Many universities around the world have made the switch to Drupal. Here are some insights into this higher education trend.
1. Responsive design and development.
Drupal provides a fully responsive experience. Your university’s website will be built to provide a device specific experience for your users. This is increasingly important due to the growing use of mobile and tablet devices.
2. Community-minded development.
Drupal is an open-source content management system (CMS). By electing to use Drupal, you’re allowing for university-wide innovation across all schools and departments. Core software, contributed modules, and a large number of base themes are free. This will help reduce web development costs significantly.
Avoid using a proprietary CMS, as this will limit your options in the future. You will be confined regarding options for your website and who can make these changes.
3. Easy customization for different departments.
Features, operations, layouts, and designs. Drupal is extremely customizable which can provide a plethora of choices to administrative staff while addressing your website needs. Forms, blogs, event calendars, photo galleries, student logins and more.
4. A simplified administration deployment process.
Drupal’s permissions and roles allow you to delegate some management of your website to your colleagues. They can be assigned specific pages to update or given wider access (or “permission”) to add or edit all content. You can also choose to review and approve the pages they create before they are published.
Your university’s IT Department will be able to update functionality quickly. Any development agency you choose to partner with will be able to make customizations after your website is live. Your staff can do the same.
5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
SEO is very important when it comes to any online marketing strategy. Drupal allows for your university to develop SEO-friendly websites straight out-of-the-box.
6. American Disabilities Act and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance.
These laws require universities to create websites which are accessible to persons who utilize screen readers, cannot hear audio content, or have other disabilities or impairments. Drupal offers key accessibility features and the capacity to create standards-compliant content.
7. Enterprise-class security.
Example: University Of Minnesota
The University Of Minnesota Twin Cities, and other campuses, have made the transition to Drupal.
Here are some UMN Drupal migration milestones:
- The first UMN Drupal site–University of Minnesota Rochester–went live in August,2014.
- As of mid-2015, more than 140 university Drupal sites have gone live, and more than 200 others are in development.
- Live Drupal sites include several Academic Health Center departments, centers and institutes, and:
Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth and other higher education leaders choose Drupal for their CMS needs. View the Drupal showcase.