Ektron Publisher Access and Training

Publishing on the University Website

  • Who can publish or edit the website:
    A limited number of individuals are allowed to edit and update their website information.  A department head or business office head must request that someone in their group be set up with publishing access.  Make that request to webmaster@sdsmt.edu   
  • How to get publisher training:
    Training sessions will be held periodically.  Contact webmaster@sdsmt.edu to request training.  If a session is not scheduled in the immediate future, we will work with you individually.  
  • Where and how to log-in:
    To make changes to the website, log in to:  http://cmslogin.sdsmt.edu.  You must be connected to the university network.
  • Website Syncing:
    Publishers work in our staging area.  Work on staging gets published to the live site once a day at the end of the day.  Check ektron-stage.sdsmt.edu (must be on the network - either connected or vpn'd in) to see what your changes look like before they go live.
  • If you have trouble and need immediate help:
    Contact Julia Easton (394-1860) or Vickie Bender (394-1299).

Online Training

Reference/Training Materials (documents or videos below)

Publishing on the SD Mines Website - Ektron Instructions  (.pdf)
Classes "Cheat Sheet" for Ektron Publishers (.pdf)
Adding a Calendar Event  (.pdf)
Editing the Faculty & Staff page (for Academic Departments) (.pdf)
Working With Tables in the Aloha Editor (.pdf) 
Adding an Image to a Page (.pdf)
Editing Images With GIMP (.pdf)
Banners and Rotating Banners (.pdf)

Step-by-Step Videos:

* The following videos were created using the old Ektron CMS400 editor.  As of July 2015, the SD Mines website uses the Aloha editor. Most of the process remains the same or with very small differences, so the how to's below should still be useful.  
* NOTE: Videos are for illustration purposes and do not have sound.


How To Login

 Edit a Page:

  How To Edit Page

 Check-in your content:

  How To Check-In Page

Add Link, Quicklink, Hyperlink, Files and Images:*

*As of October, 2013, please do not add documents to the library. Add them instead through the DMS (Document Management System). See the videos below for adding documents and linking to them.  You will still add hyperlinks and images to the library.

*As of July 2015, quicklinks, hyperlinks, files and images are added through the library button on the insert tab of the new Aloha editor. The overall process remains roughly the same. 

  How to add Link Quicklin Hyperlink Files and Images

Add and Position an Image:

Recommended photo editing tools: Photoshop, GIMP (FREE)

  How to Add and Position an Image

Work with Metadata:

How to Work with Metadata

 Add a CTA and Add to Page:

How to Add a CTA and Add to Page

 Add a Calendar Event:

How to Add a Calendar Event

 Size and Compress Images:

How to Size and Compress Images

Upload a Document to the DMS (Document Management System):

How to Add a DMS Document

 Link to a Document in the DMS:

How to Link to a DMS Document

Publisher Resources

Online Training:

  • Reference Materials
  • Training Materials
  • Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Request Publisher Access:

Your request must include:

1. the website URL you wish to gain access to;
2. details on who has or needs to approve your access;
3. if student request, include student ID #.  
Email your request to:

Need More Help?

Submit an online request to Job Request System