"Hi Tyrel, Did you find the Web CMS Report from CMS Watch valuable? I see the 2010 version is available this week and we are considering purchasing it. (Did it provide information that you did not know or were not able to find yourself?)"
"We just had an Acquia Drupal demonstration ... and I have to say not impressed. A LOT of internal development would be required ... they don't provide any theme development or data migration assistance - you're supposed hire on of their…"
Hey all,It's Tyrel Jennings from Memorial University of Newfoundland again. Thanks for all the feedback on my initial thread about our CMS search. Many of the responses were very useful.We have continued our CMS search and are have almost come to an official recommendation for the school. However, other university executives outside of the search are still pushing Documentum as the CMS we should choose (we have previously written off Documentum some time ago in our search). Apparently, some…See More
"I think Drupal 7 will address many of the "confusing" interface problems. Of all the CMS I've looked at it is the most versatile although there is a learning curve. You might want to view this video to see what is coming soon.…"
"Tyrel, Basically Cascade Server does what we need, for the most part. I like the consistency we've achieved through dynamically-generated breadcrumbs, navigation, etc. and our relationship with the HH folks.
I think it will work fine for you…"
"Thanks for this reply. Cascade Server has been one of the ones we have been most interested in. We were aware of its high costs but not particularly aware of its steep learning curve for developers. We are in the process of setting up some trial…"
Southern Wesleyan University went down this road nearly two years ago. The site was a combination of Dreamweaver/Contribute-maintained sections along with some custom database-driven php applications for keeping directories and a mixture of…"
"Oh, also I'll be doing a vendor independent talk about this at Eduweb in Chicago on the Tuesday (21st) called: Running an Efficient HE Web Content Management Evaluation Process
Running a procurement and evaluation process for a Web…"
"We looked at Typo but we were concerned with having to learn the TypoScript language. We are concerned with buying a product that would 'trap us in', or having to become too reliant on the product and making it difficult to switch to…"
"We briefly looked at PaperThin but we were concerned with the ColdFusion aspect of it. Not many of our developers are well experienced with ColdFusion and the ones that are don't really like it. I think we are looking for something more PHP or…"
"Here at Ohio University, we use CommonSpot by PaperThin. Out of the box, it gives you tremendous capabilities. What is great for us, is that we can build custom elements to integrate into it. It's runs in ColdFusion and works with Oracle, SQL…"
"We have been reviewing Drupal as well and got a similar impression. Drupal seemed like it would require alot of internal development. We are looking for something a little more out-of-the-box. We are hoping that Acquia's version of Drupal is…"
Hi Tyrel, Did you find the Web CMS Report from CMS Watch valuable? I see the 2010 version is available this week and we are considering purchasing it. (Did it provide information that you did not know or were not able to find yourself?)
Tyrel, Basically Cascade Server does what we need, for the most part. I like the consistency we've achieved through dynamically-generated breadcrumbs, navigation, etc. and our relationship with the HH folks.
I think it will work fine for you once you can wrap your head around the way the system is constructed, and how to do the configurations. There's a lot of upfront configuration when adding a section to the site, but configuration sets make maintaining a site, once established, a fairly simple matter.
The Higher Education Web Professionals Association Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.There are several open Director spots, due to growth and natural term expiration, and so HighEdWeb is now inviting nominations. Nominations (of yourself or…See More
Job SummaryThe Web Designer position works closely with various college departments to create and maintain a college website that is marketing focused and content driven. This individual is a talented and creative graphic designer with strong background in designing modern and innovative web pages. The ability to implement the designs into working web pages using front-end development skills in HTML5 and CSS3 is key.Essential FunctionsDesign visually-appealing, innovative web pages and graphics…See More
"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…"
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…See More
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We are hosting a large conference in 2016 and looking for a simple mobile app to use, we don't have time to build one in house. Just something with venue info and sessions as a base. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks much!Ronna JohnstonUniversity of Northern ColoradoSee More
"Katie, we are in the same boat as you. We will be changing to a site that focuses more on prospective students, moving non-related content to SharePoint. We have similar concerns but are going in with a plan of cutting our number of content authors…"
"Rogue websites can cause all kinds of problems for your higher ed website, but how do you stop them for good? Check out these steps in today's blog post "Taming the Beast: Rogue Websites in Higher Ed"
Taming the Beast: Rogue…"
"Today's blog post sums up the Higher Ed Live Special Edition broadcast, “The Catalog to End All Catalogs,” with Nathan Gerber from Utah Valley University and Dawn Truelsen from Fresno State. Get the scoop!
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