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Transitioning course catalog from old-school InDesign/PDF to web-based system...

So, the "powers that be" here are looking into various catalog systems...for next year.

In the meantime, we're now working on our (hopefully last) old-school InDesign/PDF catalog, and I got to thinking...maybe it would be a good thing to do some sort of web-based static page (to keep it simple, for now) catalog this time around, to make the transition next year to whatever catalog system the "powers that be" decide upon an easier one.

We have a Wordpress instance and then we have our regular static web page structure, either of which could feasibly be used for this sort of thing.

I've done a fair amount of searching, but I haven't found a definitive/current solution, either on the Wordpress side of things or on the non-Wordpress/non-CMS side of things.

My question is...is there any sort of existing Wordpress plugin/theme/etc. or non-Wordpress/non-CMS catalog solution out there that any of you are using that might make this an easier thing to deal with?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide,

Doug Thompson

Manager of Web and Electronic Communications

Ohio Wesleyan University

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More than anything I would suggest focusing on workflow and how you can manage the process similar to that of the offline pdf creation process. So might want to do a proof of concept with wordpress to see if you can pull it off and then also looked at the hosted tools to see what they provide. To me that is the strength of those hosted tools, workflow management.

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