The Content Management System Initiative enhances Appalachian's web presence by making it easier for units to develop and sustain high-quality websites that consistently represent Appalachian well. The CMS team is focusing its work in three areas:
- The migration of a large proportion of university websites to Drupal, an open-source content management system renowned for combining ease of use with power and flexibility.
- The development and implementation of University Web Standards in consultation with the Web Council, a new advisory body comprised of representatives from more than two dozen stakeholders.
- Providing a multi-faceted support structure including training workshops, text tutorials, video tutorials, user groups (both technical and end user), as well as on-line and call-in support.
Who can use Drupal?
Drupal is for: College, departmental, programmatic, and administrative web sites within the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, University Advancement, as well as Human Resources, University Attorney, and the Office of the Chancellor.
Drupal is not for: programs, units, and student clubs which reside in the Division of Student Development. These sites are supported by Electronic Student Services. Drupal is also not meant for web-based instructional media or course sites as these are supported by AsULearn.