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Information Technology Services / - Web Services / ITS Web Services / CMS

Content Management System

Overview

Information Technology Services has implemented eZ Publish, an open source web Content Management System.

A web Content Management System (CMS) is a tool for managing the content of a website. As opposed to a static site, a CMS-based web site is often referred to as a database-driven site. This is because the content is stored in a database, independently of the design templates.

At the time a user clicks a link, the server combines a page within the site, the content from the database, and the design from the templates into a web page. The CMS allows any authorized user who can fill out a form on a web page to make changes to the website.

A CMS typically allows users to perform the following tasks through a browser interface:

  • Create new pages
  • Edit existing pages
  • Remove pages
  • Move pages
  • Add/modify images and files
  • Add/modify forms and lists
  • Copy and paste content from a word processing application
  • Format content using a combination of templates and WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing
  • and more

Because the design is controlled by a template, the user does not have to know how to FTP content to a server, or how to code HTML.

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