Predefined CMS background colors

Note: this documentation only applies to the old CMS template.

There is a predefined set of  element background color classes available for use on CMS webpages. The following colors are available:

  • gold
  • black
  • white
  • gray
  • light-gray
  • steel-blue
  • royal-blue
  • light-blue
  • teal
  • olive-green
  • light-green
  • burgundy
  • crimson
  • tangerine
  • khaki

You may use these colors to style the background color of HTML elements such as paragraphs, divs, and headings. Do so by giving an HTML element a class of the color that you wish to use. Here is an example of each color applied to a paragraph:

<p class=”gold”>This is gold</p>

<p class=”black”>This is black</p>

<p class=”white”>This is white</p>

<p class=”gray”>This is gray</p>

<p class=”light-gray”>This is light-gray</p>

<p class=”steel-blue”>This is steel-blue</p>

<p class=”royal-blue”>This is royal-blue</p>

<p class=”light-blue”>This is light-blue</p>

<p class=”teal”>This is teal</p>

<p class=”olive-green”>This is olive-green</p>

<p class=”light-green”>This is light-green</p>

<p class=”burgundy”>This is burgundy</p>

<p class=”crimson”>This is crimson</p>

<p class=”tangerine”>This is tangerine</p>

<p class=”khaki”>This is khaki</p>

Creating and Managing FAQs

A number of CMS websites take advantage of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) feature: styled, expanding sections of frequently asked questions eloquently organized and displayed to the user. Since your department’s website most likely already has an FAQ section, we will first explain how to maintain yours. We will then explain how to create a new FAQ section from scratch.

Maintaining Your FAQs

Your department’s website may have one or more groups of FAQs on its website. You may want to:

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CMS Search—Simple/Advanced Search

There are three types of CMS searches that you can perform:

You are able to search the CMS when creating links or adding images in an ePhox window or when you are slotting content. We will give you some tips and best practices for leveraging the Simple or Advanced CMS search. You can also search specific folders in the CMS. This can be helpful when looking for something on your department’s website or another specific site within the CMS. In addition you can search the entire CMS if you are not sure where what you are looking for is. Your specific folder or entire CMS search can be customized. This will be discussed in a separate blog posting.

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Adding/Modifying Links on Pages/Sidebars

You can add, modify, and remove links in the content area (body copy) or right sidebar on your web page:

  • Add a CMS Link: link to another CMS web page or file (pdf, doc, etc)
  • Add a External Link: link to a page outside the CMS
  • Update/Modify a Link: update or modify a preexisting link
  • Removal of a Link: remove a link from your page

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Formatting Unordered Lists

We have provided you with some CSS class options for formatting your unordered lists. You may include bullets and spacing. You may remove the bullets, but leave the spacing. Or, you maybe remove the bullets and the spacing. To create an unordered list, use standard HTML similar to this:
<li>Item 1</li>
<li>Item 2
<li>Sub Item 1</li>
<li>Sub Item 2
<li>Sub Sub Item 1</li>
<li>Item 3</li>
<li>Item 4
<li>Sub Item 1</li>
<li>Sub Item 2</li>

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RSS Feeds

What is an RSS Feed?

A file, constantly updated, that contains a list of items. Items contain, at minimum, a title, link, and description.
RSS Feeds can be viewed using your web browser (Firefox or Safari).rss-symbol

Most web sites provide links to view a feed directly. This is usually designated by the RSS icon (right) or a text link (e.g. “subscribe to this feed”).

How Do I Subscribe to an RSS Feed?


In Safari, if a page has the option set you can view its feed by clicking on the RSS icon on the web page or in the address bar.

RSS Symbol (Safari)
RSS Symbol (Safari)
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CMS Item Naming Conventions

It’s important to choose your system titles wisely, regardless of what items you are creating in the CMS. The system title is only used within the CMS and is only seen by CMS users. That doesn’t make it any less important, though. Clear, well thought out system titles allow your items to be findable and reusable within the CMS. Use system titles that are descriptive and specific to the item you are creating. The better the name, the better the chance of it being found, used, and reused. It’s important to note that your department may have different ideas of what naming conventions do and do not make sense. Here are some general suggestions and conventions for naming your CMS items. You may decide to follow the ones that make the most sense to you and for your department’s CMS website.

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