Drupal Services Program
Drupal Services Program
1/29/2015 - The UT Drupal Kit, a new service and the main deliverable of the Drupal Foundation Project (DFP), was launched today. The service was deployed ahead of schedule, and the remaining activities for closing the project will be completed in early February 2015.
The Digital Experience Environment Project (DEEP) is wrapping up the Build phase this month and moving into testing. The Testing phase will be completed in February 2015.
The Managed Drupal Hosting Assessment (MDHA) project is in the Solution Analysis phase, and more specifically, in the process of evaluating the possible hosting vendors. The evaluation and final vendor recommendation will be completed in March 2015.
The Drupal Services Program will provide a new Web publishing service that will help simplify and standardize the Web publishing experience at the university. Each project of the Drupal Services Program will offer distinct services to meet the various technical skill levels and diverse needs of university Web publishers. The services will be built using Drupal, the university's main content management system (CMS), and will provide more efficient, secure and easy-to-use Web publishing options.
The program will focus on the UT Web publishing community's effort to create services that make Drupal simple enough for both technical and non-technical users and make it possible for them to quickly set up a website in fewer steps. The program will also give the means to Web publishers to contribute new functionality back to the community by sharing modules for others to use. As part of the program, a Drupal environment is going to be delivered in order to develop the new version of UT CMS for the home and core www.utexas.edu pages.
The Drupal Services Program involves three projects:
- Drupal Foundation Project (DFP)
This project creates the foundation for future Drupal services that will be part of the new UT Web Infrastructure and University Communications Digital Experience (DigX) projects. The deliverables will be a Drupal 7 distribution package that includes an updated, tested and deployable version of Drupal, the related Drupal modules and the documentation necessary to use, support and maintain the distribution package. A Feature Server will also be created as part of this project and will serve as a repository for additional Drupal capabilities, where users will be able to download and contribute features.
- Digital Experience Environment Project (DEEP)
This project will provide the foundation on which the DigX project will be built. The project will deliver virtual servers equipped with the Drupal distribution package from the Drupal Foundation Project. The DigX project will implement the new design and functionality prototype of www.utexas.edu on this Drupal 7 server environment. ITS will also provide the ongoing oversight, maintenance, documentation and support for the Drupal environment during the DigX project and will also be responsible for the migration of the Drupal environment to the UT Web Infrastructure.
- Managed Drupal Project (MDP)
The Managed Drupal service will provide simplified, scalable management of Drupal websites, a supported site-building platform that utilizes a Drupal distribution containing UT-specific functionality and themes, and technical support and content strategy consultation for campus site owners. The technical foundation of the service will be a dedicated Drupal hosting infrastructure that is optimized for performance, streamlined maintenance, and community-requested features. The overall effort will include two projects: the Managed Drupal Hosting Assessment project (MDHA) and the Managed Drupal Implementation project (MDI). The MDHA project will evaluate solutions for Drupal hosting, and procure the most suitable solution that will enable a Managed Drupal service. Once procurement is complete, the MDI project will design and implement the service.
The Drupal Services Program has the following goals:
- Users will have access to services that make it easy to publish and manage their websites.
- Users will have access to services that provide a more consistent, university-branded look and feel with abundant options and features.
- Website development costs will be reduced because fewer resources - people and time - will be needed to manage and support the websites.
- Technical support for these services will be more effective and efficient due to the use of standardized technologies.
- These services will help departments comply with the university's security, accessibility and privacy policies.