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.

Project Status

  • 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.

Community Engagement

  • 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  • Sites that are no longer active can be archived.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.