What is Drupal and why do we use it?
Our site is powered by Drupal, an open source database-driven content management system. That means the content we create is stored in a database rather than as individual html files. When a user requests a page on our site, it is served via a standardized template and interface.
As there are many contributors to the WSU Vancouver site, consistency is key. Our users (internal and external) should always feel like they are on the same site (because they are!). The end result is increased consistency, easy editing and a drastic reduction in duplicate content.
Other benefits include:
- No HTML knowledge is required for editors/contributors: A convenient rich text editor allows you to create content in your native language. No techno-jargon required. (Unless you want to use it.)
- Manage your content via a web browser: You can edit pages anywhere with an internet connection via a secure login.
- Increased interactivity: “Modules” are miniature applications in Drupal that allow for more user interaction (forms, polls, embedding media, etc.)
- Never create the same content twice: Events created on events.vancouver.wsu.edu automatically "feed" to their department’s homepage; contact information can be updated everywhere on the site from your profile, etc.
The more we use it the more we love it. We’re sure you will too.
Technical information and tutorials can be found in the left menu.