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Inside the Pantheon<br />A flexible Dreamweaver Framework for managing traditional and dynamic content practically and cos...
Agenda<br />Presentation<br />The need and Environment at Kent<br />The Pantheon Product<br />Demonstration<br />Product A...
The Situation in 2006<br />Service Departments (~20)<br />Academic Departments (~40)<br />External company<br />Department...
The need and environment<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility ...
CODE<br />The need and environment<br />CODE<br />CODE<br />CODE<br />3. Improve the manageability of the code to simplify...
The need and environment<br />Corporate Site Themes<br />Departmental Theme<br />Arts Centre Theme<br />Special project si...
The need and environment<br />5. Create a standard user interface<br />6. Create a permissions system<br />7. Restore old ...
The need and environment<br />9. Allow content sharing<br />
The need and environment<br />Summary of the Institution’s needs<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />P...
How to implement a CMS?<br />CMS Components…<br /><ul><li> Content Management
 Page Management
 Image Management
 Site Structure and Navigation Management
 Admin (editing) interfaces
 Permissions systems
 Content Categorisation and tagging
 Data migration ….. etc</li></li></ul><li>The Product<br />What does the current setup provide?<br />Apply central brand a...
The Product<br />Page 12<br /><ul><li>Enterprise solution
Extensible and flexible framework
Updates easy to apply</li></ul>Central Codebase<br />Departmental Template<br />Central Template<br />Conferences Template...
Allow departments to theme a sectionwithin their site</li></ul>Finance<br />School of Physical Sciences<br />School of Eur...
Customisable
Code accessible by the department</li></ul>German<br />French<br />
The Product<br />
Departmental Template<br />Kent Header<br />Departmental Banner<br />A title and strong image consistent with the departme...
The Product<br />What does Pantheon provide?<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments w...
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Using Dreamweaver as a publishing interface may not have been considered for institutions who want to manage their dynamic web content as its traditional focus has been on editing static web pages. However, at Kent, time and resource issues required an intermediate solution to roll out a new branding across our websites. In the process we developed a framework (codenamed Pantheon) for pulling in and managing dynamic content using static pages and a series of tools which integrate with Dreamweaver giving departments great flexibility in creating good looking web pages.

Although initially intended as a temporary solution, the package was very well received by the University web publishers, so much so that a version 2 was approved and recently built and deployed. This talk will look at the project, the relative merits and drawbacks of the approach and how it has altered our approach to the development of the final CMS.

At the end of this session, delegates will have investigated and discussed a new take on old technology and discussed the possibility that maybe this is another stepping stone on the path to a full content management system.

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  1. 1. Inside the Pantheon<br />A flexible Dreamweaver Framework for managing traditional and dynamic content practically and cost effectively<br />John Ennew MEng CEng MIET[Project Manager / Software Engineer]<br />Dan Fryer[Web Consultant] ; <br />Dave Clark[Senior Web Developer]<br />Email: j.ennew@kent.ac.uk<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Presentation<br />The need and Environment at Kent<br />The Pantheon Product<br />Demonstration<br />Product Assessment<br />Rollout projects and the web author community<br />Discussions<br />
  3. 3. The Situation in 2006<br />Service Departments (~20)<br />Academic Departments (~40)<br />External company<br />Department’s web specialist<br />Central web support<br />Web Authors<br />Bespoke UI<br />Bespoke UI<br />Dreamweaver<br />Dreamweaver<br />
  4. 4. The need and environment<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility to express themselves<br />
  5. 5. CODE<br />The need and environment<br />CODE<br />CODE<br />CODE<br />3. Improve the manageability of the code to simplify support<br />
  6. 6. The need and environment<br />Corporate Site Themes<br />Departmental Theme<br />Arts Centre Theme<br />Special project site themes<br />Kent Central Theme<br />4. Allow bespoke themes<br />
  7. 7. The need and environment<br />5. Create a standard user interface<br />6. Create a permissions system<br />7. Restore old versions of pages in case of mistake<br />8. Versioning of pages <br />
  8. 8. The need and environment<br />9. Allow content sharing<br />
  9. 9. The need and environment<br />Summary of the Institution’s needs<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility to express themselves (sub sites)<br />Improve the manageability of the code to simplify support<br />Allow bespoke themes<br />Create a standard user interface<br />Create a permissions system<br />Restore old versions of pages in case of mistake<br />Versioning of pages<br />Allow content sharing and reuse<br />
  10. 10. How to implement a CMS?<br />CMS Components…<br /><ul><li> Content Management
  11. 11. Page Management
  12. 12. Image Management
  13. 13. Site Structure and Navigation Management
  14. 14. Admin (editing) interfaces
  15. 15. Permissions systems
  16. 16. Content Categorisation and tagging
  17. 17. Data migration ….. etc</li></li></ul><li>The Product<br />What does the current setup provide?<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility to express themselves<br />Improve the manageability of the code to simplify support<br />Allow bespoke themes<br />Create a standard user interface<br />Create a permissions system<br />Restore old versions of pages in case of mistake<br />Versioning of pages<br />Allow content sharing and reuse<br />
  18. 18. The Product<br />Page 12<br /><ul><li>Enterprise solution
  19. 19. Extensible and flexible framework
  20. 20. Updates easy to apply</li></ul>Central Codebase<br />Departmental Template<br />Central Template<br />Conferences Template<br /><ul><li>Sub Sites
  21. 21. Allow departments to theme a sectionwithin their site</li></ul>Finance<br />School of Physical Sciences<br />School of European Culture and Language<br /><ul><li>Departmental sites
  22. 22. Customisable
  23. 23. Code accessible by the department</li></ul>German<br />French<br />
  24. 24. The Product<br />
  25. 25. Departmental Template<br />Kent Header<br />Departmental Banner<br />A title and strong image consistent with the department’s branding. Consistent throughout the site but can be changed for sub-sites<br />Content area<br />Departmental colour Scheme<br />Allows easy inclusion of web snippets<br />Menu<br />Defines the site navigation. Departmentally configurable. Independent of the file structure<br />Footer<br />Departments contact details accessible from every page<br />
  26. 26. The Product<br />What does Pantheon provide?<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility to express themselves<br />Improve the manageability of the code to simplify support<br />Allow bespoke themes<br />Create a standard user interface<br />Create a permissions system<br />Restore old versions of pages in case of mistake<br />Versioning of pages<br />Allow content sharing and reuse<br />
  27. 27. The Product<br />Streaming Video Server<br />Staff Profiles<br />Kent Academic Repository<br />Reading Lists<br />Module details<br />Forum discussions<br />Blog Posts<br />Knowledgebase articles<br />News and events<br />
  28. 28. The Product<br />
  29. 29. The Product<br />What does Pantheon provide?<br />Apply central brand and unified look and feel<br />Provide departments with the flexibility to express themselves<br />Improve the manageability of the code to simplify support<br />Allow bespoke themes<br />Create a standard user interface<br />Create a permissions system<br />Restore old versions of pages in case of mistake<br />Versioning of pages<br />Allow content sharing and reuse<br />
  30. 30. Demonstration<br />
  31. 31. What’s missing<br />Tagging of static content<br />Proper versioning of pages<br />Quick page edit<br />Static content reuse<br />
  32. 32. What’s next<br />Quick site setup through web forms<br />Quick page setup through web forms<br />Central content snippets<br />Main site brand refresh: 3 months to develop theme, style snippets, and rollout onto all top level pages.<br />
  33. 33. Website Rollout Projects<br />
  34. 34. The Community<br />Fortnightly Web workshops – sharing best practice<br />Departments pay for additional training<br />Commission new functionality<br />Kent on the Web <br />Knowledgebase<br />Forums <br />
  35. 35. Support and Maintenance<br />Well established – 3 years old and just released version 2<br />Well supported and maintained by IS Web Team<br /><ul><li>Dedicated web support helpdesk (9-5 Mon-Fri)
  36. 36. Telephone support (free to University departments)
  37. 37. Email support (free to University departments)
  38. 38. In person support (free to University departments)</li></ul>Large user base identifies problems quickly<br />Used by almost all University academic and service departments as well as a number of affiliate organisations<br />Constantly being improved<br /><ul><li>New snippets
  39. 39. Code fixes
  40. 40. Security audits
  41. 41. New core features</li></li></ul><li>Discussions and Questions<br />Content creation vswebsite creation<br />Static vsDynamic Content<br />The right tools for the right job<br />Department Mash-Ups and Departmental Web Authors<br />Departmental Flexibility vsCentral Control<br />
  42. 42. References<br /> Details on the Pantheon system:http://www.kent.ac.uk/web/services/university-template<br />A list of the 'snippets' - tools that are available to web publishers using Pantheon:http://www.kent.ac.uk/web/bacchus-snippets/snippets/index.html<br />Gallery examples of different website designs hosted by Kent:http://www.kent.ac.uk/web/services/portfolio<br />Pantheon owners guide:Handout in session<br />

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