What is a content management system?

A content management system (CMS) is software platform that keeps track of each piece website content and displays it to site visitors. A CMS stores and displays interactive content such as text, photos, music, video, documents, and forms on your website.

What is Joomla?

Joomla was chosen as our primary CMS to allow users of all skill ranges and talents access to a platform to develop their UAB web presence. The platform and standard template are managed by Web Communications to control the styling and branding of all UAB Joomla sites and to maintain a consistent look.

Joomla requires limited technical skill to manage and includes an easy-to-use editor. However, basic HTML knowledge is strongly encouraged, and skill in writing and editing CSS (cascading style sheets) can help you customize the look of your content even more. The site's owner/administrator — designated in the original site request or later by the requestor — can give others access to contribute content.

Joomla Video Tutorials

Web Communications maintains a YouTube channel with videos based on issues or ideas we receive from users.

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UAB faculty and staff also have full access to lynda.com, which offers a broad range of training topics.