CMS Lite Training Information
This page outlines the CMS Lite training courses available to government employees.
CMS Lite Basic Training
The objective of this course is to introduce content editors to the basic functionality of the CMS Lite application used to create webpages on the B.C. government website. Participants will also be introduced to plain language concepts, world-wide accessibility standards, web style guides and the appropriate use of graphics.
Classroom-based in downtown Victoria, B.C. or remotely via Lync (or Skype for Business).
The majority of the course will be hands-on, instructor-led participation. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to self-guided exercises throughout the day.
This is a full-day course, typically run from 9am-4pm
By the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of the following:
- Understanding the B.C. government website structure, and how to update content
- Using the CMS Lite menus and Help functionality
- Creating, cloning and editing pages
- Formatting content to meet accessibility standards
- Applying metadata to pages
- Adding right-hand column boxes
- Creating asset folders and uploading assets
- Publishing content and assets
Rich Text Editor functionality will include:
- Linking to pages, assets and external content
- Formatting headings
- Inserting an image
- Bulleted lists
- Table formatting
- Find and replace
1. Visit the CMS Lite in-person Training Eventbrite or the CMS Lite remote training Eventbrite page
2. Enter the password “cmslite” to proceed with registration
3. Choose a session time (note that no sessions are offered in June, program begins again in July)
4. Enter billing information (Ministry client number, Responsibility Centre, STOB, Project number, Expense authority name), even if you have previously provided
Check back in August for updated in-person and remote course schedules!
If there are no available sessions for the course you are interested in, you may contact the Training Coordinator for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions specific to CMS Lite Training. If you're looking for Frequently Asked Questions about using CMS Lite, please see CMS Lite Frequently Asked Questions.
- Do I need a license before I can take a training class?
- Are classroom training sessions offered outside of Victoria?
- How large are the classes?
- I am familiar with building webpages - do I need CMS Lite training?
- I do not have any experience building webpages - will I be able to use CMS Lite?
- What other training resources are available?
- Are there special training classes offered for Intranet users?
No. Training accounts are used so it is not necessary that your IDIR account or CMS Lite License is set up prior to the class.
Not at this time. Training for employees located in other cities is offered remotely via Lync/Skype for Business.
Typically, classroom sessions have 4-8 seats to allow for individual attention as needed.
Remote training sessions are limited to 2 participants due to the extra logistics involved.
You are strongly encouraged to complete basic training if you will be building government websites because the course covers not only the technical aspects of CMS Lite functionality but also standards and style guidelines, accessibility, and plain language.
CMS Lite is a fairly intuitive system and most people who complete training will feel confident and competent in building and editing webpages.
Remote training requires proficiency in the following:
- Working with multiple browser tabs
- Connecting to a Lync online meeting
- Copying and pasting content between documents
If you are likely to require extra assistance, we recommend that you complete the training in-person instead of remotely if you are able to.
- CMS Lite Manual - The CMS Lite online manual describes in depth how to use CMS Lite features
- CMS Lite Videos - Videos provide an introduction to specific CMS Lite features
- Plain Language Course - A self-paced online course to help you improve your writing
- Writing for the Web - A collection of style guides and standards for creating online content
No. CMS Lite-based Intranet sites operate very similarly to the main government site so the standard training courses will suit Intranet and Internet users. Some ministries may provide their own Intranet training.