Our CMS

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