New Drupal web content management system launches for FSU websites

Tuesday 07/05/2016

This summer, Information Technology Services (ITS) is launching a new, Drupal-based web content management system (WCMS) for Florida State University. The new system was selected after months of committee research to replace eZ Publish as the university’s central WCMS.

Like other WCMS software, Drupal is designed to simplify the process of creating and updating websites. It incorporates familiar editing tools—similar to those found in Microsoft Word documents—to allow nontechnical users to easily and efficiently publish content and edit websites, without requiring a lot of technical know-how.

Drupal offers a host of new features and functionality, including customizable forms, multilingual sites and social media integration. Additionally, the system’s mobile-first design makes websites easy to read and navigate across a wide range of devices without excessive scrolling or resizing. The new WCMS will also noticeably improve university branding across the web. All FSU websites using Drupal will meet university branding standards, giving FSU a polished and immediately recognizable look across multiple websites.

Drupal—which is used by most top 25 public universities, including Georgia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State—is an open source WCMS solution with an active development community. This setting enables continuous digital innovation at an unmatched pace. FSU’s Drupal environment will be hosted and supported by Acquia, a leading Drupal platform provider.

All eZ Publish websites at FSU will be transitioned to Drupal over the next few months, and the eZ Publish WCMS will be retired in September 2016. ITS will provide support and assistance to university departments during the transition to Drupal and will begin taking on new websites in the Drupal WCMS in fall 2016.

To learn more and keep up with the latest WCMS news, visit the ITS WCMS update webpage.