Center for Information Technology Services
Instructions on how to do Web Development on Campus Webservers
using the Content Management System
The Center for Information Technology Services provides and maintains the campus webservers that are used by staff, developers, and representatives from departments, schools, and organizations on campus. It also maintains the Content Management System (CMS) that was implemented in Fall, 2003 for anyone interested in creating, maintaining, and updating web content easily.
In order to develop and maintain the websites for the University of Maryland Baltimore (for more information see web standards), please use the instructions below:
- If you do not currently have an account or need to change your existing CMS access/permissions on http://www.umaryland.edu/ please contact the Web Development Department staff
- Once you have a valid CMS account, we suggest that you review the CMS manual or take the class (preferred) in order to learn how to use the software efficently.
- Once you are familiar with how to use the CMS, you can begin create a new website or make changes to your existing website.
Advantages to using the University of Maryland Baltimore webservers and Content Management System:
- Low Maintenance - the UMB webservers are maintained and serviced by the Center for Information Technology staff.
- Security - the UMB webservers and Content Management System (CMS) are secure and require authentication (maintained by CITS) in order to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to make website changes.
- Support - the CITS Web Development Department, along with other CITS staff provide support and assistance to developers on the webserver.
The following advantages have recently been added with the addition of the Content Management System:
- As a developer, you can make your changes to your website by using Internet Explorer and the Content Management System located at https://cms.umaryland.edu/. There is no fee for CMS Training or for using the CMS. In addition, there is no setup or licensing required because the CMS is an online application.
- Since all the changes are being made in the Content Management System (CMS) there is no need to copy/download or move files from a Development server to the Production server. You can make changes to your website in the CMS, preview them, and then publish them all in one place so that the public can instantly see the changes you are making.
- In addition since all the files for your website are located in the CMS, multiple developers can work together simultaneously on different pages while still pointing to each others. Then once changes/pages are published navigation/links, images, and objects will automatically appear or disappear depending on whether something is added or removed. This helps to ensure that there are no broken links or outdated information in your site.
- The CMS will enable developers to change the content on their pages without impacting/breaking the template since it is "wrapped" around each page. If a different/custom template for your site is needed, please contact the Web Development Department.
- The CMS makes it much easier to preview/test and review changes prior to making them available for the public to see. This will enable developers/staff to share their changes and work with other developers simultaneously, so that changes can be made quicker and with less errors.
- In the event, a change made to a file on the Development server doesn't work correctly or the file needs to be reset back to the previous version of the file, a developer can now revert back to a previous version of a webpage on their own easily thru the CMS. Developers can also review audit logs, changes, etc. on their own without having to call anyone or wait.
- Also, if one developer begins making changes to a file in the CMS and then has to work on something else or at a different location; another developer can still get to the changes in the CMS and finish making the changes (since the files are not on the original developer's personal computer). The original developer can also work from various computer's in order to continue making changes in the CMS.
- The CMS makes it easier for developer and managers to review changes that have been made to the website since they do not have to purchase their own copy of any software/application to view the changes/pages.
Advantages of using a Content Management System (Site Executive):
- It empowers non-technical faculty, staff, and students can create and update their web content
- Provides additional level of control over information provided on websites
- Places control back into the content provider’s hands
- Provides additional version control and manageability
- Provides audit trails at the site, folder, page or object level for review
- All objects in Site Executive are updated real-time therefore making broken links almost impossible
- Enables schools, departments and organizations to make their websites a true extension of their business and services
- Gives developers the ability to update web content in minutes, instead of hours or days
- Allows professionals from within each school to update their web content directly and incorporate their own style
- Developers no longer need to use other web development tools in order to make common changes to their website
- Developers no longer need to worry about what web server (development or production) their changes are located
- There is minimal chance for HTML error/mistakes when making website content changes
- Multiple developers can manage content for their website simultaneously
- Site Executive is a web-based application/product therefore no additional software, cost, or setup is needed in order to use it – only a web browser and internet connection is needed
- Enables non-technical faculty, staff, and students to provide users of information with timely and relevant content on a regular basis