UCCS Information Technology’s Web Services has begun migrating the webpages of a small number of university departments to a new content management system, Drupal, and plans to soon release a revised timeline for the migration of all pages.
Web Services worked last month with the consulting firm Acquia to build a more stable server environment, said Craig Decker, manager, Web Services.
The content on UCCS webpages will be migrated from the current Ingeniux content management system to Drupal.
Early Drupal adopters include the School of Public Affairs, the Graduate School and five others. After migrating those early adopters, Web Services will evaluate how well the migration process worked, then create a timeline for the rest of the university’s webpages.
Web Services has been working since 2015 on plans to migrate more than 9,000 university webpages to Drupal.
More than 500 UCCS staff members and student employees who manage websites will receive training on the new content management system. The training schedule will be included in the timeline released by Web Services. Training will include classroom and online sessions as well as drop-in times with Web Services.
Drupal is open-source content management software maintained by more than 35,000 developers around the world. CU Boulder uses Drupal as its content management system. Drupal is easier to use than Ingeniux, Decker said, and offers such other improvements as being optimized for phones and other mobile platforms.
Ingeniux has been in use on campus since 2011 and will be turned off after the Drupal migration.
The move to Drupal is not a website redesign – Web Services is migrating only existing webpage content from Ingeniux to the new system. Campus managers who want to redesign their webpages are encouraged to request that separately with Web Services.
The goal is to migrate all web pages by early 2018.