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!


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 plugins. See the Bento Features area for more information.

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. See how stations are using Bento by view the Bento Nation series on the Station Products and Innovation blog.

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