UCL Information Services Division



We are now in the final year of a four-year project to replace the end-of-life Silva Content Management System with a more robust, flexible and scalable product built in Drupal which is tailored to UCL needs.


  • Faster, more intuitive interface for web editors, greatly reducing the time spent on website editing and support
  • Improved technical performance, faster page load times and a more robust failover solution to ensure website continuity
  • Immediate benefits in terms of increased website traffic as the information is properly structured for search engines
  • The CMS project presents an opportunity to introduce standards around website building and content management ensuring a coherent and compelling web presence for UCL

Visit our project page for background information on Drupal, its benefits and why we are replacing the current CMS:

Moving all Silva sites to Drupal

From October 2017, Digital Presence will focus on migrating the rest of UCL's Silva sites to Drupal. The Digital Presence team will use the policy on prioritising projects (pdf) to plan development and migration. The readiness of editors to move is also an important factor. 

Our Migration Team will be in touch to schedule the migration window so please wait to hear from them. 

We have designed a migration process which is aimed to standardise and streamline the migration approach where possible:

The automated scripts that migrate content from Silva to Drupal ensure that most content is brought over to the new CMS with no issues. Editors are asked to set aside some time for checking the content, creating new landing pages and carrying out any fixes before the site goes live in Drupal.

  • There is no downtime for the website; editors work on a copy of the site in Drupal until it’s ready to go live and the switchover from the Silva site to Drupal is instant
  • All URLs will be maintained via Drupal’s link management functionality
  • Training as well as online self-help documentation are provided at the point at which the site is migrated so editors can be supported with managing their own content in the new system
  • A dedicated Migration Team will support editors with fixes and with getting the most from the new system

Full details of the migration process and what web editors need to do are on the Drupal migrations page:

Service transition

We will continue to support and maintain Silva, and provide training for new editors, for existing Silva sites until all sites are migrated to Drupal. However, we will not be doing any further web development or new sites in Silva.

If you wish to move to Indigo so your site works on all devices, please visit our Indigo page to find out more about the benefits of Indigo and book your move:

Indigo Silva

Drupal features and FAQs

Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. Full details of Drupal functionality and our feature roadmap are on the features page:

Drupal features

Will there be training for Drupal?
I have a non-standard site, will my site look different when we move to Drupal?
Can we have our own installation of Drupal and then merge it with ISD's version?
If we have a Drupal expert in our department, can they work with you to improve our website?
In terms of search, will Drupal be an improvement?
Can we have search on an individual site?
What features will be available in Drupal?
Will there be a cost in moving to Drupal?
When will Silva be decommisioned?