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Title: Content Management System for HSC Website


1
Content Management System for H-SC Website
2
Introduction
  • What is working well?
  • 35 or so content editors across campus
  • College brand consistent across entire site
  • Increased viewing from 3,860 pages/day in 2001 to
    14,500 pages/day in 2008.
  • Robust server with Windows 2003 and IIS 6 and
    over 900GB of free space direct connection to
    Jenzabar data, use of mysql/postgresql databases
    and php and perl for interactivity between users
    and data

3
Introduction
  • What Problems Do We Need to Solve?
  • Out-dated design
  • Out-dated content
  • Content used across multiple sites
  • Out-dated FrontPage editor
  • Image editing
  • Marketing initiatives hard to measure

4
Overview
  • A Content Management System (CMS) will address
    all of these issues and provide many more new
    features to enhance the H-SC website.

5
Design
  • THEN Tables layout for 800 x 600 screen
    resolution
  • NOW

50 1280
4
15. 320 x 396 with 312 visits pdas/cell phones
6
Design
  • Homepage with Sample Screen Resolutions

1920 x 1200 on 24 monitor
1280 x 800 on 15 laptop
7
Design
  • THEN Audio/video minimal due to dial-up
    connections in 2001/2004
  • NOW

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2.5
YouTube has set the standard as one of top ten
most viewed sites on the Internet. Flash is
commonplace on College homepages and campus tours.
8
Design
  • THEN 1997 -- web in all text
  • 2001 homepage all images and links redesign
    took 8 months
  • 2004 redesign of banner images, roll-over nav
    took two years
  • From 12,000 pages in 2000 to over 50,000 now. To
    redesign site as it is now would take over two
    years.

9
CMS Design
  • All content in database or xml
  • All design in CSS and templates
  • Could roll out main site in 6 months to 1 year
  • NEXT redesign would take much less time only
    CSS and templates would need to be redone.

10
Content
  • New pages built all the time old pages rarely
    deleted links to old content hidden throughout.
  • CMS allows publication dates and expiration dates
  • CMS has link checker to correct old link
    problems.

11
Content
  • Use across multiple departments
  • NOW news article manually reformatted to fit
    design under academics
  • CMS will allow content to be pulled from News to
    Admissions newsletter, academic departments,
    study abroad, College homepage automatically

12
Menus
  • NOW software generates roll-over menus
  • Homepage, departments, extended homepage set
  • All edited by webmaster
  • Site index generated manually in two formats
  • CMS will automatically generate menus when pages
    added within each department
  • Automatic for homepage and site index

13
Editing
  • NOW most content editors use FrontPage
  • Doesnt support CSS easily new HTML 5 standards
    move all formatting out of HTML and into CSS
  • IE 8 is using some HTML 5
  • Not standards compliant
  • CMS is standards compliant
  • CSS and templates will enforce use of CSS for
    formatting but will work much like MS-Word for
    editors

14
Content
  • Standards compliance enhances download speed
    and interoperability across different browsers.
  • Are you getting your message across in 2 minutes
    11 seconds?
  • Includes finding and reading

15
Images
  • Pictures downloaded to web from cameras
  • Sizing in FrontPage does not decrease file size
  • CMS will have built-in image sizing for showing
    on the website and thumbnails for links to larger
    images.

16
Marketing
  • Initiatives that drive users to the website need
    current information
  • Measuring results on the website needs content
    specific to initiative separate from regular
    content
  • CMS provides more control over this
  • Set content to begin and expire at certain times
  • Use Google Analytics to measure goals

17
Conclusion
  • CMS will improve the H-SC website by
  • Managing redesigns easily and efficiently
  • Expiring out-dated content and deleting old links
  • Sharing content across multiple sites
  • Replacing out-dated FrontPage editor and
    enforcing standards compliance
  • Enabling image editing for everyone
  • Analyzing marketing initiatives more effectively

18
Next Steps
  • What are the Next Steps in the Process?
  • Content Management Systems Matrix
  • H-SC requirements
  • Web Oversight Committee Approval
  • Choose a CMS by December 15 and submit in budget
    process in January 2009.
  • Purchase in July 2009 Begin Site Redesign

19
Resources
  • Google Analytics for the data and graphics about
    H-SC website.
  • Content Management Systems comparison website-
    CMS Matrix (see Excel files Enterprise level,
    Open Source)
  • Hannon Hills Content Management Systems Buyers
    Guide
  • Ektron CMS400 demo, Ingeniux demo, University of
    Richmond presentation, visit with Longwood
    University Dir. Of Web Communications (RedDot),
    talked with Hollins College webmaster, installed
    test versions of Drupal and Modx

20
Resources
  • Internet Archive Wayback Machine
    http//web.archive.org/web//http//www.hsc.edu
  • Colleges/Universities using various CMS products
  • UVA Ingeniux, Ektron CMS400
  • VT Rhythmyx
  • Roanoke and Lynchburg College Ingeniux
  • UR, William Mary -- Cascade Server
  • WM blog on redesign
  • Longwood RedDot
  • CASE Awards for web design 2008 Judges Report

21
Resources
  • Schools using Drupal
  • Sites using MODx
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