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University Website

The Old Dominion University website is a centrally managed project with distributed maintenance. The website is jointly managed by University Web & Electronic Communications (from Marketing & Communications) and Web Development (from Information Technology Services) with Web Communications serving as the contact point for all website questions and issues.

Content on the ODU website is maintained by content managers and contributors within each campus unit. The University utilizes the Adobe CQ Web Content Management System (CQ WCMS). The CQ WCMS provides design consistency and easy content maintenance.

All administrative and academic units within the University must host and maintain their websites within the CQ WCMS.

Teaching and research faculty members can request space to develop websites for instructional purposes and to post course information, vitae and related material.

Student organizations may also request website space to host a site for their organization. Organizations wishing to establish a website should contact webcomm@odu.edu.

CQ Toolkit



Web Style Guide & Best Practices

Web-focused supplement to the University Style Guide. Find style, formatting and page structure standards for the ODU website.


Calendar & News Tags

This guide lists the tags available for use in creating calendar and news entries and how they should be used.



Adobe CQ Web CMS

The Adobe CQ WCMS is the central used for management of all ODU website content. The CQ pages contain supplemental training materials, component references and a web style/best practices guide.

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Component Reference

The component reference contains detailed descriptions of each component in the system and their various options and usage.

CQ & Web Team Updates



Content Management Roles

Content Owner

Each unit must have one and only one content owner. The content owner is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the unit's website content
  • Coordinating content updates among the unit's content managers
  • Approving access rights both for people from his/her unit and for others outside the unit who have requested access to the unit's permissions group(s)
  • Ensuring that the unit has an adequate number of persons trained to maintain the unit's content

While it is preferable that the content owner be trained on the WCMS (making him/her a content manager also), it is not required.

Content Manager

Content managers are the primary editors of a unit's website content. Managers can view content, edit content and activate (publish) content. Managers cannot create new pages or alter a page's tags.

Content Contributor

Content contributors assist managers with the editing of a unit's website content. Contributors can view content and edit content, but they cannot activate (publish). Contributors must have an owner or administrator review and activate their changes.


Administrators are members of the University Web Team who are responsible for the site structure, tagging taxonomy and operation of the WCMS. Only administrators can create pages or alter a page's tags (except for news and events).