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Using Drupal at Western Washington University: an Intro

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A quick intro to Open Source, CMS, and Drupal for university use.

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Using Drupal at Western Washington University: an Intro

  1. 1. Western Web Edit…Drupal for Western
  2. 2. What is Western Web Edit?.. A Content Management System.. based on Drupal.. that enables regular humans to createand maintain modern, dynamicwebsites. It’s a website for creating websites
  3. 3. What is Drupal?Drupal is a free and open sourcecontent management system (CMS)Drupal is an open source communityDrupal, the word, is from the Dutch for droplets.Hence the druplicon (mascot) in the form of a waterdroplet
  4. 4. What is Open Source?Open Source means that the sourcecode is supplied for those that want tomodify or improve the system.It implies a community that contributestheir time to create extensions and fixes.It is the opposite of proprietary software.
  5. 5. What’s so great about OpenSource?Lots of ants will straightena path…A company is more likelyto cling to its “features”So the community – people like us - fix it to workthe way we want itIt is the opposite of proprietary software.
  6. 6. Is Open Source always good?Of course not! It depends on:• An active, dedicated community of developers with needs like ours• A base product with good “bones” ……..structured …….good design principles ……..modular …….strong security policies• Sufficient product maturity for capability and stability
  7. 7. So…what is Drupal?Drupal is a stable and mature open sourceproduct with one of the most activecommunities in the open source world. Ithas a fabulous security team and over15000 modules contributed by thousands ofdevelopers.Drupal is a robust, well-supported content management system
  8. 8. What is a CMS?A Content Management System is a tool forpublishing website content that allows for:• browser-only editing access (no special software)• content-centric rather than page-centric production• = re-usable content• = re-configurable content
  9. 9. What is a CMS?………………………………….. re-usable content Two different pages, some of the same content. Edit one, both change.
  10. 10. What is a CMS?……….………... re-configurable content
  11. 11. What is a CMS?……….………... re-configurable contentHow can this be the same data?Because CMS content is made of fields:• Title• Author• Date• Event typeChoose which fields you display, where, in whatformat. When you change it, the display changeseverywhere it occurs on site.
  12. 12. Page-centric vs Content-centric?Static Web Dynamic WebThe page is smallest unit • Content is made of fields• you can link to it • Fields have a value• you can link to it again – a number• the page has no values – just – a link text – some text, etc Example: List all the titles of calendar items that have a type “holiday” that haven’t happened yet… If you repeat a PIECE of content, you have to maintain When you add new content, orboth copies; when today’s date today’s date changes… the whole changes, you have to update site is updated automagically… the content manually it’s “dynamic” web
  13. 13. The power of fields… Amazon.com Their database associates buying and browsing history with a user nameto show the logged-in users’ browsed but un-bought items, or offers to buy back previously bought items.
  14. 14. The power of fields… When displaying an article in one subject area, lists the titles of theother articles in the same subject area. This list is created once and grows automatically ascontent is created in the same subject area.
  15. 15. The power of fields…• Create a list of all the courses your department is teaching next year – List only those taught by Prof. Smith – List only Spring Term Courses – When you add a new course – all the pages using that data are updated• List the events that haven’t happened yet…. and the list is updated for you each day
  16. 16. What is Western Web Edit?A website for creating departmentaland college web sitesThat provides the tools for you to createa dynamic web site• authenticated editors use any browser to create or maintain a website
  17. 17. Why Western Web Edit?The goal:• facilitate more vibrant, up-to-date websites• by enabling content experts to create and maintain modern, dynamic websites
  18. 18. Don’t we do that now?What people said before CMS anddynamic web:• It’s complicated• So much can go wrong!• It doesn’t think the way I do• I don’t remember what program to useAnd… no fields, just pages!
  19. 19. The Drupal Experiencehttp://dev.wwu-demo.gotpantheon.com/Just a demo - no styling fake content
  20. 20. Status• Defined Requirements by working with three colleges (Woodring, CBE, CFPA)• Site-building in progress now• Design group created to refine home page design for academic groups (ATUS, UComm, Admissions, CFPA, & student rep)• Launching capability for target colleges late May (Design avail early summer)
  21. 21. Design TeamUniversity Communications: – Derek Bryson (graphic designer) – Matthew Anderson (design and policy)CFPA – Courtney Hiatt (marketing designer) – Jesse Sturgis (graphic designer)Admissions: – Phil Acuncius (graphic designer) – Jamin Agosti (student employee)ATUS – Emilie Nouveau (Drupal expert and designer) – Marie Raney (team lead)
  22. 22. Questions?Thank youmarie.raney@wwu.edu

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