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 and directory paths 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:
    • "https" 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 secure) is identified.
    • "" is the domain or hostname. All of Winthrop's CMS pages reside on this domain.
    • "admissions" identifies the location or folder on the server where the files reside. 
  • 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):
    • 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:
    • 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.