University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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The redesign of UKAg’s home page is an ongoing process. Ag Comm supports the standards for the college design, administers the content for the homepage and secondary administrative pages, supports the hosting and maintenance for the Drupal CMS. A college-wide marketing committee provides ongoing guidance.

January 2013, the college will have a new homepage design, with supporting secondary pages similar to the existing subject-related categories on the homepage. Each secondary page will act as a landing page to direct our users to the college content.

Departments are encouraged to transition into the college Drupal platform throughout next year. Use our website development guide and consider the steps below in discovering your content for building the site: 

 

1. Define your web team

 The success of your website will require ownership by members of your unit. Please be ready to identify contact names for the following roles:
   - Individual ultimately responsible for content (usually an admin)
   - Individuals responsible for training on using site, and for making changes to the site
   - Individual responsible to offering technical assistance to other users

Remember: A site is only as good as the people who feed & maintain it! 

 

2. Define your unit’s organization

Without clearly defined unit organization, it can be very challenging to organize your website. Using basic organizational chart format, map out your unit’s structure. Doing a content audit of the existing site helps identify the content and it’s channels of delivery. 

 

3. Define your audience (users) & their site goals
Your audience will help determine the content and organization of your site.
   - What types of visitors come to the site?

   - What are their reasons for visiting your site? 

 

4. Content plan
 Your unit’s needs will help determine the content and organization of your site.
   - What messages does your unit need to send?
   - What actions do you want visitors to take?
   - What resources does your unit need to publish on the site?

   - How would you know if a visit was successful? 

 

5. Organize your resources

 Prepare information based on the user’s need and interests. Organize the content based on primary groups of information, logical navigation and links.

   - Primary resources
   - referential resources

Create a site map and discover the existing content on your site
Assess the results of the site map to determine the different types of content you have to offer.
List the types of content and how to best deliver it to the user.

 

To stay informed, visit http://www2.ca.uky.edu/integratedmedia/drupal-platform for the latest Drupal 7 platform information. Join our Drupal 7 platform listserv: CoA Drupal 7 Platform Development

(COA-D7-PLATFORM-DEV@lsv.uky.edu). We also are using a Trello board to lay out feature concepts and vote on them. To join the Trello CoA Drupal Platform Group, contact Andy Shooner.