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Resources for New Content Editors

Welcome new content editors! Hundreds of individuals across the University community contribute to the website. We’re excited to have you join us.

Here’s how to get started editing your website.

Step 1
Get trained on website accessibility

All new website content editors are required to complete two types of training. The first is a series of two online, on-demand digital accessibility training courses from our partner, Siteimprove. The two required courses for content editors are:

  • WCAG 2.1 New & Improved
  • Digital Accessibility for Content Contributors

For more details on individual courses and to request access to this training, email Sharif Akkara.

Step 2
Get trained on WordPress

The second type of training required for all content editors is hands-on training on how to maintain your website on the WordPress platform. During this session, we’ll also introduce you to the Website Framework, a collection of pre-built templates and modules available for you to use within your website.

This one-on-one or small group training is held in-person with a member of the Web Services team and can be scheduled after you complete the two Siteimprove Academy courses listed in Step 1.

At the completion of this training, you will be provided with an introductory guide to using WordPress and Editor access to your website on

To schedule in-person WordPress training with Web Services, email Matt Pierce.

Step 3
Learn more about maintaining your website

Congratulations! If you’re on Step 3, you’ve completed your required training and have been granted access to edit your website. To help support your editing needs, Web Services has created a framework for content that is mobile-friendly and accessible for people with disabilities. Here are some links that may be helpful:

  • Page Structure. Learn the parts of a web page, including how your site navigation is built, what page sections are editable by you, and what sections are part of the global template.
  • Website Framework. The Website Framework is a toolkit provided to content editors across the University to support them in maintaining their websites.
  • Frequently Asked Questions. (Coming soon!) Have questions? Check out this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering everything from best practices around page content structure to preparing your images for placement on your website.

Step 4
Explore tools and resources to help you keep your website accessible

As part of your content editor training, you’ve learned a lot about the importance of making website content accessible as well as some best practices to follow when editing your website.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful.

In addition, it can be helpful to try visiting your website while using screen reader software to ensure that individuals with disabilities who use a screen reader can effectively navigate your website. Both the Web Services and Information Technology departments at Montclair State University have dedicated laptops with JAWS (Job Access With Speech) software installed for content owners to use to get a better sense as to how their website content is experienced by individuals using screen readers. For access to a machine with this software, please email Sharif Akkara or Matt Pierce.