Building and maintaining a content management system for a high-traffic, public website is very challenging. Developers need to have a rational, safe and well-documented system for getting code from their local computer, into a testing environment, and then deployed to a production web server. For the UTC CMS Migration project, we have chosen a system built with technology supplied by Acquia, a software-as-a-service company that provides enterprise products, services, and technical support for the open-source web content management platform Drupal.
The finish line has been set for months.
The crowd grows anxious as the race date nears.
The race organizers wait with anticipation as the coach assures them everything is moving ahead as planned.
The racers have trained, trained and trained some more. They’ve met hurdles that seemed far too high. But through perseverance and dedication, they are nearing the starting line.
This is my third Drupal specific camp having attended Baltimore’s Drupal Camp and Washington D.C.’s DrupalGovCon. The Chattanooga Drupal Users Group (CHADUG), headed up by Lee Walker of Code Journeyman, meets monthly. Meeting other Drupal users and hearing their stories, particularly how Drupal changed their career lives, has been eye opening and encouraging. [Read more…]
Why do you search the internet?
Maybe you’re looking for information, knowledge, news of the day. Maybe you have a goal in mind and need to find a specific answer to a question. For those who visit our UTC website, it could be to find out admissions requirements, program information in a specific college or where to pay a parking fine.
When we begin to consider who visits our website and why, the volume of people and reasons can become daunting. Between Jan. 1, 2018, and today, we’ve had 3,767,325 visits to the UTC.edu website homepage alone according to our Siteimprove analytics. That’s right—almost 4 million visits. And what brings them?
I’ve been working on web projects for nearly a decade. I enjoy crafting solutions and, thankfully, my work over the years has steered me towards providing technological answers. What I’ve learned is that Drupal is the defacto content management system/framework for many public sector organizations and entities.
This makes sense because groups in the public sector often have very unique organizational qualities, which requires a product suite that can complement those complexities. Drupal is both pliable and opinionated; you may build what you need but you have to do it the Drupal way. The following are snippets of research I’ve done regarding Drupal and why it’s a great solution for UTC. [Read more…]
Having worked as a trainer and educator for a large part of my professional and volunteer life, I can say, with 100 percent certainty, that we all need a little training now and then.
It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained. -Queen Elizabeth II
In order to form a more perfect website, the UTC web team and colleagues from across campus, including the Library and Information Technology, will be participating in a series of training workshops.
Lee Walker, a local Drupal expert with Code Journeymen, kicks off the workshops this week, Dec. 10-14. Lee’s workshops are intended for those with technical skill sets and who will be supporting the Drupal content migration and managing the system and coding environments.
Birds definitely do it. Bees and educated fleas might do it.
I can surely state that data definitely…migrates. In that old song the metaphor referred more to falling in love than moving software and data around, but the concept of migration applies. Software and data don’t fly south for the winter, but they can fly to another location and those in information technology refer to this as a ‘migration.’
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.