Everything you see on any given website could be considered “content.”
From text to headers and footers, article titles, images, tags, tabs, comment boxes, links to other pages, boxes, calendars, charts and graphs—every piece of information has a unique placement to create the overall design of the page. A content management system, or CMS, is behind all of it, facilitating placement through the creation of templates.
Let’s say you want to have all the titles on your site in the same font type, size and color.
You could manually adjust the title every time you go to post an article. Or the CMS could have a pre-defined template for all titles on your site. Even though the words might change for your title, the way the title displays could be consistent from page to page. The CMS is what allows that to happen. Want an image to display in a banner across the top that always stays the same size? Leave it to the CMS.
Web developers work with a CMS behind the scenes to hammer out all those details so there is consistency across the entire site. The color palette, tabs at the top of the website, the footer seen on every page on a site all are determined so that all the pages of a site are easily navigated, pleasing to the eye and consistent for those seeking information. Regardless of the content you want to convey, templates provide a standard and consistent way of looking at the myriad types of content.
The current UTC website uses both OU Campus and WordPress as content management systems. Within the next 11 months, we will migrate all content to Drupal, an open-source CMS.
Open source simply means the software does not require a purchase or annual maintenance fee and licenses usually are unlimited for the number of users making it very affordable. The Drupal community is large and a lot of information is available online concerning Drupal as a CMS.
That said, it doesn’t mean that Drupal can be popped into the website and used immediately.
Over the next few months, installation, configuration, data migration, testing and training will be necessary to smoothly take us to this new CMS. We believe the end result will be worth the effort.
Come back to this blog for future updates as we progress through the steps ahead.