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Hi all!
We are at the exploration stage of transferring our Network Engineering Dept site to a CMS. I'd very much appreciate getting any information on Joomla!-based university department sites: examples, case studies, templates, etc. A Course Management System (Moodle?) should be an integral part of the site.

Thanks in advance

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One of the other colleges in our network is using what I'm assuming is Joomla (it might be Mambo; it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference) for their entire Web site.
http://www.jtcc.edu/

Also, there is an old topic in the Joomla forums with some links to colleges and universities using Joomla/Mambo. Some of the sites linked in that topic have apparently since moved away from Joomla, but some appear to still be using it.
http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?p=46091&sid=a7af5e02e5cbb...
Curtiss,

thanks a lot for your helpful reply.
What is the explanation of the apparent low popularity of Joomla! as a University Web CMS? Maybe there are other CMSes around that better suit the University Web needs? Again, case studies are appreciated.

Thanks
Greetings, Arik!
Unfortunately, I don't really have any case studies. I just have personal experience. I attempted to use Joomla quite a while ago (so my memory is a bit fuzzy at this point) and found it completely counterintuitive. The content organization (information architecture) within Joomla makes very little sense. Rather than utilizing simple IDs for each individual collection of content, Joomla bases everything off of menu IDs and will actually fail to display content, or display the wrong content, if the address includes the wrong menu ID. As a result, the organization of the Web content can become extremely confusing for the admins and editors (much less the visitors).

Drupal is a good alternative, though I've only used it a tiny bit. Wordpress can also be good for smaller department sites.
Hi Curtiss,

thanks again for your replies.
I have some experience with Joomla, but none of it with Drupal and Wordpress. Will take a look at it.

Cheers
I have been using Joomla for a while now - we role it out for 'small' websites as it is very quick to deploy and pretty easy for non techy authors to use to create content (most recent but still a work in progess www.profitnet.co.uk). Templating it very easy and a site can be set up and rolled out within a day.

I think it's great at what it does but (imo) it's not scalable enough to be used uni wide. At this time the level of users types that you can (or more to the point can't) have just doesn't cut it on an enterprise level. And furthermore you cannot run multiple sites from one install (which makes admin a pain) so it's very hard to use for the sort of structure you would need for a uni site - ie main site, departmental microsites, faculty sites and so on.

I see it very much as a 'quick and dirty' cms solution.

If you just want it to use for one departmental site with (presumably) not a huge number of users/permissions then I would say it's def worth a look.

Cheers Stu

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