YaleSites upgrade project update
August 3, 2022
As previously announced, under the sponsorship of the Office of Public Affairs and Communication, Yale ITS is upgrading YaleSites, Yale’s web-publishing service. The YaleSites team will provide quarterly updates to keep the community aware of progress. Last quarter:
- All YaleSites were reviewed to determine potential upgrade pathways based on size/complexity. We will reach out to Lead Administrators and site owners beginning this summer to start planning.
- The team is engaging the community to raise awareness of platform benefits, determine specific user needs, and present demos. For details, see the Community Engagement section below.
About the Project
- YaleSites will upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, a supported, secure, and accessible content-managed platform.
- It includes an intuitive and flexible design platform, improving the authoring experience and providing a cohesive visual identity.
- The project is scheduled to begin site migrations in early 2023.
- Extensive training and resources will be available to site builders, authors, and editors.
Benefits of the YaleSites upgrade:
- Sustainability. Bi-annual updates keep YaleSites secure and accessible without the burden of future upgrades.
- Structure. It combines ease of use with creative options, saving time and improving content.
- Standardization. The upgrade will ensure Yale’s accessibility, usability, and identity standards across YaleSites.
- The team is planning proof-of-concept sites, allowing real-world use of the new platform. The Yale community will be able to review and draw inspiration from these sites as they develop.
- Resource pages are being created on the YaleSites website. Links to training and resources will be available over the next several months.
- User experience focus groups are underway to determine platform refinements.
- Stakeholder meetings and roadshows that review project goals, communication plans, and site demos are underway.
- Site owners will review suggested migration paths and determine plans/timelines.
- For less complex sites, the site owners and authors will be able to rebuild in the new platform.
- For more complex sites, YaleSites will take the lead on the rebuild.Large sites may need an outside vendor.
- Sites that are no longer active can be archived.
- Site authors and editors recently attended content-related training sessions.
- Additional training sessions will be offered this summer and fall.
For more information, please visit the YaleSites Upgrade Program page.
Contact the YaleSites Team at YaleSitesUpgradeProgram@yale.edu.