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An Introduction to SDL Tridion

SDL Tridion is a Content Management System (CMS), a program which allowers users to organize, edit, and publish web content. CMS's are used to maintain websites that generally does not require knowledge of HTML to make basic site updates. Because SDL Tridion is web-based, you can access it through your web browser rather than opening an application on your computer like Outlook or Excel.

In the following sections, you will learn how SDL Tridion organizes pages and contents and how to navigate Tridion.

Gain Access to SDL Tridion

Anyone seeking access to Tridion must either watch the videos on this site or review the support pages and successfully complete two quizzes.

Additionally, no new users are granted access to Tridion until they have received the University Content Editor Accessibility Training.

Once you've completed these tasks, please contact ysm.editor@yale.eduindicating the site(s) you'll be editing so we can grant you the appropriate access.

  • Are you a new SDL Tridion User? Your first stop should be our Introduction to SDL Tridion Video Series. This video series covers all of the concepts you'll need to become familiar with in order to successfully use the YSM web content management system.

  • Review these key terms before proceeding to the following sections.
  • This user guide take you through all of the stages of learning how to use SDL Tridion. Here you can find instructions on the basics of using SDL Tridion, how to create and edit pages, structure groups and components, how to publish, and much more.
  • Before going on to build specific components and pages, try taking these short Tridion Review Quizzes. All answers to the quizzes can be found in the Tridion Guide section of this site.