by Emma Chesterman
What features would a good CMS provide?
The web redesign project is considering a change in scope to include a possible change in our web technology.
Recent changes to the way in which external systems interact with Oracle Portal, the College CMS, have created an opportunity to review the College’s current platform. Coupled with an expanded content strategy for the redesign, we will now be reviewing the future of the College CMS.
The first step will be to carry out a rigorous assessment of Oracle Portal. This will identify if we can deliver what we need to for the redesign and for the future best operation of our website within Oracle Portal, or if we need to move to a new CMS.
Alongside this will be an exercise to identify potential CMS products (including Portal) and rate them against the technical and user interface features that we require.
We have already begun to gather these requirements, and, with the help of Domain7, have a solid understanding of what the essential technical features are. We are now consulting the College’s web editor community to find out what features a good CMS will provide from a user’s perspective.
Please use this blog to tell us what you think these are.
The next steps
Once the Oracle Portal and other CMS systems have been assessed and rated, College senior management, will then decide if the results of this assessment mean a change and if so, how to take this forward.
Moving the redesign project forward
A potential change of CMS will affect the timeline of the redesign project. The CMS review will run alongside the website redesign, with dependencies on various different workstreams. The design stream will commence as normal and work to decide upon new information architecture will start once the guiding concept for the project has been agreed.