What is Drupal?
Drupal is our new CMS (content management system) which supports our college website. In fact, this site is in Drupal! Drupal is open source software that is widely used, especially in higher ed. We are using Drupal with the addition of something called Monster Menus, which was developed at Amherst College and is also used by Middlebury College, with great success and joy.
What's the plan?
LTS moved website content from our old faithful HTML server known as Charlotte, as well as content from our former CMS, Bluenog. Both Bluenog and Charlotte have now been retired. We worked through moving content in consultation with each department, including providing training and support. See Migration Process for details.
What is it like to use?
For users have only worked with Dreamweaver to update HTML websites, you will find updating and adding to your web pages very easy. It's as simple as logging in and clicking "Edit." (This is where users sometimes break into applause -- we are very excited about this too!) For Bluenog users, you will be delighted to find everything happens in one place in Drupal -- there is no separation between where the content is stored in a database, and where it is displayed on a web page. Check out the Editing in Drupal page for an illustration of how it works.
When is this happening?
It's nearly finished. All content from Bluenog has been migrated to Drupal, and we are moving sites from Charlotte. Our staff are working with department liaisons to finish the move of dozens of sites. We focused first on academic departments, and then we worked with administrative departments. Now that we have migrated content to Drupal, we look forward to investigating new features and functionality available in this robust, open source tool. Please take a look at our Timeline page for more information.
How do I request new features in Drupal?
Email your ideas to the Drupal team, which is comprised of staff from Public Affairs (PA) and Library & Technology Services (LTS). PA shepherds website design and content while LTS supports Drupal and training.
We are currently in a migration and stabilization phase, but this will be the process for new feature requests:
- Send requests for new modules (Drupal has lots of them) or features to email@example.com
- In our weekly Drupal meeting, we will decide who will research, evaluate, and test modules in our test environment.
- We will confer with PA and the requestor to make sure needs and requirements are met.
- At end of month, we will roll new modules/features from our test environment into our production (live) environment.
- We'll publicize what's new, in case others can benefit from the enhancements.
What does Drupal mean?
Originally written by Dries Buytaert as a message board, Drupal became an open source project in 2001. Drupal is an English rendering of the Dutch word “druppel”, which means “drop” (as in “a water droplet”). The name was taken from the now-defunct Drop.org website, whose code slowly evolved into Drupal. Buytaert wanted to call the site “dorp” (Dutch for “village”) for its community aspects, but mistyped it when checking the domain name and thought the error sounded better.
Please contact Veronica Brandstrader in LTS, x2171.