University Web Developers

University Web Developers



ExpressionEngine users within higher education

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Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2014

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Moving large academic site to EE in December 5 Replies

We are moving to EE for our redesign (launch goal is December). Our IT department is kind of dragging its feet getting EE configured in a development space. Is it that difficult to setup? I come from…Continue

Started by Daniel Fowler. Last reply by Scott Kilmer Jan 31, 2013.

Higher Education specific features w/ EE 2 Replies

What features have you built using EE that is specific to higher ed?

Started by Brad Morse. Last reply by Brad Morse Mar 15, 2012.

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Comment by Greg Danilowski on November 20, 2013 at 1:07pm


Comment by Brad Morse on November 20, 2013 at 1:07pm

Another tip, if you're on twitter, if you have any questions, tag it with #eecms and there is also

Comment by Greg Danilowski on November 20, 2013 at 12:59pm

Yeah, those are the videos we are watching. Someone let me borrow Building an ExpressionEngine 2 Site: Small Business by Michael Boyink. It's okay, but it's a good primer.

Comment by Brad Morse on November 20, 2013 at 12:56pm

Not sure which book you're reading, but for videos, these were extremely helpful

Comment by Greg Danilowski on November 20, 2013 at 12:51pm

Thanks, Brad. We're moving from an old CMS (circa 2005) that posts static pages using page id's rather than URL's so there is going to be a lot of manual review, but htaccess redirects seem like our best solution. I'm reading the book and watching the tutorial videos while planning our information architecture at the same time.

Comment by Brad Morse on November 20, 2013 at 12:21pm

@Greg - I am no longer in higher ed, but I still work with EE. Converting the college's website was from a static website to EE, so the content was added manually.

You can import data using the datagrab add-on. I am not sure what you mean by interlinking, but I set up redirects in htaccess so people directing to URLs that no longer work, would be directed to the appropriate URL.

The editors were happy with it, as long as you tailor the forms to the content that is being entered, that takes a lot of the guessing away and improves the UX.

EE is not a sexy CMS for end users, compared to others, but it is extremely flexible and you can tackle any obstacle.

The EE community is active and helpful, as well as many professionally built add-ons available at

Comment by Greg Danilowski on November 20, 2013 at 12:12pm

We are looking to move our website to EE, but there is a lot of content review to do first. We are focusing on the back-end and not updating the design yet, but we are updating the layout to a responsive template. Our biggest concern right now is interlinking pages that are hosted with the old CMS and those with EE.

What obstacles did you run into? Would you have done something differently? How did you handle the migration? Are you and your editors happy with it?

Comment by Brad Morse on November 7, 2011 at 12:42pm
Any questions, post to the EE forums and/or to twitter w/ the hashtag #eecms, large and active community.
Comment by Claudia Snell on November 7, 2011 at 12:39pm

Hello all, I'm Claudia, Director of Web and Social Media at Nichols College. I'm just getting started with Expression Engine and am new to the group. So far, pretty good! I've got a lot to learn though.

Comment by Brad Morse on February 2, 2010 at 4:15pm
Created this group to help out others using or looking to use EE in higher ed.

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