The Website Redesign and Migration project has been developed to comprehensively update and improve UNC Asheville's Web presence. By using an open-source content management system, we can reduce costs will improving the consistency, accessibility, and usability of our Web sites.
Drupal at UNC Asheville
- We use over 50 modules to add new functionality to the core Drupal installation.
- A custom-built "UNC Asheville" theme controls how the site looks.
- As we migrate during "Phase II", we'll be helping departments update and improve their sites.
Phase I (2009-2010)
The project includes developing and launching an improved Web presence for UNC Asheville, including the home page and a number of secondary pages linked to the home page. The new website has improved navigation and usability, takes advantage of new technology, and conveys a new and vibrant look and feel that consistently reflects the university’s character and sets it apart from other universities.
Because the website represents UNC Asheville’s single largest opportunity to communicate with various internal and external audiences, the new site is dynamic and offers new and engaging content that shows all our audiences the great stories that are happening at our university.
The Website Advisory Team, along with staff from Communications and ITS, have worked during the past year to develop the new site, which was successfully launched on February 5th, 2010.
Phase II (2010-2011)
As we move forward, we are working with faculty and staff from every department on campus to help them update and migrate their websites to the new system.
Requesting a New Site
In general, when we look to set up a new Drupal site, we follow these guidelines:
- Will the site have enough content to stand on its own? If a site has fewer than 10 pages, it may be worth including it on another (already existing) site.
- Who will be editing the site? If they already have a site they're editing, consider including this content there (assuming it makes sense to do so).
- Has this site historically been included with other content? How will our users be viewing the site? If people are used to or looking for (or expecting to find) information on one site, it's often a good idea to keep it together.