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Stephen F. Austin State University

SFA's Content Management System (CMS)

RedDot; SFA's CMS

What is RedDot?

The university has licensed the use of the OpenText Web Solutions Management Server ("RedDot" for short) as a tool available to all departments, offices, schools and colleges to help with the maintainence of their respective websites. RedDot is a centrally-hosted and supported system that allows offices to focus on updating the content on their websites instead of the design and coding that goes along with operating their website.

How much does it cost?

Currently, there is no cost that departments have to pay to use RedDot. The system is web-based; meaning that there's no software that has to be installed on your computer.

How much flexibility is there in RedDot?

One of the main benefits of using a centrally-managed CMS is that it helps create consistency in the overall look-and-feel of campus websites. This makes using the site as a whole easier on people seeking information.

All RedDot-managed websites have a very similiar look to them, much like the appearance of the page you're currently viewing. The university logo and name is at the top, site navigation is on the left and there's an optional sidebar area on the right.

In the main content area, you have the option to include:

How to get started.

First download our new website planning guide. If you're planning a site for an academic area, it may be helpful to use the academic program questionnaire too.

After you've completed these documents, send them to web-dev@sfasu.edu and we'll look over them. We may have some questions or suggestions about your proposed structure but once those get resolved, we'll build the structure of your site in RedDot.

Then, we'll show you how to add content to the pages using RedDot so you can build and maintain your website.