LiveWhale CMS

Content management for storytellers

Content management systems shouldn’t be judged by the length of their feature lists. A CMS should be a tool for storytelling—and whatever features facilitate great communications on your campus are the features your CMS ought to have.

That said, comparing features is the way most of our customers start their research process and LiveWhale CMS is packed with great features. So here’s a general overview of LiveWhale’s features; for more boring detailed information, visit LiveWhale’s CMSMatrix page.

If there’s a particular feature you’re interested in that isn’t on this list, contact us— it’s probably around here somewhere. If it isn’t, ask us and we might be able to add it. Also, if you like to tinker, our open API means you can create custom features all by yourself to share with our developer community.


Selected features

One-click page editing: go to your page, click Edit Page, make your changes, click Save.  Training’s over!

Create and share: Suggest your stories to other groups, and find shared stories to make your own group’s site richer

Full-featured event calendaring built right in: solve two huge problems for the price of one

Quickly integrate social media streams into your webpages: Support for Facebook, Twitter, and whatever’s next

Go-live and expiration dates for news stories: professional tools for managing professional workflows

Drag images and PDFs right into your library from your desktop

Revert to the previous version of a page, story, event, or anything else you mess up

Accessibility checking on the fly: see accessibility problems at a single glance

Drag and drop navigation management: manage web pages and navigation at the same time

Easy forms for public submissions: accept, edit and publish content from anywhere

Support for open data standards: import and export RSS, ICAL, JSON, XML, and other acronyms

Fine-grained control over user permissions: users only edit what they need to— the more they learn, the more they can do

Identify specific regions of a page as editable: just add class=”editable” to any element

Google Analytics integration so your users can see how many visitors their pages are getting
(or not getting)

Use LiveWhale-powered JavaScript widgets to feed your content to any website on any platform

Built-in payments integration to collect fees for event registrations

Integrated with single sign-on systems: LDAP, AD, SSO, it’s all A-OK— all your users need is the password they already have

Works great with cloud typography: TypeKit, Google fonts,, etc.

User-friendly geolocation so your content editors can put themselves on the map

Profiles for faculty, students and staff: fields stay in sync with internal databases like Banner

Push content to digital displays using open-source plugins created by LiveWhale customers



One day of on-site training from our helpful and charismatic staff included with every CMS license

LAMP-based system: a modern codebase for modern life

Aggressive server-side caching: your site stays up even if your database goes down 

Ships with a mobile-responsive starter theme: modify it as needed, or use your own templates 

Easy embedding of video and other media from any source: YouTube, Vimeo, your own media server, whatever

Compatible with any Web design under the sun: why would a CMS limit what your designer can do?

No hidden fees or unexpected charges: we don’t bill you a penny unless we agree to a scope of work up front

Flexible, open architecture for easy extensibility: a robust API with hooks and handlers, so you can DIY to your heart’s content

Works with plain ol’ web pages on a web server: log in via FTP and edit pages that way, if that’s your thing

Annual developers conference: meet LiveWhale developers from other schools to share ideas (and cocktails), this year in Austin