Grasping how SDL Web organizes websites along with their pages and content will make for a smoother transition into actual site building. This section is not intended to teach you how to...
Accessing SDL Web
Before getting access to SDL Web, you must review the SDL Web Training Videos. This series of short videos introduce the basic concepts needed to use the CMS and demonstrate how to make simple edits in the system.
You need to use a web browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari) to access SDL Web. The program will only be "open" in the tab or window that you are using SDL Web. SDL Web operates best on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If necessary, Explorer 8.0 or higher or the latest version of Safari can be used, but SDL Web runs slower on these browsers.
- If you are not using a computer that is directly connected to the Yale network (i.e., working from home), log into the network using the Yale VPN first.
- SDL Web can be accessed at http://edit.yale.edu/. You will be prompted to login with your NetID and password.
- Notes: Turn off pop-up blockers for the domain: edit.yale.edu. If it's your first time accessing SDL Web, you'll have to select your preferred language before you can begin editing.
Part 1: The Fundamentals
Before learning how to create or edit your site, please review these SDL Web fundamentals. Understanding whats discussed in the following sections is critical for being able to progress to the next stages of page and website development.
Part 2: Overview of Website Building
Now that you've learned some general features of SDL Web, you can begin to think about how to organize and build your website.
The way pages and structure groups are organized in the Root folder will determine how users navigate your site.
Components are individual pieces of content
that are inserted onto pages
Which pages you insert components onto will determine what visitors see in the various sections of your site.
Part 3: Going Live & Editing Existing Material
This section discusses general rules for publishing and editing in Tridion.
Tridion allows you to preview, or test, how your site will look and function before going "live." This section covers how to publish your site to the preview and live servers.
Editors will spend the majority of their time editing existing sites. Tridion has a streamlined method for editing that eliminates the hassle of having to work in the Building Blocks...