April 28, 2015

Higher Ed is moving to Drupal in a big way! Many universities are even standardizing on Drupal, and using it build all their new sites.

It's a great fit, solving many of the common problems that universities and colleges have worldwide, including: easy access control, editorial workflows, accessibility, brand consistency and lower costs compared to non-Open Source platforms.

Using a single platform for multiple sites, whatever it is, allows you to gain a number of efficiencies:

  • Standard tools, techniques, and configurations
  • Shared knowledge in the organization (training creating content on one site will transfer to another site)

But if you're using Drupal for more than a couple sites at your organization, and you don't have a custom Drupal distribution, then YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

Creating a Drupal distribution will allow you to:

  • Launch a new site in seconds (instead of minutes or hours), with your standard branding and the all the base functionality you want on every site
  • Reduce the cost of maintaining shared functionality on many sites, by allowing you to update the distribution and quickly deploy the same changes to all your sites
  • Easily apply security updates
  • Share the cost of developing new features that will benefit many campus sites

Read more to learn how many institutions of higher education are creating Drupal distributions to increase efficiency and reduce costs when maintaining lots and lots of Drupal sites!

March 30, 2015

Video created by the Open Berkeley team to promote it internally.

UC Berkeley has hundreds of campus websites, including sites for its departments and their initiatives. All sites need to have consist branding and (like all Drupal sites) need to be updated for bug fixes and security advisories. But budgets are tight and not all departments have staff with technical skills!

That’s why the Central IT department created Open Berkeley, a Drupal distribution that any campus department can choose to use for their new site.

Users get a site that follows brand guidelines out-of-the-box, meets accessibility requirements and has the basic functionality that most UC Berkeley sites need. And this allows Central IT to continue to develop the distribution and regularly release new versions to their users with new features, bug fixes and security updates.

And since all sites get to benefit from the work that Central IT is doing, the cost is shared across the whole university, rather than requiring the departments that own the site bare the full cost!

Read more to learn how we helped take Open Berkeley to the next level!