What's included in the CMS

The KU Content Management system is based off the open source software Drupal.  In order to meet the needs of the University as a whole, we have implemented and created a number of custom modules to make development easier and more sophisticated for site managers with various skill levels.  Below is a list of some of the features  of the CMS:

  • Template — A common web template provides consistent branding across all KU websites, while giving units flexibility in tailoring their information and site to the needs of their audience.
  • Responsive design — Pages in the CMS are viewable on any device, scaling or reformatting for smart phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Workflow — Multiple roles and an approval process for edited content allows site managers to distribute the work of keeping the content updated.
  • WYSIWYG editor — A Microsoft-Word style of interface for easily adding content without the need for technical skills.
  • Versioning — Versions are saved of every published draft including an audit log, allowing content managers to revert to previous versions if needed.
  • Scheduled publishing — Content can be set to automatically publish (go live) or unpublish (sunset) at a given date and time.
  • Web forms — The easy creation of web-based forms with multiple output options for gathering user input.
  • KU central authentication — Once you are assigned permissions by a site administrator, you can log in with your KU Online ID and password to manage your website and content.
  • Syndicated content — Pull content from central KU sources, such as the Course Catalog and KU Calendar of Events.
  • XML sitemap — Increases your site's searchability both externally and internally.
  • URL redirects and aliasing — Allows for "clean" URLs for any webpage.
  • Commenting — The ability for viewers to leave comments can be enabled on a page-by-page basis.

CMS Help

If you are experiencing a critical issue with your live website, please contact the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080 or itcsc@ku.edu.

For questions on CMS policy, look & feel, and all other issues, please visit our help page.

Please contact web services at 864-6415 or webservices@ku.edu for help with your site

Online help can be found under the How-To's section of this website.