From Reddot to Contensis
As communicated to Heads of School in the summer, we’ve recently procured a new Web Content Management System (WCMS) to replace Reddot – this is the system we use to manage and publish our main University website, as well as the majority of internal staff and student webpages.
Our new WCMS partner is Zengenti, whose Contensis product is used by many universities, including Birmingham, Nottingham, LSE and Southampton Solent, as well as a number of organisations outside HE.
Contensis will provide us with a long-term, stable and frequently updated platform on which to develop our websites. It also allows us to establish robust content governance policies and procedures, which will ensure information on the site is accurate and relevant.
Changing WCMS does not necessarily mean changing the design of the website and it would have been possible to migrate the site exactly as it currently is onto this more stable platform.
However, we are also going to take this opportunity to work with Zengenti’s user experience and content governance experts to review the content of the site and undertake some user testing to identify areas of the site where some redesign work would be beneficial.
Project time frame
Our plan is to launch a refreshed site before the end of 2018.
Over the next few months we’ll be working with Zengenti to migrate our main website to Contensis.
As part of the migration there will be content freeze, during which only emergency changes will be made. We will be in touch again to let you know exactly when this will be, and what you should do if an urgent change is needed.
Staff and student webpages
In the first phase of the project we will look only at the main website, and Reddot will still be used to manage our staff and student webpages.
In the second phase we will aim to migrate our staff and student pages as well as other web properties on Reddot.
We’ll continue to keep you informed of the projects progress via the staff blog. If you have any questions or feedback please email email@example.com.
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