A monumental amount of effort has gone into the development of USM's next generation website. Your work and time has been essential to getting us where we are now. Unfortunately it's not yet where we need it to be for an effective, public, launch. The content reviews that have been conducted revealed some gaps in critical content that need to be filled before our new site is accessed by students and others in the community.
Over the next few weeks, we will literally march through the major tabs (content areas) on the new website and work with you to fill in those gaps. More details and the schedule for these focused efforts are shown below. Please be aware of the schedule, and ready to complete or polish your content where needed. Using the content area tabs, perform a self-review and proofread in advance of your scheduled week.
In order to keep moving forward, we will have a "beta" launch tomorrow, May 19. This step will make the new USM Web CMS site visible to the entire University community and give everyone the opportunity to preview the work that has been done and contribute to resolving any gaps in the content.
We have no doubt that the new website, with its new information architecture, new design, and the content you have built will be an important step forward for the University. We are similarly confident that the focused review and finalization steps over the next few weeks will allow us to launch a site which we will all be proud of.
Stephen Houser Executive Director for Computing Services
Schedule Details Each week we will be focusing in on a particular content area. We will also be reviewing for readiness the area of focus for the following week. These are in the same priority order set out earlier with only a few minor changes.
This Thursday, May 19 is our planned launch of the new Web CMS. We thank all of you for your hard work for getting this project to its current stage. Last week, the Web CMS team began reviewing sites for their completion of the minimum pages for launch. This week, all sites will begin receiving greater scrutiny.
Dear Colleagues, As we enter into our final weeks of CMS Training Sessions prior to the launch, I’d like to thank you for your diligence and patience. In the past month, over 100 faculty and staff or about 50% of the departments and units have received training in our new Web content management system. We are far from complete, but to give you a preview of our new site to come, visit a few of the more complete sites:
We are less than one month from the launch of the Web CMS. Since we began the 90-minute Group Training Sessions, over 40? Site Administrators/Owners and Web Publishers have received training. These are one-on-one workshops to introduce you to the look and feel of your Web CMS site, login procedures, and the creation of new pages. You will leave with the tools and knowledge so that you may be able then begin the migration of content into your new Web CMS site.
Group training sessions regarding the Web Content Management System (Web CMS) conversion, are underway. The 90-minute sessions introduce you to the look and feel of the Web CMS and provide information about how you will be able to login and input your content data. These are hands-on workshops where you will migrate some of your content. You will leave with the tools and knowledge to get your site ready-to-launch when the launch comes.
As we continue the USM Web site redesign and content management system (Web CMS) conversion, we begin the coordination of early adopter training sessions. These sessions will include one-on-one, hands-on trainings to introduce the look and feel of the Web CMS.
Last week, a few early adopters received the first set of trainings, they were:
There have been many questions about the migration of content from our current Web server to the Web Content Management System (Web CMS). We have compiled some of the common questions and provided some answers to them here.
Can users of my site access content that has not been migrated to the Web CMS when the Web CMS goes live?