About the Cerritos College Content Management System (CMS)

What is the CMS?

Wikipedia defines CMS as follows:

A Web Content Management System (WCM, WCMS or Web CMS) is content management system (CMS) software, implemented as a Web application, for creating and managing HTML content. It is used to manage and control a large, dynamic collection of Web material (HTML documents and their associated images). A WCMS facilitates content creation, content control, editing, and essential Web maintenance functions. 
(See the full definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_content_management_system)

The Cerritos College CMS makes maintaining web pages simple.  All web authoring is done on campus or at home using a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox and without the need for other applications such as Microsoft FrontPage/Expression/SharePoint or Adobe Dreamweaver.  The CMS is free to use for Cerritos College employees whether on campus or away from home.

Web administration has developed a web-based Content Management System with the following goals and benefits:

  • Promote, improve and enforce compliance with accessibility standards:
    • Automated and manual page checks for accessibility before they become visible to the public
    • Pages can be reserved for content approval before becoming visible to the public
  • Provide tools for non-technical web authors to manage and create accessible web pages:
    • Feature a WYSIWIG editor
    • No HTML or scripting knowledge necessary
    • Accessibility report tool available for web authors
    • Reusable components - photo gallery, department calendar, etc...
  • Promote branding standards
    • Separate content from design using CSS styles
    • Templates provide consistent layout and allows web sites to be portable and easy to update
  • Manage web sites/content
  • Eliminate use of software such as FrontPage/Expression/SharePoint/Dreamweaver
  • Provide web administrators a graphical interface for the administration of the CMS