Weekly Web Updates – May 8

An update on the state of the Drupal project, from last week’s conference, can be seen here. Highlights are that the six month release cycle is working well and that the next version of Drupal will maintain backwards compatibility, enabling easier upgrades.

There is an ongoing discussion of updating the Drupal project mission statement to reflect the new vision that “Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences”, which could help us explain when to use that tool compared to others we offer.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Re-saved the configuration of all reference fields on the Museum of Art Drupal site to ensure that new content can be saved when the field is empty.
  • Added a new view display which will show only five related stories, rather than the 10 shown by default on the MIIS Drupal site program pages.
  • The MiddSTART site now has an “anticipated funds” field for projects, so that funding which has not yet reached the Banner reports can be displayed on the site.
  • Course Hub term builders now have expanded permissions allowing them to create resources.
  • Fixed Course Hub issue that was preventing links to non-standard terms from working correctly.
  • Fixed WYSIWYG editor issue triggered by a recent update.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Archiving Moodle.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

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