WCMS update for May 2021

Coronavirus Information

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What’s happening with the WCMS?

Building the Next WCMS site updates

WCMS 3.0 updates

Beta 2 testing – open to campus

As we continue to move development of our new WCMS 3 website environment forward, we would like to invite you to participate in the next part of our testing strategy, the beta 2 testing phase.

What should testers expect?

  • Beta 2 websites will be built in the Pantheon environment and will not contain any content
  • You may choose to rebuild a WCMS 2 website in WCMS 3
  • Alternatively, you may choose to begin building a brand-new website in WCMS 3
  • Migration of WCMS 2 websites to WCMS 2 is not supported at this time
  • WCMS 3 training notes will not be available during this testing phase
  • Websites built during beta 2 testing are eligible to move from development to the live Pantheon environment on or after June 29, 2021

How do I participate in beta 2 testing?

You may submit a request to the WCMS Beta Site Request form.

Further information about our acceptance testing can be found on the WCMS 3 website.

IST co-op training/early rebuild opportunities on beta sites

Our co-ops will soon be starting their WCMS 3 training using our beta platform. As part of this training, we would like to identify "simple" WCMS 2 sites that the co-ops can use as examples to get more hands-on experience with WCMS 3. "Simple" sites in this case would constitute sites:

  • That are stock "FDSU" theme in WCMS 2, with no custom modules installed and are not behind authentication; and
  • That have 10 pages or less in total

We would welcome people to submit one site per person that fits our criteria for a "simple" site. If you would like to submit a site for this exercise, please submit an RT with:

  • A subject line of "WCMS 3 beta training site submission"
  • The site name
  • The site URL

Sites completed during this exercise could launch to production after June 29 with the approval of the website lead. We will assign sites to our co-ops on a first-come, first-serve basis according to requests in RT.

If you have any questions at all feel free to message Andrea Jennings.

WCMS course offerings

Classroom offerings of our WCMS courses will not be offered at this time. Anyone needing to complete the training can do so via LEARN.

Drop-in lab

Have a question, or need some help with your website? A virtual Drop-in lab will be open every Thursday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. to provide WCMS content maintainers one-on-one website and training support. Please reach out to Charlotte Armstrong, via email or Microsoft Teams, to schedule an appointment.

Who’s new to the WCMS…

6 more sites have launched in the Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS) since our last update.

New on Web Resources

Current development sprint:

Previous development sprints:

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