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Content Management Systems (CMS)

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Content Management Systems distribute the responsibility for managing website content. A website implemented in a CMS will allow specific individuals to directly maintain web page content (e.g. images and text). The individual does not need extensive training in web-technology to achieve this.

CMS have been recognised by groups (Faculty Marketing, etc.), as an effective method to increase involvement through perception of staff ownership of web pages.

All three school websites are currently in TYPO3, although the Faculty has approved a transition into the UoL approved CMS of Jadu.

The Web Team will continue to fully support and maintain current TYPO3 CMS in the Faculty during the transition. The Web Team will continue to offer TYPO3 training to Faculty staff involved in maintaining web pages. Some academic and admin staff have been trained and advised on how to update their own and school pages. Schools have nominated “content owners”, who have been assigned a section of the website and provided with access and guidance (software support & training) by the Web Team. The Web Team can provide lists of content owners from the CMS to School Web Committees on request.

The Web Team will work with Comms and the Web Solutions team on our Faculty migration to Jadu, to overcome challenges in terms of porting our mature School web functionality into the Jadu platform (see our impacts and concerns document). Our role is expected to be documenting web functionality, explaining and supporting the technical web migration as necessary, and as part of the project working group overseeing the process for Environment.

Web technical members of the team are expected to shadow web programmers in the Web Solutions team and be trained in Jadu support and development. They have received initial training for Jadu. This is expected to act as career development for them and work to the Faculty’s benefit, alongside addressing IT Strategic objectives.

The UoL Communication team approves WordPress use (under certain criteria), offering developer assets in the form of WordPress themes , based on the UoL theme. The UoL Communication website is using WordPress with this amended layout (simpler black UoL banner and menus), referred to as “a standard University of Leeds theme”.

The Web Team carried out a comparison and evaluation of WordPress vs TYPO3 (see document below). Following approval of the findings by the Faculty IT Committee, WordPress will continue be offered for Research websites, and has been utilised for many sites to date. UoL is also pursuing a “WordPress Service”, using the third party [off-site] web hosting service, WPEngine.

Furthermore, WordPress use is in line with recommendations of the UoL Comms website (http://comms.leeds.ac.uk/web/approved-platforms/), which prescribe WordPress as a tool for “Research projects” websites, amongst other specific uses.

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