Bento 3.0 marks a significant upgrade to PBS Digital’s content management system (CMS) solution for stations and producers, or Bento. This document outlines many of the commonly asked questions related to the upcoming improvements and changes slated for Bento.

General Information

What is Bento 3.0?

Bento is a content management system (CMS) that provides an extensive suite of web components that can be leveraged by stations and producers to make websites and pages. A key objective of Bento is to help free stations and producers up to focus on content creation and production, by offering tools that reduce technical and operational expenses related to web site management. As with the current version of Bento, Bento 3.0 will continue to offer stations and producers a robust website management tool that is integrated with other PBS Digital products and services such as COVE, Merlin and TV Schedules.

Bento 3.0 work consists of two main focuses:

    • Bento Admin: Develop a user-friendly, layout-based admin interface that leverages a robust component library;

    • Component Library: Create an admin for users to leverage PBS-provided components on non-Bento sites (i.e.: Bentomatics).

What features will be available in Bento 3.0?

The Bento 3.0 feature set will be more robust and flexible, and allow users to customize their sites with PBS-supported tools. At launch, Bento 3.0 will feature a layout-based admin that allows stations and producers to easily add and arrange content in a live-editing view. It will feature components and custom components very similar to what are available within the current version of Bento.

After the initial launch, the Web Services team will continue building this component library out by focusing on new features and components. A full list of product features will be available in the coming weeks, and shared via the channels referenced in the 9273554 section below.

How customizable is Bento 3.0?

With this new layout-based admin users will easily be able to leverage visual and live-editing tools to create unique looking websites. Users will still be able to apply custom stylesheets to their web sites, but at the site level only. As part of the admin refactor, the Bento component library will be going through a revamp to include more design and consumer-friendly tools, which align better with user expectations.

What are key differences between the current version of Bento and the updates coming in Bento 3.0?

Beyond a simpler, more feature-rich admin, most of the key differences between the current version of Bento and Bento 3.0 will be in the way stations and producers customize their web sites. Rather than having individual custom snippets or components, in the Bento 3.0 admin users will be inserting custom code using the embed component.

To help create unique and dynamic web pages, users will be able to create intermix different layouts on the same page. Meaning that if users want components to span across one-column and then have components display across a two-columns, this new tool easily allows for this level of customization and flexibility. As this is a more robust feature set, this will help users by not requiring them to develop new templates in order to create different displays, therefore users will not be able to create their own custom templates in Bento 3.0.

 Other key differences will be enhanced integration with other content partners and data resources such as NPR, Social Media platforms, the Data Asset Manager (DAM) and PBS’ Core Data Model and Curate.

What is the release timeline for Bento 3.0?

PBS Digital will be working with a small beta group throughout the summer of 2016. Then in the fall of 2016, migration and formal onboarding will begin for both stations and producers. Learn more about 9273554.

Migration and Support

How do I migrate from scratch my site from Bento 2 to Bento 3?

Migration is mostly manual, as there is no technical process for migrating over the content, pages or page tree structure.

Email spi@pbs.org to set up a call if you have additional questions.  

Bento Site Set Up

  • Request a Bento 3.0 site from PBS Digital Support http://digitalsupport.pbs.org/support/home 
  • Attempt to log in to Bento 3.0 - https://bento.pbs.org/console. It WILL NOT grant you access but it allows for your PBS account to be sync to the new platform and make it easier for the Support Team to expedite the site creation process. 
  • Once they create a site for you they will add you to it and respond to confirm site creation completion.
  • You will be able to access you Bento site from this url https://bento.pbs.org/console
  • As a Site Admin you should have the ability to add other users as well - they'll need to follow the same process where they try signing in at the console to generate a user and then you can assign them roles once they've done that.

Additional ResourcesBento 3.0 Information Page http://digital.pbs.org/products/bento/bento-3/  Bento 3.0 Documentation https://docs.pbs.org/display/B3   Recorded Webinars - Content Audit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5951675516484176643- Setting Site Goals https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1478680796691568385 Stations currently using Bento 3.0

What kind of admin support will be available for Bento 3.0?

Support for Bento 3.0 will be in stages, but the majority of the technical support will continue to be done via the PBS Digital Support Portal. For more information on ways PBS Digital can help support the move to Bento 3.0, see the 9273554 section below.

What is the planned migration process for my current Bento site(s)?

As with the release of any major product update, migration is always a concern. For sites currently on Bento, the Web Services team will be offering auto-migration where possible. If you are not already using the latest PBS-provided tools and resources in Bento, we strongly encourage that you consider adopting them on your site, as this will help expedite migration and require less time for quality assurance testing (QA). While it is not a requirement to be on the latest version of the Bento features, again, it will help expedite the migration process tremendously.

What if my site(s) is/are leveraging features PBS will not be supporting in Bento 3.0?

To help identify key hurdles to migration, during this process the PBS Products, SPI and Producers team will work directly with users via a cohort program. Users should be prepared to conduct some manual testing and migration, especially for highly-customized or extremely-dated features (i.e. non-responsive web solutions).

 What if my site(s) isn’t/aren't on Bento, but I’d like migration support?

For the first few phases of Bento 3.0 migration, PBS Digital will not be able to assist with migrations for non-Bento sites. The goal of Bento 3.0 however, will be to develop tools and features to help users migrate to this platform more easily.

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