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Update: goodbye Silva, hello Drupal – new CMS for the library website

Robert Drinkall3 October 2018

At the end of July, we circulated a post about the library website moving from Silva to UCL’s new Content Management System, Drupal.

Unfortunately, for unforseen reasons, the launch of the new Drupal version of the site has had to be delayed, and is now scheduled for the week of 5th November 2018.

We apologise for this, and appreciate it means a much longer content freeze than orginally publicised. As per our previous post, the web team will be able to access Silva until the Drupal switchover, so any urgent updates can still be made, e.g. news items, opening hours, changes to service. Please send these to lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk

Information about training on Drupal will follow.

Thanks again for your patience.

Goodbye Silva, hello Drupal – new CMS for the library website

Chris Carrington30 July 2018

This summer the Library Services public website will be migrating to UCL’s new Content Management System called Drupal, as part of ISD’s project to replace the current system, Silva.

The next step of the migration will be to have a snapshot of the website taken and used to form a sandbox site for testing. In order to do this, there will be no Silva editing from 3pm on Friday 3rd August, effective for up to 2 weeks.

During this content freeze, the web team will still be able to access Silva so any urgent updates can still be made, e.g. news items, changes to service. Please send these to lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk

Leading up to this, we kindly ask Silva authors to send any approval requests by Thursday 2nd August to ensure we can get the changes published before the content freeze.

We thank you in advance for your patience and further progress on the migration will be posted in due course.

New web content management system coming Autumn 2016

Robert Drinkall21 April 2016

The Silva content management system (CMS) which underpins both our public website and our staff intranet is now at the end of its life. ISD has selected a new CMS and plans to start migrating departmental websites to it from Autumn 2016.

Additionally, as a stepping stone to moving the new CMS, ISD is recommending that departments first migrate their websites to the Indigo responsive design pattern library.

We’re currently talking to ISD about both Indigo and the new CMS and I’ll update you when I have further information.

Help with Silva – guides and FAQs for web page authors

Chris Carrington30 October 2015

The number of library colleagues that are responsible for maintaining a web page or pages on our library website continues to grow.

Training is given to all web authors to begin, but did you know there is also further help on our LibNet page to assist you?

We’ve just updated the help section with new guides and a list of FAQs. The guides include a number of topics from general good practice, adding tabs and accordions, working with tables and editing the revamped opening hours.

We hope you find the guides useful and if you need any further assistance please contact the web team (lib-websupport@ucl.ac.uk).

Happy editing everyone!