Web Publishing at UNCW

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Spring Best Practices Workshop Schedule

Best Practices Workshops for UNCW Web content managers will take place on the following dates this semester. All content managers must plan to attend one of these one-hour sessions, in which we'll review best practices for making sure visitors to the university website get the information they need and a positive sense of the excellent things going on here at UNCW. Priorities will include improving consistency of content, ADA compliance and using resources that help to tell Seahawk stories. We’ll also talk about any specific goals or challenges you might have in managing your Web pages. 

    • Tuesday, April 19 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    • Wednesday, April 20 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 28 – 1-2 p.m. 
    • Thursday, May 19 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Note: These workshops are not related to the training sessions for the new Cascade content management system that ITS is conducting. 

Website Migrating to New Web Content Management System

Information Technology Services, with support from the Office of University Relations, is pleased to announce that we are in the process of migrating all pages within the university website to a new, state-of-the-art content management system (CMS) called Cascade Server. This will replace Adobe Contribute as the CMS that Web content managers use to edit and maintain their webpages. Cascade Server is designed for higher education websites and is the CMS of choice for many top-tier universities. This system provides improved tools for managing websites, such as: 

  • A more intuitive user interface
  • Tools to find stale content, broken links and spelling errors
  • Improved mobile performance
  • Increased flexibility for selecting template designs 
  • Cloud-based to allow editing from any location with Internet access 
  • Costs for Contribute licenses will be eliminated
  • User forums and support 

This process will not affect the look and feel of your site. Content managers will not be required to transfer their content—this will be done automatically for you and your site will look the same after it’s migrated. Any customized functionality that is included with an existing site will be migrated as well. The first phase of the migration process, which included transfer and testing of top-level, OUR-managed sites to the new system, is complete. The Web team, comprised of ITS and OUR staff, is now selecting the order in which additional sites will transition from Contribute to Cascade Server based on the needs and priorities of the university. The Web team will reach out to content managers to coordinate schedules when their sites are due to be migrated, and we are committed to ensuring that the process is as smooth and seamless as possible. The Web team will provide training sessions for content managers to learn how to use Cascade Server when their sites are ready to make the switch, and training tutorials will be posted on the Web content managers website. Any new sites will be created in Cascade Server as Contribute is phased out. The entire migration process is expected to be complete by the beginning of the fall 2016-17 academic year.

Please send any questions about the CMS migration process to webmaster@uncw.edu