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Monday, February 6, 2017
from staff reports  

The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Ohio University is moving forward with its plans to replace CommonSpot with a modern Web Content Management System (Web CMS) for creating, editing and publishing university web pages. 

According to Chief Information Officer Craig Bantz, the project represents a significant institutional commitment to improving OHIO’s web presence. “This has been an inclusive process, with support from university leadership and a great deal of effort from many individuals across the university” Bantz said. “With the RFP award now complete, we look forward to getting started with implementation.”

"Digital marketing has become increasingly important over the years for higher education, particularly for raising brand awareness and for recruiting," said Chief Marketing Officer, Renea Morris. "OHIO's new content management system will not only enable us to reach our target audiences more efficiently but also enable more user-rich brand experiences."

Improving accessibility and usability

The new Web CMS, based on a technology called Drupal, offers a number of important improvements to academic site managers like Lori Bauer, Director of Communication for the College of Arts & Sciences. “The new content management system will help us address three of today’s most pressing issues in web design,” Bauer said. “Accessibility, mobile responsiveness, and search-engine optimization. These will help all of us attract more prospective students to our sites and give them a good user experience while they’re here.”

Transition

With more than 200 websites to migrate into the new Web CMS, preparation will be important. Together with a team from implementation partner Acquia, OIT staff will focus on making sure the transition happens smoothly.

"The best thing you as a site owner or content contributor can do right now to prepare for the migration," says Marinucci, "is to conduct an audit of your website and delete any outdated or unnecessary web content."

If you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk.


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