Author: Megan Ross


The Omni CMS Dashboard provides a location within the CMS where you can access user-specific messaging and gadgets. The Dashboard is the default log-in location from the standard Omni CMS Login screen when not using DirectEdit.

In the Dashboard menu on the global navigation bar, you can find links to Workflow and Inbox. These options are also found beneath your name on the My Dashboard page.

Dashboard drop-down menu in the Global Navigation Bar. 

The Dashboard can be customized by choosing which gadgets to show or hide in the view as discussed in the Dashboard Gadgets section.

Global Navigation Bar

The global navigation bar, found at the top of the screen, is the primary way that you will navigate through Omni CMS.

The My Dashboard screen with a red box around the Global Nav Bar.

  • Dashboard: Includes access to your workflow, inbox, and Dashboard gadgets. The Dashboard is the default location when you are not logging in via a DirectEdit link on a page.
  • Content: The Content menu includes access to the main area for editing pages and assets. It consists of several items, depending on your permission level.
  • Reports: Provides access to administrative-level reporting and content management functionality based on your permissions level.
  • Add-Ons: Provides access to additional applications for access through the Omni CMS interface. Access to add-ons may be limited by your permissions.
  • CMS Content SearchAllows you to search Omni CMS for specific content.
  • User Avatar: The menu provides access to your settings.
  • Help: Help menu items include access to the Webmaster’s Blog, Omni CMS Support Site, and other Omni CMS webpages.

Global Navigation Bar.


Get to know the Omni CMS interface by reading the following blog posts before your in-person training session.

  • Learning the Terminology: Refer to this glossary of terminology, sorted alphabetically to learn more about unfamiliar words.
  • Global Navigation Bar: The global navigation bar is the primary way that you will navigate through Omni CMS.
  • Dashboard: The Dashboard provides a location within the CMS where you can access user-specific messaging and gadgets.
  • Gadgets: A gadget is a little program that provides additional functionality or streamlined access to functionality.
  • Pages List View: The Pages list view provides access to functionality relating to creating new content, uploading, and editing content.
  • File Status: Learn more about the statuses a file may be in and how to tell.
  • CMS Content Search: Learn about the CMS content search that allows you to search for a specific phrase.
  • Editable Regions: Editable regions are sections of a page that can be edited.
  • TinyMCE Editor (JustEdit): Learn about the tools available in the editor.

The Webmaster’s Blog provides additional documentation and videos that you can refer to when you need help in the CMS. If you have any questions that are not answered in the blog, please email

If you are interested, the CMS vendor, Omni CMS, has a support site that includes additional documentation and video tutorials. Keep in mind, however, that not all content may be applicable to Michigan Tech, we may implement parts differently, and we have many Michigan Tech-specific instructions not covered in their materials.