OISE Website Migration to Drupal
OISE’s web presence encompasses dozens of websites totalling nearly 4,800 pages, located across five systems that are aged, unsupported, and failing. The systems depend on a number of underpinning components that make up the content management systems at OISE that are also between 11-19 years old and have become obsolete. The need to migrate from the existing OISE CMS was determined half a decade ago, when the limitations of the current system were identified.
The pressing need to modernize OISE’s web presence was heightened during a power outage at the OISE building in 2021 that took OISE’s onsite hosting server, and therefore OISE's website, offline for the duration of the outage. In order to be responsive to student recruitment needs, facilitate global outreach, and provide more reliability and ease of use, the Drupal Content Management System (CMS), a cloud-based platform, was selected following consultations with the OISE community and an evaluation of several other systems to host OISE’s redesigned web presence.
The OISE Drupal CMS and web template is now in place after close collaboration with OISE Communications and Education Commons on its implementation, based on previous community consultations. With these required components in place, migration from the failing OISE CMS to the new OISE Drupal CMS is needed. The following information outlines what the migration may look like and what you may need to do to get ready for it.
OISE Website Migration Principles
OISE Drupal CMS migration principles were presented to Deans and Chairs on March 30th, 2022. These principles establish the prioritization framework for migration of OISE websites from the legacy platform to the new Drupal CMS.
- Migration is required for all departments within the OISE web umbrella
- Migration is time bound
- Two migration options can be chosen within approved criteria
- DIY – Do It Yourself
- Managed – Education Commons manages the migration
- OISE web standards/SOP must be adhered to
- Prioritization criteria will be applied as follows:
- Currently student facing
- Current risk of underlying infrastructure
- Ability to adhere to approved timelines
- Least current complexity gets migrated first
- Delays by the department will result in moving to the next department on the priority list.
OISE Website Technical Standards
The purpose of the OISE website technical standards and SOP is to establish a cohesive OISE web presence underpinned by a newly developed, approved, and modernized infrastructure. OISE’s web presence will showcase the institute’s unique community identity, while at the same time complying with legislative requirements and U of T policies on security and branding.
These standards outline the fundamental technical and design requirements for websites hosted by OISE.