The purpose of this guide is to help web content editors maintain their college and department's web content. Below is a brief overview of our CMS and its benefits.
What is a Content Management System (CMS)?
A Content Management System is a computer application that allows users to add, modify and remove website content.
For further reading on the subject the main Wikipedia entry is a good place to start learning.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is the free, open-source content-management system that Wright State uses.
For a more in-depth description of Drupal and its many facets, the Wikipedia entry is a good place to start reading.
Why are we using a CMS?
For large websites there are many benefits for both the end users and content editors while using a CMS.
- Improved consistency for editors and viewers
- Reduces costs in technical personnel, hardware, software and infrastructure
- Enables consistent branding across large numbers of sites/pages
- Addresses accessibility concerns for large numbers of pages simultaneously
- Provides presentation enhancements, such as Responsive Design for mobile devices
- Allows for advanced technical features, such as YouTube integration, photo galleries, and dynamic features
- Can provide integration with existing enterprise backend systems
- Provides a uniform editing experience across campus for easy knowledge transfer
How is this different from previous web development at WSU?
- All site editing can be done through your web browser
- Greatly reduces the technical knowledge needed for editing content
- A permissions-based workflow for adding/editing/publishing content
How will this change the skill set needed to edit, remove or add a webpage?
- Technical knowledge of Dreamweaver, FTP, HTML and CSS is no longer needed.
- Using HTML table elements for content layout will never be used (please never do this again)
- URLs will no longer be named manually
- All webpage editing will be done through your web browser after logging in
- A revision history of all content changes is available