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Drupal to replace CommonSpot

Monday, February 6, 2017
from staff reports  

Drupal 8 logoThe Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Ohio University has chosen Drupal as its new web Content Management System (CMS). Drupal will replace CommonSpot for creating, editing and publishing the OHIO Front Door website as well as many departmental websites. After a lengthy request for proposals (RFP) process, Acquia has been chosen as the implementation and support provider for Drupal. Project lead Toni Marinucci noted that Acquia was the first choice of university evaluation participants, the RFP evaluation team, and the technical team.

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 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 CMS 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 Drupal, preparation will be important. Together with a team from Acquia, OIT 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can do right now to prepare for the migration," says Marinucci, "is to conduct an audit of your website and delete any outdated or unnecessary web content."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 OIT service desk.


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