p.m. - On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Governor Charlie Baker will give the State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Massachusetts House and Senate assembled in the House Chamber. Watch along with constituents across the Commonwealth as we livestream the event on the Mass.gov homepage beginning at 6:30 p.m

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Jan. 17, 8:22 a.m. Our next User Group Meeting is a little more than a week away. Have you saved your spot yet? More than 30 people have already registered. If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, register soon. As a reminder, there are two ways you can attend, in person or online, to accommodate everyone who wants to take part in the event.

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Jan. 16, 2020

Jan. 16, 2:56 p.m. Tomorrow, Jan. 17, page revisions older than 14 months will be removed from the CMS. This removal process will happen on a monthly basis.

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Jan. 16, 2020

Jan. 16, 2:56 p.m. Tomorrow, Jan. 17, page revisions older than 14 months will be removed from the CMS. This removal process will happen on a monthly basis.

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Jan. 16, 2020

Jan. 16, 2:56 p.m. Tomorrow, Jan. 17, page revisions older than 14 months will be removed from the CMS. This removal process will happen on a monthly basis.

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Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 1:15 p.m. — You are cordially invited to attend the next Mass.gov User Group meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. on the 21st floor of the McCormack Building. This meeting will be an opportunity for Mass.gov authors and editors to come together to ask questions and share best practices about our newest content type, the Promotional page.

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Jan. 3, 2020

Jan. 3, 10:25 a.m. — The next Mass.gov User Group Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. on the 21st floor of the McCormack Building. This meeting will be an opportunity for Mass.gov authors and editors to come together to ask questions and share best practices about our newest content type, the Promotional page. We'll be sharing a formal invite with an agenda soon.

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