Your institution’s website needs a redesign and to everyone’s delight the project is catching momentum. But wait… have you considered your school’s IT needs and concerns? Now is the time to pump the breaks!
Before the redesign process begins, it may be time to investigate switching to a new web content management system (CMS). If you have the right CMS in place, you can eliminate the following IT issues that are common at colleges and universities:
- You have limited IT resources to maintain and update your existing CMS as needed. By switching to a cloud-based CMS, your school no longer has to manage and maintain
the entire system. Many colleges and universities also convert to SaaS in response
to mounting financial costs of rapidly changing software and hardware needs.
- Your existing CMS isn’t reliable. Using a SaaS CMS means that your data is stored offsite in secure servers, so files
can be accessed any time and from any place. With SaaS, your site also becomes more
stable and can handle spikes in traffic that tend to accompany big news stories and
aggressive marketing campaigns.
- Security is a constant concern with your existing CMS. You shouldn’t have to worry about patches and updates that, if left undone, can leave
your system vulnerable to attacks. SaaS CMS solutions like OU Campus automatically
update with each new release. In addition, OU Campus encrypts data transmissions between
your campus and our servers using SFTP and SSL. You can continue to store sensitive
data on campus systems—OU Campus can retrieve it as needed using secure connections.
- Your existing CMS doesn’t integrate well with other systems you use on campus. Your CMS should offer comprehensive APIs that allow you to easily integrate with course,
student, and faculty data; recruitment management systems; event management systems;
single sign-ons; and other existing systems.
- Your current website is too slow. Studies show that if your pages fail to load within 3 seconds, there is a good chance your website visitors will move on to another site. While the speed of your site is controlled by the server hosting your site, a decoupled CMS enables the web server to do what it does best: efficiently serve web pages to site visitors, unencumbered from the additional load of a CMS.
Ready to learn more about eliminating nagging IT issues? Download our white paper, Choosing the Right Campus CMS: A Guide to Process, Platforms, and Potential for Higher Education.