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A Users Guide to Falcon-esc-only

What is Falcon

Falcon is a content management system (CMS), based on Plone, that has been designed by the University Computer Service.  Departments are being encouraged to use it to introduce a common look and feel across the university website.

In a nutshell, Falcon stores our web pages as files in its database. These are then fetched and incorporated into the site template when a user requests a page.

The Falcon website has been designed so that most of the features that you might want are available to you.

It is advised that all administrators of Falcon attend the free University Falcon courses:

Using Falcon

Listed below are links to the Falcon help pages

Almost everything you will need to keep your webpage maintained and up-to-date can be found here. 

If you are managing a webpage for the department, you will be given privileges by the ESC computer officers. You gain access using your Raven credentials.

The help pages are ordered into the following categories:

  • Getting started for admins
  • The Home Page
  • Adding Content
  • Using the Research Directory
  • Collections and adding styled content
  • Troubleshooting

 Within these pages you will find information on the following and much more:


If you can't find what you are looking for in the above, type a keyword into the Search box in the Falcon Pages.  For example, typing "Table" into the Search box will list all pages containing tables, including examples of what the Falcon styled tables look like.  (Click the image to enlarge). 

Falcon Search
Example of Falcon Search


Editing a People Profile page

To locate the profile:

  • Locate the name in the category of staff/student
  • Click Edit to edit the profile.
    There are currently 4 pages that can contain various information on each person.
    Each page must be Saved before moving to the next otherwise data will be lost.
  • Once you have finished editing, click Save

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