Web at UofL

Resources and information for those who create and maintain UofL websites

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to rebuild my current website?
We are currently investigating the best way for schools and units to transition their content to Drupal. Since the places and ways that we communicate and share information online will be changing significantly, we will be giving great consideration to what happens to existing content. Be sure to stay tuned to UofL Today for updates or reach out to one of the committee members for the latest information.
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We recently launched/redeveloped our site. Will we have to switch?
Eventually, yes. However, due to the complexity and length of this project, that transition date may be further into the future than you may think. Once the committee has announced a transition timeline, schools and units will have a better understanding of this process.
Some sites may need additional scoping and research to determine if Drupal can accommodate their functionality. If this becomes a concern, OCM will work with your school or unit on accommodating those needs within Drupal or investigating an alternative solution.
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Our group never used Plone. Will we have to switch?
Yes, one of the primary goals of the Web Improvement Project is to centralize the platforms which help create, distribute and promote valuable campus content. Not having all UofL entities in a central environment (e.g. a content management system) prohibits this and causes inefficiencies, inconsistent messaging to our audiences and unnecessary overhead.
Some sites may need additional scoping and research to determine if Drupal can accommodate their functionality. If this becomes a concern, OCM will work with your school or unit on accommodating those needs within Drupal or investigating an alternative solution.
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Our website has a different address (.com, .org, etc.). Will we be affected?
If your unit or group has a website that meets any of the below criteria:
  • is created by or maintained by University of Louisville employees or contracted designee
  • utilizes university funding, in part or in whole, for creation, maintenance, hosting or other associated costs
  • directly supports the mission of the University of Louisville and it’s strategic goals
Then regardless of domain extension, your site will be impacted by the decisions and standards put forth in this project. Specifics on this (e.g. continued use of non-.edu domains) will be announced at a later date.
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What is the timeline for this migration?
We aim to have all Plone sites migrated to Drupal by June 2024. With this deadline in mind, we are in the process of developing timelines for individual units, which will be shared with Content and Technology Leads when available.
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What is the process for migration?
The process of migrating content from Plone to Drupal will be highly collaborative. The project team has met with university leaders to identify Content and Technology Leads for major academic and strategic areas. These Leads will shepherd the process for their respective areas, working closely with OCM, ITS, Mighty Citizen and individual contributors from their areas.
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Will my site be automatically migrated to Drupal?
While Mighty Citizen is investigating the capability of automating some content migration, the majority of our existing website content will go through a thorough process of inventory and evaluation to help us make decisions about what to keep, leave behind or change as we migrate to the new content management system. Automatic migration will be reserved for specific content types that do not require evaluation or edits, such as news stories or university policies.
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Will some content move to an intranet?
Yes, OCM and Mighty Citizen are planning for an intranet in Drupal to house content geared only for internal audiences. This will create easier pathways to tasks and resources for students, faculty and staff and reduce internal clutter on public-facing sites.
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How long will I be able to request new websites in Plone?
Over the coming year, UofL will complete its migration to Drupal, the new content management system for our websites. In order for the project team to succeed in this transition, requests for new websites in Plone, our current content management system, will no longer be fulfilled after Feb. 29, 2024. This will not affect your ability to create new Plone pages on existing Plone websites. A new process for site requests will be created and communicated at a future date.
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