Revised project timelines – Building the Next WCMS 

Friday, March 12, 2021

What is happening? The launch date for WCMS 3 websites has been revised from April 26 to June 29, 2021. 

Why is there a delay? The WCMS 3 project team needs more time to finish work on the WCMS 3 platform, which includes core (Drupal 8) functionality as well as technical setup on our new cloud hosting platform, Pantheon. The delay is required in order to release a WCMS 3 platform that contains critical bug fixes and go-live required features.

What does this mean for me? On June 29, 2021, you may:

  • Start to migrate WCMS 2 websites to WCMS 3 as per the migration schedule shared with website point of contacts (POCs)
  • Request a new WCMS 3 website
  • Request to launch websites built during the beta testing phases

The above applies to standard “FDSU” and single page site themes only. Migration information for other WCMS 2 site themes (e.g., Conference, Publications) will be shared at later date.

 
What is the impact on other project milestones?

User testing periods

  • Two additional alpha testing phases have been added to the schedule
  • One “closed” and one “open” beta testing phase will follow the alpha testing period
    • The “closed” beta testing phase will include only our alpha testing group
    • An invitation to participate in the “open” beta testing phase will be shared with campus closer to that time

Website migrations

  • The WCMS 2 to WCMS 3 migration period will be revised to June 29, 2021 – November 19, 2022. 


Given the delay, what can I do with co-op students who have been hired for the Spring Term?

The WCMS Training and Support team will continue to provide website cleanup and preparation activities, designed to make the migration process smoother. We acknowledge this change has an impact on spring term co-op student workloads; every effort will be made to help provide as much advance and preparatory work as possible.

Additional resources: To learn more about this project and to review the revised project timeline, visit the Building the Next WCMS website<--break->

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