University Web Developers

University Web Developers

HI all,

For a long string of reasons, the University of Northern Colorado is just now looking seriously at purchasing our first CMS. We have been stopped in mid-exploration twice so I have a bit of a feel for what's out there and what we need.

We have about 200 web authors, a pretty good consistency in template use right now and about 200,000 pages on a Microsoft IIS platform.

I have been talking to Hannon Hill and Omni Update, although I know there are others out there to consider. Can any of you highly recommend for or against the CMS you use and tell me briefly why?  I would really appreciate your help.

Ronna Johnston

Director, Web Communicatons

University of Northern Colorado

Views: 294

Replies to This Discussion

A lot of the time you can fit CMSs into two categories (not always). Of the two options below, which solution would fit you guys best?

1. Feature Complete - Packaged - Restrictive to Developers - High Cost

2. Blank Slate - CMS Framework - Flexible for Developers - Low Cost

Couple other questions:

- Is there a particular technology stack you're looking for?

- Are you looking for a CMS that targets the Education industry or non-industry specific CMS?

- Is having access to the source code or a solid API a requirement?

I'm currently working on implementing the Umbraco CMS for our site. As a developer I love it for a number of reasons:

1. Best community support I've seen

2. Open Source + strong API

3. Complete control the the presentation layer

4. Complete control of data-structures

5. A fantastic Form Builder add-on

6. Granular user permissions

Umbraco doesn't do anything for you out of the box. It takes a developer to get it up and running and there's a high learning curve. However, it allows you to build a completely customized solution. It's often referred to as a CMS Framework than a standard CMS. 

Daniel,

Thanks so much for the speedy reply! We are a Microsoft IIS only shop and that seriously reduces the options. And yes, we absolutely need access to the source code, our developers are very talented.

Nice to know about Umbraco but no open source for us :(.

You might also look at...

  • Sitecore
  • Kentico
  • Sitefinity
  • Composite c1
  • Orchard
  • DotNetNuke
  • N2

I can't recall which ones are Open Source, but those are some of the popular .Net options. I never really did look into the Higher Ed specific systems. They're usually a lot higher priced and we were on a very limited budget.

Since you have the talent there, I'd still suggest taking a look at Umbraco. I found that a lot of the Open Source fears didn't apply to Umbraco.

Goodluck.

Thanks for the help!

Ronna

Ronna,

Columbus State University in Columbus Georgia has been with OmniUpdate for six years.  Today, we have 300 users, 140 websites and ~130000 pages within our instance of OmniUpdate.  We have OmniUpdate locally installed on servers within our campus Data center.   It took us three years to move all of our sites into OmniUpdate from a Microsoft Frontpage and IIS environment.  We conducted a audit and information architecture review during our migration.  At the time OmniUpdate did not have a migration tool to help with moving content into their system.  Today, they do have a migration tool that will speed up your implementation.  For us, as soon as we had all of our sites into OmniUpdate, we changed our domain, so we had to go back through every site and page and make updates.  We used OmniUpdate migration tool to move us into the XML/XSLT format.  With the migration tool, we were able to touch all 125 sites, within a 11 month period. 

We are very pleased with the continuing development and additional functionality that OmniUpdate has added to OUCampus over the years.  We are also pleased with the customer support that we receive from them.

At Columbus State, during our initial implementation I had a staff of up to 3 full-time staff and 3 student assistants. Today, I have 1 full-time staff, 1 Graduate Assistant and 1 Student Assistant. We required all new users to go through training before they get access to OUCampus. I did the training the first several years and now have other Web Team members to the training.  The training for us is an hour and half long, hands-on session.

I am happy to talk with you in more detail, if you are interested.

Thanks,

Jay

--

Jay Knape
Project Management Officer / Senior Manager of Web Content Services
University Information & Technology Services

www.ColumbusState.edu
knape_jay@columbusstate.edu
w - 706-507-8116
c - 706-593-1655

Jay,

This was very helpful infomration, thank you for taking the time to reply. Wow, this sounds like it was a big project! One last question - does someone else maintain the server and how much time or FTE is dedicated to that part?

Thanks again.

Ronna

Ronna,

A member of our network team maintain our Linux/Apache production web server. It is a very small part of their overall responsibilities. So very little time or effort is needed to maintain our web servers.  For our OmniUpdate staging server, OmniUpdate support staff maintain it.  We allow them access to the server to make the necessary OS and application updates that they need to make to keep our system up and running. 

Jay

Oh good to know about the Omni access to the server, thanks.

We are re-evaluating our WCMS in the coming months.  We use eZ Publish at the moment and have since 2008 - but not on our front page.  They are upgrading and including a lot of new features, so now is a good time to compare, add some features like responsive design and update our design. We have flexibility in design, but we have a limited staff, so we would need a lot of support with a new system. 

Is anyone using WordPress for an enterprise-wide WCMS?  Can it handle multiple sites in one installation?

I'd love to see some sort of matrix of what you are looking at (features) and how the different WCMSs compare.  Any other information you have gathered would be helpful too.

 

Best,

D. Kelly, Florida State

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"New blog post from Kate Browne, Technology Trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University! The Welcoming Website Part 1: Accessibility and Universal Design "
Jul 22
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Nevada State College went live in our OU Campus CMS! Check it out: nsc.edu http://nsc.edu/"
Jul 20
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Exciting news! We've released 10.3 of OU Campus which includes OU Marketplace! Read all about it in today's blog post. "
Jul 17
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Bard College at Simon's Rock's website has a great new look! New design by Lipman Hearne. Check it out: simons-rock.edu "
Jul 14
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Check out the new My Future Employee TechGirlz video featuring our very own Lance Merker! #empoweringgirls"
Jul 10
Robin Ruetenik is now a member of University Web Developers
Jul 8
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Check out the recap of Higher Ed Live's "The Higher Education Directory"! "The Higher Education Directory""
Jul 8
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Great job to Louisiana State University on their new responsive web design using OU Campus! www.lsu.edu "
Jul 7
Roma Mandzyk joined Mark Trenchard's group
Thumbnail

Adobe AEM

Users, developers, and leaders that use Adobe AEM (CQ5) for a web experience platform.See More
Jul 7
Roma Mandzyk joined Eric Hodgson's group
Thumbnail

Digital Asset Management

Best practices in managing raw photography, design files, and Web photo galleries
Jul 7
Roma Mandzyk joined Mark Greenfield's group
Thumbnail

The Future

This group will explore the future of the higher education web profession. What are the implications for our profession when you combine the current financial conditions with the ongoing (r)evolution of higher education?See More
Jul 7
L1z H1ncks is now a member of University Web Developers
Jul 6
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Your content management system requires certain functionalities and services; one being ongoing support. See how OmniUpdate delivers in this blog post! "
Jul 1
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congratulations to California Lutheran University on their new responsive website! Check it out: www.callutheran.edu www.callutheran.edu"
Jun 30
Scott Dewar is now a member of University Web Developers
Jun 30
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Still need to register for the eduWeb Digital Summit? Use discount code ECD2015 to get a $100 discount! "
Jun 25
Louise Ryan posted a discussion

Please take a moment to complete the 2015 Higher Education Web Survey

Have your say in the 2nd Annual T4 Higher Education web survey and be in with a chance to win £/$/€ 100 Amazon voucher. It's open to all IT & Marketing professionals who work in Higher Education & it only takes 2 minutes; enter hereSee More
Jun 25
Profile IconBlaine Herman, Christy Hill and Theresa Rumjahn joined University Web Developers
Jun 20
Profile IconEric Swearengin and Kathy Henning joined University Web Developers
Jun 18
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Three cheers for SUNY Alfred State College joining the OmniUpdate family!"
Jun 18

UWEBD has been in existence for more than 10 years and is the very best email discussion list on the Internet, in any industry, on any topic

About

© 2015   Created by Mark Greenfield.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service