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What skills do I need in order to use the CMS?

The CMS allows individuals with little knowledge of web programming or development to create and manage web content.

However, it is important you are familiar with web browsers and word processors as the CMS uses a word processor much like Microsoft Word. This processor is called the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Editor. If you are new to word processors or would like to get a refresher, the MSU Library offers professional workshops on a variety of computer topics. Visit the MSU Library Workshops Calendar for a schedule of classes or check out the MSU Library's subscription to Lynda, a suite of training videos covering topics such as Microsoft Office and much more.

University Information Technology (UIT) also offers informational services to faculty and staff, on an array of topics from computer use, NetIDs, email, and more. Visit IT Onboarding for more information.

Prior to accessing the CMS for the first time, you will need to take the introductory training session offered by Web & Digital Communications. This course, CMS 110: Introduction to the CMS, will teach you the skills necessary for interacting with the CMS. 

After taking CMS 110: Introduction to the CMS, you may also attend any of our advanced trainings, which specifically cover a number of individualized topics. Courses include CMS 120: Introduction to Building a Website, CMS 130: Creating a Web Form, and CMS 210: Web Accessibility.

For more on the CMS and the CMS Trainings, visit Web & Digital Communication's Web Content Management System.

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