Drupal Project Background

This project was initiated in early 2013 in order to facilitate a design change of the look and feel of the SRJC website and a migration into a Content Management System (CMS). Drupal is the CMS we chose for this project. Go to our Why Drupal page for more information on how Drupal works.

The first phase of the project was to redesign the college's home page, header, footer, main navigation bar and top seven landing pages (this part of the project is still ongoing, with input from management and staff coming through our ad hoc web committee which meets once a month). Next was to begin "Drupalizing" the department pages and removing the old content from the CATE and C-WIS servers as each new department or entity page goes live.

WHY THE CHANGE?

The SRJC website look and feel was out of date and needed to be modernized. Additionally, these new pages will be responsive - which simply means that your content will look good on large desktop monitors, smaller laptop screens, tablets, and even mobile phones. The changes will also allow the SRJC pages to be more easily updated, indexed and searchable to allow students, the community, faculty and staff to more easily find things on our site. They will also have enchanced features to make them more accessible to people with disabilities.

WHAT IS A CMS?

A CMS, or Content Management System, is a simple web-based tool that allows users to create and maintain departmental web pages. This means that the staff who create and update web pages for your department won't need to know Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS or JavaScript for your pages to look and feel right at home with SRJC's new look and feel. There is a simple What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) web-based editor that anyone can use.

WHAT'S NEXT?

While we continue to move the department pages to Drupal with help from department staff and our STNC web developers, we are also developing a template and a plan to move the Faculty and Staff web pages from CATE to Drupal.