The new Bryn Mawr website is scheduled to launch on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 (it has been delayed 24 hours).
How this affects you:
Web stewards/Contribute users: Do not edit Bryn Mawr template pages during the morning of Wednesday, July 9, as the process of changing styles may disrupt your editing experience. You will receive an email when it is safe to review your pages and edit them in the new style.
Drupal users: Do not enter/edit content from 12pm July 7 until launch is complete. You will receive an email when it is safe to resume editing.
All Bryn Mawr community members: Please take a look at the site once our launch process is complete, and let us know if you find any problems via the “report an issue” form (also linked in the new site footer), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If a page looks odd, please first try reloading the page and clearing your browser cache, as old styles may still be cached.
- All Bryn Mawr template content (including blogs with the BMC theme) will get a new look– here are images of the homepage and a department page
- New software (Drupal, our new Content Management System) will now control select portions of the site:
What’s staying the same:
- If you used Adobe Contribute to update your website before, and it’s not in the list above, you’ll still edit your pages using Adobe Contribute.
- If you have a blog at blogs.brynmawr.edu, you’ll still maintain your blog in WordPress for now.
Curious about the future?
We will be doing a phased migration of Bryn Mawr template content into Drupal over the next few years. You and your office/department will be involved in migrating your content and web stewards will be trained to use Drupal. Web Services and Communications will be in contact with individual offices/departments to schedule work as the migration progresses.
Wondering what a Drupal is?
Drupal is an open source (meaning anyone can download and share it for free, and members of the public contribute to and maintain it) content management system used for many websites– from those of other colleges and universities, to major print publications and businesses, and even whitehouse.gov.
Drupal allows you to log in via the web (rather than having to install software on a computer) and update your pages.
A content management system allows us to use the same content in multiple locations, and display it in multiple formats, without having to write it multiple times. This will feel very different than writing each individual web page from beginning to end, at first. But this modular approach helps us avoid creating redundant content, and helps us keep information up to date throughout the site.
If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.
Web Services Project Manager