Formatting Content for a Responsive Design

What does “responsive design” mean? It means that a website changes to show content differently on different screen sizes, such as the smaller screens of tablets or the very small screens of mobiles. Amherst’s website is now responsive in its overall look and behavior, but we rely on individual page authors to format their content so that it can collapse well on small screens, while still looking good on large screens.

This guide shows how to use the tools in the college’s Content Management System to make your webpages display well.

Display Components

To make selected content stand out, take advantage of our display components, which enable you to present content prominently without having to do much formatting. For example, you can use an Announcement component to post an urgent notice. All our components are fully responsive, displaying optimally on screens of all sizes—from desktop to mobile.

How to create an article

You can only create new content on pages where you have permissions to do so. If you have such permissions, you'll see a yellow toolbar at the top of the page with Contents and Settings tabs.

To create a new article on a page, click Add on the Contents tab. In the menu that appears, choose Article. This creates a new article which, much like a blog entry, will appear at the top of the that page.

You must enter a title in the Title field.


How to change your password

  1. Click on the Tools menu located on the top right corner of every page of the Amherst website.
  2. Click Change/Manage Password.
  3. Follow the directions on the page.

Intro to Creating and Editing Content on the Amherst Website

This is the outline for the introductory CMS training session offered by Desktop Computing Services. Check IT Events on the IT Events Caldendar for current training schedule. If no CMS training is scheduled, please contact Bob Ryan at x2642.

Why a CMS-based Amherst Website?

  • Anyone can publish and edit content
  • Consistent look and navigation
  • Separation of content from presentation

The website is a hierarchy of pages

How to set page permissions

For a detailed explanation about how permissions work on the website see All About Permissions.

To change the permissions on a page, go to the page and click on the Settings tab at top.  If you don't have a Settings tab, then you don't have sufficient permission to change permissions.

On the Settings page there will be a Permissions section.