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Date: 7/20/11 Bookmark and Share

Smith.edu Moving to Content Management System

The Smith Web site has begun moving to a database-driven content management system.

The top tier of the Smith Web site — including the home page and the sections on Academics, Student LIfe and About Smith — has moved to a database-driven content management system, or CMS.

While the visual layout of these pages has not changed significantly, the technology behind them has moved from hand-coded, static pages to layouts organized by templates and content maintained in a database.

This new system, based on the open-source Drupal platform, will, over time, facilitate visitor interactivity, the ability to share content, integration with social media, search engine optimization and more. And it will also make it easier for those who update or administer sites to manage content, allowing them to make changes, add or remove images, create sophisticated Web forms, and develop new pages.

As a result of this migration, you may notice some changes to the site; some content has moved, and some small sites have been merged into larger ones. This is necessary due to the structure of a CMS, which depends on a logical relatonship between “parent” and “child” pages. In this transitional phase, you may also find some broken links or bookmarks that no longer work. Please let us know of any problems by sending e-mail to website@smith.edu.

Thank you for your patience while we remodel!

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