UWM's CMS (Content Management System) is a tool that allows individuals to manage Web sites using a series of web-based tools.
Key features include:
The CMS can:
You don't need to have technical programming knowledge or expertise to use UWM's CMS. Content updates are done using commands similar to those found in Microsoft Word; i.e., content can be updated on the Web site without the use of html. Other commands are prompted through the use of simple icons.
Development work with the early adopters is moving forward, with two of the five early adopters successfully launching their CMS-based sites. As work continues with the early adopters, more is learned about how to effectively implement the CMS campus-wide. The work that's been done to make the CMS more usable based on the feedback from the early adopers, coupled with the release of a new version of the CMS software has been dictating the campus-wide availability of the CMS. Tthe new release of the CMS software is scheduled to be available either the end of September or early October. Assuming that testing and upgrades go well, we're planning for a mid-October availability date of the CMS. Please watch this website for further updates.
Short courses from I&MT will be offered to train site administrators as well as Web authors, editors and publishers. Manuals and tutorials will be accessible online. Technical help from the Web Development area in I&MT will be available, as well as assistance with template design from the Visual Design area in UITS Creative Services.
There are many Web sites throughout the campus - school/college sites, sites for administrative departments and centers, faculty sites, student organization sites and students' personal Web sites. Many Web sites cannot be updated on a timely basis because the maintenance of the sites requires technical expertise. UWM's CMS alleviates the need for technical expertise to keep Web sites current. This gives the campus community the opportunity to manage their own sites, without relying on Web developers or the few technical department staff available to update sites. For more information, see the Project History Web page.
No one will be forced to use UWM's CMS. However, the advantages of using a CMS and the ability to share content among users of CMS will be a strong motivator for adopting the system.
Good candidates to use a CMS have many characteristics:
Conversion to UWM's CMS will require an individual and/or a team to manage the project. In addition, a site administrator should be named to manage the site once it is converted.
Here's what can be done to start the project:
See the section entitled Getting Started.
Cost will depend upon the amount of technical help required and whether templates will need to be designed. Those who will be participating in the initial launch (selected from the Call for Proposals) will have a limited amount of free Web Development time to address the technical issues of site migration.
Yes, templates will be available to provide the framework for the Web site. You will need to decide on the type of information you would like on the site, which will determine the navigational links, and the content. The templates will be available for free and downloadable from this Web site.
CMS Web administrators who have completed training will have the ability to create their own templates. These templates must comply with accessibility and UWM branding standards (see the Policies and Guidelines Web page).
Complete the online inquiry form. An individual from the Web development team or UWM's CMS implementation team will contact you with an answer to your question.
Announcements will appear on the homepage of this Web site, as well periodically in the technology feature section of the monthly UWM Report. In addition, updates will be given at the monthly CIO Briefings (register online at myDevelopment.uwm.edu), and provided to your UTR (Unit Technology Representative).
Last modified on September 11, 2007