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CMS training and a lot more to learn

April 15th, 2008 by mdmcginnis

We spent last week immersed in official CMS training, along with our counterparts at AgriLife Communications. We came away with one clear conclusion: this content management system is more complex than we thought, and we’ll need time to get it ready to roll out to the rest of the university.

It’s not necessarily difficult for end users: we still believe that the CMS will make it much easier to update a Web site – once we’ve set up the site. But it will take longer than we expected to organize the system so it will be easy for end users and manageable to administer. If we have to spend two weeks setting up each site, a lot of groups will be waiting until next decade to start using the CMS. We want to make that lead time as short as possible.

We did leave training with a greater insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the system. It was originally designed for corporations, and we’re trying to make it more university-friendly. On Friday, we’re having a conference call with the Web team at Virginia Tech. They began using the CMS in January, so you can see from their site that it shows much promise. We’ll keep you informed about our progress.

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