The Drupal interface is clear and intuitive and we have added helptext and guidance where possible. Back-end tasks like re-ordering pages and restructuring are simple and fast. Workflow, content scheduling, link checking and content review dates help you keep on top of website maintenance.
We have created several content types to help you create key content pages quickly and easily. So far we have created:
- case studies
- flexible landing pages
- IRIS profiles
- programme pages (all levels)
The media library allows you to search by filename and type, by date uploaded and by editor uploaded. You can see all thumbnails and the fact that Drupal resamples images depending on where they are used means there are only two image sizes (banner and non-banner).
The primary aim for the first phase of Drupal development will be to replace Silva and all the features and functionality available currently.
We will continue to add functionality over the next 12-18 months as Silva sites are moved into Drupal.
You can request new functionality by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with details and expected benefits.
Generally we will implement functionality:
- It benefits a wide segment of our user base and can be rolled out to all/many areas
- It doesn’t conflict with our technical strategy or with accessibility and best practice advice
- As with all work, it will be prioritised according to our web prioritisation policy (find this on our Drupal page)
The Drupal roadmap will always be available on this page and we will communicate regularly with all editors on recently requested functionality and status (via our e-newsletter and blog):
- Download our full Drupal Features Roadmap June 2017 (PDF)
- What will load times be like in Drupal?
Both page load times and publishing times are very fast in Drupal.
- Sharing between sites will be easier, can you share objects from one page to another such as tables?
Not at the moment although it is possible to pull data from different sources onto Drupal pages including news, events, case studies.
- Will infographics be available?
As infographics are a complex area of digital content and present particular challenges for mobile sites, we do not have any functionality for these in Drupal at the moment. However, it’s an interesting area and one which we will look into in future with other teams across UCL once we have completed the core functionality required for the majority of sites.
- Will password protected areas be possible?
Areas of your site can be password protected for access by UCL staff and students only. If you have password-protected content that uses one password for use by non-UCL users, we will review this in terms of the security risk and work with you to look at possible solutions or alternatives.
- Why are we not able to use staff directory data?
We agree that good people information is vital for communicating UCL’s output, news and research impact but people data management is a complex issue involving teams in ISD , HR, Legal, Research etc. There is currently a major project underway within ISD to improve identity and access management, and we look forward to working with other teams at UCL in the future to enable the consumption of people data by Drupal.
- Can we schedule publishing?
You can schedule publishing and deletion and you can also set content review dates which is an important part of good website maintenance.
- Can we crop images, tag them and drag them into the Media Library?
Drupal resamples images depending on how and where they are used so we have been able to streamline image sizes down to two sizes: banner size (1400 pixels) and all other content display sizes (800 pixels).
Tagging images and dragging them into the media library is possible but not currently available. It will be considered in future.
- Will the migration deal with images that are not the right size?
Once your site is in Indigo image sizes should be fine in Drupal. However moving from non-responsive to responsive inevitably involves some image resizing due to the fact that tablet views often use full-width images that are bigger than on desktop (where more images are on one row.)
- Can you embed content from other sites or HTML?
You will be able to add content from other sites to your pages. You can see the full list of media embeds in the roadmap document. You won't be able to add free HTML to the CMS because it may conflict with the core code and cause problems. If there is a need for a new feature to embed content from a third-party site, we will consider the request in line with our change request process outlined on this page.
- Does Drupal have an API?
Drupal does have an API but we will be using Funnelback our search engine as our restful API to allow the Drupal databases to remain as quiet as possible and retain performance.