dotCMS

dotCMS - Website Editor

dotCMS is a Content Management System (CMS) through which ANR users can edit and maintain websites provided by ANR Technology Services.

The current dotCMS website editor system training videos and documentation are listed below. In addition, there is a Demo Site that reviews each content type, widget, etc. including each field, relationship options, and visual presentation. 

How to Login to dotCMS

To access the dotCMS system web page, visit dotCMS Login. Input your MSUNetID and password. If you experience issues when attempting to login to dotCMS, first ensure you are using the correct password. If you are still unable to connect, contact ANR IT for assistance at 517-355-3776 or send an email to anr.support@msu.edu

MSU Extension Event Submission Form

To create an event that will be promoted across multiple MSU Extension-related websites, use the MSU Extension Event Submission Form. Note: Once an event has been submitted using this form, there may be additional edits that are needed. The submitted event can be edited directly from dotCMS.

What do I manage on our website? What do professional communicators manage?

Extension staff

Professional communicators

  • Updating text on a page
  • Updating or adding images on a page
  • Uploading files to link to on pages
  • Adding Events using the MSU Extension Event Submission Form
  • Maintaining information on person pages
  • Current content on existing pages (review for accuracy, determine what needs to be updated, added or removed)
  • Strategic development
  • Rearranging navigation
  • Updating access/permissions
  • Adding new people when they are hired, and removing them when they leave Extension

When in doubt, email your Extension communicator

After reviewing the following Training Videos and Training Documentation content, if you have additional questions about using dotCMS you can contact ANR Technology Services for technical support at (517) 355-3776 or via email at anr.support@msu.edu. To request a training, please email Heidi Macwan at charronh@msu.edu.

Note: ANR Communications uploads County Annual Reports and creates a series of article entries that make up that report. If you have a question about the status of a submitted county annual report, email Katie Nicpon at freykath@msu.edu.

Training Videos

Below are several recorded training and walk-though videos that cover topics from basic dotCMS training, including how to create and edit pages and content (including how to add an image or file to a page), and events (including the MSU Extension Event Submission Form) and person profiles, and more.  

  • dotCMS: How to Create a Digital Document

    Learn how to create a Digital Document in dotCMS.

  • dotCMS: How to Create a Copy of an Event - Long Version

    Learn how to copy and edit all fields for an event in dotCMS.

  • dotCMS: How to Edit Content Types

    Learn how to edit a content type in dotCMS.

  • dotCMS: How to Copy an Event - Short Version

    Learn how to copy and edit targeted fields for an event in dotCMS.

  • dotCMS: How to Create a Person Profile

    Learn how to create a person profile.

  • MSU Extension Event Submission Form Walkthrough

    Learn how to fill out the Event Submission form from start to finish.

  • dotCMS: How to Create a Call to Action

    Learn how to create a call to action and add it to your articles.

  • dotCMS: How to Create an Event

    Learn how to create an event content type.

  • dotCMS: How to Edit a Container

    Learn how to edit a container on a page.

Training Documentation