About AEM/CQ CMS
CQ is now called AEM
Ryerson uses a web content management system (WCMS or CMS) called Adobe Experience Manager (AEM, formerly called CQ). The CMS is used to create, edit, manage and publish digital content on a webpage. The CMS is managed and supported by Digital Publishing, CCS.
AEM/CQ is a simple drag and drop CMS that allows a user without technical knowledge to manage, update and maintain a website. There is no need to code and no HTML experience is necessary.
As long as you have a browser and an internet connection, you can login and edit your site anywhere using RU-VPN and your Ryerson ID.
Building a site in AEM/CQ is a process that must be initiated by contacting Digital Publishing, CCS. To request a new website, please visit the Get Help section.
All new websites on must adhere to the Ryerson Web Style Guide.
There are many benefits of using the CMS:
- The CMS improves efficiency and productivity for stakeholders.
CMS editors do not need a WYSIWYG editor to create/edit content, nor do they need to understand File Transfer Protocol (FTP), to move content to the live server;
- The CMS servers are housed, maintained and monitored by CCS; therefore, the CMS is within the secure Ryerson technical infrastructure / environment;
- The software is wholly supported by Digital Publishing – we provide an online knowledgebase and daily support of the CMS through a ticketing system;
- By housing sites within the CMS, departments achieve cost savings by not having to secure and support external domains;
- Overall speed of the CMS -- ease of use doing minor updates creates improved productivity among users;
- Ease of use helps improve efficiency and productivity for minor updates; Templates and navigation have been built so that they are easy to use;
- The CMS provides the ability to reference, share and reuse content. When you make a change to a referenced file, content is automatically updated on the pages displaying/referencing it; therefore, there is no need for content duplication;
- Easy to use dynamic content creation tools for news, events and biographies;
- Standardized components can be created centrally and made available to all web editors;
- Digital Publishing offers a development environment to create new sites or test new features;
- Granular level permissioning: it is possible to restrict access to specific users;
- Web-based access is available allowing sites to be updated on or off-campus (through VPN2);
- Enhancement ideas are welcome! Suggestions are often incorporated into new releases;
- Accessibility compliance: Digital Publishing continually makes changes to the templates and components in order to adhere to AODA accessibility requirements. New features are tested with accessibility experts within the university before making them available to CMS editors.
CQ/AEM was selected as the Ryerson.ca web Content Management System after an extensive RFP and selection process.
- Digital Publishing, CCS and current CMS users defined the final user and system requirements;
- CCS, CMS users and Digital Publishing participated in the CMS selection process;
- CMS community participated in proof of concept; and
- Digital Publishing and Adobe provide training, documentation, and support to content authors.