CMS Training

Here you will find foundation information about and tutorials on how to use our Web content management system, Adobe CQ5.

While the majority of content on this page links to information provided by Digital Communications, we have provided our own pages for situations in which the Silver-specific CMS differs from that of the NYU CMS.

Should you have a question that is not answered with the info below, please contact:

What is a CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System. A Web CMS is used to create, edit, manage, search, and publish various kinds of content on a Web page, for example: text, images, and digital media. A CMS does not require a user to have knowledge of HTML or CSS scripting. Instead, the focus is on developing rich and up-to-date content.

The CMS at New York University is called CQ5. It was created by Day Software, recently acquired by Adobe.

CMS Basic Information

An overview of the CMS - why and how it was chosen, how to get access, and information on access controls.

How To Use the CMS

Information on the authoring tools within the CMS and instructions on how to create, edit, and delete pages.

CMS FAQs and Key Concepts

Frequently asked questiosn and key concepts from the NYU Silver CMS orientation.

Best Practices

Guidelines on how to create Web pages that make an impact, and best utilize available features of the CMS.

Writing for the Web

Learn how to write effectively for the web.


Information on how to handle errors; what to do, who to call.

Component Tutorials

Step-by-step instructions on how to implement various functionality into your pages, using NYU Silver specific components.