OU Campus™ is used to manage websites for hundreds of community colleges, public and private universities, research institutions, and higher education systems. Some selected our platform after considering competing web content management system (CMS) products, commercial and open source alike. And most have been with us for years.
Every institution is different, so when we ask customers why they chose OU Campus, we get a wide range of responses—usability, features, technical factors, value for price, and the list goes on. From all these reasons, we’ve pulled a handful of themes.
Focus on Higher Education
Like the institutions they represent, college and university websites serve diverse goals and audiences. They market programs, connect campus constituents, encourage alumni and donor relationships, convey scholarly and service missions, and provide online hubs for getting things done.
OU Campus is designed specifically for college and university websites—it’s the only CMS focused solely on the complex, decentralized, budget-conscious world of higher education.
This focus informed features like our ultra-intuitive user interface (more on that below), granular permissions and workflow options, easy integration with other campus systems, and all-around flexibility. It also inspired us to develop solutions for higher education-specific needs like course catalogs, faculty directories, campus alerts, and more.
Unparalleled User Experience
The real test of a CMS comes from content contributors, the people whose day-to-day work keeps a college or university website current and compelling. A system that’s hard to learn or frustrating to use defeats the very purpose of a CMS.
We created OU Campus to give users the most intuitive content management experience available, starting with true in-context editing. Users make edits to fully rendered versions of web pages, seeing exactly how their changes will affect overall page design. It’s completely different from the form-based editing common to other systems.
Other features like our DirectEdit™ login, fully integrated image editor, and code snippets that make it easy to add forms, buttons, and more make content management easy for virtually everyone. Most users are up and running after one simple training.
Again, every school is different, so every CMS implementation should be, too. Our onboarding process assesses and responds to your institution’s individual structures, needs, and goals.
We can move an existing website from another CMS or implement OU Campus in conjunction with a complete site redesign. Either way, our automated content migration process can make the move quick and efficient.
You can host OU Campus on your own hardware or choose our software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment option, the only one of its kind in higher education. With SaaS, we take care of all system updates and maintenance, ensuring top performance and maximum uptime.
Stability and Flexibility
We introduced our CMS to higher education in 2001 and have been enhancing it ever since. Today, OU Campus is a reliable, robust platform that’s continually evolving based on customer feedback.
We built OU Campus on open standards to provide a stable solution and open the door to customization. It’s the ideal solution for customers who want a proven, fully supported CMS with flexibility that rivals open source systems.
We have the best trained and most responsive customer support team in the business. But don’t take our word for it—we’ve won a string of Stevie® Awards for our support and have a Net Promoter Score (a measure of how many customers would recommend us) that’s twice the industry standard.
In addition, we offer a host of online support tools, an active user community, an annual training conference, and much more. Choose from a whole slew of support resources.
Honest Pricing and Contracts
Maybe most satisfying, customers say they simply like doing business with us. We’re committed to laying out every option, being completely transparent about costs, and tailoring a contract that’s right for your institution and your situation.
We know price matters for college and university customers—especially today—and OU Campus offers unparalleled value.
If you’re in the market for a CMS—or think you will be—consider what you need most, then give OU Campus a look. We’re eager to get you on board and to keep you a customer for years to come.
Check out our customer testimonials and case studies to learn more about their content management journeys.