Bento

What is Bento?

Bento is a PBS-hosted service designed to help stations and producers create websites.


Bento's Goal

Bento's goal is simple: Spend more time creating strong online content and less time keeping up with technology!


Bento 3.0

Bento 3.0

Bento is getting ready for a major upgrade! See what's coming in Bento 3.0.

Studio Suite Template

Studio Suite Template

Bento 2.0 has a sleek new template with a beautiful new Hero Carousel.

Built with Stations, for Stations

Are you interested in creating a website? Do you want to redesign your existing Web site?  Or do you just want to add additional functionality to your Web site? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, while no one CMS is the right answer for everyone, Bento may be the right choice for your station.

About Bento:

Bento is a flexible content management system for stations to create websites, manage digital experiences, and leverage the Merlin and COVE content libraries. It is designed to meet the needs of stations looking for a simple and integrated template solution, as well as stations looking to leverage content throughout the system in unique, customized ways. Bento is fully hosted by PBS, and comes at no additional cost to your station.

How To Use Bento:

With its easy-to-use interface and extensive array of plugins, once launched, Bento will greatly reduce the time and cost required for producing Web sites. Additionally, because anyone at your station can use this tool, the majority of site customization isn't directed solely to developer/technical resources. This will enable even the most limited resources to focus on creating and implementing additional features and functionality, enhancing the overall Web experience. Get more how to information on the Bento User Manual.

Bento Features:

With Bento, you will be able to insert promotional stories, images, links to videos, and more. Promotional pages are a great way to dynamically host scores of content on a single page and provide viewers access to localized TV Schedules, promotional video clips, sample information and other branded content. Bento enables you to customize and configure the majority of your Web site's look and feel through templates and components. Check out more information about templates and components.

A Little Background:

Bento is a CMS solution built on COVE and Merlin that provides a suite of flexible, customizable and easy-to-use website building tools for PBS stations. Heavy development on Bento began in Fall 2011 as a CPB-funded grant project. Since then, Bento has experienced major improvements and enhancements. Chief among them were upgrades including a total platform shift to a responsive mobile-friendly framework that leverages the Twitter Bootstrap functionality. To date over 70 member stations have been trained on the tool and over 30 station sites have launched, since the first major rollout began in Fall 2012. 

Bentomatics:

What is Bentomatic?

Bentomatic as a feature, allows stations to add syndicated content on to their site. Stations can then add their locally relevant content and branding to customize and localize the experience for their communities. Content for Bentomatics can come from anywhere, national or local stations. A full catalog of available Bentomatics is available, as well as tutorials and feature stories on how stations are leveraging this content on their sites in innovative ways.

Want to add Bentomatics to your site? Request them from the Digital Support Portal today!

PBS Digital Blog

Bento 3.0: Security, Sites and Super Powers

Last Updated by Amy Lust on

Bento 3.0 is a whole new platform with a beautifully designed user interface and features. Let’s take a moment and walk through some of the platform’s newest features.

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Bento 3.0: Prep for a Smooth Migration in Four Steps

Posted by Amy Lust | Assistant Director | PBS Digital on

A few tips on prepping for Bento 3.0 migration

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Ready, Set, Migrate!

Last Updated by Amy Lust on

High level overview of the migration plan for current Bento 2 station sites to migrate to the new Bento 3.0 platform.

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Summer of Adventure Bentomatic

Last Updated by Matt Schoch | Director | Content Strategy and PBS Food on

The Summer of Adventure Bentomatic is now available.

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KCPT: Integrating Content in Our Future With Bento 3.0

Last Updated by Karen Mell on

KCPT's Karen Mell describes her experience with Bento 3.0

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Digital.pbs.org Relaunches with New Resources, Blog

Last Updated by Katie Wilson on

Now Open: One stop shop for all PBS Digital resources

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Value PBS Bentomatic

Last Updated by Katie Wilson on

A new ValuePBS website launched this week and it’s available for stations to integrate into their websites, using Bentomatic. It makes the case why PBS and its member stations are a trusted, valued, and essential resource for communities, educators, and families.

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From Whiteboard to Web, a Bento 3.0 Success Story

Last Updated by Ray Walters | Television Operations Support Engineer | KMOS-TV on

In preparation for the launch of Bento 3.0, PBS Digital began a beta group consisting of stations not previously using Bento to build a site from scratch with the goal of launching that site. The group consisted of thirteen stations. Ray Walters, Television Operations Support Engineer from KMOS participated and was the first station to launch on Bento 3.0.

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Celebrate the Holidays with PBS Food

Last Updated by Matt Schoch | Director | Content Strategy and PBS Food on

We’re entering the season of Christmas cookies, edible gifts, holiday cocktails, latkes and more. Once again, we’ve compiled our best content for you to reach your social audience this holiday season.

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PBS Documentation Update

Posted by Katie Wilson on

If you have not been to docs.pbs.org lately you will notice some changes! Explore new features and product updates as you learn more about PBS digital tools.

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