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We are looking at several CMS packages as a solution for our enterprise CMS solution. We are currently using Joomla and Drupal. We are considering continuing with Drupal as well as look at commercial products.

 

I would appreciate feedback from this list on your current CMS product. Would you share what you like, don't like and any lessons learned from implementing for your CMS? How are you using the CMS within IT? Also would you select this product if you could start over?

 

Thank you in advance. I look forward to your responses.

 

Regards

Tina

Tina Meier

IT Director

Oklahoma State University System

405-744-9375

tina.meier@okstate.edu

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Hi Tina,

 

We use OmniUpdate’s OUCampus web CMS. We chose it after a lengthy evaluation & selection process which you can read about here:

http://www.csuci.edu/tc/web/wcmeval2009/. OU Campus provided a huge improvement in user satisfaction with web content editing. We use this solution for all web sites within www.csuci.edu, and it’s managed by our Web Services team (within our central IT).  

 

Happy to discuss further off-list.

 

--Peter

 

___________________________

Peter Mosinskis

Director of IT Strategy

Division of Technology & Communication (T&C)

California State University Channel Islands (CI)

One University Drive

Camarillo CA 93012 USA

http://www.csuci.edu

 

peter.mosinskis@csuci.edu

o: +1 805-437-8587

 

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL NEW WORK REQUESTS TO THE T&C HELP DESK:

call 805-437-8552 or email helpdesk@csuci.edu

 

Hi Tina and all

First off, I'm new to this group, but am finding it extremely useful!

This is a topic I'm very interested in, as our institution began using WordPress as a CMS about 2 years ago. We implemented with help from an outside firm specializing in marketing and web development for higher ed institutions, recommended WP based on its low cost to set up and maintain, ease of use and seemingly endless potential for customization and expansion. We've since been handling all of the development and maintenance in house, and I would estimate we've moved around 45% of our site to the new system at this point. 

We're using the multi-site option to handle the complex hierarchy of our site, and its served us well so far. Development of the site itself has been challenging but doable, as the system is built primarily with PHP, XML, and basic HTML/CSS. Our biggest challenges so far have centered around user permissions and workflow, and we're still looking for adequate solutions. We also find that we have to troubleshoot a lot of minor glitches that seem to arise from the fact that so much of our system was custom built and deviated from default WP behavior; luckily we have very skilled programmers on our team who can problem-solve quickly, and most of the issues aren't noticeable to anyone but our internal team.

I think we've gotten some pretty great results from WP so far, and overall we're quite happy with the software.

Of course, there are also some inherent challenges from a procedural standpoint - until now my small team of web designers has maintained 95% of the web content for the entire institution, and now that we're bringing in users from other areas to take charge of their own web sites, the hardest thing is ensuring quality and consistency while allowing these users to feel free and empowered to use their site as they wish. I suppose that's a topic for another conversation, though, and has little to do with the system itself. 

If anyone would like to chat/email about these issues or about WP specifically, please feel free to contact me!



We are currently using a product called Cascade but are in the planning phases for how we will transition to Drupal.  Cascade has been very limiting for our Office of Communications & Marketing which is why they were interested in moving to another CMS.

Ellen

-- 

Ellen Yu Borkowski

Chief Information Officer

Information Technology Services

 

Union College

807 Union St.

Schenectady, NY  12308

Office: 518.388.6293

Fax: 518.388.6470 

Email: eyb@union.edu

Web: http://its.union.edu


From: "Meier, Tina" <tina.meier@OKSTATE.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE IT Communications Constituent Group Listserv <ITCOMM@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:00:25 +0000
To: <ITCOMM@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [ITCOMM] CMS Solutions

Hello

 

We are looking at several CMS packages as a solution for our enterprise CMS solution. We are currently using Joomla and Drupal. We are considering continuing with Drupal as well as look at commercial products.

 

I would appreciate feedback from this list on your current CMS product. Would you share what you like, don't like and any lessons learned from implementing for your CMS? How are you using the CMS within IT? Also would you select this product if you could start over?

 

Thank you in advance. I look forward to your responses.

 

Regards

Tina

Tina Meier

IT Director

Oklahoma State University System

405-744-9375

tina.meier@okstate.edu

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Hi Tina,

At the University of Arizona, central IT has been using Drupal (for central IT sites, main University sites, and client department sites). Many departments building or contracting their own websites are also using Drupal, but other departments are using whatever strikes their fancy. 
 
There has been a tremendous need across campus for an end user–friendly CMS with design and hosting. Our Web team has partnered with campus External Relations to create a Drupal-based service we call Site In A Box (SIAB), currently in pilot and launching shortly. 
 
Site In A Box offers pre-built, mobile-responsive, UA-branded templates and a uniform set of Drupal features. Also included are website hosting, Drupal monitoring/upgrades/patching, security scanning, and all the other things non-technical staff at the university appreciate central IT handling for them. The site owners will be able to choose among template layouts, and customize with their own photos and images, text, menus, features they want to use, etc. 
 
Although limited, the features include what most users need, such as Calendars, News, Blogs, RSS feeds, Webforms, and more. Pre-determining the Drupal features to be included will make client training and support uniform across campus. This will allow us to offer the service very inexpensively, with a low-cost, straightforward, just-what-you-see option; an option with a small additional fee for slight customization; and SIAB as a starting point for fee-for-service design. 
 
More info (still pilot):
 
-- 
Lisa Stage
Marketing Specialist
CIO Communications and Marketing
CC 316 | (520) 626-4501
http://uits.arizona.edu


From: <Meier>, Tina <tina.meier@OKSTATE.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE IT Communications Constituent Group Listserv <ITCOMM@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013 4:00 PM
To: "ITCOMM@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <ITCOMM@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [ITCOMM] CMS Solutions

Hello

 

We are looking at several CMS packages as a solution for our enterprise CMS solution. We are currently using Joomla and Drupal. We are considering continuing with Drupal as well as look at commercial products.

 

I would appreciate feedback from this list on your current CMS product. Would you share what you like, don't like and any lessons learned from implementing for your CMS? How are you using the CMS within IT? Also would you select this product if you could start over?

 

Thank you in advance. I look forward to your responses.

 

Regards

Tina

Tina Meier

IT Director

Oklahoma State University System

405-744-9375

tina.meier@okstate.edu

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

We are using DotNetNuke (http://www.dotnetnuke.com/) and as a user am not very happy with it – but I don’t know if that is due to internal issues or the product itself.  When you review on the web page it sounds terrific.

 

Some departments finally got fed up, hired a web master, and just redid their own websites from scratch using non-CMS options. We brought on DNN so the users would have an easier time creating and editing but it seems to be very maintenance-heavy on the back end.

 

 

Melanie T. Thomas   MBA - CIS

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Technology Support

Information Resources & Planning

The University of Texas at El Paso

915-747-6825

 

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