Many College faculty create lab websites to communicate their research activities to stakeholders and to recruit students to their research programs. We enthusiastically support your digital communication efforts and are eager to provide guidance.
Oregon State University runs the majority of its websites on the Drupal content management system (CMS) platform. As a powerful, database-driven system, Drupal offers utmost flexibility. However, with that flexibility, you sacrifice ease-of-use.
OSU also offers the Wordpress platform, known mostly for blogs, but also a powerful, user-friendly way to create and maintain a website. While it is not as flexible as Drupal, Wordpress is a great option for websites with a limited number of pages, requiring little training to use. In addition, the College of Agricultural Sciences provides you with a branded version of Wordpress, located under the following URL: agsci-labs.oregonstate.edu/xxx.
You can choose between either Wordpress or Drupal to create a lab website:
If you are going to manage the site yourself, it’s important to choose the CMS that best fits with your skills, time, and patience. Drupal requires technical knowledge or a dedicated site developer and coordinator; Wordpress is easier to set up and maintain.
We're happy to meet with you to discuss which option is best for you and your users and provide you with guidance. For faculty choosing Wordpress, we will request space for you, assign a user, and provide one hour’s worth of training and content guidance. For faculty choosing Drupal, we will request a URL for you and provide you with a blank page to build from. And we ask that you attend Drupal training managed by Central Web Services.
Contact us to get started: