Fundamentals for Web Maintainers: Online Training

  • This online training course is for those who are new to Ektron, or those who need a refresher. Register for “Fundamentals for Web Maintainers.”

    Note: You must already be a web maintainer in order to take this course. If unsure, please check the Web Maintainer list. If you are not listed, ask one of your site approvers to submit an ihelp ticket requesting that you be a site author or approver.

    In this D2L course, you will be introduced to Ektron (the content management system) and learn the basics of how to use it to maintain your site, from updating pages to creating a news post or calendar event. The list of topics covered includes:

    • What Ektron is
    • Logging in
    • Submitting items for publishing
    • Posting news and displaying photos
    • Creating links
    • Posting events
    • Following best practices and web style
    • Web maintainer responsibilities

    The course modules must be taken in order. Each module has required tasks to complete. After completing the module’s tasks, you will take a short quiz. The Digital Team will review your submissions and quiz and determine if you successfully completed each module.

    Passing each module unlocks the next. After passing the entire course, you can revisit any of the modules for brush-up training at any time.

    More advanced topics—including page layouts, working with collections, and adding new pages to a website—are covered in the online Page Layouts for Web Maintainers course.


    To take the online “Fundamentals for Web Maintainers” course, you must be a web maintainer. If you are not, please contact one of your website approvers and request that you be added as a web maintainer.

    Register for “Fundamentals for Web Maintainers” by filling out our registration form.

    Basic How-Tos

    Below are selected how-to pages that will help you through the topics covered in “Fundamentals for Web Maintainers.” To see the full selection, go to the How-To section.

  • Finding Pages in the Workarea
    Here are a few ways to locate any page or content, including a neat trick.
    Writing an Effective News Post
    These simple pointers can help you to communicate your message more quickly and clearly and draw more traffic to your website.
    Add IUP Stock Photography to Your Page
    Use the Library feature to insert images into a content block.
    Edit a Page’s Summary
    Summaries are displayed in collections, tables of contents, search results, and possibly other locations.
    Edit Content Through the Workarea
    Edit existing content using the Workarea.
    Previewing a Page Layout
    You should view your content in preview mode before submitting it for approval.
    Get Content Published
    How to preview and approve submitted Web content, and how workflow works.
    Working With the Calendar
    Do you have an event happening? Be sure to add events of interest to your unit’s calendar.
    Post a News Item
    Posting news using the CMS is very similar to making a regular webpage. Here’s how.
    How to make links to other pages within the IUP content management system