Hands-On Self-Paced Training

Self-paced, hands-on training provides participants with the opportunity to learn and practice using the UBCMS at their own pace.

Experience Required!

We recommend self-paced training for those who are already familiar with Web-based content management systems.


  1. The participant's organization should have already convened an in-person overview session with University Communications. Check with your organization, or request a DCT orientation session.
  2. Participants must view the following online training modules before requesting a training account:
    1. Introduction and Preparation for the Digital Communications Transformation [approx. 18 minutes]
    2. UBCMS Online Training Modules [approx. 50 minutes]

Training accounts are created in a separate environment that is not the real UBCMS. Any content and Web pages created in the training environment cannot be exported and cannot be transferred to real websites.

Self-paced Approach

This allows users to become familiar with the UB Content Management System (UBCMS) through a hands-on approach. It utilizes a copy of the regular UBCMS authoring environment, on our Training Server (https://ubcms-training.buffalo.edu). 

Through this training, participants will learn:

  • how to log in to the UBCMS
  • about the UBCMS interface
  • the basics of creating Web pages in the UBCMS
  • editing and modifying Web pages
  • how to use the various components available within the UBCMS
  • how to leverage the templates available in the UBCMS

Participants will be provided with a training account and can follow an activity reference guide to create and modify a mock Web page using the UBCMS.


Activity 1: Log into the UBCMS Training Environment
Activity 2: Exploring the Welcome Screen
Activity 3: Exploring the Websites console
Activity 4: Exploring Edit Mode
Activity 5: Exploring the Sidekick
Activity 6: Changing a Page Title
Activity 7: Active links in Edit Mode
Activity 8: Activating (publishing) a page
Activity 9: Renaming a Page
Activity 10: Creating a new page
Activity 11: Deleting Components
Activity 12: Undoing or redoing page edits
Activity 13: Adding a component to a page
Activity 14: Adding a Title component
Activity 15: Adding an Intro Text Component
Activity 16: Adding and formatting text in a Body Text component
Activity 17: Adding a Call to Action component
Activity 18: Creating a list in a Body Text component
Activity 19: What is Alt Text?
Activity 20: Adding a Photo component
Activity 21: Moving a component
Activity 22: Adding a File Download component
Activity 23: Adding a Divider component
Activity 24: Exploring Photo Component Options
Activity 25: Adding a Shared Content Reference component
Activity 26: Adding an On This Page component
Activity 27: Adding a Callout component to the right sidebar
Activity 28: Adding a Video (YouTube) component
Activity 29: Create a list of child pages using the List Builder component (Child Pages)
Activity 30: Create a fixed list using the List Builder component (Fixed List)
Activity 31: Reordering pages
Activity 32: Deleting a page
Activity 33: Adding an image to the Digital Assets Manager

Related Resources:

This downloadable zip file contains the powerpoint presentation we use in class, plus a PDF copy of the class manual, and a folder with some extra files you will use to carry out the exercises in the manual.

Off Campus?

You must  be on a secure UB connection for this class using UB's VPN software.
> Learn more about VPN

Online Documentation

Need additional help using the components?
> Visit the Component Library