Web Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management Systems allow non-IT personnel to easily edit website content through a standard interface. These systems allow the content experts (faculty, department heads, and marketing personnel) to develop and maintain content for websites as easily as editing a simple document. Since content experts have greater access to their data, the information can be readily updated without the delay of relaying requests through a “Webmaster”. Overall, this creates a much better end-user experience as the information that is delivered on our institutional websites is timely and relevant.

Working with the College’s Faculty IT Advisory Committee, IT Shared Services has researched various web content management systems and selected WordPress as the standard for the College.  IT Shared Services will develop a robust suite of templates and training guides for the WordPress platform and provide support for this new tool.

Training materials are available here: http://technology.engineering.ucdavis.edu/services/website-services/coe-wordpress-training/

Project Timeframe:

Pilot Phase: May – June 2013 (Completed)
A small group of faculty were selected to participate in the pilot phase of the CMS project.  Feedback about template creation, training materials, and look and feel were extremely valuable and incorporated into the final system.

Phase 1:  July 1st, 2013
Soft roll out of the Faculty sites.  http://faculty.engineering.ucdavis.edu will be live with populated content for each faculty member.  While the site will be publicly available, it won’t be directly linked from the production College or Department websites.  Faculty can login using Kerberos credentials to edit all their content.  Existing lab/research sites will remain active.

Phase 2: Fall Quarter
Launch redesigned College and Departmental websites.  IT will work with departments to identify key personnel to assist with the content migration.  The new websites will then directly link to the new faculty sites on http://faculty.engineering.ucdavis.edu.

Phase 3: Late Fall
Deliver templates and a streamlined process for creating new lab/research sites on the WordPress platform.  IT will work with individual faculty to update/enhance individual lab sites that highlight the research being performed in the College.

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