What's included in the CMS
The KU Content Management system is based off the open source software Drupal. In order to meet the needs of the University as a whole, we have implemented and created a number of custom modules to make development easier and more sophisticated for site managers with various skill levels. Below is a list of some of the features of the CMS:
- Template — A common web template provides consistent branding across all KU websites, while giving units flexibility in tailoring their information and site to the needs of their audience.
- Responsive design — Pages in the CMS are viewable on any device, scaling or reformatting for smart phones, tablets, and computers.
- Workflow — Multiple roles and an approval process for edited content allows site managers to distribute the work of keeping the content updated.
- WYSIWYG editor — A Microsoft-Word style of interface for easily adding content without the need for technical skills.
- Versioning — Versions are saved of every published draft including an audit log, allowing content managers to revert to previous versions if needed.
- Scheduled publishing — Content can be set to automatically publish (go live) or unpublish (sunset) at a given date and time.
- Web forms — The easy creation of web-based forms with multiple output options for gathering user input.
- KU central authentication — Once you are assigned permissions by a site administrator, you can log in with your KU Online ID and password to manage your website and content.
- Syndicated content — Pull content from central KU sources, such as the Course Catalog and KU Calendar of Events.
- XML sitemap — Increases your site's searchability both externally and internally.
- URL redirects and aliasing — Allows for "clean" URLs for any webpage.
- Commenting — The ability for viewers to leave comments can be enabled on a page-by-page basis.