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Bento is a content management system (CMS) that provides stations and producers the ability to make full websites or microsites. A key objective of Bento is to save time and resources by offering tools that reduce technical and operational expenses related to website management so more effort can be directed towards creating content. Bento 3.0 is integrated with PBS Digital products and services such as Media Manager and TV Schedules, allowing you to easily add PBS content to your site.

Bento pages are created through a combination of blocks and components. Blocks are page sections that can be formatted into columns to accommodate various page layouts. Components are containers that hold content and are placed inside blocks. You can include an unlimited number of blocks on your page and each block can contain an unlimited number of components. Learn more about building pages

This user manual is designed for everyone who wants to use Bento to create or maintain a PBS website. Whether you are new to Bento and creating a site for the first time, or are an experienced Bento user who wants to refresh your current site, the Bento user manual holds all of the answers you'll need as you work with the tool. If something is not answered here, please send us your question!

Adding PBS videos to your site? Bento users must request a Media Manager API key in order to access PBS video content. Click here to request a Media Manager API key and secret

Quick tour

Take a look at sample sites to see which components you may want to use on your own site.


If you are more of a "watch the movie" instead of "read the book" type of person, browse our collection of video tutorials.