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New user-friendly website design tool on its way

October 20, 2015
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The sites will be visually attractive and easy for site owners to update and manage.

IT Collaboration & Web Content Services is developing a new website design tool for the University of Minnesota community. The goal of the tool, “Drupal Lite,” is to enable users to quickly and easily create websites using professionally designed themes and page templates consistent with University of Minnesota branding.

Drupal Lite will offer more options for design, content and functionality than Google Sites and will not require a steep learning curve.

It was created especially for users who do not have access to web developers and is an ideal solution for those who want to create small- to medium-sized sites for research projects, events and student groups.

“The sites will be visually attractive and easy for site owners to update and manage,” said Steve Nguyen, Service Owner for Collaboration & Web Content Services.

The hardware and software associated with Drupal Lite sites will be maintained and fully supported by the University, which will continue to also support the development and maintenance of larger, more complex Enterprise Drupal sites.

Pilot testing ongoing

The Drupal Lite project team recently completed usability testing and is currently conducting pilot testing. We expect the tool to be introduced campus-wide before the end of the year. For the latest information about Drupal Lite, please join the team’s Google group. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to ucm@umn.edu.