KU CMS Guide

We are pleased to announce the new KU Brand CMS—an updated look and feel for websites using KU's content management system (CMS). It provides a simple way to apply the newly introduced KU Brand to your website. It also introduces a new, flexible KU Homepage with a full-width "hero" photo. The KU Homepage has two layout options that can include up to three columns.

This website has been refreshed to provide updated instructions and guidelines to help with your site.

The KU Brand CMS

The KU Brand CMS brings a new look to existing KU CMS sites and adds two new home page options that feature a full-width "hero" photo. Updating to the brand is easy for a site administrator. Once you have completed the KU 2017 Brand request form, a web developer will make the Brand Preview button available. The Brand Preview button will then appear in the black tool bar, and you will be able to toggle the new look on (and off) to preview how your site will appear. Once you are ready to commit, you can apply the KU Brand using the Brand panel under Configuration. This will allow you to bring your site into alignment with KU's branding without extensive modifications or work

Examples of the new KU Homepage



There are several options available to you:

  • Switch to the new KU Brand and create a new home page
  • Switch to the new KU Brand and keep your existing home page
  • Do nothing and keep the 2012 KU Brand look


Implementing the new KU Brand is simple. Here's how:

  1. Submit the KU 2017 Brand request form
  2. Toggle on the Brand Preview
  3. Preview the pages of your site and make any needed adjustments
  4. Switch to the new brand
  5. Optionally, create a new home page using the new KU - homepage including full-width image content type

Here is an Overview of the KU Homepage, Brand Update Instructions and KU Homepage Instructions.

If you'd like hands-on help there will be a series of Brand Update Open Work Time sessions held in June and early July.

Future Plans

This KU Brand refresh provides a new look for the CMS and new home page options but it does not address component functionality or enhancements. Soon, we will begin work on an entirely new KU CMS that will be rewritten from the ground up. Look for upcoming news about the project.

CMS Help

If you are experiencing a critical issue with your live website, please contact the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080 or itcsc@ku.edu.

For questions on CMS policy, look & feel, and all other issues, please visit our help page.

Please contact web services at 864-6415 or webservices@ku.edu for help with your site

Online help can be found under the How-To's section of this website.

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