WiscWeb CMS - Getting Started

This document is for new WiscWeb CMS customers to use and reference while creating their site. Existing customers may also find it useful as they update their site. It details best practices so that you can get the most out of your website with as little administration and re-work as possible. User's with a published site looking for documentation on how to update and manage your site should look at

User's with a published site looking for documentation on how to update and manage your site should look at WiscWeb CMS - Guide for Working in WiscWebCMS.


The WiscWeb CMS team recommends attending WiscWeb CMS training before attempting to create a website within the WiscWeb CMS system. The training sessions will go over basic functionality of the website, including site structure and administration. Having this beginner level training will help you as you then attempt to create your websites structure and layout.

The following courses are recommended before working on a new website:

  • WiscWeb CMS for Beginners
  • WiscWeb CMS: Intro to Admin Tools

WiscWeb CMS Training at UW-Madison

Designing Navigation and Layout

Before you add any content to your new website, you will want to determine how you want your website to look and feel. You may have an existing website that you are trying to replicate, or you may have an example website that you want to model your site after; either way, having an understanding of the structure and layout is critical to succeeding in WiscWeb CMS. Having a plan will get your site up and running quickly and efficiently. Creating your website without a plan will lead to significant amounts of re-work, as moving pages within WiscWeb CMS is a time-intensive process.

The following document will help you understand how WiscWeb CMS handles navigation, and will help you take the steps necessary to create an easily navigable website. WiscWeb CMS - Best Practices for Designing Website Navigation

Implementing Navigation and Layout

Once you have decided on your navigation and layout, the next step is to implement it in WiscWeb CMS. The following document will guide you through the process of creating your subpages on the site: WiscWeb CMS - Best Practices for Implementing Navigation and Layout.

Adding Content

Adding content is what most consider to be the most fun part of creating a website. This is the part where you add your text, pictures, and other content to the site in preparation for publishing it out for the world to see.

Each page you created above will likely have content to be added. The following document walks you through choosing the type of content you want to add to the page: WiscWeb CMS - Adding New Content to a Page.

If you are using the standard template, the following content classes available to you: WiscWeb CMS Standard Content Classes. You can also view the WiscWeb CMS Demo Site to see how the different standard template content classes look and feel.


You are now ready to publish your site. You will want to work with the WiscWeb CMS team to determine the following:

  • Where your site will be hosted. There are a variety of ways to host your website, including DoIT or having your own department host it. We can discuss the options with you and help you through the process.
  • What your site URL will be. We will work with hostmasters on campus to make sure your site address is approved and ready for your go live date.

The CMS team will work with you and other technical staff to make sure your site is ready to be published. This includes DNS changes, link checking, and backing up your old site (if necessary).

Keywords:wiscweb cms templates content classes page subpage blank page empty site getting started guide   Doc ID:30239
Owner:Ryan H.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2013-05-21 12:34 CDTUpdated:2014-12-02 12:34 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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