Requesting a SiteTo request a CMS site, schedule a 30 minute consult with the CMS team. We will meet with you to learn more about your website goals and expectations. If it has been determined that the CMS is a good fit for your website needs, you will be provided with an official site request form requiring the following information:
1. Project Sponsor and Project Lead
The Project Lead is the primary person responsible for building and maintaining the site. The Project Lead is usually a faculty or staff member of the university, however a student may assume the role with the understanding that a replacement will be designated once the student leaves. The Project Lead can request version upgrades and special page types. The Project Lead may authorize requests to add or remove users from the site.
2. Content Outline
The content outline is a list of the items you plan to place in the Primary, Secondary, and Header navigation as shown in the example below.
Having a content outline prepared will make building your website easier. If you need help with this, schedule a consult with our information architect. Other resources for general information about organizing your content are Brain Traffic, Boxes and Arrows, and Web Content.
3. Site Name and URL
The site name is the full name of your site as you would like it to appear in the logo area on the upper left corner of every page. We will provide you with a basic CMS Mark that follows the Web Guidelines for the Logo Box.
When you request a site, please let us know your desired URL for the launched site. We will need to review your request and make certain that it follows the General Rules for URL Assignment. All CMS websites hosted on our server begin with www.cmu.edu.
4. Special Features
Special Page Types
When you request a site in the CMS it comes provisioned with the basic 2-column and 3-column pages. In addition, you may request any of our Special Page Types (News, Bio and Expand/Collapse pages.)
Password-protecting a CMS website uses WebISO login which requires users to have valid Andrew IDs. If you anticipate the need to password-protect any of your website's content, please let us know in your site request.