About the Plone CMS

About Plone - the University's Content Management System.

What is Plone?

Plone is the Content Management System (CMS) used at the University. A CMS provides an easy way to add, remove or change the content of a website.  Most large corporate websites such as councils or hospitals now use a CMS. Plone, which is a popular CMS, is ‘open source’ which means it has been developed communally by people who use it rather than by a company like Microsoft.

What IT skills do I need to use Plone?

You do not need any specialist IT skills to use the Plone CMS. You can now create web pages without knowing any HTML (the mark-up language used to display web pages), and you don't need any design skills.

University websites

A basic template for University websites has already been decided which allows you to focus on the structure and content of your site. Using a template also means that University web pages will all have a similar look, which will help site visitors.

Providing content for your website using the Plone CMS will be no more difficult than using a word processor, although please note that you are restricted when it comes to formatting your text.

When developing your website using the Plone CMS it is important to develop a good folder structure as you add folders and pages, see the section The structure of your website for more information.

Access to the Plone CMS

One thing to note about using the Plone CMS is that every website will have a 'manager' who is allowed to share the responsibility of their site. They will have control over who can access which pages and can also select who can change pages. This means that anyone can work on any Plone web page from any computer with an internet connection, if they have been given the necessary permission to access it.

If/when you need to provide access for others please refer to Setting permissions (sharing).

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