UCL Information Systems
What is Silva?
What is Silva?
The Silva Content Management System (CMS) provides a way of maintaining and editing your
website through a Web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, and Safari). No additional software is needed.
It makes it possible for editors to concentrate on the maintenance of simple content as the system
provides templating, auto-menus and breadcrumb trails.
For more detailed technical advice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Requesting a website / Web page(s) in Silva
To request a website, please complete the form at:
Building the site and ma
king it ‘live’
Once the site has been set up by Web & Mobile Services (WAMS), the person(s) responsible for
building the site will be sent the URL and made Chief Editor for the site.
Whilst building, the URL for the site will be e.g.: http://www.silva-sandbox.ucl.ac.uk/
Throughout the site-building process, the URL will remain the same and it is not until the site has been
thoroughly tested and approved by the Chief Editor and Web Services that an e-mail request must be
sent to email@example.com to ask for the site to go live.
We will need to be informed up to 5 days in advance about a site going ‘live’. You will be
informed by email when the site is ready for public viewing and you will need to set time aside
for testing the ‘live’ site before announcing its existence to the wider world!
Access in Silva
Silva allows for different roles. All members of WAMS are Managers, with overall responsibility for
The following roles can be created in Silva:
Chief Editor – This role is generally only given to the person in charge of the website. Apart from being
able to edit and publish content, a Chief Editor can also assign roles and permissions to Editors and
Authors, restrict access to a site, change the look of the website using the attributes object, work with
style-sheets, configure the Silva news service etc.
Editor – This role is more restricted. It allows the user to edit and publish material as well as manage
subscriptions, but an Editor cannot assign roles and permissions.
Author – An Author is able to make changes to an existing site, but cannot publish, i.e. make the
content live. When the page(s) the Author has worked on is (are) ready, a request for approval of the
work needs to be sent to the Editor.
You can see which role(s) you have in Silva in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen when you are
logged into Silva.
If you want your role changed or a new user added to the system, you should first speak to the site's
Chief Editor. If you are not sure who this is, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and state the URL of the