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Adobe CQ WCMS:Pre-Training

Please carefully review the information below and complete the requested steps prior to attending your Adobe CQ Web Content Management System training session. This will permit the training instruction to begin and finish on schedule.

There are three parts to the pre-training:

  1. Download and Unzip Firefox Portable
  2. Open CQ & Change Your Password
  3. Familiarize Yourself with the CQ Interface

Download and Unzip Firefox Portable

CQ Browser Compatibility

Browser Support
Mozilla Firefox Recommended
Google Chrome 24+ Supported
Apple Safari 6.0 for OS X Supported
Opera Limited support
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 Limited support
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or earlier
Not supported

Note on Mobile Support

The current version of CQ does not support working in the authoring environment on mobile devices.

The Adobe CQ Web Content Management System (CQ) is a web-based application that you access via a web browser. The recommended browser is Firefox Portable. Web Communications provides a pre-set installation of Firefox Portable that does not require administrator privileges for installation and use on Windows workstations and laptops:

  1. Use the button below to download the "ffp-odu.exe" file.

    Download Firefox Portable for Windows

    When your browser prompts you to Open or Save the file, choose Save and save the file to a location you can easily find. It may warn you that this type of file can be dangerous, acknowledge and proceed with the download.

  2. Open the location where you saved the "ffp-odu.exe" file. Double-click the file.

  3. You will be prompted to enter a destination. Please install to your H:\ drive.

    Why do I need to install to my H: drive?

    Installing the Firefox Portable package to your H: drive will allow you to access CQ through any managed networked computer on campus when you log in using your MIDAS ID and password.

  4. When installation is complete, you should have an "H:\Adobe CQ" directory.

Special Note for Mac Users

The ODU installation of Firefox Portable above is only for computers running Microsoft Windows. If you use a Mac-based computer as your primary workstation, you will still need to complete the above steps. Ask a co-worker with a Windows workstation if you can log in under your MIDAS ID to complete the above steps. While you cannot use the H: drive installation for your Mac, you will be using it in the training course.

You will not be able to participate in CQ training without Firefox Portable on your H: drive.

You can use Firefox for Mac or Firefox Portable for Mac to use CQ to complete the steps below. You will simply need to bookmark the following URL or make it your homepage:

  • http://orbweaver.priv.odu.edu:4502

Accessing CQ

CQ is only available through the internal campus network. There are two ways to be on the internal network:

  • Use a workstation or laptop that is plugged into the network via an ethernet cable.
  • Connect to the campus virtual private network (VPN) using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.

Being connected to the campus wireless (ConnectODU or MonarchODU) does not give you access to the internal network. If you are on the campus wireless, you will still need to connect to the VPN.

Open CQ & Change Your Password

  1. Important Note: You cannot use Firefox and Firefox Portable at the same time. If you already have Firefox open and you open Firefox Portable, you will just get the ODU homepage.

    If you use Firefox as your default broswer, simply point your browser to:
    and then bookmark the page so you can access the system whenever necessary.

    In your "H:\Adobe CQ" directory, double-click the FirefoxPortable icon to launch Firefox Portable. You will be presented with the CQ login screen.

  2. Your initial login will be your MIDAS ID (all lowercase) for both your username and your password. Enter these and press "Go" to log in.

  3. After login is successful, you will be presented with CQ's modules. The first module is Websites:

    Adobe CQ Website Module

    Click on the Websites module button.

  4. In the CQ5 menu bar, find your name on the right side:


    Click on your name and choose "Set Password" from the dropdown.

  5. Enter your new password and re-enter to confirm. It is recommended that you set your CQ password to your MIDAS password.

  6. Important

    Immediately after setting your password, click your name in the CQ5 menu bar and choose "Sign out." CQ will not allow you to perform any further actions until you have logged in with your new password. This applies to any time you change your password.

Familiarize Yourself with the CQ Interface

CQ5 Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

After logging in to CQ5, you will be presented with the welcome screen. The screen gives you access to all of CQ5's modules as well as a link (next to your name) to log out.

While using ODU's implementation of CQ, you will primarily be using the first two modules:

  • Websites
    The Websites module is where you will browse the University website and edit your content. We will explore the Websites module in some additional detail in the next section.
  • Digital Assets
    The Digital Assets module allows you to browse the University's digital asset collection. Digital Assets in CQ5 include photos, images and documents.

Websites Module

Clicking on the Websites module button opens up the websites view. There are two panes in the websites view:

CQ5 Websites View

  • Tree Pane
    The tree pane allows you to browse the structure of the website. Click on the + and - symbols next to the pages to expand and collapse sections of the website.
  • Pages Pane
    Clicking on a page in the tree pane will display a list of its child pages in the pages pane. The pages pane allows you to open pages to view/edit, activate pages, deactivate pages and check page references.

Directories, Pages & Parent/Child Concept

CQ does not have traditional directories like the previous website environment. Instead, everything in CQ is a page. Pages can have pages underneath them. In these cases, the main page is called the "parent" page and the pages underneath it are called "child" pages. A child page can then be the parent of another child page structure underneath it.

This concept is important because all parent pages must be activated (publicly accessible) in order for its child pages to be accessible. This means that you should plan for content on every page.


Example URL: http://odu.edu/facultystaff/communications/webservices/cq

Each "directory" in this URL has a page associated with it:

  • http://odu.edu/facultystaff is a page with "communications" as one of its child pages
  • http://odu.edu/facultystaff/communications is a page with "webservices" as one of its child pages
  • http://odu.edu/facultystaff/communications/webservices is a page with "cq" as one of its child pages

We would not want a user to go to http://odu.edu/facultystaff/communications and find a blank page. This is why information architecture plays an important role in planning your website content. Information architecture will help identify how to best structure your content for context, user experience and navigability.

Opening a Page for Editing

The easiest way to open a page for editing in CQ to have it displayed in the pages (right) pane of the Websites module.

  1. Use the + and - buttons in the tree (left) pane to navigate to the section of the site where the page you wish to edit is located.
  2. Single-click on the desired page's parent page (the page under which the page you wish to edit is located) in the tree pane. That page's child pages should be listed in the pages pane.
  3. Find your page in the pages pane. If there are more than 30 child pages, you may need to use the page forward/backward buttons at the bottom of the pane.
  4. Your page will have a number in the first column. Double-click on your page's number to open your page in a new tab.


Try opening your the top-level page of your user sandbox using the above instructions. Your user sandbox is located under ODU > CQ Web CMS Training > User Sandboxes > [First Letter of Your MIDAS ID].

If you were successful, you should have opened the page with your name on it. If you ended up with any of the "sub" pages, you probably had your main page selected in the tree pane. Go back and single-click the directory corresponding to the first letter of your MIDAS ID in the tree pane. You will then see your name listed in the pages pane. Double-click the number in the first column of your name page's line.

Resources & User Sandbox

During your in-person training, you will receive space in the WCMS for your "sandbox." This sandbox is a place for you to become familiar with the system, test out layouts and components and fully explore the system without worry of your efforts showing up on the live website. The hands-on portion of the training will have you building in your sandbox, but we encourage you to continue experimenting in your sandbox.

Website services is your toolkit for creating content and using CQ. It contains the web style guide, links to the forms for uploading assets and proposing new pages and access to other important tools. This section of the website is part of the University Communications section that serves as your resource for effectively and accurately communicating with and about the University.

The Adobe CQ Training site contains expanded training and reference materials. The University Web Team is always adding more sections and content to help you better understand and enjoy using Adobe CQ.

Website Services


Direct address:


Adobe CQ Training


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Questions About Installing CQ or Changing Your Password

If you have any questions or problems with installing CQ (Firefox Portable) or changing your password after installation, please contact Web Communications at webcomm@odu.edu.

Other Questions

If you have questions about any of the other material covered in the pre-training, please bring them with you to your scheduled training session. The first minutes will be dedicated to covering any questions participants may have about the pre-training.