The University's web content management system

  • Teams across the University are able to manage and edit their own websites using the Ektron content management system (CMS).

  • Before using the CMS for the first time, you will need to have an account set up with the appropriate permissions to access the system. Email the Web team to apply.

    Please include the following information with your request:

    • Your p number
    • Details of which site(s) you need access to.

    If you wish to access the CMS off campus, you will need to set up VPN access to the Brookes network. 

    How to set up VPN access.

    The Web team provide an 'Introduction to Ektron' training session and can advise on additional / bespoke training if required.

    To book a training session, please complete our Ektron training request form.

    Ektron user guides are available from the resources page of the pattern library and the Ektron login page.

    These documents are updated regularly and any feedback that can help us improve them is welcome.

    If your site is hosted outside Ektron CMS and you would like to migrate it in to the system, please email the Web team. The team can help you set up your new site in Ektron, provide training and develop any new features required in order for your site to function correctly when it has been migrated.

    How long will migration take?

    This depends on the size and complexity of your site and whether or not you would like to review and redevelop your site's architecture as part of the migration work.

    As a guide, a small site (approx 20-40 pages) that does not need any functionality that isn't already available in our Ektron implementation can be implemented in 2 - 3 weeks. This assumes:

    • you (or the person working on the migration) have reasonable knowledge of HTML
    • your site content doesn't need a lot of re-writing
    • your sign-off processes are reasonably swift.   

    Common requirements that make site migrations take longer are:

    • redesigning your pages or redeveloping your site's architecture at the same time as migration 
    • you have very specific or complex requirements that mean significant development time is required from the Web Team before your site can be fully migrated.

    Can I get extra content migration support?

    Yes, we have approved external suppliers who know Brookes' implementation of Ektron well and can help with content migration. Please contact the Web team for more details.