L&S WordPress Migration

UWM WordPress Environment Launched

In early March, the campus launched the UWM WordPress environment, a content management system (CMS) designed to implement a common UWM Web Identity and simplify the process of creating and updating web content. In May, we began an ambitious project to move L&S departmental websites to WordPress and allow our departments to take advantage of the new platform as quickly as possible.

This emphasis on a fast migration means that we are focused on moving your existing content–any large content changes will be coordinated by the L&S Marketing office after your WordPress site goes live. With this rapid pace as our primary objective, this page presents the process and principles behind this project.

A Quick Process…

Working closely with administrators and the L&S Marketing Office, we’ve developed a four-step process:

1

Decisions

We meet with departmental representatives to talk about initial decisions, including template choice, “quick links” content, website goals, and any additional departmental “site owners” who can assist with mid-move decisions.

2

Structure

We work with site owner(s) to determine the “navigation structure” of the site–the page hierarchy and link structure. Afterward, we use this structure to move existing content into WordPress pages and standard content templates.

3

Review

We notify your site owner(s) that the site is available for review. From this point, each department has two weeks to review and suggest revisions. During this time, we’ll perform adjustments to site content. After two weeks…

4

Launch

We’re almost there! After a final editorial review, the site is ‘pushed’ to the live WordPress server environment and ready for the world to see.


…with Standard Templates…

You can choose from three templates designed to give you the flexibility to showcase the unique features of your programs while still adhering to the campus branding initiative and emphasizing broader College goals.


Template 1: Concentration-focused

  • Emphasizes “main concepts” — concentrations, tracks, major/minor, undergrad/grad, research, etc.
  • Front-loads audience segmentation, funneling users to relevant information quickly.
  • Minimalist layout with clean sections for announcements, news & events, and “quick links.”
  • Lower emphasis on time-sensitive content requires relatively low maintenance.

Template 2: Marketing-focused

  • Highlights prominent message and calls-to-action, such as research opportunities or upcoming events.
  • Emphasizes “quick links” to pertinent or timely information buried within the website.
  • Secondary presentation of “main concepts” — concentrations, tracks, major/minor, undergrad/grad, research, etc.
  • Upfront planning and choices are necessary, yet relatively low maintenance over time.

Template 3: Events-/Faculty-focused

  • Emphasizes frequently-updated content–news, events, faculty accomplishments, etc.
  • Secondary presentation of call-to-action and “quick links” and calls to action sections.
  • Good for active units with regular news or event updates.
  • Reliance on time-sensitive content requires the highest level of maintenance.

…and Common Elements

A web style guide and set of display standards to simplify visitor experiences and content updates through single-sourced databases and consistent formatting and style choices.

Standard navigation

Common choices provide consistency across L&S units, which increases familiarity and usability.

Quick links

Prominent placement segments visitors immediately and provides one-click access to desired content.

Short codes

Standardizes the presentation of specific content, such as degree requirements and faculty publications.


Questions?

If you have questions about the WordPress migration process or would like to be contacted about serving as a site owner for your department’s migration, please contact the L&S Web Team: