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What is CMS?

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A CMS, or Content Management System, is a piece of software used to effectively organize and manage large amounts of digital content. Content in reference to the University’s CMS - referred to as Drupal - includes all web pages, documents, and other files made available via the university website.

Intended Audience

This Quicknote is intended for current faculty and staff who would like to know more about what a CMS is.


This Quicknote does not require anything specific and is only for informational purposes.

Why use a CMS?

The CMS makes it possible for almost anyone (with appropriate permissions) to easily manage web content, without needing to know how to write HTML (hyper-text-mark-up language, the typical method for creating web pages). By using a CMS, the university will also have an easier time controlling version implementation.

Who can use the University CMS?

Each department is allotted one license for use by an appointed member of the department.  A department can purchase additional licenses by contacting the ITS Helpdesk at (810)-762-3123 option 1.
The appointed web developers for each department will complete training through ITS and then they will be allowed to edit and maintain the pages of their appointed department.

Where can I learn more about the CMS the University uses?

The Drupal Web Guide contains detailed instructions on how to use many aspects of the Drupal CMS system. This guide is available online at


If you have any questions or experience any issues with this Quicknote, please visit or contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.

Locations: 206 Murchie Science Building or 3174 William S. White Building
Phone#: (810)-762-3123 (Option 1)

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