Winthrop University: Web Services - CMS URL Structure
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Web Services
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Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-2236
803/328-2855 (Fax)
rayj@winthrop.edu

Content Management System

Web Addresses

One CMS feature that Web authors may notice from the start, is the unique structure of Web addresses (URLs).  CMS URLs have a tendency to be clunky and even difficult to decipher.  The system must pass a complex string of session variables, directory paths, etc. in order to bring the page up for the visitor.  To simplify the CMS URL and help you understand its structure, take a look at the following examples and explanations.

  • EXAMPLE 1:
    The first part of the CMS Web address will be familiar as it follows the standard URL structure:
    /admissions
    • "http" is known as the protocol, and it determines the type of resource being accessed.  In this particular situation, a Web page (or hypertext transfer protocol) is identified.
    • "www.winthrop.edu" is the domain or hostname.  All of Winthrop's CMS pages reside on this domain.
    • "admissions" identifies the location on the server where the files reside.  This file name is equivalent to a Web folder on the FrontPage (Expression Web) system.
  • EXAMPLE 2:
    Here is an example of a CMS Web address that takes the visitor to a piece of content found deeper into a site (past the home page):
    /admissions/transfer-tuesday.aspx
    • Notice the first part of the address, "/admissions," is the same as the Admissions' URL discussed above.  "Admissions" is the name of the Web.
  • EXAMPLE 3:
    This URL shows how a template AND an anchor (or bookmark) are pulled onto the screen:
    /audit/audit-timing.aspx#Jan
    • The name of the Web is "audit."
    • The page name is called "audit-timing.aspx."
    • "#Jan" is the name of the anchor which points to a specific location on the page.
      Anchors/bookmarks are a helpful navigation tool typically used on long pages to help visitors more easily move to specific content on a Web page.
  • EXAMPLE 4:
    Forms - Note: If your department requires a form, please notify the Director of Web Development.

Last Updated: 1/17/20