March 2012


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Rachel Lam <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN Web Standards <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:54:00 -0500
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> 1. Yes or no?
> We are evaluating the benefits of going to a CMS. What are the chief
> benefits? We are currently using Dreamweaver. Would Adobe Contribute suffice
> if all is going well with my team of web contributors now?

I'm definitely in favor of using a CMS. It has drastically cut down on
our web support time & made it much easier to ensure that our
college's sites are using the proper templates, etc.

> 2. UMContent?
> Does UMContent work well for anyone? It is centrally supported and free. Any
> problems with it?

I'd be happy to talk with you directly about CFANS' experience with
UMContent. We currently have 62 live UMContent sites & several more in

We are using it for our college & department sites, but have chosen to
use WordPress for smaller (faculty lab & research) websites. People
seem reasonably satisfied with UMContent, but it definitely has quirks
& drawbacks. Not everything is easy or intuitive.

Main drawbacks of UMContent:
* No support for photo galleries, forms, etc.
* The code it puts out is horrible
* It took us a long time to get templates working properly for our
needs & there isn't much documentation, so we had to rely on what
other groups at the U had discovered.

* Free
* We have backups of previous page versions in the database, which is
helpful when someone messes things up and you need to revert.
* Can share content across multiple pages or sites
* Don't have to buy/install software like Dreamweaver on the computer
of everyone who maintains the site

Rachel Lam
Information Technology Professional
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
101 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Ave
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-3619
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