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Drupal 7 Upgrade

Description

Upgrade the current Drupal 6 content management system, a key element in HSU's campus web architecture, to Drupal 7 in order to stay current with changing software standards. Initial phase will be limited to ITS performing an upgrade in a test environment to determine the potential impact for adopting Drupal across all campus websites.


Project Request Documents
Requesting Department
CPS College Wide
Info Tech Services Dir Office

Primary Customers
Web Site Developers

Team
Bethany Rizzardi
Josh Callahan
Marketing & Communications

Project status
Behind

Status Update

7/31/14: We are working with MarCom to test out moving the main Humboldt website to a hosted environment with the minimum amount of disruption to the campus. 

6/24/14: We continue to evaluate RFI responses with MarCom to identify a vendor who can create a single-site distribution set up. Additionally, we are sorting through migration plans and issues for moving the main Humboldt website to a hosted environment.

4/24/2014:  We did not receive enough RFI responses for the site architecture and construction, and MarCom is in the process of converting the main HSU website to Drupal. For these reasons, we are changing our focus to identifying a developer who can create a single-site distribution set-up and looking at hosting individual sites rather than one large site for multiple departments. ITS is evaluating the options for patching the existing Drupal 6 sites to the most current levels to extend support for this version a little longer. 

3/26/2014:  The hosting contract is now in place. We continue to review RFI responses for the site architecture and construction.

2/25/2014:  We are still finalizing the hosting contract and developing an RFI for a design company to assist with the site architecture and deployment.

1/27/14: We are finalizing a hosting contract with Pantheon and are working with vendors to develop an architecture plan for the site. 

11/26/13: We are still looking to identify funding for this project.

10/31/13: We are still looking to identify funding for this project.

9/24/13: We continue to work on a decision regarding Drupal hosting vendors and on identifying funding for this part of the project.

8/27/13: We are still working on a decision regarding Drupal hosting vendors and continue to seek funding for this part of the project.

7/29/13: We have reviewed the responses to the RFI for Drupal hosting and participated in demonstrations by shortlisted vendors. Costs and funding are now being sorted out in preparation for a decision in August.

6/24/13: We have received responses to our Request for Information for Drupal hosting and will be reviewing these responses over the next few weeks.

5/30/13: We are putting together a set of requirements for Drupal hosting vendors and planning out the Drupal 7 environment for the main Humboldt.edu site.

4/23/13: We are in discussion with consultants to help us determine the next steps in completing the upgrade and moving forward with our Drupal 7 rollout.

3/26/13: We continue to search for expert assistance to help us complete the upgrade and move forward with the plan to roll out Drupal 7 to the campus.

2/25/13: The team is meeting weekly to scope out the steps needed to upgrade individual sites. We have encountered some unexpected problems and are reaching out to identify expert assistance that will help us to complete the upgrade.

1/28/13: The development instance of Drupal has been upgraded, and we're beginning to test that upgrade to determine what work is needed to port individual sites to the new version.

12/21/12: We are working on upgrading the development instance of Drupal 6. That test upgrade should be completed by 1/4/13, at which time we will determine what is needed for individual sites.

11/28/12: We now have a development system cloned from our production system, so that the upgrade testing can begin this month.

10/30/12: No progress has been made on the Drupal upgrade during October because of more urgent actions required on other projects. We expect to complete the upgrade in a test environment before the end of November.

9/24/12: Work on the development environment and upgrade plans is continuing, as is cooperation with Marketing & Communications to determine how Drupal might be more widely adopted on campus.

8/27/12:  We continue to work on the development environment and upgrade plans. We are also working on additional plans with Marketing & Communications to increase usage of Drupal on campus.

8/6/12:  Preparations are being made to test the upgrade in a development environment to help us understand how much work will be required to migrate each individual account. "Next steps" conversations are ongoing between the VP of University Advancement and the CIO. 

6/25/12: The VP of University Advancement and the CIO are scheduled to meet 7/10/12 to discuss the Drupal 7 recommendation and next steps.

5/22/12:  We have forwarded a recommendation to adopt Drupal 7 as the campus web content management system to the Vice President of University Advancement and the Chief Information Officer. Pending their approval, work will begin to make Drupal 7 available to the campus.  

4/23/12: Usability testing is being conducted to determine which of the two shortlisted packages is easier to use. Once that testing is complete, we will make our decision.

3/26/12: Seven different Content Management Systems (CMSs) (Drupal 7, WordPress, Live Whale, OmniUpdate, ModX, ExpressionEngine, and Alfresco) have been evaluated. Drupal 7 and WordPress have been shortlisted, and demo sites are being tested using each of these two packages.

2/27/12: Web content management system requirements have been established, and we are in the process of evaluating possible software candidates.

12/21/11: Project approved to begin 2/1/12, contingent on the development of a plan for adopting a single web content management system across campus. The initial planning meeting has been scheduled for 2/6/12.


Dates
Feb 1 2012

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