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Logging in to the CMS Authoring Environment

To edit within the CMS Authoring Environment, you do not need to install any special software applications. The CMS is accessed through a web browser.

To log in, use the URL: and use your NYU NetID and NetID password to authenticate. You may wish to bookmark this URL.

To log into the CMS Authoring Environment off-campus, you will need to connect using the NYU VPN. Please review the set-up instructions for connecting via VPN.

CMS login screen

Example of the login screen. Enter your NetID and password to log into the CMS.

Sign Out

At the top right corner of the Authoring Environment, click the Sign out button. You will be asked to close any session windows that are still displaying the CMS Authoring Environment.

A CMS authoring page with a dropdown to sign out.

Example of the CMS authoring page with a dropdown in the top right corner to show where to sign out.

Welcome Screen

  • First you need to log in, and you will see the screen below.
  • Click on the websites (globe) icon to bring up the site admin where you'll navigate through your webpages and open them for editing. 
CMS welcome screen

Example of the CMS welcome screen.

CMS welcome screen

"Recently used" pages and digital assets will display on the welcome screen.

Basic Navigation of the Site Admin

  • Double-click to open pages in Edit mode.
  • Access items from the Navigation pane tree list. Click + to expand and - to collapse those items. You may also click on the page icon to expand the item.
  • Available commands are above the items.
  • Logging in and out is handled in the upper right corner.
  • Collapse the sidebar by clicking the arrow.
  • Search for pages using the search box.
Screenshot of Site Admin

Example of the Site Admin page with the expandable left-hand side Navigation pane and the right-hand side Details pane.

Site Hierarchy

The hierarchy of content in the website is visible within the expandable left-hand side Navigation pane. Every item in the main website tree is identified by a page icon. To find your unit's content pages, navigate through the tree by clicking on the plus signs next to the various pages to find your main content page.


Example of parent and child pages

How To Use the CMS


Login to the CMS

Site Admin

The main CMS Site Admin console is split into two main panes:

  • Left-hand side Navigation pane - here you can navigate through the site hierarchy (also called a "tree") to find and select your pages
  • Right-hand side Details pane - here you can see important information about your pages

Above the Details pane is the Actions pane, where you can select commands to perform various administrative actions on your page.

Getting Around

At any time, you can navigate to the Site Admin by clicking on the globe icon in the top toolbar or in the bottom bar of the Sidekick. You can also access the DAM by clicking on the camera icon in the top toolbar.

Screenshot of toolbar

The toolbar on the top of the Site Admin page.

Screenshot of a sidekick

The sidekick with icons on the bottom for different modes.


Parent pages

A webpage that acts as a container for additional (child) pages. Any page with + or - next to its page icon in the Navigation pane tree is a parent page and contains child pages. It can also be called the root page.

On the published page, links to the additional (child) pages appear in the top navigation bar.

Child pages

Webpages that are sub-pages of a parent page. To see these pages in the Navigation pane tree, click the + next to the parent page icon.

Note: All pages within the CMS may also be containers for other pages. For example, a page can be considered both a parent and a child. In this case, a new page is created as a sub-page of an existing page that is already a child of another page. In the Navigation pane tree, this relationship would look like:

Parent Page


» First Child of the Parent Page


» Child of the First Child Page



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